New York Subway Stairs

Saturday Satire: The Accessibility Meeting Is Located Down Three Flights of Stairs

A satirical piece published by McSweeney's calls attention to the remaining work to done in building a truly accessible built environment.

November 9, 2019 - McSweeney's

Chicago ADA Access

Comic Reveals the Difficulties of Navigating the World With Special Needs

A comic strip called "Spinning Our Wheels' explores the difficulties of navigating Chicago with a special needs child.

March 12, 2019 - Chicago Reader


'Mobility for All' Responds to Growing Need for Quality Paratransit Service

Accessible technology and a centralized database and call center will help deliver a one-call, one-click transportation information system for seniors and people with special needs in the Portland region.

August 29, 2018 - Bike Portland

MoGo Bikeshare Bikes

Detroit Adds Adaptive Bikes to its Public Bikeshare Fleet

Detroit becomes one of the few cities offering adaptive bikes as an option in its bikeshare system's fleet.

May 21, 2018 - Curbed Detroit

Biketown, Portland, Bike Share

Portland's Biketown to Include 'Adaptive Bikes' to Ensure Universal Access

The city of Portland is wearing the Yellow Jersey on equity issues connected to the Biketown bikeshare system.

March 1, 2017 - Bike Portland


Pushing for Universal Access in the New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda, which sets a new global strategy for sustainable urbanization, still has shortcomings regarding universal access for people with special needs.

October 5, 2016 - Citiscope

California House

Affordable Housing Becomes More Affordable in California Due to Parking Reform

AB 744, a bill which requires no more than one parking space be provided for every two units of affordable and senior housing proximate to transit, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 9.

October 14, 2015 - Smart Growth America

Parking, Density, and Affordable Housing in California

A bill to reduce parking minimums for residential or mixed-use developments that include affordable units passed a key Senate committee. AB 744 amends the state's density bonus law, itself controversial, that incentivizes building affordable housing.

July 16, 2015 - Streetsblog California

Urban Living as a Quadriplegic

Peter Apps, a quadriplegic for the past nine years, shares insight into how he evaluates the mobility and access of cities.

June 28, 2015 - Citymetric

New Policies Could Exacerbate Housing Crisis for Autistic Communities

The autism community is faced with a housing crisis that could from bad to worse if housing standards end a waiver program that allows group homes for people with intellectual and development disabilities.

June 1, 2015 - The Atlantic

Better Design and a 'Level of Service' for the Blind

Scott Schafer pens a column inspired by watching a visually impaired woman navigate a busy corner of Minneapolis. The question raised by the column: How can we improve level of service for the blind?

February 11, 2015 - Streets.MN

Ranking the Best and Worst Cities to Live and Work with Special Needs

WalletHub recently released the "2014 Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities" to highlight the economic power of providing employment opportunities and livable communities for people with special needs.

October 7, 2014 - WalletHub

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