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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ontario Wheelchair Users Paying More for Taxi Services (July 31, 2012)

Tyler Barker is a 26-year-old Aurora, Ontario resident with cerebral palsy. Up until 18 months ago, Barker was also a college student. That’s all changed, however, as the transportation costs to get to and from school ($75 each way) became too much for his limited budget.

In Ontario, wheelchair accessible taxis often charge $30+ for a ride of 3km, an incredible upcharge to what able-bodied passengers pay. When Barker has questioned the rates, he’s been told they are, simply put, “industry standard”.…

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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Names Top-10 Cities for Physically Disabled (July 30, 2012)

While urban areas often appear accessible with their ample walking routes and various forms of public transportation, that is not always the case for people with physical limitations. Recently, The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation studied 100 of the nation’s top cities ranking them based on ADA compliance, wheelchair access and general quality of life for those with disabilities. The group also took into consideration the climate, job market statistics,, medical facilities and recreational opportunities.

Based on the Reeve Foundation’s research, the top-10 U.S cities are as follows, each including a little bit about why the city was selected:

 

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Tasha Schuh of Wisconsin Crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA 2012 (July 27, 2012)

On July 21st, Tasha Schuh of Ellsworth, Wisconsin took home the crown at the annual Ms. Wheelchair USA competition held in Ohio. She competed alongside nine other participants from various states, all of whom had earned their state titles either earlier this year or last fall before entering the national event.

“The contestants were just amazing. It was really cool to see other women that have accomplished so much while being in a wheelchair,” Schuh said.

Schuh, whose compelling story about her injury (she fell 16 feet through a broken stage trap door during a school play) and subsequent triumph of determination inspired the judges and audience alike stood firmly by her platform of “Positive Attitudes” through which she promotes self-confidence and community service, two key qualities embraced by the Ms.…

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Top USA Paralympic Athletes to Watch in London (July 26, 2012)

With the Paralympic Games a month away, Men’s Health Magazine recently released their Top-5 Paralympians to Watch from Team USA.

1.     Jessica Long, Swimming

20-year-old Jessica Long has been breaking American records for eight years and is arguably the fastest swimmer on the US squad. Born without fibulas, Long is a double below-the-knee amputee who will compete in seven individual events next month in London.

Words of Wisdom: “For me, it’s knowing that pain is temporary. I won’t be sore in 20 years, but that gold medal will last forever.”

2.     Jerome Singleton, Track & Field

In London, Singleton will not only be competing for medals, but for the title of “fastest amputee in the world” when he takes on South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius in the 100m.…

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Disability Advocates Caution City Officials Ahead of September’s DNC in Charlotte, NC (July 25, 2012)

In September, Charlotte, North Carolina will play host to the 2012 Democratic National Convention with an estimated 35,000 visitors in attendance. With planning well underway, disability advocates are now cautioning officials about the lack of accessibility available to those with limited mobility. Starting with the fleet of wheelchair accessible cabs serving area airports and hotels (which total a mere 4), advocates are highlighting serious areas of concern that also include shuttle services, inaccessible bus stops and basic ADA compliance at event locations.…

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Carolina Hurricanes Host Local Wheelchair Hockey Squad in Friendly Exhibition Game (July 24, 2012)

On Sunday, the Carolina Hurricanes played host to the Carolina Fury, a local wheelchair hockey team who was playing in memory of their teammate, Cameron Williams, who passed away from multiple dystrophy in October. Williams was 15 years old and loved playing with the Fury when complications from his disease took his life last fall. Both his mother and father were in attendance for the game, their first time in an arena since Cameron’s passing.

“He lived for this stuff,” Jay Williams said.…

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Outdoor Canadian Theatre Offers Drive-Up Options for Wheelchairs (July 23, 2012)

The Brackley Drive-In Theatre, located in Canada’s Prince Edward Island (PEI), recently updated its facility with a variety of wheelchair accessible amenities including paved parking spots, bathrooms and closed captioning for those with hearing impairments.

Rosemary McGuirk, a local resident, said of the updates, “I didn’t think anything like this would ever happen because I never even thought of going to the drive-in. I thought I wouldn’t be able to hear and too far away to use the walker, you know?…

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Hungarian Company Debuts Electric Car for Wheelchair Users (July 20, 2012)

CleanTechnica reported yesterday that a Hungarian company (name not released) is set to launch the Kengura, an electric-powered car designed specifically for wheelchair users. The car weighs 600 pounds and can run up to 30 miles per charge, topping off at a speed of 30mph. Technically considered a scooter, drivers do not need a license to operate the vehicle, which is small enough to ride up wheelchair ramps.

In order to accommodate wheelchairs, the Kengura opens up its hatchback out of which a small ramp is lowered so that the driver can wheel right up into the vehicle.…

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Kersey Mobility Announces 2012 Northwest Ability Expo (July 19, 2012)

Kersey Mobility announced today that the 2012 Northwest Ability Expo will be held on July 28th running from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Kersey headquarters in Sumner, Washington. Kersey Mobility is a leading provider of advanced wheelchair vans and mobility equipment. The event is the only one of its kind in the Northwest and offers information, demonstrations and activities for those with disabilities and their families.

Specifically, this year’s event lineup will feature the latest in mobility equipment from top manufacturers as well as wheelchair van conversion technology from Vantage Mobility and AmeriVan.…

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Woman Scores 5-Medal Sweep at 32nd Annual Veterans Wheelchair Games (July 18, 2012)

Veteran and athlete Buddy Hayes of New Mexico recently scored gold in all five of the events she competed in at the 32nd Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games held in Virginia late last month. What’s even more impressive is that this isn’t the first time Hayes has seen such success. She earned a clean sweep at the 2006 Games in Alaska.

“That’s what the vets call a clean sweep,” Hayes said. “It’s when all your events win a gold medal, and you can only compete in five … When that happens, I say, ‘Get the broom out!’”

Hayes, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, competed in air rifle, slalom, the 25-yard backstroke, 25-yard breaststroke and 50-yard freestyle.…

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