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Tag: Americans with Disabilities Act

Langevin Presides Over House Opening 116th Congress

Published: January 4, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

WASHINGTON, DC  — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), the first quadriplegic elected to Congress, presided over the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 3, during the opening day of the 116th Congress.

As Speaker pro tempore, Langevin managed debate on the first day of the new Democratic majority as the House prepared to vote to end the Trump shutdown.

Langevin, co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, made history in 2010 when he became the first quadriplegic to act as Speaker pro tempore.

RI Congressman speaks to Bush’s work defending Americans with disabilities

Published: December 4, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WPRI) — As thousands made their way to the Capitol on Tuesday to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush, so did beneficiaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

President Bush signed the ADA, which is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability, into law in 1990.

“We must remove the physical barriers we have created and the social barriers we have accepted,” the former president said after signing it.

The 10 Best Cities for Accessibility

Published: May 16, 2018

The 10 Best Cities for AccessibilityMetro DC, Salt Lake City, and Tampa are leading the way in accessibility for housing, public transit, attractions and healthcare.

With Global Accessibility Awareness Day around the corner, we took a look at the most accessible cities throughout the country. The Social Security Administration estimates that one in five Americans is living with a disability, which can pose a specific set of challenges during everyday life. Although legislation exists that requires accessibility in public housing like hotels and university dorm rooms, the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t require all community features to be accessible.

Building better maps for the disability community

Published: April 6, 2018

Google and a slew of startups are including accessibility information in apps to help people navigate the world if they use wheelchairs or have other disabilities.

Occupational therapist turned disability rights activist Alanna Raffel has spent her career thinking about accessibility. So for her 30th birthday last year, she turned her passion into action.

Raffel had worked with disabled clients for years in Philadelphia. It wasn’t till late 2016, however, when she became more involved in advocacy, that she learned how difficult it was to find meeting spaces that could accommodate people of varying abilities. It’s particularly challenging in an old city like Philadelphia, where many of the buildings were built more than 200 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed.

ParaPerks

Published: June 28, 2016

ParaPerks is a mobile application provided to users with all types of mobility impairments that allows them to rate and review visited locations!

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.

REINVENTING THE WHEEL: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: July 14, 2015

Reinventing the Wheel Reveca Torres21 Photographers + 21 People with Spinal Cord Injury = 21 Photo Stories about ABILITY

The NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH + MEDICINE CHICAGO, with KEEPSAYK LLC, a pioneering Chicago Tech Startup, and BACKBONES, a nonprofit providing support for people with spinal cord injuries, announce the online debut of an innovative collaborative awareness project, Reinventing the Wheel: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury, in recognition of ADA25, the 25 anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act.