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Subway accessibility wasn’t a priority for newly-renovated Brooklyn station

Subway accessibility wasn’t a priority for newly-renovated Brooklyn station

| March 22, 2017

Here in New York, public transportation is integral to daily life. Most of us must descend multiple flights of stairs or hop on an escalator to get to our train, after which the whole process repeats itself on the other end and then again at the end of the day. This is all fine for […]

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For people with disabilities, inaccessible county fair bathrooms are a huge problem

For people with disabilities, inaccessible county fair bathrooms are a huge problem

| March 21, 2017

From riding rickety roller coasters to gorging on the funnel cake, there is nothing like a good county fair. For vendors or community activists, fairs are ideal opportunities to set up a booth to sell items or champion a cause. As hubs of both entertainment and community, it’s vital that everyone has access to these […]

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The MoMA displays new accessible icon as art

The MoMA displays new accessible icon as art

| March 20, 2017

A new, more active accessibility sign for people with disabilities is on display in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. The updated version of the traditional accessibility icon will be displayed through February 2015 as part of the museum’s “A Collection of Ideas.” The new design, pushed forward by the Accessible […]

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Wheelchair accessibility violations bring luxury buildings under scrutiny

Wheelchair accessibility violations bring luxury buildings under scrutiny

| March 19, 2017

Manhattan’s top federal prosecutor has sued a leading New York City developer for violating wheelchair accessibility regulations. According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, developer Related Companies has failed to make two of its buildings compliant with the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the developer announces a deadlock, the lawsuit forbids […]

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One Carleton student’s fight for campus accessibility earns national attention

One Carleton student’s fight for campus accessibility earns national attention

| March 18, 2017

Did you attend a college surrounded by hills, or in the case of yours truly, loads of mini-hills on one giant hill (hi, Brandeis)? Recall the dread you felt when you learned your new dorm was on the sixth floor? These situations make coming and going from your room or walking to class a full-on […]

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23 years after the ADA, Amtrak stations still inaccessible

23 years after the ADA, Amtrak stations still inaccessible

| March 17, 2017

The National Disability Rights Network reveals that several of the country’s Amtrak stations remain inaccessible for people with disabilities. A report published by the network on the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) discloses Amtrak’s inefficiencies. The ADA advocates and allied groups, who visited Amtrak stations in July and August this year, […]

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DIY movement supplies accessibility ramps to Toronto businesses

DIY movement supplies accessibility ramps to Toronto businesses

| March 16, 2017

A Toronto nonprofit is pioneering a do-it-yourself movement to make stepped entrances accessible throughout the city. So far, volunteers have constructed more than 400 brightly colored ramps in Toronto and other Canadian cities using donated materials and following guidelines offered by the nonprofit StopGap, reports CityLab. Luke Anderson, StopGap’s co-founder, told CityLab that the project […]

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New sensory walking trail gives access to the visually impaired

New sensory walking trail gives access to the visually impaired

| March 15, 2017

The recently dedicated Wildlands Conservancy Pool Wildlife Sanctuary’s new sensory walking trail for the blind and visually impaired offers visitors of all abilities a multidimensional nature experience. Located in Emmaus, PA, the half-mile-long trail offers a thick rope for visitors to hold as they walk along the path, which is marked by kiosks presenting wildlife […]

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Polling place access for the disabled to be improved in New York

Polling place access for the disabled to be improved in New York

| May 22, 2014

Disabled New Yorkers may soon have improved access to polling places. In a lower court decision, a judge had ordered changes at New York City polling locations, according to the Connecticut Post. Last week, a federal appeals court agreed unanimously with that judge’s decision. The written decision, enacted by Manhattan’s 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of […]

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