Assistive Technology

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…

MBTA to subsidize ride-sharing for people with disabilities

Monday, September 26, 2016Uber and Lyft will soon receive subsidies from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency to expand their services to riders with disabilities, under a one-year pilot project announced September 16. “We want to meet the needs of our customers to…

Paralympics to award accessible medals

Friday, August 19, 2016The upcoming Rio Paralympics are set to begin in less than three weeks, and will include an exciting new feature. The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee has unveiled specially designed accessible medals. The medals were created with athletes with visual impairments…

Agreement reached to make health care kiosks accessible to people with visual disabilities

Monday, August 15, 2016Pursuant Health will make its thousands of self-service health care kiosks accessible to people with visual disabilities, under a first-of-its-kind agreement announced July 26. “Living the lives we want as blind people includes monitoring our own health so that we…

Father writes children’s book to explain his experience with disability

Wednesday, August 3, 2016After Leslie A. Johnson explained his disability to his children, he was inspired to increase disability awareness on a larger scale. Johnson created the children’s book, “Dad on Wheels,” which illustrates his personal experience as a father with a disability.…

Australia rolls out new disability insurance plan

Monday, July 25, 2016A new national Australian program promises to dramatically transform the range of services available for people with disabilities in need of long-term care. The National Disability Insurance System, which began on a trial basis in 2013, is an additional income…

Advocates demand improved accommodations for inmates with disabilities

Tuesday, July 19, 2016The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new interactive report June 22, calling on state prisons to undertake a series of reforms to bring the treatment of incarcerated people with disabilities in line with…

Evaluating new film ‘Me Before You’

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Me Before You portrays life with disability as hopeless
Hollywood’s latest attempt to portray people with disabilities in film debuted to a flood of criticism from disability rights advocates. Me Before You, released on June 3, tells the story…

DOJ, Milwaukee reach comprehensive ADA settlement

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Accessibility Improvements Coming Soon to Milwaukee
The City of Milwaukee will spend $3.4 million over the next three years on infrastructure improvements for people with disabilities, under a comprehensive settlement announced June  9 with the Department of Justice. “Cities and…

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