Today's Handicap Accessible World

These days, most every place you go is handicap accessible. This includes schools, offices, factories, restaurants and much more. In many places there are entrances with wheelchair ramps designated for the disabled. There are also handicapped accessible parking spaces at every place of business. These parking spaces are close to the main building so disabled persons do not have to travel a long way to get inside. In order to legally use one of these spaces, it is necessary to have a hang tag, or handicapped sticker, for your vehicle.

To learn more about accessible handicapped places, you may want to check out the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act. This government department has an information packed website where you can learn a great deal about the resources available for the disabled. The site talks about transportation, employment, assistance, housing and much more. The goal of the ADA is to help the disabled in any way possible and make sure their human rights and civil liberties are being upheld and respected. They also strive to educate both the disabled and non-disabled and improve the quality of life for the disabled.

If you do not have a vehicle made for the disabled, consider a converted van. There are vans made especially for wheelchair bound passengers. They have a ramp that lifts into the vehicle, making it effortless for these passengers to enter and exit the vehicle. There are new and used handicap vans made by some of the biggest names in the automotive industry. In some cases the cost of a new or used handicap van may be covered by a disability program. In other cases these vehicles can be leased, rented, financed or bought. You can also have a regular van converted into a disabled-accessible van.

Another important location that is handicap accessible is the public restroom. Whether you are in an eatery, mall, department store, school, workplace or other facility there should be handicap stalls in the restroom that are marked as such. These are larger than the other stalls to make room for equipment and have safety bars. As you can see, there are many ways the world has become more friendly towards the disabled. Everywhere you look there are modifications for the disabled to make their lives easier, which is how it should be. This is an area that has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few decades.


News for the Physically Challenged:


An International Problem - First Things

An International Problem
First Things
The woman, who gave birth to a handicapped child who died shortly after birth, claimed that Chazan did not fulfill his duties because, while Poland has a conscience clause for doctors, it requires them to refer a patient for whom the physician will not .


Coach Vic: Running's also healthy for society - The Desert Sun

Coach Vic: Running's also healthy for society
The Desert Sun
One such program occurs every Saturday morning, at 181 N. Indian Canyon Avenue, just above Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. The working poor, homeless, seniors and handicapped line up from 6 a.m. for groceries that many must stretch for a week.

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West Papua: A no-go zone for foreign journalists - Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America

West Papua: A no-go zone for foreign journalists
Al Jazeera America
Indonesia ranks 132nd on Reporters Without Borders' latest World Press Freedom Index; the study specifically mentions West Papua, calling it a EURœforbidden areaEUR where EURœthe work of journalists is handicapped by draconian news control policies.EUR EURœFor 52 .


Under fire: Viewers upset over alleged misuse of handicapped stalls
A major corporation and the City of Maple Ridge are under fire over the alleged misuse of handicapped parking stalls...

Reader responds to letter - Gladwin County Record & Beaverton Clarion (registration)

Reader responds to letter
Gladwin County Record & Beaverton Clarion (registration)
. take advantage of any situation, and may be using granny's handicapped license plate equipped vehicle, and are therefore thoughtless; but I urge Mr. Burch and others not to judge all who are able to walk without aids and use a handicapped parking .


National identity card for handicapped soon: Minister
A national identity card for the handicapped is on the anvil, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said Tuesday...

NC man accused of beating grandfather over $5
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) EUR” Authorities say a North Carolina man beat his handicapped grandfather after an argument over $5...

Disabled face parking frustration in Abu Dhabi
One man described having to struggle for 200 metres in his wheelchair to reach his home near Salam Street in Abu Dhabi. "The streets are not handicapped-friendly," said Sulaiman Al Ameri, 40. Abu Dhabi Police provide permits for people with special needs to park in designated slots in residential and public parking areas. Mr Al Ameri, a father-of-six who has had polio since he was 3, holds a ...

When the Americans with Disabilities Act applies -

When the Americans with Disabilities Act applies
Your hearing impairment qualifies as an ADA disability, because hearing is a major life function. Wearing hearing aids does not disqualify you from being a security guard. Sometimes an employer would have to purchase equipment to assist you, but in .


Handicapped parking placard stolen from car in Lambertville
Hunterdon County Democrat  LAMBERTVILLE - Camille Smith of Furlong, Pa. reported to police on Sept. 10 that someone stole a Pennsylvania handicapped parking placard from her car. It was parked on North Union Street when the theft occurred. More Hunterdon...


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