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Articles Tagged: Accessibility

The most, and least, wheelchair accessible cities: a quadriplegic’s guide

Published: June 24, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

apps_pyram_3Last week, CityMetric reported on RATP’s interactive map of the Paris Metro. It has a button you can press to see where on the network people in wheelchairs can go. It’s great.

The only problem is, when you press that button, pretty much the entire network disappears.

If I’ve learned one thing in the nine years since I broke my neck, it’s that the world is not particularly well designed for disabled people. Sometimes the things that stop you doing stuff and getting places (or, indeed, the things that enable you to do them) are very small. Sometimes they are massive. Continue Reading »

‘It’s never been a sad day’

Published: June 16, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Wendy and Katie CharboneauTen years after a car accident left her quadriplegic, Katie Charboneau is celebrating what she jokingly calls “Happy Broke My Neck Day.”

This may be seem morbid, Charboneau said, but being quadriplegic hasn’t held her back, especially from being happy.

“It’s never been a sad day,” Charboneau said, “because I have such a strong community support and family support.” Continue Reading »

The Red Ramp Project

Published: April 27, 2015 | Category: Videos

This video shows how basic access to a public space, can make a world of difference if you are physically-challenged. Continue Reading »

Many gyms not fully accessible to people in wheelchairs

Published: April 23, 2015 | Category: News

(Reuters Health) – While some fitness centers may be accessible enough for wheelchairs to get through the door, most lack all of the accommodations necessary for people with limited mobility to use the gym, a small Mississippi study suggests.

All 10 gyms the researchers examined in Hattiesburg, Mississippi had elevators, and most had accessible parking and ramps, accommodations recommended by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But none had equipment designed for use by people in wheelchairs or staff trained to help these individuals work out. Continue Reading »

Fostering an accessible environment

Published: April 17, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Monica Kamal and Tina McFaddenMonica Kamal of McFarland and Tina McFadden of Cottage Grove are two of the brightest, cheerful and animated people you could ever want to meet. Their joy in living is obvious and contagious. When first meeting them, you might wonder just what fuels their enthusiasm for life and gives them their deep sense of happiness.

With substantial backgrounds in higher education and professional careers, you might conclude that their disciplined involvement in the world answers the question of how they came to be so content and full of life. Continue Reading »

Nation’s most inclusive park to celebrate grand opening Saturday in Palo Alto

Published: April 14, 2015 | Category: Featured Videos

PALO ALTO (KRON) — Where in the world can a child or adult in a wheelchair play side by side with everyone else, regardless of their physical abilities? Continue Reading »

Rob Pyne becomes the first quadriplegic elected to parliament in Australia

Published: March 29, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Rob Pyne being sworn-in ParliamentA far north Queensland man has become the first quadriplegic Member of Parliament anywhere in Australia.

Rob Pyne was sworn into state parliament this week after winning the seat of Cairns with a swing of 17 per cent after preferences.

It is one of the biggest swings achieved in the state.

Before the tilt at state politics, Mr Pyne had built a public profile as a local councillor but his detractors tried to shame him in the campaign for his disability. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic fights ADA abuse

Published: January 24, 2015 | Category: News

Brad PetersEvery move that Brad Peters makes is thought out.

The zipper on his sweatshirt includes a small piece of thin tied rope so that his fingers can fit through the loop and pull down if he has to.

His cell phone hangs from the side of his motorized wheelchair with the same rigging so he’s able to easily grasp it and flip it open in case he receives a phone call or has to make one – the latter of which can be a difficult task for a quadriplegic that has spent more than three decades finding ways to live with his disabilities. Continue Reading »

Handi Accessories

Published: December 18, 2014 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury: ,
www.HandiAccessories.com

www.HandiAccessories.com

Handi Accessories offers a diverse range of products at affordable prices for individuals with limited or no hand function. Our products focus on making things easier and faster in an effort to becoming more independent. Our products will help individuals with paralysis, stroke, arthritis, etc. Continue Reading »

States Cracking Down On Accessible Parking Abuse

Published: November 17, 2014 | Category: News

Accessible Parking AbuseStiffer penalties and stepped up enforcement are among the measures states are taking to help ensure that accessible parking spaces are available for those who truly need them.

In some cities, drivers with disabilities trying to find accessible parking spaces are often out of luck, because many of those spots are taken by able-bodied people who use parking placards intended for those with disabilities to get a choice spot or save a few bucks. Continue Reading »