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Team USA Gets Good Results in Bad Weather

Team USA Gets Good Results in Bad Weather

By Brian Rank SOCHI Russia — In a day fraught with harsh weather on the slopes and penalties on the sled hockey ice, Team USA still managed to keep its future at the games alive. Wheelchair curling came back with a win to keep their medal hopes alive, Alpine and Nordic skiing athletes stayed in […]

2014 Winter Paralympics Update

2014 Winter Paralympics Update

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – Team USA came out with another strong performance on day two of the Winter Paralympics. Wheelchair curling garnered the first win of the week against Norway and Oksana Masters won the first medal in 20 years for the women’s Nordic Skiing team with silver in the sitting 12-kilometer cross-country […]

Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

Pageantry, Controversy and Paralympics

By Brian Rank SOCHI, Russia – In a spectacle of ice, fire and jubilation, the Sochi Winter Paralympics opened on Friday. The ceremony showcased Russia’s effort to prove it is renewed and ready to welcome the Paralympians after a history of intolerance toward people with disabilities. The flawless ceremony that displayed Russia’s rich history and […]

Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi

Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi

By Brian Rank Thousands of athletes, volunteers, Paralympic officials and media representatives from 45 countries have gathered in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Paralympic games that begin Friday, March 7. The games are poised to be the largest in history and are the first in Russia. The 2014 games will feature 575 athletes competing for […]

Paralympian Amy Purdy: Dancing with the Stars

Paralympian Amy Purdy: Dancing with the Stars

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is joining the upcoming cast of Dancing with the Stars and she’ll be the first double-amputee and athlete with a disability to appear on the hit ABC series. The chance to dance on national television was too much for Purdy to pass up. “I did question going on the show and […]

Portlight Strategies, Red Cross Reach Agreement

Portlight Strategies, Red Cross Reach Agreement

Portlight Strategies, a disaster relief organization specializing in assisting people with disabilities, has reached an agreement with the American Red Cross that could help both organizations better serve people with disabilities the next time disaster strikes. “Portlight is excited we have executed an agreement with the Red Cross that will serve as a framework to […]

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

Luke Anderson and StopGap Ramps

The StopGap Ramp story began on a blustery November day in 2006, when Toronto resident Luke Anderson encountered inaccessibility at a very inopportune time. Anderson, a recently injured paraplegic, arrived for a job interview — but three steps stood between him and the elevator. He entered the building through the loading dock and, despite being […]

US Airways Fined $1.2 Million

US Airways Fined $1.2 Million

US Airways has been fined $1.2 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation after the DOT reviewed approximately 300 complaints filed by passengers who use wheelchairs. This is the largest fine ever assessed by the DOT in a disability case. Airlines must promptly assist wheelchair users, but federal officials found US Airways passengers at airports […]

Tammy Duckworth to Lead Paralympics Delegation

Tammy Duckworth to Lead Paralympics Delegation

President Obama has tapped U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to lead the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The games are scheduled to run from March 7th to March 16th. “It is a tremendous honor to be part of the Paralympic games with such heroic athletes,” said Duckworth, a combat veteran who […]

Broadway to get Much Needed Accessibility Upgrade

Broadway to get Much Needed Accessibility Upgrade

Broadway’s about to get a much needed accessibility upgrade after a settlement was reached in January between the historic Nederlander theater chain and the U.S. Department of Justice. “Today’s resolution marks the culmination of years of work to ensure that one of New York City’s leading cultural and entertainment treasures — Broadway theater — is […]