Accessibility

Unshoveled College Campuses Leave Disabled Students in the Cold

Friday, January 6, 2017Have you ever wondered why the song is titled “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”? The answer is quite simple: the Winter Wonderland is completely inaccessible, leaving thousands of people with physical disabilities and mobility impairments unable to traverse through the…

True Activists Don’t Just “Drive-by”

Friday, December 9, 2016Here’s an unpopular opinion: Anderson Cooper’s recent coverage of “drive-by lawsuits” on 60 Minutes wasn’t nearly as egregious as many disabled people seem to believe. Such lawsuits, named for the speed and lack of warning with which they are…

Calling All Towns: Shovel Your Crappy Snow-Covered Curbs

Tuesday, November 15, 2016I am lucky to have lived in Colorado my entire life, enjoying the 300 days of sunshine, outdoor adventures, laid-back vibe, and genuinely kind community members. But Colorado winters can be brutal, especially for people with mobility disabilities. When homeowners…

People with disabilities excluded from UK nightclubs

Tuesday, October 4, 2016We all have pastimes we like to do to have fun and relax with friends. Often, these pastimes include engagement with our town or city in a way that is enjoyable and often essential to feeling like we ‘belong’ in…

Advocates sue Texas ride-share companies

Friday, September 30, 2016Aundrea Moore is a blind woman in Austin, recently retired from a career at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Now that Uber and Lyft have left Austin in response to new regulations, she is limited in her options for taxi…

The Invisible Disability Project is making it easier to call out ableism

Wednesday, September 28, 2016Do you ever find yourself explaining ‘ableism’ to a friend or colleague for what feels like the hundredth time? Every individual should be familiar with the term, yet unfortunately people with disabilities are often tasked with the burden of repeatedly…

(Video) MIT lab creates accessible fashion every summer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016Almost everyone has experience with mainstream clothing that does not always fit the needs of each individual. For people with disabilities, this divergence between what’s needed and what’s available can be even more pronounced. Open Style Lab works to explore…

Judge approves Los Angeles sidewalk settlement

Monday, September 12, 2016A federal judge has signed off on what disability rights attorneys are calling the largest disability access class action settlement in history. Under the agreement, first announced in April 2015, the City of Los Angeles must spend an estimated…

Los Angeles settles accessible housing lawsuit for $200 million

Sunday, September 11, 2016The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 on August 30 to spend $200 million over the next decade to resolve an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit concerning the accessibility of the City’s public housing stock. “When our clients can’t find…

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