United Spinal Hails New York City Vote to Expand Accessible Taxi Fleet to 50 Percent by 2020

May 15th, 2014|

New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has voted unanimously to expand its accessible taxi fleet to 50 percent by 2020.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed to add a 30-cent surcharge to all cab rides to help with the transition to a larger accessible fleet.

United Spinal Association, the American Association […]

Sign Petition to Improve Airline Accessibility

May 3rd, 2013|

NSCIA is supporting the efforts of  Ben Trockman, a wheelchair user and student at the University of Southern Indiana who has started a petition to improve airline accessibility.

“The current standard for air travel for people using power wheelchairs is exhausting, dangerous, many times embarrassing and utterly unacceptable. It is also […]

Transit Cost Assistance for NYC Residents with Disabilities

January 18th, 2013|

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and the NYC Department for the Aging recently announced that the Taxi Smart Card Program is currently underway and accepting applications.

The Taxi Smart Card Program offers residents with disabilities from Brooklyn’s Community District 18 and Queens’ Community District 1 the opportunity to […]

Roll on Capitol Hill: Disability Activists Demand Federal Health Care Policy Inclusion

July 10th, 2012|

NSCIA and United Spinal Association mobilized over 60 disability activists from its national network of member chapters and support groups for Roll on Capitol Hill––an advocacy event in Washington, D.C. on June 25-26 that directly expressed to legislators the need for greater access to health care, wheelchairs, and policymakers — […]

Excuse Me, Does A Ladder Come With That Bed?

June 27th, 2012|

By Jacquie Tellalian

Ah, sunshine, warm temps and blue skies–finally it’s summertime! And nothing says summer like getting away for a little r & r. Being disabled, you get pretty used to hassles you encounter when you’re on unfamiliar turf, but if your vacation plans include a hotel with […]

United Spinal Joins Liu in Rejecting New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow”

May 2nd, 2012|

United Spinal Association’s president Paul J. Tobin and general counsel Jim Weisman participated in a press conference on May 2 hosted by New York City Comptroller John C. Liu calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to modify the proposed “Taxi of Tomorrow” agreement before sending the contract to the Comptroller’s Office […]

Bloomberg Unveils NYC’s Embarrassing ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’

April 5th, 2012|

On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg rolled out the next version of New York City’s fully-INaccessible yellow taxi cab–Nissan’s NV200.

“This taxi for the 21st century was designed from the inside out and the result is the safest, most comfortable, most passenger friendly taxi to ever hit our streets,” said Bloomberg.

Yes, […]

Court of Appeals Doesn’t Help City of New York in Taxi Case

March 4th, 2012|

In late December 2011, Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, George Daniels issued an order requiring that all street hail permits issued for livery vehicles (in the four boroughs other than Manhattan) will have to be only for accessible vehicles until the City submits a […]

New Accessibility Guide to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

February 6th, 2012|

Vacations, whether it’s to a remote locale or major city, can lose a lot of luster before you even pack your bags and get out the door.

There are a lot of questions that run through the average travelers mind when they start planning a perfect getaway. Where to stay? How’s […]

A True Taxi Tale

January 13th, 2012|

On June 19, 2007, my spouse and I boarded an Air Canada flight at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport for what we thought was a day trip to Montreal. I’m a quadriplegic and my injury is at the sixth cervical vertebrae.

The purpose of this trip was my delivery of […]