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Articles Tagged: People with Disabilities

TappCar’s accessible vehicles welcome in Edmonton, even for increased price, say advocates

Published: March 14, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Zachary WeeksRideshare accessibility comes into focus

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 »

AirAccess30.org

Published: February 1, 2016 | Category: Links
AirAccess30.org

AirAccess30.org

The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) was passed by Congress and signed into law on October 2, 1986. This law guarantees that people with disabilities receive consistent and nondiscriminatory treatment during air travel and requires air carriers to accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities.

In preparation for the 30th Anniversary of the ACAA, we are seeking your help in showing the progress that has been made as well as highlighting the work that still needs to be done to accomplish the spirit of the ACAA.

Please use our submission form to share your stories, photos, videos, and graphics about your air travel experiences as a passenger with a disability. Continue Reading »

“My everyday life is not ‘legendary’, any more than yours is” -Tim Rushby-Smith

Published: January 18, 2016 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Tim Rushby-Smith with wife and daughterWhy should taking my kids to the beach be a source of inspiration? There’s so much more we could talk about than the fact I’ve left the house.

I was on the beach with my family recently. As I made my way along the sand watching my kids in the surf, a man playing cricket with his son called out to me. “It’s great you’re getting out and about. You’re a legend. A real legend.”

I smiled back, somewhat baffled, and continued on my way. I was well up the beach before I had decoded his comment. My mere presence on the beach had so filled this man with admiration that he felt moved to place me in the company of Achilles. Continue Reading »

Why We Need More Stories of Disability That Aren’t About Overcoming Disability

Published: December 3, 2015 | Category: News

overcoming a disabilityMost stories that reach mainstream audiences about disability require the person to “overcome” it. You’ve seen the headlines: ‘Paralyzed bride walks down the aisle’ or ‘Paralyzed student walks on graduation day.” Stories like these deserve and should continue to be shared, but if those are the only stories we see in the media, we’re only seeing one portrayal of disability and we’re ignoring the diversity of disability experiences and perspectives.

Take paralysis as an example. Sure, some people would give anything to walk. Many go to great lengths to achieve it and some even succeed. However, not everyone has the option to walk. Continue Reading »

Alex Taylor – My battle to be stylish as a disabled man

Published: August 5, 2015 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury:

Alex Taylor in a leather jacketLife in a wheelchair comes with a unique set of daily challenges – like the difficulty of embracing fashion, writes Alex Taylor

My understanding of the complexities around disability and style began at an early age. Six-years old, to be exact. A lady politely came up and asked my mother where she could buy red shoes like mine. Of course, she didn’t know they were special orthopaedic shoes made to support my feet. She also certainly wasn’t prepared for my then innocent face to reply “you can’t, you have to have brain damage to get these”. Continue Reading »

Patients with traumatic spinal injuries have higher rate of insurance discontinuation

Published: February 20, 2015 | Category: News

higher rate of insurance discontinuationResearchers found insurance discontinuation rates were significantly higher for patients with traumatic spinal injuries when compared with healthy patient with no injuries, according to a recently published study.

Using the MarketScan database, the researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study of privately insured spine trauma patients who underwent surgery from 2006 to 2010. The researchers also used Kaplan-Meier survival analysis to assess the time to insurance discontinuation, as well as Cox proportional hazards regression to determine hazard ratios for discontinuation of insurance among patients with spinal trauma compared with matched controls. Continue Reading »

Imagine Me Project with people with spinal cord injury

Published: December 6, 2014 | Category: Videos

The Imagine Me Project is a creative awareness raising project about spinal cord injury by assisting people with disability to explore their imagination we hope to foster greater community understanding toward people living with disability. Continue Reading »

Solving the Beauty Equation: Wendy Crawford at TEDxTraverseCity 2014

Published: June 24, 2014 | Category: Videos

Wendy is an advocate who utilizes her connection to the fashion industry to develop unique endeavors that raise awareness for women with physical challenges. Continue Reading »

Honor the legacy of my father, Christopher Reeve

Published: December 9, 2013 | Category: News

Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesHe believed that all people with disabilities should be able to lead healthy and productive lives, no matter where they live.

By Matthew Reeve: My father, actor Christopher Reeve, loved to travel, even after he was paralyzed from a severe spinal cord injury. During trips to places in the United States and abroad, he spoke with many people who, like him, had to find ways to navigate daily life while living with paralysis. These conversations only furthered his resolve that all people with disabilities should be able to lead healthy and productive lives, no matter where they live. Continue Reading »

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone Who Uses a Wheelchair

Published: November 21, 2013 | Category: Information

Rachelle FriedmanI’ve heard some pretty crazy things come out of people’s mouths in my few short years as a wheelchair user. Most people definitely mean well, but some sentiments aren’t received the way many able bodied people might expect.  In the disabled community, it’s not uncommon for us to joke with each other about some of our interesting conversations with family, friends and strangers that often involve some off putting statements. below are the top 10 things that I’ve heard people say since my injury that don’t necessarily leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. –Rachelle Friedman Continue Reading »