Around The World In A Wheelchair

by Lynda Edwards, Chattanooga Times Free Press/TNS | January 19, 2016 Cory Lee Woodard’s muscular dystrophy put him in a wheelchair at age 4, but it hasn’t kept him from swimming in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon or enjoying Malibu beaches. Now, at age 25, his highly successful travel blog, Curb Free with Cory Lee, has sent him around the world a few times and won him more than 12,000 Twitter followers, 4,500 Facebook fans and over […]

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel; Consideration of Negotiated Rulemaking Process

Summary The Department of Transportation (“Department” or “DOT”) announces that it is exploring the feasibility of conducting a negotiated rulemaking (Reg Neg) concerning accommodations for air travelers with disabilities addressing inflight entertainment, supplemental medical oxygen, service animals, accessible lavatories on single-aisle aircraft, seating accommodations, and carrier reporting of disability service requests. The Department has hired a convener to speak with interested parties about the feasibility of conducting this Reg Neg. The Department anticipates that the […]

The Medically Underserved Population (MUP)

BY EMILY JOHNSON If you look at the pictures of my brother and me on my first day of kindergarten, and my first day of medical school, they look remarkably similar. Despite the 16 years separating the two, our hairstyles have only changed minimally. However, one of the biggest similarities of these two occasions was my personal naivety. In both cases, I was somewhat unprepared for the way my brother and others with intellectual disabilities […]

How To Organize International Group Travel For Students With Disabilities

BY ERNST VANBERGEIJK, Ph.D., M.S.W  Most non-disabled adults take for granted the ability to travel overseas for business or pleasure. However, for many teens and young adults with disabilities, the ability to travel independently without their parents is a dream. At best, they may have gone on a holiday with their families. They have never traveled to a foreign country with their friends. The benefits of traveling internationally for students with disabilities are numerous. Not […]

Going Solo

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY To the casual onlooker it was not a remarkable scene. A middle-aged mom trudging through the rain, huge beach bag slung precariously over her shoulder while clutching the hands of a ‘tween and a younger son, heading for the relative paradise of a movie theater overhang. If anyone had cared to look they would have viewed a grim determination in her eyes, a desire to reach her destination etched into the […]

Youth Participation In Transition Planning

BY VALERIE LEITER In 2004, Congress added new transition requirements to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), striving to improve youth outcomes after high school. These new requirements say that the Individual Education Program (IEP) must include “appropriate measurable postsecondary goals” and the “transition services… needed to assist the child in reaching those goals.” They also give students the right to participate in planning once their IEP meetings focus on transition from school. It […]