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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wheelchair Motocross Star Makes X Games History With Successful MegaRamp Jump

20-year-old Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham made history yesterday when he landed his wheelchair jump clearing 15meters on the Mega Ramp at the 2012 X Games in Rio. It was the first time a competitor had ever successfully landed the jump, marking an extraordinary day in Fotheringham’s career.

He said of the experience, “The MegaRamp and I don’t have the best history. We’ve had a lot of on and off-type situations … I came out scared to death. I just had to make sure my chair was going straight, and once it was going straight I was like, ‘Yeah!'”

Fotheringham, who is a native of Las Vegas, was born with Spina Bifida which resulted in the inability to use his legs.…

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State of Illinois Recognizes Use of Miniature Horses as Service Animals

For much of the country, seeing a service dog at work is common and wouldn’t warrant a second glance. Dogs have long served children and adults at home, work and in schools. On August 14th, the state of Illinois made national news when Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill approving the use of miniature horses as service animals under the ADA.

Like many domesticated animals, horses have been used for therapeutic purposes for years helping those with physical and emotional disabilities.  More recently, miniature horses have been specially trained to assist children and adults on a one-to-one basis.…

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2012 Paralympic Games Kick Off Tonight in London

Tonight, London will again play host to the world’s best athletes with the lighting of the Olympic flame, parade of nations and a special welcome by the Queen of England. This time, however, Paralympic champions will be the one taking center stage.

2012 marks the 16th annual Paralympic Games and has been billed as the greatest Games to date. More than 4,000 athletes will compete in the Games with a 227 member delegation coming from the United States. In addition, early projections report that four billion people will either attend or watch the games.…

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Tennessee Councilman Proposes Dedicated Parking Spaces for Wounded Warriors

Finding a parking spot can be a hassle for anyone, but for so many of the injured soldiers returning home to face a life of new obstacles, parking close to shops and offices shouldn’t be one. Nick Steward, a councilman in Clarksville, Tennessee, is hoping to change that with a proposal that the community designate 30 special parking spots for wounded veterans in public city lots.

Local veteran, Scott Schroeder, is a double amputee after losing both of his legs during an IED explosion in Afghanistan.…

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British Woman Designs Underwater Wheelchair

Sue Austin, who uses a wheelchair, learned to scuba dive in 2005. That’s when she began to wonder: Could I dive with my wheelchair?

The answer, it turns out, is yes.

This week, Austin, an artist from Great Britain, will unveil a prototype of a self-propelled underwater wheelchair. The unveiling is timed with the Paralympics in London. Austin, who has used a wheelchair since 1996, developed the chair with help from dive experts and academics.

“When we started talking to people about it, engineers were saying it wouldn’t work, the wheelchair would go into a spin, it was not designed to go through water – but I was sure it would,” she told the BBC.…

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Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis Coming to Singapore

On Thursday, the Ministry of Commerce, Youth and Sports of Singapore announced that taxi operator SMRT will be awarded a $3.1 million grant to operate wheelchair-friendly taxis.
The first batch of 15 accessible taxis will be in place by March 2013, before the phasing out of the London cabs.  The fleet is expected to be complete with the other 15 cabs by August of next year’s.

With the new accessible fleet, commuters will experience greater convenience, as bookings will be possible two days in advance, instead of the current three days.…

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T Stands for Taxi in New York City

Next time you’re going to see a taxi in New York City, you might be surprised to see that their logo has significantly changed.

As of today, the new logo for medallion taxis is a bold yellow T, in a black circle, preceded by the NYC letters.

Discussing the decision to change the logo, the Taxi and Limousine Commission Chairman David Yassky said “We have no doubt that a yellow car with a roof light with a big T will be understood as a New York City taxicab.…

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As Paralympic Athletes Arrive in London, the Excitement Build Up

With one week to go until the Paralympic Games, athletes from all over the world arrived at the Heathrow Airport in London this morning.

According to British Airways, which facilitate the athletes travel into the British capital, this will be the busiest day for Paralympic arrivals. The airline is transporting athletes from over 25 countries into Heathrow, and is also facilitating the arrival of around 300 wheelchairs and sporting equipment like bike boxes, physiotherapist cases, bow and arrows, hand cycles, weapon bags etc.…

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cab:app Reinvents Travel in London during Paralympics

In order to celebrate the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the National Disability Sports Charity, WheelPower and the Smart Phone application called cab:app have joined forces aiming to make transportation more accessible for disabled people. Thus, cab:app added a Wheelchair Assistance button to its electronic taxi hailing app, a move that enables people with disabilities to make use of the famous London black cabs.

“By providing disabled people with a simple, fast and easy to use mobile phone app to hail black cabs, cab:app is transforming access to transport for many disabled people,” said Paul Rushton, Head of Fundrasing at WheelPower, in a statement.…

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NYC Judge’s Ruling on Boros-Taxi Plan to be Appealed

After several delays last Friday, State Supreme Court judge Arthur Engoron ruled against the Bloomberg administration plan’s to expand livery services to the outer boroughs and increase the number of wheelchair-accessible taxi cabs. On the basis that New York City failed to get a  “home-ruled message” form the City Council, the judge declared the plan as “null and void.”

This spurred a lot of discussion within NYC’s taxi industry. “Thousands of individual owner-drivers and hundreds of small-business owners in both the taxi and livery industries are breathing a sigh of relief that their livelihoods will not be destroyed by this flawed and destructive plan,” said Michael Woloz, a spokesman for the taxi industry.…

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