Fantasy Conventions Present Little Accessibility for Those With Disabilities

Professionals in the fantasy convention world are signing a pledge to refrain from attending the events until accessibility is taken more seriously by organizers. In an article from io9, some panelists at these conventions recount experiences where stages did not have ramps for those using wheelchairs. Read more

Wheelchair Facts, Numbers and Figures [Infographic]

KD Smart Chair, a manufacturer of power wheelchairs, recently released an infographic that visualizes the facts, numbers and figures about the wheelchair industry. The infographic provides some interesting background on the history and use of wheelchairs in the U.S. and around the world. http://kdsmartchair.com/blogs/news/18706123-wheelchair-facts-numbers-and-figures-infographic

The New York Times

A Moving Glass Box Conquers Uneven Terrain at a Subway Station

A new elevator at an above-ground New York City subway station is poised to “open transportation to the city,” according to an official with the advocacy group Disability in Action. The ribbon was cut at the elevator on the Dyckman Street station in Upper Manhattan last week. Edith Prentiss with Disability in Action said the newly accessible stop gives riders in wheelchairs access to “the entire eastern side of Washington Heights and Inwood.” Read more.

U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. Doesn’t Need the U.N.’s Disability Treaty

The United States does not need to ratify the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities because the U.S. already protects its disabled citizens, according to an opinion piece by Steven Groves in U.S. News & World Report.

According to Groves, U.S. federal laws are more specific than the “ambiguous” codes shaped by international opinion in the CRPD. Moreover, the U.S. legislation, including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act, can be expanded and modified.

CRPD activists pushing for ratification claim it will improve accessibility on a global level. Not so, says Groves. Read more.

The New York Times

City Agrees on Access to Taxis for Disabled

New York City has settled a long-standing lawsuit claiming the city’s taxi fleet was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the settlement, the city agreed to adopt regulations requiring that half of its more than 13,000 yellow cabs be accessible to people with disabilities in six years. Read more.