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HUD, Freedom Mortgage Settlement

HUD, Freedom Mortgage Settlement

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reached a settlement with a New Jersey mortgage lender over allegations the lender discriminated against loan applicants with disabilities by requiring them to provide additional information about their disability. “Applicants who are otherwise qualified for a home loan may not have additional requirements placed on them […]

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Douglas P. Lathrop, Editor of Kids on Wheels, Dies at 50

New Mobility contributor and former senior editor Douglas P. Lathrop passed away on August 15, leaving a legacy of important disability articles and essays, and 14 issues of Kids on Wheels. He had been celebrating his 50th birthday with a few dozen of his friends when he sustained fractures in his legs — he had […]

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Minnesota Boosts Employment of PWD

Due to recent criticism from disability advocates about the low numbers of state employees with disabilities, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has mandated that all state agencies must employ a minimum 7 percent of people with disabilities by 2018. “This is important because it sets concrete goals and is something the administration and state departments can […]

Actor Danny Murphy, 1955-2014

Actor Danny Murphy, 1955-2014

Danny Murphy, a disability advocate, producer and actor best known for his roles in the Farrelly Brothers’ films: There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself & Irene, Kingpin and Shallow Hal has died of cancer. He was living in Florida. Murphy was born on Aug. 20, 1955, in Boston, Mass. He attended Stonehill College and during his […]

Texas Disability Groups Sue Rideshare Companies

Texas Disability Groups Sue Rideshare Companies

The Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas ADAPT are suing the rideshare companies Uber and Lyft to get them to provide wheelchair accessibility. The suits were filed on July 24 in commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the ADA, which was on July 26. “ADAPT has tried for decades to get Yellow Cab to provide […]

Ben Ritter: Accessing Gas Pumps in Florida

Ben Ritter: Accessing Gas Pumps in Florida

Beginning this past July 1, all gas stations in the state of Florida must post a phone number on their pumps that motorists who require assistance can call to alert an attendant of their presence. And Ben Ritter is the force behind that new law. Ritter, a Marine veteran and T6-8 paraplegic, discovered the difficulty […]

ADA Legacy Tour Kicks Off in Houston

ADA Legacy Tour Kicks Off in Houston

The Americans with Disabilities Act silver anniversary celebration may be a year away, but the ADA Legacy Tour got an early start by kicking off last Friday at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas, during the Abilities Expo. The ADA Legacy Project says one reason it chose to kick the tour off in Houston is […]

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Disability Treaty Passes Senate Committee

Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 22 — This morning the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities passed out of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a vote of 12-6. Next it must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. The CRPD, or, Disability Treaty, is designed to promote the rights and dignity […]

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ReWalk Now Approved for Home Use

Paraplegics can now purchase their own robotic exoskeleton system after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Argo Medical Technologies ReWalk device for home use. “For the first time individuals with paraplegia will be able to take home this exoskeleton technology, use it every day and maximize on the physiological and psychological benefits we have […]

Adaptive Surfing Comes to Rockaway Beach

Adaptive Surfing Comes to Rockaway Beach

California’s premiere adaptive surfing organization, Life Rolls On, is holding an adaptive surfing clinic on Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y., for adults and children with all types of disabilities. The event will take place on Sunday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and over 200 participants are expected to attend. Many remember that […]