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Access to Hope: How a Woman on Wheelchair is Making Mumbai Accessible, One Footpath at a Time

Jasmina Khanna, who lives with cerebral palsy, has launched an initiative to make Mumbai more inclusive for all by making footpaths more accesible with the help of her NGO ‘Access to Hope’.
Last Updated: January 10, 2021
Author: Rakhi Bose

Mumbai resident Jasmina Khanna, 49, loves enjoying her evenings outside under the fading sun. The passing day brings with it a sense of calm and restfulness that she can seldom feel in the day. But unlike most others, Jasmina cannot go to a park or her favourite sunset spots in the city to enjoy her evenings. On most days, she has to make do with the balconies or windows of her office or home.

US Government Wants To Make Rental Cars More Accessible for Those With Disabilities

NHTSA believes its proposed rule will make life a lot easier for people with disabilities, especially those using a wheelchair. Sean Szymkowski
Dec. 29, 2020

Hand controls and dedicated wheelchair transporters could be game changers when renting a vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday proposed a new rule that should make mobility far more accessible to those living with disabilities, especially those using a wheelchair. The government agency will move to allow rental-car companies to install hand controls and equip vehicles with rear-mounted transporters for wheelchairs or scooters — essential to so many American drivers.

Campaigner’s Research Shows Rail Access Information Is Often ‘Wildly Inaccurate’

Information used by disabled passengers to check if a rail station is accessible is frequently “wildly inaccurate”, and often leads them to book travel to and from stations they cannot access, according to new research.


The FuelService App: Solving Driver’s with Disabilities Major Problem of Getting Gas

The age-old problem, for drivers with disabilities, of having to find assistance to get Full Service at a Self-Serve gas stations has finally been solved.


Calgary Accessibility Advocate Reminds People to Clear Snow and Ice From Sidewalks

Anyone who has been outside in Calgary since the snow started falling on Monday evening knows it’s difficult to get around whether it’s vehicles slipping and sliding on roads or people trudging through heavy snow on walkways.


Advocates Fear AVs Will Leave Disabled Riders Behind

For Carol Tyson, a recent proposal that would advance the commercialization of self-driving vehicles brought familiar pangs of frustration.

Like so many others, Tyson, an advocate for people with disabilities, believes autonomous transportation holds the potential to unlock newfound independence and mobility for millions of Americans. However, blueprints for that future are missing vital components, namely vehicle designs and regulatory frameworks that address considerations for riders with disabilities.


CTA Releases “What We Heard” report on Phase II of its Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations

On June 25, 2020, the CTA’s new ATPDR came into force. They establish modern legally binding requirements for accessible services, technical standards for equipment, communications, training, and security and border screening.


Former Lawyers File Human Rights Complaints, Allege Accessibility Issues in Manitoba Courts

‘I’ve had multiple judges apologize to me for how inaccessible the courtroom is,’ says Mike Reimer


MPI Compensation ‘Laughable,’ Senior Says – Not Offering Enough to Replace Electric Wheelchair

Three months ago, Arthur Ray was crossing Main Street in his motorized wheelchair when a vehicle hit him and damaged the wheelchair significantly, leaving the 76-year-old without a way to safely get around.


Disability Rights Group Sues San Diego Over Scooters On Sidewalks

Electric scooters have taken cities across the country by surprise, sometimes causing conflicts with city authorities and pedestrians. In San Diego, the scooters have led to a federal lawsuit claiming the new devices cause discrimination against people with disabilities.