Transportation & Travel

Faulty STM bus ramps anger wheelchair-user

Michel Nadeau says he is so fed up with STM buses having faulty wheelchair ramps that he may bring his complaint as far as the Human Rights Commission. Nadeau, 20, has cerebral palsy and has been using a wheelchair most of his life. Nadeau says every time he tries to take the 200 bus on Montreal’s West Island from either Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue or Beaconsfield to Pointe-Claire, the ramp on the bus doesn’t work. His twin brother Mathieu, who also has cerebral palsy but is not in a wheelchair, usually has to lift him onto the bus.

Wheelchair user from Barnstaple one of the first to pass advanced driving test

A WHEELCHAIR user from Barnstaple is one of the only disabled people in Devon to have passed her advanced driving test. Lyn Essery, 65, uses a power chair to get around after developing hip problems and a disease similar to Parkinsons around seven years ago. She has been driving since

Taming Our Fear of Flying

Traveling by air gets us where we need to go, but not without hassles, foul-ups, and sometimes, blatant discrimination. NEW MOBILITY decided to find out from you, our readers, which airlines are passing muster, which ones are failing us, and what we can do about it. More than 1,000 of

MV-1 wheelchair-access vehicle now available at 107 dealerships

More than 100 dealers are now prepared to offer their customers MV-1 wheelchair-accessible vehicles, Mobility Ventures said in a statement today. The MV-1 is the only American-manufactured vehicle completely purpose-built and designed for people who use wheelchairs. Mobility Ventures LLC, a unit of AM General LLC that designs and manufactures

Wheelchair accessibility is an issue in Luxembourg

Luxembourg needs to step up its game when it comes to assuring wheelchair access in shops and restaurants. This may not seem like an obvious problem to many, however it is one that affects over 20 percent of the European Union population. The fact that Luxembourg is a small country

Changes to taxi rules will put more wheelchair-accessible cabs on D.C. streets

Starting next month, hotels and other venues will be able to alert cab drivers when there is a surge in business; more wheelchair-accessible taxis will cruise city streets, and the time it take prospective drivers to become licensed will shorten dramatically. The changes, which take effect Oct. 1, are included

Wheelchair-bound passenger lost at airport

A trip to the East Coast to visit her daughter turned into a bit of a marathon for Alice Vaticano, 85. “I was just sitting all day in a wheelchair,” she said. Alice Vaticano’s daughter took her to the Newark airport, where a skycap promised to wheel her directly to

Towter Transporter is designed to make moving a wheelchair easier

When someone has a powered wheelchair that needs to be transported, the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van is often required. Canadian inventor Len Wideman, however, doesn’t think that people should have to go to such an extreme. That’s why he created the Towter Transporter. It’s a climate-controlled trailer that’s designed

Discovering the San Juan Islands

If the vacation you’re craving this year calls for a mellow place that’s an escape from stress, and also offers beautiful scenery and accessible adventures under bright blue and sunny skies, then set your sights on the San Juan Islands. It’s not Puerto Rico you’ll be headed to, but an

Does Ireland provide equal public transport to wheelchair users?

LAST WEEK A woman who uses a wheelchair took to Facebook to share her experience of using public transport in Ireland. She shared how in just one day, both rail and bus services in Dublin failed her, writing: This is the normal everyday humiliation for people with a disability in

Aberdeen woman wants to start wheelchair taxi service

An Aberdeen woman interested in starting a service that would provide transportation for people in wheelchairs is asking the city for an exemption to its city ordinance requiring taxi services to operate 24 hours a day. Connie LaRocque appeared before the Aberdeen City Council during the open forum to ask

Wheelchair user turned away from both Dart and bus

A YOUNG wheelchair user was left stranded on her way to college after she was unable to board both a train and a bus in Dublin. Irish Rail has apologised after Aideen Horan (23), who is a student at UCD’s Blackrock campus, could not get on a train at Sydney

Not Without A Fight: The Push To Make Beacon Hill Wheelchair Accessible

Thanks to an innovative program called Understanding Our Differences, my daughter’s elementary school classmates have some idea how it feels to be blind, to have hearing loss and to live with physical disabilities. Together, they strained to read through a screen that clouded their vision. They tried communicating via sign

Where to go on holiday as a disabled traveller

Travelling with a disability does have additional considerations but with enough research holidays shouldn’t be too stressful. They can however be rather expensive; as a wheelchair user I can’t always jump on the local public transport so the cost of taxi fares soon rack up and not all destinations have

Long Beach Transit Upgrades 153 Buses with New Wheelchair-Securing Systems

A motion to install new wheelchair securement systems as well as able-bodied passenger safety measures to 153 Long Beach Transit coaches was carried out by the Long Beach Transit (LBT) Board on Monday. The reconfiguration will be done with 4ONE Q’POD systems—forward-facing wheelchair securement stations—making wheelchair securement safer, reducing risk

Dubai Municipality to make all parks disabled friendly

Public parks in the emirate are to be refurbished to make them more accessible for disabled people. The Dubai Municipality project will start in October and take two years to complete. It will cover all major public and residential parks, said Hussain Nasser Lootah, the director general of Dubai Municipality.

News

Wheelchair Regulation Changes, But Not Everyone’s Happy

Tonight the backlash in Dunkirk continues over some controversial wheelchair legislation. Last month 7 Eyewitness News first reported on the Dunkirk Police Department’s interpretation of state vehicle and traffic law, applying them to power wheelchairs. This law made the use of power wheelchairs illegal if the operator was under the age of 16. It also required anyone operating a motorized wheelchair to wear a helmet, along with yielding the right of way when entering a roadway. Dunkirk police have made it clear that these guidelines were handed down from the state, but not everyone is happy.

New wheelchair makes sports possible for boy

David Crosby, 11, spun around in his new wheelchair. “This is the greatest chair,” said David, who has spina bifida. “Now I get to play basketball.” David was given two wheelchairs recently by Wheelchairs for Kids in a surprise presentation that included World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Titus O’Neil, known outside

Judges reverse Hollister’s wheelchair access ruling

A Denver federal judge’s ruling that Hollister Co. stores discriminated against people in wheelchairs has been partially overturned by a three-judge appellate panel. The stores are operated by New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF). U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel in Denver, ruling on a lawsuit brought against

Probe begins into ” wheelchair unfriendly” glass lift at council headquarters

Harborough councillors will meet to discuss issues with disabled access to the new £6 million district council headquarters later this month. Complaints about the glass lift at the newly opened Symington Building, in Adam and Eve Street, have prompted staff at Harborough District Council to look access to its library

Vanishing Wheelchair hold free workshops in Asheville

Ricky Boone and T.J. Shimeld don’t use herbal remedies or cutting-edge technology to forge the path of healing disabled people in their community. They just use magic. For more than a year the two have held monthly fundraising magic shows in the hopes of putting on a series of luncheons

Woman suing OC for wheelchair accident

A Philadelphia woman who says she suffered a serious injury on a wheelchair sidewalk ramp in downtown Ocean City is suing the resort town for negligence. Oda Wendt, 89, alleges in her lawsuit that she fell out of her wheelchair and broke her arm because of a defective sidewalk. She’s

72 Nova Scotia schools not accessible to wheelchair users

More than 72 Nova Scotia schools are not accessible to students with mobility issues, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development said Wednesday. That means students who use wheelchairs, such as Peyton Roach, can’t use parts of their schools. Roach, 10, attends senior elementary at Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea School, but can’t

Ringwood to spend $59K on new wheelchair lift at Erskine School

In response to a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), New York Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the district has arranged to have an incline wheelchair lift installed in Robert Erskine Elementary School at a cost of $59,300. In addition, a wheelchair-accessible ramp will be built from

Billions Blown on Power Wheelchairs in Medicare Scam

In the little office where they ran the scam, a cellphone would ring on Sonia Bonilla’s desk. That was the sound of good news: Somebody had found them a patient. When Bonilla answered the phone, one of the scam’s professional “patient recruiters” would read off the personal data of a

Ms. Wheelchair America 2015

Samantha Schroth of Wisconsin was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2015 Saturday night at the national pageant in Long Beach, California.

Watch Live! 43rd Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant

Watch the Crowning live on Saturday, August 9th.

Disability Treaty Passes Senate Committee

This morning the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities passed out of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a vote of 12-6. Next it must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. The CRPD, or, Disability Treaty, is designed to promote the rights and dignity of

Congress Weighing Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

A long-stagnant bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits is starting to make its way through Congress. The legislation known as the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act would allow people with disabilities to create special

“This Is How We Roll” Fashion Show CALL FOR MODELS is now open!

We are searching for 50 wheelchair users, men, women, and children, of all ages to model our retailer’s clothing and promote our mission. (Space is limited!) Watch our Video with 2013 Highlights. Share it with family & friends!!

Nordstrom’s New Campaign Features Model in a Wheelchair

Nordstrom’s anniversary sale can often be enough to create some buzz around the Seattle-based retailer, but this time, one of their models is coming close to trumping the news. Fashion blogger and editor Jillian Mercado has used a wheelchair since age 12 and is one of the faces of the

Vietnam vet gets new wheelchair after Lowe’s employees help him

Michael Sulsona had no idea a trip to Lowe’s would end up changing his life. The Marine Corps veteran, who lost both legs after stepping on a landmine in Vietnam in 1971, says he’d waited two years for the Department of Veterans Affairs to send him a new wheelchair. It

Sports

USA Team takes silver in wheelchair basketball

The U.S. fought hard in the wheelchair basketball finals, but fell 19-9 to Great Britain to take silver at the inaugural Invictus Games Sept. 13, in London. The building shook as USA Team and Team Britain played for gold in front of approximately 6,000 people. “We couldn’t hear each other talk,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Jacob Bradley Rich. “You could hear it, feel it, it was so thick you could eat it.” “For all of us to be able to go out and play a sport is a privilege,” said Army Sgt. Delvin Maston. “A lot of people don’t get that opportunity, but to have that privilege in front of 6000 people (and) we don’t know how many people watching (on television), that’s the ultimate of the sport. It was an awesome experience.”

PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships hit the Lowcountry

Top athletes from around the world came out to Hilton Head Island this weekend to compete in the PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championship Tournament. 95 disabled athletes from 14 different countries all came out to play and gain points to qualify for the Paralympic Games. Tournament Director, Julie Jilly, says “This

IndyCar’s Sam Schmidt Has Built A Small Motorsports Empire From His Wheelchair

At the dawn of the new millennium, January 6, 2000 wasn’t a particularly eventful day, but for race car driver Sam Schmidt it was life-changing. Schmidt was testing his Indy Racing League car at Walt Disney DIS +0.5% World Speedway, a 1-mile tri-oval track in Orlando, Florida, for a race

Wheelchair tennis player Madhu Bagri made to go from pillar to post

In a case of utter apathy and lack of co-ordination shown by various bodies that control the sport, Ahmedabad-based wheelchair Tennis player Madhu Bagri has been made to run from pillar to post to get the permission to participate in the upcoming Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea. Bagri,

Brazil wins wheelchair rugby qualification tournament for Toronto 2015

With four wins in as many games, the Brazil’s wheelchair rugby team finished on top at the Big Maximus Championships in Niteroi, Brazil, and qualified for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. The Big Maximus Championships, which served as the South American sub-regional qualification tournament, took place from 27 August

Z’s Army roars to 27th Wheelchair Shootout crown

They may use the last letter of the alphabet for the prominent part of their name, but they’re first in the hearts of anyone who watched them play basketball this weekend at the 27th annual Labor Day Texas Wheelchair Shootout. Z’s Army owned the championship game virtually from start to

World Championships for wheelchair tennis being held in Forest Park

While many felt like they were baking in today’s sun, that didn’t stop the back and forth in Forest Park today. ‘I play with gloves and I had to switch them many times,’ says Stephane Houdet, a French player ranked 2nd in the world. ‘But I think it was worse

Bond of brothers: Wheelchair-bound twin with cerebral palsy makes history by completing gruelling 16-hour Ironman at his brother’s side

Twins Peder and Steen Mondrup have become heroes among the endurance racing community after Peder became the first person with cerebral palsy to complete an Ironman. Despite being confined to a wheelchair his entire life, he has completed the KMD Ironman Copenhagen Challenge using a specially designed wheelchair that his

‘Power Soccer’ Puts Wheelchair Athletes Into The Game

Sitting on Chris Finn’s desk in his home in San Leandro, Calif., is a piece of sporting history. It’s a trophy, about a foot tall, and looks kind of like a metal flame rising up and encircling the globe. “This is the actual World Cup, sitting on my desk,” Finn

Manchester United become first club to hire wheelchair bound coach for able-bodied players

The Premier League giants have brought on board 22-year-old Sohail Rehman who was born with the debilitating condition spinal muscular atrophy. Mr Rehman received a letter of congratulations from legendary former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after he became a fully-qualified coach last year. And the Red Devils fan has

Regina athlete wins silver in world wheelchair rugby tournament

A Regina athlete went to the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Denmark last week as the only woman on Canada’s national team. On Tuesday, Miranda Biletski came back a silver medalist. Biletski says it’s the biggest honour of her wheelchair rugby career. She was one of only three women

Vets’ wheelchair games to begin

Philadelphia will play host to the 34th National Veterans’ Wheelchair Games in mid-August, with several of the competitions overflowing into Moorestown, Maple Shade, and Berlin. Presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the games will begin Aug. 12 at the Convention Center in

Astana Hosts International Wheelchair Dance Competition

Around 30 participants from Russia, Belarus, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Kazakhstan competed on the parquet of the Palace of Independence July 26-27, hoping to dance their way to the top at the 2014 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Wheelchair Dance Sport (WDS) Kazakhstan Open. This WDS competition

Wheel Chair Basketball Player Find His Love for Sports Again

A young Bismarck man’s dream was put on hold. “If you would have talked to me 12 years ago when I got hurt, I never thought that I would ride in a car again or play basketball or go hand biking or ski down a mountain.” said Dayton Fayler. Dayton

Local man strikes it big with win in wheelchair bowling championship

As Keith Green bowled the final rounds of the 53rd annual American Wheelchair Bowling Association National Championship Tournament, held June 9-14 at Bowl America Short Pump, his wife Kim had to excuse herself from the building. Kim was overcome with tears as it became clear her husband was going to

Adaptive Surfing Comes to Rockaway Beach

California’s premiere adaptive surfing organization, Life Rolls On, is holding an adaptive surfing clinic on Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y., for adults and children with all types of disabilities. The event will take place on Sunday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and over 200 participants are expected

Columns

Disabled Writer Pens Critical Open Letter To Kanye West About “Wheelchair Incident”

Kanye West found himself in the middle of another controversy this week when the G.O.O.D. Music boss told two fans in wheelchairs to stand up at a recent concert in Australia. Kanye apparently refused to continue his show until he had confirmation the concert goers were really handicapped.Ye later came out and blamed the media for over blowing the situation, and he told the press to “pick a new target.” West’s wife Kim Kardashian defended her husband on Instagram and accused the media of twisting things as well. Now a member of the media has written an open letter to Kanye about the wheelchair incident. Huffington Post contributor and stroke survivor Harshada Rajani penned a post titled “Open Letter to Kanye West, From a Kid Who Gets ‘Special Parking and S**t.” Read Rajani’s open letter below.

More Than Meets the Eye: When Perception and Spirit Outweigh Disability

It’s been said that perception is reality, that the hand is quicker than the eye. It’s also been said that fear of the unknown can make one do things they never thought possible. Time and time again, we’ve put these theories to the absolute test. The results ultimately change the

Cerebral Palsy and a Wheelchair: Two Things That Won’t Stop Andrew From Going to a Gay Club

When Andrew Morrison-Gurza, 19 at the time, was preparing to go to a gay bar for the first time, he did what most young gay men do: He had a friend over, talked about what to wear, and put on some pre-party music. Andrew recalls: [W]e made a bunch of

Dreams not Bound to Wheelchair

The jewellery by Preetha J displayed at Creant Art Gallery in Sasthamangalam has a story. Not the fact that glass, wooden and terracotta beads used to make it has been sourced from far-off places using a social networking site. But the story that the jewellery helps Preetha, a person bound

Getting a job as a wheelchair user

I remember one of the strangest job interviews I ever had, was not long after graduating from Law School at the University of Western Australia. I had a new suit, my hair was appropriately fastened in a “professional” looking bun and I made sure my wheelchair was nice and clean

Imagine Yourself in a Wheelchair

There is a very high probability that sometime soon, you or a loved one in your family will need to use a wheelchair to get around, either temporary or permanently. Right now, researchers estimate that about 2.2 million Americans use a wheelchair for mobility and that number is only going

Despicable Memes

There is an Internet meme I despise. It is a photograph of a woman struggling out of her wheelchair to fetch a bottle from a liquor store shelf. It always appears with a caption calling this a “miracle” and it always attracts a slew of “LMAO!!!!” comments about disabled people

When Wheelchairs Are Cool

LAST week, the celebrity gossip site TMZ posted pictures of Justin Bieber in a wheelchair. He was not at a hospital. He was at Disneyland. As everyone knows, Disney patrons in wheelchairs get to cut to the front of the lines. But as a dispute flared over whether this was

This Guy Crowd Surfing In A Wheelchair Is Exactly What Happiness Looks Like

While attempting a snowboarding stunt in 2009, Ryan Chen fell 35 feet to the ground and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. He was instantly paralyzed from the waist down. Now 25 years old, Chen uses a wheelchair to get around. But his physical limitations haven’t stopped him from living

I use a wheelchair, why can’t I find a disabled-friendly flat?

Everyone knows it’s tough to find a place to live in London, and that’s without a disability. I recently graduated from university with a degree in social work and, like many young graduates, would love to live in London to increase my chances of getting a job and because most

“Wheelchair access route” in Japanese garden may require magical incantation to cross

Like in so many developed countries, sidewalks, public buildings and schools all over Japan are steadily being transformed to allow bariaa furii, or barrier-free, access for all. This is of course a wonderful thing, since no one should ever be excluded or have their path blocked due to something like

4 Wheel City: Rapping Rehab

In the heart of rural Pennsylvania, in a crowded conference ballroom filled with people of all ages and disability types, a hip-hop group from New York City brought the house down. The group, 4 Wheel City, performed gut-wrenching songs about how they became injured — gun violence — and also

Clint Voelker finds freedom from his wheelchair in the sea: Tammany Sportsman

Although confined to a wheelchair for nearly his entire adult life, Clint Voelker has experienced more freedom than most men. With an oxygen tank strapped to his back and goggles wrapped around his cropped brown hair, the 30-year-old Mandeville resident routinely goes where many never dare: The untapped wilderness of

Woman Takes on Boot Camp in a Wheelchair

Connie Belt has been in a wheelchair since she was 3 and a half years old. Belt is a survivor of domestic violence. Growing up Belt says she didn’t go to any special schools and was able to do all the activities her peers did. As an adult, that hasn’t

The Power of Dance

Dance is an art form that only the human body can express. Throughout the world, one sees dance as an expression to its culture, identity and visual beauty. And when it is shared, we get a richer understanding of the world around us. Because of this, I feel dance can

Camping Season Is Here

It’s the first official weekend of summer and that means it’s the start of camping season. Camping is a great way to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether the preference is a tent or a luxurious cabin, everyone should be able to enjoy a camping trip. A disability should not

Research

Inventor creates mind-controlled wheelchair which steers away from obstacles using an artificial intelligence system

WHEN Jordan Nguyen leapt off a wobbly diving board, hit his head on the bottom of the pool, and spent 24 hours paralysed, he vowed to focus his budding research career on helping people with disabilities. Eight years later, he has invented a mind-controlled wheelchair that can navigate via camera, steer away from obstacles using an artificial intelligence system, and can be directed via electrical energy from the brain. “The accident changed my perspective on life, it made me thankful for every day I have,” Mr Nguyen said. “So at UTS (University of Technology, Sydney), I started moving all of my electives towards medical science, understanding neuroscience, then robotics, then artificial intelligence and biomedical instrumentation.

Stephen Hawking shows off Intel’s connected wheelchair

While Apple was announcing its latest iPhones, Intel was showing off a wheelchair. The chipset maker revealed its connected wheelchair on Tuesday, complete with endorsement from one of the world’s greatest living scientists, Dr. Stephen Hawking. The wheelchair is being created by Intel’s internet of things department, and is designed

Custom Wheelchair With Push Rowing Action Developed by Rice Students for Kid’s Unique Needs

Many people have to use wheelchairs for conditions other than lower body paralysis. A variety of muscle and joint disorders can make both arms and legs ineffective, and even operating traditional wheelchairs can be a challenge. For people like Pedro, a fifteen year old with arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that

Orangevale man invents ‘coolest’ wheelchair

Taking risks and living life to the extreme hasn’t changed for Trevor Snowden. The only difference – he’s doing it in a wheelchair. “In a lot of aspects, the life I led as an able bodied person, being fast, wild, obnoxious — I became humbled,” Snowden explained. Snowden was a

Innovations: Emerging Trends in the Wheelchair Market

Innovation doesn’t usually come in merely a single product, but at its best, it is an underswell of technology that eventually changes an entire marketplace. Such is the case with the wheelchair industry, where although innovation is sometimes traceable to a single origin, often it’s more of a widespread current

Eye-controlled wheelchair developed by Microsoft engineers

In late July a team at Microsoft were presented with a challenge by former New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason: find a way to let him drive his wheelchair by using his eyes. Gleason suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. For Gleason that muscle-wasting disease in a

Former automotive engineer designs more user friendly wheelchair

A wheelchair designed by a former automotive engineer that promises to be more comfortable and easier to operate than conventional models is set to go on sale from September. The Whill wheelchair was designed by Satoshi Sugie, 32, who once worked as a designer at Nissan Motor Co. He eventually

Quad’s Thoughts Move Hand with Neurobridge

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first person to use Neurobridge, an electronic

Techno trousers that give wheelchair users chance to walk again

They may be compared to Wallace and Gromit’s “Wrong Trousers” but the robotic legs made by Rex are giving wheelchair users the chance to walk. Almost fully encasing the bottom half, they hold the legs in place while they walk from place to place, controlled by a small joystick at

Rio Firefly handcycle turns any wheelchair into a power scooter

Walking the dog, popping out to the shops, going sightseeing … it’s not that wheelchair users can’t do these things, it’s just that they’re a pain in the butt. Or, more often, a pain in the shoulder or a case of carpal tunnel or RSI. Everything takes more planning when

Scientists Develop Eyetracking Wheelchair for Severely Disabled

Scientists in London are working to develop a wheelchair that can be maneuvered simply by looking in the direction in which the user wishes to travel. If the project succeeds, relatively inexpensive software could be used to provide better mobility to paralyzed people and people without arms. Most people suffering

Wheelchair art adds colour to Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre

What is the Mobile Painting Device? The device, which attaches to a wheelchair, allows someone with almost no mobility to create art. The device delivers a gravity-fed stream of paint to a roller that’s controlled by the wheelchair artist, who paints on a canvas laid out on the ground. “It

Essential Apps for People with Disabilities

It’s no mystery that smartphones have completely changed the way we view our everyday activities. Whether we are communicating with loved ones across the country or snapping photos of our pets, our various devices are rarely ever more than an arm’s reach away. For people with disabilities, these devices have

Paraplegic Teenager Ditched Wheelchair For Awesome Robotic Suit To Kick Off World Cup

The 2014 World Cup is sure to include drama and emotion but there won’t likely be a moment as inspirational as one that took place just before the kickoff of the opening game. A unidentified teenager who is paraplegic wore a high-tech exoskeleton suit that enabled him to give the

Kenosha company develops a better wheelchair

A Kenosha engineering firm says it has developed a new wheelchair aimed at reducing shoulder and wrist injuries that come from using a regular wheelchair, and that’s also faster and better at climbing. Procubed LLC hopes to begin selling the new wheelchair late this year starting with Veterans Affairs facilities.

The Incredible Stair-Climbing, Self-Parking, Amphibious Wheelchair

On the morning of Jan. 6, 2007, U.S. Marine Corporal Joshua Hoffman and his platoon were notified of possible insurgent activity near their station in Fallujah, Iraq. When they arrived and began a sweep of an alley, Hoffman, a tall, strapping former wrestler with a passion for muscle cars, stood

Issues

Life in a wheelchair provides challenges from parking lot to closed door

Whether he’s looking for a job or at a college campus, Brandon Elliott looks at life from a different perspective. Elliott, who has spina bifida, has been in a wheelchair his entire life. A recent high school graduate, Elliott plans to attend college at Lake Area Technical Institute this winter, but aims to transfer to Southwest Minnesota State University — a campus that is handicapped accessible. While he doesn’t venture out to many places in Aberdeen, except the Super City Mall, his biggest challenge lately has been in his search for a job, according to Elliott. He’s had offers, but turned them down after looking at the companies’ lack of accessible bathrooms, he said.

Cook County’s inmates in wheelchairs face challenges and pose risks in jail

Inside the Cook County Jail, a wheelchair can be a weapon. An inmate in a wheelchair can remove a handrail and turn it into a club. A seat-adjustment handle can be fashioned into a shank. And a shank can be hidden in an inmate’s colostomy bag. These are facts everyone

Why new wheelchair icon is more than just a symbol

Over the past sev­eral years, scores of dis­ability rights activists have begun to ques­tion the effi­cacy of the ubiq­ui­tous wheel­chair symbol, arguing that the white-​​on-​​blue icon depicts people with dis­abil­i­ties as pas­sive, depen­dent, even mechanical. Kim­berly Izar, DMSB’16, is but one of the vocal critics of the Inter­na­tional Symbol of

Wheelchair user says basic human rights are being ignored in N.S.

Denise Fitzgerald was on vacation in St Lucia last July, when she started to get headaches and a stiff neck. She was admitted to hospital on her return to Nova Scotia and was diagnosed with Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. The 42-year-old says she suffered significant cognitive impairment, forgetting

Stop Saying ‘Wheelchair-Bound’ And Other Outdated And Offensive Terms To People With Disabilities

Discussing disabilities may feel like trying to avoid metaphorical tripwires. One innocent misstep and an able-bodied person may receive a tongue lashing just for saying “handicap vehicle” instead of “wheelchair accessible vehicle.” To help you sidestep situations like the one above, note the following tips when discussing disabilities.

Leveling the Playing Field: My Lesson From Stella Young and the Dangers of “Inspiration Porn”

In 1913, Webster’s dictionary defined inspiration as “the act of power in exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions — the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates.” That definition has clearly evolved as times have changed, changing what society considers inspirational. It’s manifested into

Will Merriam be the first Midwest city to adopt modern wheelchair access icon?

It’s time for signs to keep up with the times. That is the contention of two men who are working to make Merriam the first Midwest city to adopt a new, more active-looking symbol indicating a place is accessible to those who use wheelchairs. Finn Bullers of Prairie Village is

Lompoc native prepping for cross-country trek in wheelchair

During his teenage years, Hendrik “Eddie” Block likely turned a few heads when he would ride his wheelchair from his home in downtown Lompoc to Cabrillo High School in Vandenberg Village. As an athlete in his teens, he certainly drew attention from around the state when he claimed championships in

Stop Telling Me That I’m Pretty for a Girl in a Wheelchair: How Your Words Contribute to Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Women with disabilities experience the highest rate of personal violence of any group in our society. There are many factors that contribute to this and one factor is self-esteem. Imagine for a minute that you are the average woman – you are told daily by beauty magazines that your hair

Avoiding and Coping With Caregiver Stress

A caregiver, also known as a personal care attendant or PCA, is someone who helps a person with a disability with the activities of daily living that everyone engages in. These activities include bathing, dressing, cooking, housework and much more. A PCA can be anyone from a registered nurse to

Organization brings awareness of life in wheelchair

People often see a wheelchair as a negative, but Marblehead Veterans Middle School seventh-graders learned first-hand that it can also be a positive. “Without it I would be home sitting on my couch, I wouldn’t be here for similarity awareness,” said Chandler Bullard of Northeast Passage, an organization that shows

Electric wheelchair ticket to independence for young woman

When Jessica Hayward was a little girl, she dreamed of chasing tornadoes. Today the 27-year-old just wants to get to Wal-Mart on her own. “I’m just lost,” said Jessica, who lives in a rehabilitation center with residents three times her age because of spinal muscular atrophy III. Up until last

Trans Pennine Trail Coast-to-Coast Wheelchair Trip

An RSPB manager is undertaking a 215-mile (346km) coast-to-coast trip to help raise money to “get rid of obstacles” to give the disabled greater access to the countryside. Roy Taylor, has Motor Neurone disease, and is travelling the Trans Pennine Trail in a four-wheel-drive wheelchair.

Disability Etiquette

How should I act when meeting someone with a disability? How should I behave around a coworker or a friend’s significant other with a disability? These are common questions for someone who has had limited interaction with a person with a disability. A quick web search for a lesson in disability

Magnetic clothing changing lives for those with limited mobility

BOSTON   —Imagine waking up one morning and not being able to dress yourself. That  happened to former Boston College football coach Don Horton. Watch the report here In this week’s Boston Strong, how Horton and his wife turned his  life-changing disease into a winning game-changer in the lives of so

Michigan residents with disabilities hit hard by polar vortex

Michigan’s record snowfalls and cold are inconvenient for everyone, but they are especially difficult for people with disabilities. The snow and ice still on Michigan sidewalks can trap people with disabilities at home or even put them in danger. Just getting to work or to a doctor’s appointment can be daunting.

Books

Devoted: The Story of a Father’s Love for His Son

In early 1962, Dick and Judy Hoyt were eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child. Dick anticipated a child who would share his love of sports and become an athlete like his father. Judy simply wanted a happy, healthy child. The day of the birth arrived and within hours, all the hopes and dreams that the Hoyts had held for their child were shattered. There had been complications during the birth that had caused many problems for their newborn son, named Rick. Dick and Judy knew on their trip home from the hospital that something was drastically wrong with their son. He was totally silent and his limbs remained tight and spastic all the time. After countless trips to doctors and pediatric specialists, Dick and Judy were told that the best thing they could do for their firstborn son was to put him in an institution and forget that he’d ever been born. Rick

VIPs

MS. WHEELCHAIR ILLINOIS FOCUSES ON ADVOCACY

The Ms. Wheelchair America pageant is not like traditional beauty competitions – it’s all about advocacy and achievements. The competition was held last month. Although she didn’t win, Ms. Wheelchair Illinois says it was an amazing experience. In March, 27-year-old Pearl Gannon was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Illinois. “My platform is about mental health,” Gannon said. “When you have a disability that deteriorates, you get tired, and just finding that strength to go on.”

SCI Superstar: Tresa Honaker

Teresa “Tresa” Honaker, of Grass Valley, California may have only been paralyzed for 2 1/2 years, but she’s already made history as the first wheelchair aerialist. A lifelong dancer and gymnast who became passionate about aerial performing later in life, she founded the aerial group Air Aligned in 2002 to

A new Ms. Wheelchair New York

Five women waited patiently Saturday afternoon for their names to be called. After three hours of interviews, outfit changes and growing excitement at the Albany Marriott Hotel, the five pageant contestants wanted nothing more than an answer — who would go home with the crown? And upon emcee Denise DiNoto’s

SCI Superstar: Sam Schroth

Newly crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2015 Sam Schroth, 22 years old from Appleton, Wisconsin, is new to the wheelchair game. She was injured less than two years ago in a freak accident just before she was about to move onto her secondary studies. But the thing about Sam – she’s

SCI Superstar: Claes Hulting

Considered by many as the Christopher Reeve of Sweden, Claes Hulting since his injury has dedicated his life to promoting enhanced rehabilitation and research of spinal cord injuries. And what he’s created, Spinalis, a cutting edge rehab facility in Sweden, is admired around the globe. Being the founder of an

Woman earns law degree, title of Ms. Wheelchair

It was 14 years ago that Rosa Angelica Colon’s life was forever changed. She was on her way to work on a group project with classmates at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover when her car flipped over on Interstate 93. Colon was left partially paralyzed and has used

Ms. Wheelchair Indiana to use title as platform

The Ms. Wheelchair Indiana contest doesn’t get a lot of attention. Perhaps that’s because there were only five entries in last year’s event and only three entries this year. Maybe it’s because the contest isn’t a beauty contest. Its purpose is to select an articulate, accomplished person who depends on

Winning for awareness: Ms. Wheelchair LA hopes her win will inspire others

Louisiana has a new Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana. Her name’s Leah Hoffpauir, and she wants to make a change. Leah entered just a week before the pageant. She said she’s not really the pageant type, but when she realized winning this pageant could help bring awareness, she felt like she had

Harrisville woman to compete in Ms. Wheelchair America

As Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania 2014, Butler County’s Jen Gilliland will compete against 29 other women for the national title of Ms. Wheelchair America in August in Long Beach, Calif. Regardless of the outcome, she is using the visibility from her state title to promote awareness of invisible disabilities: cystic fibrosis,

Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma 2014 plans to promote good nutrition

Mary Beth Davis, 23, of Stillwater, is the newly crowned Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma 2014, and she’s using her platform to encourage people with physical disabilities to get healthier. Davis received her crown on March 29 at the Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City before a crowd of about 130. All

Ms. Wheelchair Virginia hopes to take national title

A woman passionate about traveling, Kanika Davis listed off locations she has visited and those on her upcoming itineraries — Las Vegas, Florida, Jamaica. This summer, the Lynchburg native hopes to add one more destination — Long Beach, Calif. — where she will represent Virginia in the Ms. Wheelchair America

Ms. Wheelchair NC Prepares For Nationals

She’s a daughter, lawyer and pageant champion, but don’t call her a pageant queen. “I’m not a pageant girl,” Ariella Barker said. “I watch them on TV and I’m like this is so wrong.” Ariella Barker is reigning Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina and a spokeswoman for disabled people in the

ASU student Juliet Martinez crowned Miss Wheelchair Arizona 2014

To the cheer of the audience and the flashing of cameras, management of technology graduate student Juliet Martinez rolled to center stage. She expressed the gratitude and elegance commonly expected at a pageant, though this one was somewhat different. The title of Miss Wheelchair Arizona is not based on appearances

Longview makeup artist’s motto: ‘Do not let society dictate your life’

Longview resident Evelyna Castro doesn’t think of herself as disabled — but the 33-year-old makeup artist was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Washington 2014 this month. The Seattle pageant is not a beauty contest — the title is issued annually to a wheelchair user between the age of 18 and 65 who

Someone You Should Know: Miss Wheelchair Illinois

She’s a beauty queen with an important message. Pearl Gannon, Miss Wheelchair Illinois, is someone you should know, reports CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield. Gannon was eight years old when she slowly began to lose her ability to walk, from a neuromuscular disorder named CMT, and she has observed peoples’ perceptions

Paralyzed Prince George’s Co. police officer wins pageant

Shani Watson fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a police officer in 1996. Continue reading But, in 2004, while on duty, she was involved in a car accident on a wet, slippery road. “My power steering went out,” Watson recalls. “I remember the cruiser turning counter-clockwise.” Watson was paralyzed from