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Alice Wong's Collaboration with StoryCorps

Alice Wong’s Collaboration with StoryCorps

Alice Wong, an academic researcher and disability advocate from San Francisco, wanted to do something unique to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, so she created the Disability Visability Project. Her project, which documents personal stories from across the disability community, recently received a boost from StoryCorps, the largest oral history […]

Penn State Parking Kerfuffle

Penn State Parking Kerfuffle

Wheelchair users attending Penn State University football games are upset that the ADA parking has been moved over two miles away — the lot furthest from the stadium — due to campus construction projects. Under the new system, fans who need accessible parking are directed to Innovation Park, where 11 shuttles are designated to ferry […]

NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

NYC Taxi Lawsuit Settlement Approved

New York City’s taxi fleet will become the most wheelchair friendly in the country thanks to a lawsuit settlement approved by a federal judge Tuesday, which mandates that half of all cabs become accessible by 2020. “This is one of the most significant acts of inclusion in this city since Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn […]

Christopher Voelker, Creative Force who Helped Define New Mobility, Dies at 53

Christopher Voelker, Creative Force who Helped Define New Mobility, Dies at 53

Christopher Voelker, whose stunning photography captured the lives and lifestyles of famous actors, musicians, and a vibrant community of people with disabilities, died Thursday, Sept. 11, of an apparent suicide at his residence in Northridge, Calif. He was 53. Known in disability circles for his striking New Mobility covers, Voelker brought new meaning to the […]

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Uber to Offer Limited Access Services

Under threat of a lawsuit from disability advocates, the ride-sharing company Uber is unveiling a new limited service to provide transportation options for wheelchair users living in over 200 cities around the world. Uber announced through its blog that it is establishing a partnership with the Chicago-based Open Door Organization to provide its UberASSIST service, […]

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A Wheelchair History of Disability in Canada

Researchers at Canada‘s Carleton University have unveiled A Wheelchair History of Disability in Canada, a virtual exhibit that explores the historical relationships between assistive technology, society, medical and rehabilitation professionals, and wheelchair users themselves. “Old wheelchairs tell extraordinary stories about the people who used them, made them and lived around them,” says Dominique Marshall, chair […]

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Courtney Boyll Named NMEDA Local Hero

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association has announced that Courtney Boyll, a mother of three and third grade teacher at Moulton Elementary in Moulton, Ala., is one of four winners of its 2014 Local Hero Contest. Boyll, 36, was given the keys to a new 2014 Toyota Sienna with a VMI Northstar conversion during a […]

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 […]