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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Quad Racing Provides Washington Boy With a New Set of Wheels

Lined up with his quad racer opponents, you’d never know that 10-year-old Zachary Garcia was born with Spina bifida and uses a wheelchair in his every day, off-track life. You wouldn’t realize that racing requires his dad to lift him in and out of his four-wheeler. No, on the racetrack, you’d see Zachary as simply one of the boys.

“Zachary’s a racer,” his dad, Sal Garcia, said. “He just happens to be in a wheelchair.”

Spina bifida is a birth defect in which the spinal cord or its coverings do not completely develop.…

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Chicago’s WGNTV.com Reports on Latest Move by City Officials to Improve Taxi Access to Disabled Residents

Earlier this week, the City of Chicago announced they would be offering up a medallion reward to taxi drivers providing exemplary service to their riders. The Taxicab Driver Excellence Award, as it is known, is worth $320,000 and will be awarded only to drivers who have a wheelchair accessible cab and have served disabled riders at least twice per shift. Drivers cannot nominate themselves or be nominated by close friends, family or medallion-holding colleagues.

For more on the report, click through to the full video here:

http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-city-of-chicago-to-award-taxi-medallion-service-to-disabled-20120923,0,3070451.story

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PA Man Returns Home to His Cattle Farm Thanks to Perseverance, Community Support and All-Terrain Wheelchair

Two years ago, Jason Angstadt was in a horrible farming accident which resulted in a severed spine and broken spirit. He was told he would never be able to maintain his cattle farm and that he should consider a new way to make a living. Angstadt, who lives in Pennsylvania’s Fleetwood Berks County, is an outdoorsman through and through, often fishing and hunting when not working on his farm, so the concept of being confined indoors was unfathomable.

Throughout his rehab Angstadt has taken an innovative approach to his wheelchair use, committed to finding a way to continue farming and living the life he loves.…

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Impact of 2012 Paralympics on London Disability Policy Stirs Debate

Jonathan Fogerty is a leading spinal injury claims lawyer who knows all too well the obstacles faced by those with physical disabilities having suffered a spinal injury as a teenager. Fogerty is now in the midst of debate surrounding the overall impact of this summer’s Paralympic Games on controversial London disability policy. While he believes the Paralympics raised significant awareness for Paralympic sport both locally and globally, he has gone on record about his concerns about the lasting legacy.

“The Paralympics have done great things.…

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Raised Flower Bed Makes Gardening Wheelchair Accessible

La Valise, a French collective of architects and artists, recently introduced the TERRAform, a raised gardening bed designed to improve access to those in wheelchairs. Though still in its testing phase, TERRAform provides people with physical limitations the opportunity to grow and cultivate their own garden spaces thanks to both the height and its unique “wheel-up” pod design.

The pictures below clearly depict how the TERRAform creates a full gardening experience with easy access to all areas of the bet. With 100 pods currently undergoing prototype testing, additional blueprints have already been drafted up to include irrigation and storage options.…

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Wheelchair Tank Offers Off-Roading Experience to Wheelchair Users

When Brad Soden and his family decided to take a hike through the mountains in 2001 there was only one problem – his wheelchair-bound wife couldn’t join.  In an effort to change that, Soden created the Tank Chair, a motorized wheelchair with tank treads allowing people with physical mobility challenges the opportunity to explore the outdoors beyond a sidewalk.

Today, ten years after the first chair was designed, Soden’s company TC Mobility sells a version that can drive through water, snow and sand while also being able to be controlled by the users head for  those with limited arm/hand mobility.…

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Wheelchair Tank Offers Off-Roading Experience to Wheelchair Users

When Brad Soden and his family decided to take a hike through the mountains in 2001 there was only one problem – his wife, who uses a wheelchair, couldn’t join.  In an effort to change that, Soden created the Tank Chair, a motorized wheelchair with tank treads allowing people with physical mobility challenges the opportunity to explore the outdoors beyond a sidewalk.

Today, ten years after the first chair was designed, Soden’s company TC Mobility sells a version that can drive through water, snow and sand while also being able to be controlled by the users head for  those with limited arm/hand mobility.…

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Olympic and Paralympic Athletes of the Year Named

Following the conclusion of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) has named its top athletes for the 2011-2012 season. Winners are awarded the titles of Sports Person of the year annually following successful campaigns on the world stage.

“We are so proud to honor these young men and women who represent the finest ambassadors of sport, Team USA and the Olympic Movement,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Through their commitment to excellence on and off the field, these athletes represent our country with incredible grace and composure, and their outstanding achievements are an inspiration to all Americans.”

In addition to the four individual award recipients, the Olympic and Paralympic Sports Teams of the Year will be honored during a dinner later this week in Colorado Springs at the USOC headquarters.…

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Latest Coverage: Impressive Response to Accessible Dispatch Launch in NYC

On Friday, September 14th, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) officially announced launch of Accessible Dispatch, which will provide wheelchair-accessible taxi transportation to passengers in NYC. The service was created by Metro Taxi Connecticut. Since the announcement, media coverage has been impressive with reports streaming in from across the country.

In an effort to continue to share the news, Accessible Dispatch has compiled a list of press clips for reading and review below. Enjoy

“Taxis Test a New App for Wheelchair Users”
(Wall Street Journal, 9/14/12)

“City to Take Another Shot at 311 Accessible-Taxi Program”
(Capital New York, 9/14/12)

“NYC’s Disabled Can Now Call a Cab Without Wave or Whistle”
(Transportation Nation, 9/14/12)

“Disabled Get a Break: New Taxi-Dispatch System Launched”
(NY Post, 9/14/12)

“TLC Unveils New Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Service”
(CBS New York, 9/14/12)

“TLC Launches Accessible Dispatch Taxi Program in NYC”
(Global Alliance on Accessible Technology, 9/14/12)

“New App for Manhattan Taxi Wheelchair Users”
(ABC New York News, 9/14/12)

“TLC Launches Dispatch System for Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs”
(DNAInfo.com, 9/14/12)

“Accessible Dispatch: TLC Launches Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis in Manhattan”
(Transportation Reviews, 9/16/12)

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The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission Launches Accessible Dispatch Taxi Program in New York City

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) today launches its new program providing wheelchair-accessible taxi dispatching services to New York City residents.  TLC Commissioner David Yassky joined Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Victor Calise, Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Terrance Holliday, and leaders from the taxicab and transportation industry to welcome this pioneering program.

Metro Taxi, a Connecticut company located in West Haven, CT, will dispatch 233 NYC accessible taxicabs to locations within Manhattan.  Accessible Dispatch is a centralized service providing on-demand transportation 24/7, 365 days a year with no advance reservations necessary.…

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