Posts Tagged "handicapped mobility"

Athlete With Cerebral Palsy Signs College Wrestling Scholarship

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Athlete With Cerebral Palsy Signs College Wrestling Scholarship

His upper body is strong, but Devon Berry’s legs aren’t strong enough to hold him up. Cerebral palsy forces him to use a walker. But this week, Berry took another step toward proving he won’t let his disability stop him. He accepted a scholarship to wrestle for St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. “Today was probably my best day in my life besides giving my life to Christ,” Berry posted on his Facebook page. A senior at Hampton High School in Hampton, Ga., Berry also played football and throws the shot put and discus for the track team. Plus, he plays wheelchair basketball and handball....

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Has The ADA Broken Its Economic Promises To People With Disabilities?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Has The ADA Broken Its Economic Promises To People With Disabilities?

In 1984, Donna Walton was working as a news assistant at a newspaper in Washington, D.C., when she decided she wanted to learn more about the production of the paper. She requested a transfer and got one, arranging the artwork and graphics on the newspaper pages every day. There was just one problem: The job required her to stand for long periods of time, which was difficult because of her prosthetic leg. She asked if she could take breaks to sit, but her employers refused. Soon after, she lost her job. Walton said she’ll never know for sure if — as she suspects — she was fired because of...

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Uber and Lyft must improve access for disabled riders, advocates say

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Uber and Lyft must improve access for disabled riders, advocates say

09/09/2015 The conference Andy Arias planned to attend on a recent weekday was less than a mile from his apartment in downtown Los Angeles, but he called an Uber to stay out of the oppressive summer sun. As Arias approached the sedan, the driver saw that he was in a wheelchair. He recalls telling her that he could slide into the back seat on his own, and she would only need to stow the folded, 10-pound wheelchair frame in the trunk. But she refused to get out of the car. Eventually, a bystander lifted the wheelchair into the trunk. “It was a teachable moment, and that’s putting...

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Accessibility Urged On Road To Self-Driving Cars

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Accessibility Urged On Road To Self-Driving Cars

A federal agency is calling on automakers and lawmakers alike to consider the needs of people with disabilities as self-driving cars inch closer to reality. With a report released this week, the National Council on Disability said that self-driving cars have “enormous potential” for people with disabilities, many of whom cannot currently obtain a driver’s license. But, the independent federal agency charged with advising Congress and the president on disability matters said that many factors that are still in flux — both technological and regulatory — will determine how meaningful these cars...

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