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.
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.
These are just some of the common frustrations shared by people traveling with a disability, but according to Heng, traveling could be made a lot easier.
“It’s about ensuring all links in the tourism supply chain are made accessible, from airports and airlines to public transport to tourist attractions to shops and bars,” Heng told Pro Bono News.
“All too often there are gaps in the chain that makes traveling with a disability frustrating, to say the least.”
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The majority of spinal cord injuries are still caused by traumatic events, such as road traffic accidents or falls. Sports injuries and violence are also common causes of spinal cord injuries. A (so-called) non-traumatic injury can occur because of arthritis, inflammation, infections or disc degeneration of the spine that can cause compression and therefore damage to the spinal cord. The incidence of non-traumatic injuries is increasing, partly due to better reporting but also due to the impact of an increasingly aging population.
DOUMA, Syria, March 15 (Reuters) – Ziad, a paralyzed 14-year-old boy, often stays alone in his room as bombs fall on Douma, the main rebel-stronghold in eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus.
Limited in scope, number and size, there are no nearby shelters equipped to receive Ziad who cannot be moved quickly or easily during airstrikes because of his spinal injuries.
“The shelters are not ready to accept people like me,” he said.
Until last year, treatment options were limited for spinal patients caught in a brutal civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced more than 11 million.
This week, hundreds of able-bodied people in Austin, Texas, will spend the day in a wheelchair to raise awareness of the accessibility issues people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices face on a daily basis.
The initiative, known as Archer’s Challenge, was started by 20-year-old Archer Hadley, who has cerebral palsy. Archer’s Challenge began in 2015, after Hadley was frustrated by the lack of automatic doors at his school.
Spinal cord injury experts in Australia have lobbied the Federal Government to establish a national register tracking the treatment and condition of patients.
Advocates believe more data could save the health system millions of dollars and improve the outcomes of people living with spinal cord injury (SCI).
Chris Bertinshaw from the Australiasian SCI Network said very little data was kept on people living with a spinal injury.
The Governor of California has just dealt a devastating blow to paralysis cure research.
Yesterday afternoon, driving home after a trip to Sacramento to talk to Secretary of Health Diana Dooley, who was very supportive about the research, I received a phone call on my cell. It was from Jeff Barbosa, legislative director to Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski.
AB 1657, which would devote $1 from certain traffic tickets to fund spinal cord injury research, is well-meaning but misguided. If the state is going to increase traffic fines, the revenue should pay for underfunded basic services.
Who would be so cruel, so selfish, as to deny money for spinal cord injury research? Unless you wish further harm to people who are paralyzed or otherwise disabled by spinal injury, certainly you want Californians to open up their wallets to fund studies, right?