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Connecticut Passes Law Updating the Access Symbol

January 13, 2017

The famous blue and white access symbol depicting a wheelchair user has been widely used throughout the world since the 1960s, but will soon be replaced in Connecticut. On Jan. 1, the Constitution State passed a law to replace it with a new symbol that illustrates a more active wheelchair

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Homemade Adaptive Gimplements and Gizmos

January 1, 2017

Carrying tools around is easier since Skip Lonie crafted this tool basket.New wheelchair users quickly discover the world is an inconvenient place. Counters are too high, things are constantly out of reach, everything, it seems, is a struggle. Most of us find work-arounds or create tools to deal with these

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Denver’s Red Rocks Sued for Lack of Accessible Seating

December 21, 2016

A coalition of Colorado disability advocacy groups have filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Denver on behalf of six disabled Coloradoans claiming its renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater concert venue violates the ADA by failing to provide appropriate access and seating for patrons who use wheelchairs. The groups are

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Kiwi mum pins hopes on in-utero surgery

December 19, 2016

By Catherine GaffaneyThe New Zealand HeraldCatherine Harper with husband Paul and son Jackson. Photo / SuppliedA pregnant Auckland woman is seeking to become the first Kiwi to have in-utero surgery to reduce the severity of spina bifida in her child.Catherine Harper has flown to Brisbane with her husband, Paul for

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President Obama Signs the 21st Century Cures Act

December 16, 2016

The Cures Act Protects Access to Mobility Equipment through MedicareOn Dec. 13, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, a massive piece of legislation to help fund a wide variety of health initiatives including Medicare’s coverage of mobility equipment for those with disabilities. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in

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“This is the Point” Confronts Biases Around Disability, Sexuality, and Relationships

December 13, 2016

This is the Point is a new play crafted as a sledgehammer to the typical assumptions around relationships, sexuality and the daily lives of people living with disabilities.Based on My Voice, an autobiographical play by Tony Diamanti — a wheelchair user and non-verbal man with cerebral palsy and one of

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NYC Police Stations Sued Over Accessibility

November 21, 2016

More than half of New York City’s 77 police stations are not accessible, according to an Oct. 17 federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit organizations Disabled In Action and the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled against the city.According to the complaint, 32 precincts lack wheelchair accessible main entrances

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Mark Noakes to take up the reins as Shine Chair

November 21, 2016

Mark, currently Head of Logistics at Marks and Spencer, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, was appointed to the Board at the charity’s AGM in November. He is due to take up the role of Chair at the Shine Board meeting on 8th December.Mark, from Ranmoor, Sheffield, has also worked for Amazon, Coca

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Pembrokeshire family win 'bedroom tax' court ruling

November 9, 2016

A family have won a court ruling after the UK Government cut their housing benefit over a spare bedroom used by their grandson's carers.Image:Paul Rutherford, who cares for his grandson Warren, claimed the measure was discriminatoryJudges dismissed a government appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling in favour of Paul

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Two cases won against housing benefit cut

November 9, 2016

Image: After the ruling Jayson Carmichael said he hoped Theresa May would look at the policy againA woman who has spina bifida and a couple who look after their severely-disabled grandson have won their Supreme Court appeals against the so-called "bedroom tax".The court ruled that the government's changes to housing

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Current Magazine | Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H)

November 7, 2016

For over 40 years, the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H), has been committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. Click to read their newly released Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements. Download Current, Fall 2016ContentsFundraising & AwarenessResources For YouAm I

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Costa Rica challenge calls ‘explorer’ trio for a good cause

November 1, 2016

Three ‘explorers’ will soon be braving the wilds of Costa Rica for a good cause!Richard Astle, Managing Director of Athene Communications and Chair of

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Free and Useful Smartphone Apps

November 1, 2016

Every year there are more smartphone apps designed to make an aspect of living with a disability a little bit easier. Here are three free and useful offerings available from Google Play and the iTunes App Store.Report Accessible Parking ViolatorsA GPS-based smartphone app, Parking Mobility puts the power in your

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‘#GoYellow’ shines a spotlight for better services

October 24, 2016

The charity Shine is calling its supporters and the public to #GoYellow during Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week: 24th-31st October, to help raise awareness of these conditions.Shine supporters will be having fun and fundraising around the #GoYellow theme, especially on World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, Tuesday 25th October, and

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