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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 […]

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 […]

New DOL Rules to Boost Employment

New DOL Rules to Boost Employment

Federal contractors’ workforces must consist of 7 percent of people with disabilities when new Department of Labor rules take effect in March. This change could result in 600,000 workers with disabilities being hired within the first year. “This rule provides aspirational metrics for hiring qualified people with disabilities — metrics that are similar to those […]

"Disabled" Mannequins Challenge Concept of Beauty

“Disabled” Mannequins Challenge Concept of Beauty

Have you seen this video yet? It’s part of the “Because Who is Perfect? Get Closer.” campaign by Pro Infirmis in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which was Dec. 3. The idea that there can be a perfect body comes to us from ancient Greece, where the athletic young male form […]

New Scholarship Fund for Students With Disabilities

New Scholarship Fund for Students With Disabilities

The Jim and Martha Greenwood Fund will provide $1.3 million dollars in scholarships for SIU students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing degrees in science and engineering.