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Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: Hidden Barriers

In the beginning, lack of awareness was the cause of attitudinal barriers, but today it is the opposite: Attitudinal barriers now perpetuate lack of awareness.

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Wheelers Sue Hotels Over Inaccessible Shuttles

Three wheelchair users filed a lawsuit against a trio of hotel operators they say discriminated against them by failing to provide accessible hotel shuttle transportation. “For those of us who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices, it’s difficult enough to get around most cities when we travel,” says plaintiff Ruthee Goldkorn, from Los Angeles. “All […]

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

Sen. Harkin, Dedicated Disability Advocate, Retires

After a distinguished 40-year career in the United States Congress, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin bid farewell to family, friends and colleagues on Dec. 12 in a moving speech delivered from the Senate floor. Harkin, who introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act, has long been a dedicated advocate to all people with disabilities after he witnessed […]

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 […]

DCU Center Sued for More Seating

DCU Center Sued for More Seating

A Massachusetts wheelchair user and a civil rights organization are suing the city of Worchester, Mass., over allegations that the city-owned DCU Center and adjacent parking garage fail to comply with federal accessibility laws. Dino Theodore and Access with Success filed the federal suit, which alleges the city-owned arena doesn’t have an adequate amount of wheelchair […]

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 […]

Slightly Stiffer Civil Penalties for ADA Scofflaws

Slightly Stiffer Civil Penalties for ADA Scofflaws

As of April 27, those who fail to provide public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act will face heavier civil penalties from the U.S. Department of Justice. This is the first time these penalties have been raised in over 10 years. Even though the increased civil penalties are good news, Jim […]

Lex Frieden Speaks at Civil Rights Summit

Lex Frieden Speaks at Civil Rights Summit

Lex Frieden, a United Spinal Association board member who played an integral role in the development, passage and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, participated in a social justice panel discussion at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, as part of the Civil Rights Summit that took place April 8-10. Frieden […]

Golden Gate Park to Become More Accessible

Golden Gate Park to Become More Accessible

A landmark settlement has been reached between the National Park Service and Disability Rights Advocates that will significantly improve wheelchair access at the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, which is the country’s largest urban national park. “People with disabilities for too long have been excluded from many of the experiences offered by national parks,” Larry Paradis, […]

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 […]