Monday, December 9, 2019

Tag: Advocacy

Should I say ‘disabled person’ or ‘person with a disability’?⁠

Published: April 11, 2019

Recently, an Alberta woman with an obvious physical disability was asked to leave a grocery store and not come back because she could not pack her own groceries quickly enough. According to the report on CBC’s Go Public, the checkout clerk said she was slowing down the line as she struggled to bag her groceries, and the store said no staff were available to help her. Presumably, neither were other patrons.

This story is consistent with what many disabled people say they experience. The Human Rights Commission says that almost 60 per cent of all claims cite disability as the basis for discrimination. People with disabilities are routinely denied the rights we all know they are entitled to.

‘It’s going to be okay’: Mother uses personal experience to support people with spinal...

Published: April 4, 2019

Mandurah mother-of-two Tayla Stone said if she could send a message to her teenage self, it would be that things are going to be okay.

Sustaining a life-changing spinal cord injury in a dirt bike accident at just 16 years old, she found herself facing a confusing and unknown future.

But after tackling all the challenges the situation threw at her, Ms Stone will now use her experiences to support other people who find themselves in the position she was once in.

‘Changing Places’ Restroom Increases Accessibility For O’Hare Passengers With Disabilities

Published: January 6, 2019

Chicago (CBS) — O’Hare International Airport now offers a new level of service for travelers with disabilities, and advocates say this is just the beginning.

Located at Terminal 2, the new “Changing Places” restroom features an adult changing table, motorized lift system and a wheelchair-accessible shower as well as a toilet and sink.

Advocacy groups believe it will open up travel opportunities for people with significant disabilities and their families and caregivers.

Inspiring, long-surviving disability advocate Walt Lawrence grateful for 50 years of support

Published: September 20, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

He’s been paralyzed from the neck down for 50 years and that makes Walt Lawrence either the longest surviving ventilator-dependent quadriplegic in B.C. or darn close to it.

“He’s outlived any statistical, predictive model. He’s off the charts,” says Karen Anzai, a spinal cord program educator G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, as she looked at a graph on her computer showing expected lifespans of patients who are ventilator-dependent.

Workforce of Ability – Ben Trockman – TEDxEvansville

Published: December 12, 2017

While employers battle the “war for talent,” there exists a significant population of talented, problem-solving people, who have been largely excluded from the workforce. This population, people with disabilities, comprises 1 billion people worldwide; 56 million Americans, and represents the world’s largest minority.

United Spinal’s “Roll on Capitol Hill” to Advocate for Policies that Strengthen Health and...

Published: May 9, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Richard Bagby of Richmond, Virginia to Represent Disability Community

NEW YORK, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association’s 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., will host Richard Bagby, former collegiate athlete and deputy director of the organization’s Virginia chapter, along with other prominent disability advocates to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Bagby will be attending Roll on Capitol Hill to urge his state representatives to support legislation that helps people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) become productive members of society.

Experimental scaffold hasn’t reversed her paralysis, but she’s embraced life ‘with wheels as legs’

Published: November 21, 2016

jesi-strachamJesi Stracham used to captivate biotech investors and inadvertently move markets with social media posts documenting her dogged quest to get out of her wheelchair and back onto her feet.

These days, the energetic 24-year-old North Carolina resident goes online to tell a different story. Many of her Facebook and Instagram posts show her competing in off-road vehicle races, an adaptive water skiing competition, and a pageant for women with disabilities.

“I really just want to show people that there is life to be had in the wheelchair,” Stracham said. “There is life to be had with wheels as legs.”

Paralyzed Veterans of America Releases Statement Calling for Air Carrier Access Act Improvements

Published: June 22, 2016

pva-logoWASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – June 22, 2016) – Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) today released a statement highlighting the need for improvements to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). The ACAA, which prohibits disability-based discrimination against passengers with disabilities in air travel, was signed into law 30 years ago.

Paralyzed Veterans’ Executive Director Sherman Gillums, Jr. stated the following:

All Wheels Up Wants You to be Able to Stay in Your Wheelchair While...

Published: June 6, 2016

The advocacy group All Wheels Up thinks you should be able to stay in your wheelchair while you are flying, if that’s your preference. To reach this goal, the nonprofit is pushing for federal legislation to allow it, and also will begin crash testing wheelchairs to ensure flying while seated in one is safe.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Launches New Website Documenting Air Travel Experiences of People with...

Published: January 28, 2016

airaccess30-orgWASHINGTON–(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.

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