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Los Angeles Jails About to Become More Accessible

Los Angeles Jails About to Become More Accessible

Los Angeles County inmates with mobility impairments will see much greater access to jail facilities now that there’s a settlement of a six-year old class action lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “The suit is groundbreaking because it extends the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act to individuals with disabilities in custodial […]

Kunho Kim: 20 Cities on Wheels

Kunho Kim: 20 Cities on Wheels

You can scour Harvard University’s online course catalog for as long as you want, but you won’t find a summer listing for Accessible Road Trips 101. That hasn’t stopped undergrad Kunho Kim from planning an elaborate 20-Cities on Wheels adventure where site-seeing will take a side seat to gathering information for an accessible online travel […]

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 […]

Wheelchair User Refused Service, Blocks Bus

Wheelchair User Refused Service, Blocks Bus

Tensions ran high recently at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in San Leandro, Calif., when a wheelchair user blocked a bus operated by AC Transit after being refused service by the driver. The Jan. 10 incident, which was posted on YouTube, shows an unidentified man being turned away when the bus’ wheelchair securement area […]

Old Seven Mile Bridge Access Approved

Old Seven Mile Bridge Access Approved

The iconic Old Seven Mile Bridge that connects Marathon to the lower Florida Keys will soon be more accessible to wheelchair users. In December, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection agreed to spend $1.16 million to improve access near the bridge’s entrance in Marathon. “The Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is thrilled that […]

The Night I Was Called a Fire Hazard

The Night I Was Called a Fire Hazard

Way on the other side of the world, a group of 11 friends made reservations and paid for a table at a posh Mumbai nightclub. When they arrived, the staff refused entry to one person in the group, a bank employee, because he uses a wheelchair. The staff said if he wanted to go in, […]

7 Very Screwy Curb Cuts That Won't Help at All

7 Very Screwy Curb Cuts That Won’t Help at All

The concept of a curb cut is elegant in its simplicity — it’s just a small ramp inserted at street corners or other logical places to allow wheelchair users, parents with strollers and other people who use wheels the ability to cross the street. Yet, for some reason, sometimes this simple elegant concept gets bungled. […]