Internet cafe opens for disabled users

Link: Internet cafe opens for disabled users.

The Good Bytes Cafe has stained concrete floors, jars of scones and a small bank of computers in the corner, making it much like any Internet cafe.

But the computers — outfitted with a joystick mouse, magnifying software and equipment allowing people to point and click with their eye movements — make Good Bytes one of just a handful nationwide specifically designed for disabled users.

December 17, 2006 in accessability | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wunago -- Your guide to Wheelchair Accessible Travel --

Contrary to rumor, Wunago is not an ancient tribe of wheelchair warriors. The name "Wunago" comes from a desire many people with disabilities have. They "want to go" places and see new things and experience everything life has to offer. Based on his personal travel experiences,l LorenlWorthingtonlrecognized that travel is far less stressful if you have a clear understanding of what type of accessibility lies ahead. More over, when you hear about a great place to visit that offers a wheelchair-friendly environment, you have a tendency to go explore.

Travel here.

September 20, 2004 in accessability, africa, alaska, ecuador, symptom management, Travel, treatment | Permalink | Comments (0)

A home of his own

Paralyzed from the neck down, John Hinchman was told he'd have to live in a nursing home for the rest of his life. But this week, he moved into his own home in Juneau with his family as a recipient of a federal grant to help people move from a nursing home back into the community.

More here.

September 1, 2004 in accessability, advocacy, alaska, people | Permalink | Comments (0)

Americas Graded on Disabled Facilities

Only five of 24 countries in the Americas provide adequate protection and treatment to their disabled citizens, according to a new report by a coalition of disability groups.

Travel here.

Read the report here.

August 26, 2004 in accessability, politics, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Freedom Machines, the PBS documentary to be broadcast on the award-winning P.O.V. series

Freedom Machines is scheduled for broadcast September 14, 2004 on the PBS award-winning series POV. The film plugs the viewer into the largely unrealized power represented by assistive technology (AT) through the stories of an intriguing group of people, who are achieving exceptional things through their desires for ordinary lives.

I don't watch much TV, but if you do check this out.

August 25, 2004 in accessability, entertainment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Unreliable employee who has MS may be fired

Q. One of our employees suffers from multiple sclerosis, a disability we didn't know she had when we hired her. We were too busy to keep an eye on how well she was doing during her probationary period, so she became a regular employee even though she had poor performance.

We were just about to fire her when she told us she had MS, and our personnel officer told us we couldn't discharge her because most of her misperformance was related to MS. Besides, once we knew she had to deal with MS, we wanted to give her a break.

Terminate here.

May 17, 2004 in accessability | Permalink | Comments (0)

Twelve Tips For Finding An Accessible Hotel Room

Look for properties constructed after 1992. The Americans With Disabilities Act took effect in 1992 and properties constructed after this date usually have better access.

Read the list here.

February 24, 2004 in accessability, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Disney's Segway Ban Upsets Some Disabled

The last time Doug Exum went to Walt Disney World, he rented an electric scooter to navigate the resort's four theme parks. But he tired of sitting and the scooter cost him $200.

The next time the 42-year-old computer programmer from Plano, Texas, returns, he wants to bring his Segway, which allows him to stand up as he scoots about on its platform and battery-operated two wheels.

There's only one problem: Disney World doesn't allow visitors, even those with disabilities like Exum, to use the self-balancing transportation machines. The policy has angered some Segway owners with disabilities and surprised others since the Disney parks have a reputation for accommodating the disabled...

Disney World isn't the only place to restrict the use of Segways. They're also prohibited at Disney's California parks — Disneyland and California Adventure. Sea World Orlando says it doesn't allow them for safety reasons and San Francisco last year outlawed them on its sidewalks.

Orlando's other major theme park resort, Universal Orlando, doesn't have a policy. Jerry Miller, a 55-year-old retired state trooper from Indiana who has Parkinson's disease, recently went to Universal on his Segway without any problems.

Read more here.

On our trip to California last year we found Universal much more disability friendly than Disneyland.

February 8, 2004 in accessability, technology, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dive Into Accessibility

This book answers two questions. The first question is "Why should I make my web site more accessible?" If you do not have a web site, this book is not for you. The second question is "How can I make my web site more accessible?" If you are not convinced by the first answer, you will not be interested in the second.

Read it online here.

February 1, 2004 in accessability, technology | Permalink | Comments (0)

Challenge Alaska

I spent the last week or so in Anchorage. The kids were going skiing so I thought I'd give it a shot. I took lessons with Challenge Alaska.

Challenge Alaska built and operates the International Sports, Recreation and Education center in Girdwood, Alaska.

Girdwood is also the location of Alyeska Ski Resort, one of Alaska's premier downhill ski slopes. One of Girdwood's most famous products is former Olympic skiing champion Tommy Moe.

Challenge Alaska is a non-profit organization that provides sports and therapeutic recreation opportunities for those with disabilities. Challenge Alaska believes that everyone, regardless of physical ability, should have an equal chance at recreational opportunities.

Exhilarating physical recreation is crucial aspect of early rehabilitation and life-long well-being. It is an important track to improved mobility, increased self-confidence, and development of specific skills. We hope to give our participants the skills and confidence needed to eventually partake in these activities independently.

I had a great time, the instructors were great, but I think downhill skiing is off my list of things I can do. Oh well...

More here.

January 3, 2004 in about me, accessability, alaska, exercise | Permalink | Comments (0)