People with disabilities in Boston are speaking out about accessibility after snowstorms. Read more
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
Uber and Lyft are facing lawsuits in several different states over discrimination against people with disabilities. Now, advocates want better access and equal service for disabled riders. Read more
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
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio approved a 30-cent taxi surcharge as part of a plan to make city cabs wheelchair accessible by 2020. The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission unanimously approved the charge on Wednesday. Read more.
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.
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.
New York City has agreed to adopt new taxi cab regulations to settle a class action lawsuit claiming the city was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As part of the agreement, the city will require half of its 13,000 yellow cabs be accessible to people with disabilities.