Transportation & Travel

Nottinghamshire taxi charges extra for passengers in wheelchairs

TAXI drivers have come under fire for charging extra for passengers in wheelchairs. Disabled Fiona Reid visited Nottingham for her sister’s hen party and was shocked to find she had been charged three times the amount of her friends for a taxi from the Hilton hotel in Milton Street to Bistro Live in Barker Gate. Miss Reid said she felt discriminated against after she was charged £15 by Trent Cars. But a spokesman for DG Cars, which runs Trent Cars, said the extra charge was an industry standard. Miss Reid, who is from Lincolnshire and has cerebral palsy, said: “We discussed taxi costs and they had paid between £3.50 and £4.50 for theirs. I felt frustrated and that it was unfair. When I got home, I found it appeared to be an issue nationwide.”  

First Bus appeals against wheelchair court ruling

First said its bus drivers needed to know “what they are legally required to do and how”. Doug Paulley, 36, from Wetherby, was denied access to a First bus to Leeds when a woman with a pushchair refused to move. He won his claim the company had breached the Equality

CTA rider develops app for wheelchair users

Mohammad Ouyoun, 21, was trying to get to Union Station to take a Metra train home to Northbrook last year when he came across a problem. Ouyoun said he was at the Merchandise Mart Brown Line stop in River North and asked the CTA customer service agent which stop was

Jetstar issues apology to disabled woman

BUDGET airline Jetstar has apologised for distressing a woman who says she was forced to carry her disabled adult sister off a flight from Melbourne to Perth. Danae Florias, 24, said staff offered her a standard wheelchair when she asked about the whereabouts of the specially-designed wheelchair used by her

Disability Around the Globe

As USAID’s coordinator for Disability and Inclusive Development, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo has a first-hand view of how disability is changing throughout the world. A paraplegic herself, McClain-Nhlapo travels between foreign locales to understand how the disability experience differs — and how to empower people with disabilities. She is full of amazing


Airlines provide wheelchairs for the old and infirm at airports across the world. But devouts arriving from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia found it was a case of missing wheelchairs at the old international airport in Ahmedabad. Hajis arriving at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport after their pilgrimage to the holy

World traveller isn’t confined by her wheelchair

It’s probably easier, and quicker, for Linda McGowan to talk about the countries she hasn’t visited. The former Burnaby home care nurse who lives in New Westminster has travelled to 110 countries. She’s walked on the Great Wall of China, parasailed in Hawaii, climbed to Annapurna base camp in Nepal,

County Manager Recommends 40 New Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis

County Manager Barbara Donnellan has changed her mind and is now recommending the Arlington County Board approve licenses for 40 new, wheelchair accessible cabs. Donnellan said in a memorandum in July she would recommend issuing no new taxi licenses in the county. But when the Accessibility Subcommittee of the Transit

Halifax wheelchair user says some taxi drivers take advantage of disabled passengers

Accessible taxis are a blessing and a curse for Paul Vienneau. The wheelchair user says while he’s grateful for the drivers, some of them try to take advantage of him by showing up with the meter already running. “About a month ago, there were at least 3 times where this

Wheelchair user critiques South Bend and Mishawaka trails

I asked Richard Propes, a double amputee, to critique the riverside trails of South Bend and Mishawaka, and he immediately offered some constructive thoughts based on the 13-day tour he completed this month in his wheelchair from Hobart, Ind., to his Indianapolis hometown. He wrote about the trails’ signs and

Easy rider hits road in wheelchair — and customized motorcycle (with video)

A biker for nearly 30 years and a fixture at weekend motorcycle races, Gordon Cameron was heartbroken when he lost a portion of his right leg to diabetes in 2002. “I got mad at the world,” Cameron said, seated in a wheelchair outside his apartment in Edmonton. “I never thought

All public transport vehicles should have wheelchair access

Sharon Parsons contacted us and was rightly furious that a driver had not let her son James on the Number Four bus to Larwood. She was forced to take James out of his wheelchair by the side of the road – a situation which quite understandably left him distraught. Stagecoach

Uber Rolls Out Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

On Uber’s app, there’s now an option to request a WAV – a wheelchair-accessible vehicle: “There are a lot of paratransit vehicles that sit idle for a lot of the day after doing contract jobs,” says Uber Philadelphia general manager Jon Feldman. “These drivers are sitting around waiting for work

Damen Blue Line Station Overhaul Won’t Help Wicker Park Wheelchair Users

he CTA Blue Line train runs past Cody Denney’s apartment window, but the 28-year-old Wicker Park resident can’t use the station that is just a few hundred feet from his place. And, despite the upcoming overhaul of the Damen station beginning next month, the wheelchair user won’t be able to

Wheelchair cab service ‘not viable’

Traralgon Taxis has been forced to cut back on its wheelchair accessible cabs amid increasing financial pressures. The service will no longer offer wheelchair accessible taxis, often referred to as maxi taxis, on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday after 6pm. Traralgon Taxi owner Andrew Lane called it a “community service”

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


Georgia: Wheelchair protest over parking spaces

A non-profit organisation in Georgia has staged a novel protest against drivers who park their cars in spaces reserved for disabled people. The group, called Tree of Life, took to the streets of the capital Tbilisi and blocked off parking spaces outside the city’s Rustaveli metro station using dozens of wheelchairs, the Netgazeti news website reports. Organisers left only one space untouched: the sole bay reserved for people with disabilities. Photos of the protest went viral in Georgian social media, where users have often complained of drivers disregarding reserved spaces. But the protest, which comes ahead of the United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, left some drivers unimpressed. “Many people tried to stop and they wanted to move the wheelchairs away so they could park in these places,” Tree of Life director Tornike Guruli tells Netgazeti. “They are trying to occupy the spaces at any cost.”

FirstBank Unveils 20 Wheelchair Accessible Branches

FirstBank of Nigeria Limited has said it recently designated over 20 branches with access to wheelchairs across the country. Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FirstBank, Mr. Bisi Onasanya stated this at the recently concluded FirstBank’s International Sustainability Conference. Some of these branches include: Yaba, Broad Street (Elephant House), Magodo, Owode

State Added To Resort Wheelchair Fall Civil Suit

The focus of a civil suit brought against Ocean City, seeking $750,000 by an elderly Philadelphia woman after a wheelchair fall, shifted last week when the plaintiff filed an amended complaint adding the state as a primary defendant. According to the complaint, on June 16, 2012, the plaintiff, Oda Wendt,

Taxpayers pay for wheelchair ‘ramps to nowhere’

They’re intended to help people with disabilities get around town. But tonight many of the very people the wheelchair ramps are built to serve are questioning why the state even bothered. Worse, they call the projects a waste of tax dollars. Toni Lawrence first noticed the ramp built into the

Homeless, wheelchair-bound Brooklyn teen is honor student with dreams of being a doctor

Thousands of city high school seniors are preparing for college in 2015, but few have overcome as many obstacles as homeless, wheelchair-bound teen Johileny Meran Alamonte. Johileny, 17, of Brooklyn, is an honor student at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School despite having lived in a homeless shelter the last four

Wheelchair-using students get level playing field in Grand-Digue, N.B.

Physical education teacher Rhéal Hébert of Grande-Digue, N.B., has gone an extra step to see that all students get moving in his classes. When Hebert had two students with muscular dystrophy in his École Grande-Digue class — Renelle Belliveau and her older sister — he realized they weren’t getting as

A wheelchair for places wheelchairs can’t go

Hand-cranked carts, made on the First Coast, are changing peoples’ lives around the world. Volunteers make carts for people in third world countries who have lost the use of their legs. Seun Oke is from Nigeria. The 26-year-old took the grand tour of The P.E.T. Place in Penney Farms, a

Suit: Kohl’s stores in Chicago, suburbs not wheelchair-accessible

A national non-profit is claiming Kohl’s stores in Chicago and six suburbs are violating disability standards by not being wheelchair accessible. The lawsuit was jointly filed Tuesday in federal court by Washington D.C.-based Equal Rights Center and six other people, including an Illinois resident who claims stores in Gleview, Arlington

Universal design lab — a dream home for user of wheelchair — to open for public tours

After living in their “laboratory” for more than two years, Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder are ready to pronounce the experiment a success. The couple occupies the Universal Design Living Laboratory near Gahanna, possibly the most technologically sophisticated home in central Ohio. They built the home after Rossetti was paralyzed

Lawsuit targets DCU Center, garage over wheelchair accessibility

A Dracut man and a civil rights group of which he is a member are suing the city, alleging a host of violations of federal accessibility laws at the DCU Center and Major Taylor Garage, both of which are owned by the city. The federal lawsuit, filed by Dino N.

Wendy Davis’ “Justice” ad causing controversy

A new campaign ad from the Wendy Davis camp is going after her opponent, Greg Abbott, accusing him of hypocrisy, but it’s the image of an empty wheelchair that’s stirring controversy. The ad, called “Justice,” starts with the wheelchair, while the narrator says, “A tree fell on Greg Abbott. He

Feds Pony-Up $14.8 Mill for Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced $14,837,785 in grants to six states to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The grants to California, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Dakota are being awarded as part of the Disability Employment Initiative, funded by the department’s Employment and

National Veterans Wheelchair Games coming to Dallas in 2015

Dallas was named as the host city for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, scheduled June 21-26. The theme of the games is “BIG City, BIG Wheels, BIG Heart.” The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans, who use wheelchairs for sports competition

Groups roll out wheelchairs to address accessibility

Hannah Kenny expected that traveling in a wheelchair around campus would be challenging. “I knew going up MainStreet would be difficult, but going down was even harder,” she said. Kenny was one of many University of Cincinnati students to participate Friday in #UCWheels, an event sponsored by student group Alliance

Livermore man trains to be first to cross Sierra in wheelchair

A Livermore man hasn’t walked in 24 years but that hasn’t stopped him from undertaking the physical challenges he loves. Bob Coomber recently tried to become the first person to cross the Sierra in his wheelchair, and while he didn’t complete the journey he doesn’t consider it a defeat. KTVU

Disabled man fighting for wheelchair access on Llanelli estate

A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Llwynhendy man is calling on the county council to make a footpath accessible for the disabled. Geoffrey Newcombe, 78, says a metal bar across the footpath on Caegar can only be negotiated by “limbo dancing under it”. With his nephew away serving with the British Army in Afghanistan,


Wheelchair team leaves for Bangladesh

Nepali wheelchair team is leaving for Savar, Bangladesh on Wednesday to compete in the Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN) Sports scheduled for November 27 to December 3. Nepali team will compete in three different events including wheelchair table tennis, wheelchair power lifting and wheelchair basketball. Himal Aryal (captain), Digam Chemjong, Keshab Thapa, Rishi Dhakal, Narayan Dawadi, Raju Gurung, Ram Bahadur Tamang, Tilakram Pokhrel, Krishna Chaudhary and Danda Bahadur Budhathoki are the members of the basketball team. Keshan and Ram Bahadur will also participate in table tennis and Raju will vie in power lifting.

Wheelchair Hunting Season 2014

It’s that time of year again – hunting season – when individuals who don’t need to hunt do so anyways in the name of sport and camaraderie. And in many areas around the world, hunting helps keep wild animal numbers under control. This is why, whether you are for or

Handcycling: Not Just for Paras

It’s the final day of Moab Mania — the annual six-day adaptive mountain bike clinic put on by Telluride Adaptive Sports Program — and Jake O’Connor has a satisfied grin as he watches C6-7 quad Pat Dougherty crank his Nuke off-road handcycle up a steep section of the famous Slickrock

Northstate athletes gear up to play wheelchair basketball

The Shasta Lakers play the same game of basketball everyone else does but they play in wheelchairs because every player has been injured in some way making them unable to jump or run. Van Williams, the Shasta Lakers coach, was 20-years-old playing college basketball when he was involved in a

Bauer paves way for wheelchair fencers at Lincoln Fencing Club

When the experienced students of Lincoln Fencing Club sit down to fence against Hailey Bauer for the first time, they quickly learn that there’s a whole lot more to wheelchair fencing than meets the eye. “Those who’ve never fenced me get thrown off-guard a little because they’re used to having

Aussie Kurt Fearnley wins fifth New York marathon

Champion Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley has prevailed in a dramatic finish to win his fifth New York marathon. Fearnley approached the final kilometre of the race amongst a pack of six riders, but broke free with 100m remaining to finish one second clear of South African runner-up Ernst van

Melbourne sports company helps wheelchair-bound skiers

The Hesters have been avid water skiers for many years, but a chance meeting with a disabled woman in 1996 changed what had been a hobby into a heartfelt business venture. The result was LiquidAccess, a 17-year-old company that designs and manufactures water ski equipment for disabled individuals who otherwise

Wheelchair tennis exhibition sets the stage for year-end championship in Mission Viejo

Leading up to the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Mission Viejo that starts Wednesday, an exhibition between two of the best professional wheelchair tennis players in the world will take place inside the Beverly Center mall in Beverly Hills on Monday. The 12:30 p.m. exhibition will feature world No. 1

Dreams closer to reality for wheelchair athlete

Tyler Hernandez is closer than ever to his goal of playing for the U.S. national wheelchair soccer team. Hernandez, a graduate of Jesuit High School, suffers from a neuromuscular disorder. Despite that, he is confident, with the voice of a young guy who has simply turned what many might have

Hawaiian surfer creates opportunity for wheelchair-bound to paddleboard

Hawaiian surfer Kawika Watt had a simple goal when he decided that he wanted to bring his love to the water for everyone, and make paddleboarding, a popular beach activity, just as accessible for those with disabilities. “I’m just a surfer,” Watt said. “I said, ‘Look brah, I wanna put

Amputee Ricky Chilton wins world wheelchair darts title

Ricky Chilton, who had his leg amputated because of bone cancer, has won the world wheelchair darts title. The 59-year-old from St Ives in Cornwall took the title in Hull seven years after losing his left leg by beating Manchester’s Phil Lees 3-2 at the Winmau World Masters. “I almost

Joshua George Wins Men’s Chicago Marathon Wheelchair Race

The University of Illinois’ Joshua George can now mark off four Bank of America Chicago Marathon wins on his resume. George won the men’s wheelchair race Sunday, sailing across the finish line among a tight pack of 15 competitors. “This is the biggest pack that we’ve ever had in Chicago,”

Marine Wheelchair Basketball Squad Tops Army

Powered by a strong second-half defensive performance yesterday, the Marine Corps wheelchair basketball team triumphed 42-21 over the Army squad during the 2014 Warrior Games at the United States Olympic Training Center.The win, the first for the Marines over Army, qualified the team to compete in the gold medal round.

Wheelchairs clash in the first basketball matches at Warrior Games

The first round of wheelchair basketball brought some fierce competition between the services during the 2014 Warrior Games at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept. 29. The Navy and Air Force teams met on the hardwood for the first game of the evening. The Navy

Power wheelchair soccer a hit

Anna Delp, of Mansfield, said her son Adison, 9, is learning the value of teamwork, practicing and working hard for something just like everyone else does who plays on a team. “Now he’s really part of a team where he’s working toward a goal of getting better, of being competitive,

Team Canada wheelchair curlers honoured

Fresh off a season during which Team Canada claimed its third consecutive Winter Paralympics gold medal, the national squad picked up two major awards at the Canadian Paralympic Committee 2014 Sport Awards Ceremony in Toronto. The national team, consisting of Jim Armstrong (Cambridge, Ont.), Ina Forrest (Armstrong, B.C.), Sonja Gaudet


My Favorite Adapted Baking Tools

I love to bake, but holy cow do my hands fight me! I don’t let this stop me, though. Fresh baked cookies, pineapple upside cake, rhubarb crisp … with adapted baking tools, I can make it all. Instead of using an oven, I use a countertop toaster oven for all my baking needs. Having the oven door at my level just can’t be beat. But it’s not just this epic oven that’s made all the difference, there are a few other things that you have just got to hear about:

Budapest inaugurates wheelchair gangster movie

Get ready for the first of its genre: the wheelchair gangster movie. ‘The Kills on Wheels’, currently being shot in Budapest, tells the story of a firefighter who becomes paralysed after an accident. Living in a wheelchair, he feels that society has no need for disabled people. So he starts

Student uses wheelchair for week to test accessibility on campus

My hands were blistered, and my arms felt like they were about to fall off. I began to wonder what I’d gotten myself into. It was only the first day of my week in a wheelchair. I was trying to experience what a disabled student might endure when trying to

Ever Wonder How People in Wheelchairs Get Around the City?

One all-time-favorite New York City pastime is complaining about transit. The news site Vocativ’s video of Scotty Hard, a music producer in NYC who uses a wheelchair, trying for more than an hour to get a cab might put things in perspective for those commuters who don’t have to depend

Mets fans make pinup history by voting for Longwood fan in wheelchair

Amanda Perla wanted to be a New York Mets FAN calendar girl, but she debated whether she was pinup material. If she’d listened to doctors, they might have said not to bother finding out. If she’d listened to herself, Perla might have never entered the contest. But she listened to

Working: Beating the Odds

Everyone is familiar with those dismal statistics showing full-time employment and severe disabilities don’t mix, especially for wheelchair users. But with preparation, perseverance, the right situation and a good helping of luck, you can still beat the odds. Renee Tyree, 49, knew what she wanted from an early age. Drawn

‘Halloween is his favorite holiday': Amazing wheelchair costumes will make you smile

On Halloweens past, 9-year-old Caleb McLelland has driven a backhoe with bright yellow wheels, flown through the clouds as Superman and sped into action in his Batmobile. He made all of those transformations in attention-grabbing costumes that incorporated his wheelchair. “His chair is very much a part of him,” Cassie

Ms. Wheelchair America: Disability Gives a New ‘Perspective on Life’

Samantha Schroth’s life suddenly changed in May 2013. While camping with friends, she was struck by a falling tree and left paralyzed from mid-chest down. “The chances of this changing are pretty minimal,” says Schroth, who suffered a complete spinal cord injury and uses a wheelchair for mobility. According to

Wheelchair Bus Choreography

Dear Diary: I’m snuggled into my coveted singular seat on the Lexington Ave. M101 bus. I observe through the window, on this wearying humid day, in my air-conditioned personal space, that there is a long line of people waiting for the doors to open. The queue is orderly, and their

‘Wheelchair hug?’ Unique online friendship grows with meeting in Shamokin

The two women wheeled their wheelchairs toward each other with a mix of excitement and nervousness Saturday afternoon at Claude Kehler Memorial Park. “Wheelchair hug?” offered Alena Chesser, of Radcliffe, Ky. But 14-year-old Chloe Dale, of Coal Township, stood from her chair and threw her arms around Chesser. Dale was

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

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


Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

Best known for his experimental exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed man kick the opening ball for June’s World Cup in Brazil, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis presented the latest “brain-machine interface” findings from his team’s “Walk Again Project” at the Society for Neuroscience meeting. “Some of our patients say they feel they are walking on sand,” says Nicolelis, describing pilot research in which eight paralyzed patients walked using a robotic exoskeleton that moved in response to readings of the patients’ brain waves. “We are actually fooling the brain of patients to think it is not a machine carrying them, but they feel they are themselves walking forward.” Insights into the brains of paralyzed patients are helping to drive the technology as well as leading to new discoveries, says neuroscientist Eberhard Fetz of the University of Washington in Seattle. Roughly 130,000 people yearly suffer spinal cord injuries worldwide, and for more than a decade, researchers have

The GRIT Freedom Chair takes the wheelchair mountain biking

The wheelchair provides invaluable mobility to those with disabilities, but there are countless places where it can’t go. Trails, parks, beaches, woods … without a paved road or structured pathway, the wheelchair can quickly find itself out of its element. The GRIT Freedom Chair updates wheelchair design – well not

Segway wheelchair begins trials on Japanese streets

The Japanese subsidiary of Segway, the inventor of the eponymous two-wheeled electric scooter, on Friday began trials of a wheelchair that enables users to change direction by shifting their weight. It is the first time Segway Japan Ltd., based in Yokohama, has tested its Genny motorized wheelchair on Japanese streets.

New all-terrain wheelchair at De Montfort University praised by students

Disabled students at De Montfort University are being given the chance to use the latest all-terrain wheelchair. The university, in Leicester, says it is the first university in the world to have the Mountain Trike – described by The Guardian as “The Bear Grylls of the wheelchair world”. Its inventor

This Sleek Carbon Fiber Wheelchair Is What Professor X Would Use

Design options for wheelchairs seem stuck on a spectrum from boring to next-level boring. That’s what Andrew Slorance wants to change. The UK-based entrepreneur is in the process of getting his Carbon Black chairs FDA approved to bring the distinctly stylish chairs to the U.S. Made with lightweight, streamlined carbon

ASU entrepreneurs create elevating wheelchair

Four ASU seniors from different majors teamed up in fall 2012 to create UP — an elevating wheelchair that would simplify life for people with disabilities. Supply chain management alumnus Peter Georgiou graduated in 2013, as did two other team members. However, the team continues meeting weekly to design a

Omniwheels and mountain trikes: five visionary new wheelchair designs

Looking like what you might get if Apple turned its sleek, minimalist hand to wheelchair design, the Whill is the product of a new startup company formed by a group of former Nissan and Toyota designers and engineers, working in Tokyo and San Francisco. Its major innovation is the incorporation

Students design innovation for wheelchair

Eleven Dubuque high school students are semifinalists in a national competition for innovative inventions. The Wahlert Catholic High School team developed the Feltes One Way, a universal anti-rollback device for manual wheelchairs that prevents them from rolling backward on inclines. The invention has landed the students among the top 30

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,

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


We can transform wheelchair services by listening to patients

Unbelievably, there are an estimated 70,000 disabled children in the UK whose physical mobility needs, and subsequently their ability to develop skills needed for adulthood, are not being met. Historically the delivery of wheelchair services has suffered from delays and received little attention among health commissioners. Right now, we know that wheelchair services are not often focused on providing mobility equipment that will give users independence. Families that use the services of children’s mobility charity Whizz-Kidz say their wheelchair services are applying eligibility criteria differently and inconsistently across the country. As a result, many disabled children and young people sit on waiting lists without any equipment or with an ill-fitting wheelchair for far too long. This is before they reach adolescence and adulthood, effectively curbing their chances to reach their potential before they’ve had a chance to even dream it.

Wheelchairs or pushchairs: Who should take priority?

In February 2012, wheelchair user Doug Paulley was not allowed to board a bus in Leeds because the wheelchair space was taken by a pushchair. The mother, not wanting to wake her sleeping baby, refused to move. Paulley was left with no choice but to get off and wait for

Austin high school student launches wheelchair challenge

Imagine being confined to a wheelchair and unable to open the door to your school. It’s an everyday occurrence for one Austin student. Now he’s trying to raise enough money to put in automatic doors. Austin High School was built in 1975. According to Disability Texas, the law currently doesn’t

How wheelchair friendly is town centre?

Buckingham town councillor and former mayor, Chris Strain-Clark organised the event on Tuesday morning to give people a chance to see for themselves what it’s like trying to get around Buckingham if they’re in a wheelchair, or pushing one, on a mobility scooter or pushing a baby buggy. As well

‘Even sitting down, we can reach for the stars': Women in wheelchairs pose for empowering photo campaign celebrating ‘raw beauty’

Some were born with their disabilities, others were the victims of freak accidents, but all the women who star in the Raw Beauty Project of NYC campaign share a common goal. ‘We truly hope that we can challenge the unrealistic standard of beauty that exists today and demonstrate that there

Teenagers discover difficulties faced by wheelchair users to raise charity funds

Getting on the bus, trying to do your shopping, even taking the dogs out – all day-to-day tasks that can be a struggle for those who use a wheelchair. So two Stockton teenagers spent all weekend in a wheelchair to find out just how difficult it can be. Emily Dixon,

My life in a wheelchair is hard enough without London’s impossible transport system

You might have recently seen a video of a man racing the Tube from Mansion House to Cannon Street station, and winning. Since it was uploaded a couple of weeks ago, it went viral, and has been viewed almost 5m times. When I saw it, I decided to try the

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,

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


Spinal Cord Injury and the Family: A New Guide

Spinal cord injury, or SCI, is frequently sudden and unexpected—through accident, disease, or violence, patients temporarily lose control of their bodies and, it seems, their lives. With rehabilitation, they can learn to navigate their world once more, retraining muscles and mind to compensate for paralyzed limbs and diminished strength. But as Dr. Michelle Alpert shows here, there is far more to recapturing full, independent lives than regaining movement. Central to long-term success is mending the family unit. Combining Dr. Alpert’s clinical experience with patients’ own stories, Spinal Cord Injury and the Family is for individuals and their families who must climb back from injury: for the young quad couple, both quadriplegic, who wish to conceive and raise a child; for the paraplegic dad who wants to teach his daughter to drive; for the couple wondering how they can regain the sexual spark in their relationship. The authors cover the causes of and prognosis for SCI


SCI Superstar: Jamie Goodwin

One of the most internet-famous wheelers we’ve featured yet, Jamie Goodwin, a 38 year old mom from Canton, Georgia, has made a name for herself with her Facebook group Wheelin’ Weightloss. Two years ago she made the decision to start losing baby-weight, and since starting her group she’s become a veritable online sensation. But it hasn’t been easy. Despite not making it on the 14th season of The Biggest Loser (a reality show dedicated to helping people lose weight), and being bummed about it, Jamie went on to lose the weight on her own, and the best part – she’s inspiring thousands online. Still shedding the pounds and more active than she’s been in years, check out Jamie’s story of reclaiming who she once was below.

SCI Superstar: Dave Sykes

Clearly not afraid of heights, British adventurer and pilot Dave Sykes is a paraplegic you’ll never forget. Famous for his epic 16,000 mile journey in a microlight aircraft from the UK to Australia, he has taken up flying post-injury in a most fearless way. Also an author, an active supporter

SCI Superstar: Trish Downing

The first female disabled athlete to compete in an Ironman triathlon, meet Trish Downing, a lifelong athlete who transformed into a top-tier adapted athlete post-injury. Now a self-described endurance athlete, Trish has not been afraid to push herself in the face of paraplegia. Also going on to found an all

SCI Superstar: Albert Llovera

Hailing from the principality of Andorra is the epic rally driver Albert Llovera. Known for his athletic abilities and his smoldering Spanish good looks, Albert is above all known for his tenacity in the face of some serious lifechangers. We won’t give it all away, but he went from a

SCI Superstar: Bert Burns

While he may be the founder and CEO of one of the largest urological supply companies in the United States, Bert Burns is not your regular businessmen with a spinal cord injury. Also a Paralympian, Bert carries on a passionate sports life outside of the office. And that’s just the

Inventor doesn’t let his wheelchair set limits

You can’t miss the sound of his trike pulling up, and Michael Maher hopes his message is just as loud. “Your only limitations are your imagination. You can do a lot of different things,” Maher said. Maher is a testament to that statement. The 53-year-old is in a wheelchair and

SCI Superstar: Kelley Kalafatich

A born and bred explorer and river rafter who’s even worked in Hollywood, Kelley Kalafatich is one of the world’s most talented female rafters. Having been all over the world exploring rivers, her carefree life was sidelined by something she couldn’t even see. Kelley has not only managed to move

SCI Superstar: Skydiver Jarrett Martin

In Jarrett Martin’s world, the place he loves to be the most is in the sky – free-falling at 100 miles an hour with the wind in his face. But after his injury five years ago, he feared the one thing he loved the most would no longer be possible.

SCI Superstar: Jordan Bone

Beauty comes in many forms and Jordan Bone, a C6 quad from Norfolk, UK, may be one of the best examples of this age old adage. Injured 10 years ago in a freak car accident when she was just 15, Jordan has gone on to become one of YouTube’s rising

William Peace: Scholar, Advocate

When President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, he remarked that everyone with a disability could now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality. Meaningful changes have happened in the 24 years since, but the ADA’s intent hasn’t been fully


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

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