Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wheelchair Accessibility Complaints At Wendy's Restaurants

Are you a wheelchair user who has experienced wheelchair accessibility problems at a Wendy's Restaurant? The law firm of David Otto is investigating accessibility complaints against Wendy's Restaurants. According to Mr Otto, some Wendy's Restaurants may have problems with inaccessible toilets, condiment counters which are too high for wheelchair users, toilets which are not wide enough, or do not have disabled access toilets, doors which are too narrow or do not have automatic doors, doors which are too heavy, disabled parking spaces which do not have wide enough accessibility areas for Vans, or not enough disabled spaces, disable spaces with slopes which are too steep (runaway wheelchairs are no fun at all are they?), access problems with curb cuts, slopes that are too steep on wheelchair ramps, railings which do not comply with the ADA or other compliance issues. Ask yourself - is it comfortable, can I grab it, maneuver through it, get to it in a wheelchair or while using any other mobility assisting device? If the answer is no, there is a decent chance there is an ADA compliance problem. Mr. Otto encourages people to email him through his website if they feel the access at any place of "public accommodation" is, or seems to be out of compliance with the ADA. Those cases that seem to have merit will be investigated and if compliance issues are found, a lawsuit may follow.

The Wendy's restaurant currently being investigated is located in Colorado, however, Mr Otto is interested in hearing about any accessibility issues from Wendy's restaurants located anywhere in the USA.

This is not the first time that Wendys Restaurants have been investigated for non-compliance with ADA. In 1998 a lawsuit was brought against Wendy's Restaurants by a group of people with disabilities. That complaint involved queue lines which were not wide enough to accommodate wheelchair users. According a report on the Department of Justice website, Wendy's settled the complaint by agreeing to remove or modify the queue lines. In addition each of the complaining parties received $2,000 as part of the settlement.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Axis Wheelchair Dancers Prove To Hollywood That Wheelchair Users Can Dance

AXIS Dance Company is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Watch the talented wheelchair performers in the videos below and you will understand why:


Axis is a group of professionally choregraphed and trained dancers who are showing the world that disabled dancers are every bit as talented and entertaining to watch as able-bodied dancers. Now when will Hollywood producers, for shows like Glee stop casting able bodied performers to play the role of disabled characters?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Wheelchair Accessibility: What You Can Do About An Inaccessible Building

You know that ADA laws require that all public buildings be accessible. But what exactly does accessible mean? What can you do when you find an inaccessible building? What are your rights? Who can help you with wheelchair accessibility?

We have covered these and other questions about wheelchair accessibility in our new article called "Accessibility Guide For Wheelchair Users". Learn everything you need to know about wheelchair accessibility.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Quadruple Amputee Swims English Channel

I love stories like this! Philippe Croizon lost all four limbs 15 years ago. While recovering in the hospital he decided to swim the English channel.

Two years ago he could not swim two lengths of a standard swimming pool. But he trained hard swimming up to 30 hours per week! Watch this video which shows Philippe's preparations:

Philippe is a cool guy. When he is not swimming like a fish, he is jumping out of airplanes and he is writing books. Why does he do it?

After his accident, he decided he had two choices. To live or to die. He decided to live for himself and his family, including his two children Gregory and Jeremy. What better reason is there than that? As the father of an amazing 1 year old, I can't think of a better reason.

Read more about Philippe Croizon.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wheelchair Discrimination Gets Bus Driver Fired

In July 2010 a bus driver was fired for refusing to put down a ramp for a wheelchair user. Arjun Duggal filmed a bus driver refusing to put out a ramp for his mother on his mobile phone as you can see below:

Mr Duggal submitted the video to the media which led to the termination of the bus driver.

Just a month later a similar event happened to Qamar Khaliq. Khaliq video taped a train guard refusing to bring out a ramp for him. This incident also became a media event.

When will bus and train personnel get the message that wheelchair users are entitled to equal access to public transportation under the law?

Are you being discriminated against? Is someone parking where they are not supposed to be parking? Is there a building that has no ramp or other form of access? Do what these wheelchair users do. Use a video camera to teach the person a lesson! Film the discrimation act, upload it to YouTube. Send a link to your local media and send us a link well. Contact us at this email address: RehaDesign "AT"

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wheelchair User Discrimination At U2/Jay-Z Concert

A Jay-Z fan from New Zealand was forced to pay four times more than the general admission rate. Why? Because he was in a wheelchair.

Red Nicholson was excited to attend a concert in Auckland to see U2 and opening act Jay-Z, particularly since the least expensive tickets were being sold for $40. But when he contacted the ticket seller he was told "the minimum cost of a ticket, for a disabled person using a wheelchair, was $179 plus booking fee". Since he must take a support person with him, that meant he would have to pay $380 to attend rather than under $100.

Red blogged about this and asked a very valid question:

Why should regular able-bodied folk be able to choose to buy cheap tickets, but people with disabilities are asked to pay through the nose?

The local media agreed and reported on this story. The concert organizers backed down as this follow-up article reports:

After queries from The Dominion Post, concert organisers agreed to open up an allocated number of seats in the reserved section at a lower price for wheelchair users.

That is not good enough. I do not agree that "an allocated number" of seats should be reserved for wheelchair users. If this means, once a few wheelchair users have bought cheap seats, other wheelchair users must buy more expensive seats, this is still not fair. Wheelchair users should be treated like everyone else. The hall should be made wheelchair accessible and there should be sufficient space which can be converted to accessible seating should it be required. Wheelchair users should have full access to all levels of seating. Anything less is discriminatory in my opinion.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The First DOUBLE Backflip In A Wheelchair

Back in 2006, Aaron Fotheringham did the first back flip in a wheelchair. I did the first interview with Aaron Fotheringham when he was just 14 years old.

On August 26, 2010 Aaron Fotheringham hit the first DOUBLE backflip in a wheelchair. Watch this video, posted by Aaron showing how he got it done:

Want to know more about Aaron? Check out this interview by Unitriders. It is probably the funniest interview with Aaron Fotheringham that I have seen (and I have seen several). Questions include:

* First time you kissed a girl
* Last time your mom yelled at you
* Last time you went out in Vegas
* Last time you used the sympathy card on a girl

To the last question Aaron responded "I get rejected by females constantly. It's an ongoing thing".....come on Aaron, I don't believe that:

Friday, September 3, 2010

The World's Lightest Wheelchair

Just a decade ago, the world's lightest wheelchairs had a frame weight of around 8kg (17lbs) and with wheels, the lightest wheelchairs weighed around 10 kg (22 lbs). Now it is possible to find commercially made wheelchairs with a frame weight just over 2 kg (4.5 lbs) and with wheels just over 4 kg (10 lbs).

What are the world's lightest wheelchairs? Some of the worlds lightest wheelchairs include Pantera X, Proval, Quickie Helium / Q7 and Tilite ZR.

You can read more about what to look for in a lightweight wheelchair.

Do you know other lightweight wheelchairs? If you know of a commercially manufactured wheelchair with a frame weight of 4kg or less, let us know. Leave a comment below or send us an email at RehaDesign "AT"