In a few days, Drew Cumpson will be marking the fifth anniversary of an event that dramatically changed his life — but one which he can’t remember.
If he needs to recall the exact date, he only need look at his left arm. Tattooed there is “05/10/11,” along with the words by which he has tried to live ever since: Keep Fighting, Keep Smiling, Stay Strong.
It is all a reminder of the trip Cumpson took to Peru back in May 2011 where a freak accident left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »
Accessibility advocates say they’re cautiously optimistic new rideshare alternatives could make lives easier for people using wheelchairs but add they shouldn’t have to pay extra for the convenience.
Recently departed Uber had zero accessible vehicles, while the new city bylaw governing rideshare startups allows each company to choose between offering accessible vehicles or paying $20,000 into an accessibility fund. Continue Reading »
A quadriplegic from a young age following surgery for a spinal tumor, Mr. Erlanger appeared on the “Neighborhood” at age 10 (1981), but his relationship with Fred Rogers continued through the years. Continue Reading »
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is on board with changing the handicapped parking symbol on signs throughout the state.
Jonathan Slifka, the governor’s liaison to the disability community, said he made Malloy aware of the “Change the Sign. Change the Attitude” campaign spearheaded by the Arc of Farmington Valley, also known as FAVARH.
If the General Assembly adopts the legislation, which still has a long way to go to becoming law, the new logo would replace the current stick figure in a wheelchair with a sleeker wheelchair design that represents a person tilted forward and on the move. Continue Reading »
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) has launched a new website where individuals with disabilities can share their air travel experiences, both positive and negative. The new website can be found at www.airaccess30.org and is endorsed by Paralyzed Veterans and seven other disability organizations—United Spinal Association, Easter Seals, National Disability Rights Network, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Council on Independent Living, and The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Continue Reading »
Book Description – Are you a wheelchair user and want to learn about the process of traveling by plane before you take off for the first time? Or perhaps you’re a frequent flier and would just like to learn how to make the process easier for future flights? If you have ever wished that there was a guide to accessible air travel, this is the book for you!
Air Travel for Wheelchair Users is the first book entirely devoted to alleviating any fears that wheelchair users may have when it comes to flying. The entire process, from how to prepare for your upcoming flight to what to do after you land at your destination, is covered in depth. Continue Reading »
Bond, ropes, captivity, the impossibility of movement and similar association are exactly what most people think when they hear the words “confined to” and “bound”. It is not wrong. Does then it make any sense to say that someone is “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair bound”? No,it is absolutely pointless! Continue Reading »
Last week, CityMetricreported 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 »