From the Ground Up: Optimal Flooring Choices for Homes With Wheelchair Use

Parents of children who use wheelchairs or other mobility-assisting devices should be aware that appropriate flooring choices can make a home more accessible. Many appreciate flooring materials that are known to be durable and easy to clean when living with children with special needs. Some of the choices available may be perfectly suitable in children’s rooms, living rooms and family rooms. There are many different types of flooring but some, like thick carpet, are a […]

SPECIAL BIKES FOR EXTRA SPECIAL PEOPLE

by Colleen Berlingieri May is National Bike Month and there is an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide & around the world. From fashion shows to group rides, local groups are finding unique ways to celebrate their diverse bike cultures and community pride. BIKE TO WORK DAY This year Bike to Work day was Friday May 18th and according to the League of American Bicyclists, most of the largest U.S. cities will participate. And […]

We Found A 100% Electric Wheelchair Van

BY DAVE FINNIGAN We love that it is the last vehicle he will ever need, that there are virtually no service or repair requirements on electric vehicles, and that there is no heavy power ramp or mechanical lift to haul around or repair. Our 46-year-old son, Davy, has been in a wheelchair all his life, so transporting him appropriately has always been an issue. We have now found a 100% electric vehicle that works for […]

Funding Resources for Accessible Vehicles & Adaptive Equipment

Wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive equipment prices can run from $5,000 to $60,000+. Thankfully there are ways to help pare that down to an affordable figure. Disability grants and loans, government assistance and other help is available. You can even use multiple sources. State Agencies – Every state has a Vocational Rehabilitation Dept. Some provide funding for vehicle modifications. Phone numbers for state, federal and county agencies are in your local phone book or Google […]

United Fined for Violating Airline Disability, Tarmac Delay Rules

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined United Airlines $2.75 million for violating the Department’s rules protecting air travelers with disabilities and for violating the Department’s rule prohibiting long tarmac delays.  The airline was ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations. “It is our duty to ensure that travelers with disabilities have access to the services they need, and that when significant tarmac delays happen, travelers are not left on […]

Scaling Up Leadership Training for Women with Disabilities

The Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) is the signature women’s leadership training program of Mobility International USA (MIUSA). “The contributions of the extraordinary women of the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) not only improve the lives of women and girls with disabilities in their home countries, they also play a critical role in combating discrimination, promoting inclusion, and defending human rights the world over.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th U.S. Secretary […]

The Best Laid Schemes

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON My GP diagnosed the problem as a pinched nerve, likely caused by use of the STS machine that had forced my spinal column and vertebrae into a position they had not been in in years. The title of this column is taken from a line in Robert Burns’ 1786 poem “To a Mouse” that reads “The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.” Truer words […]

COMMUNITY LIVING IS POSSIBLE FOR ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SAY RUTGERS EXPERTS

BY PATTI VERBANAS (RUTGERS TODAY) For years, John and Rose Gallaher had considered moving their daughter, Maureen, out of the Vineland Developmental Center, where she had lived for 41 years, since she was six. The Toms River couple wanted her closer and in a home-like setting that could afford her a more independent lifestyle. “But we were petrified,” says Rose. “Maureen had multiple handicaps – profound mental disability, autism, cerebral palsy, severe seizure disorder, among […]

Make Buckling Up a Snap for Every Ride

Just say no to floppy, hard-to-buckle seat belts. Mom-invented MyBuckleMate makes it easy for anyone to buckle up in the backseat with one hand (just like you do in the driver’s seat). MyBuckleMate was designed for kids in booster seats and perfect for little hands. It fits in tight spaces and between booster seats and also fits securely so seats can be folded down without removing it and does not alter the buckle in any […]