Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sign the Petition to Add Wheelchair Access to Craigslist Housing Posts

People with disabilities understand the difficulty in finding accessible housing. Legislation and changing attitudes have improved the amount of accessible housing options available for people with disabilities. However, many searches for housing are performed on the internet nowadays which often means that people with disabilities do not know of the accessibility of a potential housing option without going to the personally check out the property. A petition on change.org hopes to improve that process by asking Craigslist to add a selection for wheelchair accessibility to its housing posts. This would allow those listing a property to let potential tenants or home buyers know a property is wheelchair accessible. Such a move by Craigslist would greatly streamline the process of finding housing for people with disabilities. To sign the petition, check out the following link:

http://www.change.org/petitions/craigslist-org-add-an-option-for-possible-wheelchair-access-to-your-housing-posts

Friday, August 16, 2013

Michael A. Winter, Disability Rights Advocate, Passed Away at Age 61

Michael A. Winter was one of the key forces behind the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Mr. Winter, and many other wheelchair users, crawled up the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in order to show the need for accessible building for people with disabilities. He went on to serve in various roles within the Department of Transportation relating to civil rights and accessibility for people with disabilities. He passed away recently and was remembered for his work by the Washington Post. Check out the article at the link below:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/michael-a-winter-advocate-and-activist-for-disability-rights-dies-at-61/2013/08/14/6fd5a432-0397-11e3-9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story.html

Friday, August 9, 2013

Secretary Kerry on the Disabilities Treaty

Last year, disabilityinsight.com covered the horrendous failure of U.S. Congress to pass the United Nations' Disabilities Treaty. The treaty is designed to promote other countries throughout the world adopting policies similar to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Many Republicans voted against the treaty, causing it to fail to be approved, under the outlandish theory that it would allow the U.N. to control how American parents home-schooled their children with disabilities. This was despite the fact that many prominent Republicans supported the treaty.

Senate Democrats are trying to pass the treaty yet again. Today, Secretary Kerry released a video message explaining why the Disabilities Treaty should be supported. Check it out:


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bethany Hamilton- Shark Attack Survivor Continues Surfing

Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm in a shark attack, but she continues to surf at a high level. Watch the video below to learn more about her story...