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Is Braille Obsolete?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Touchscreen phones work so well for blind people that Braille may become obsolete. But advocates worry this could render the next generation "functionally illiterate."

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Promoting Access for All

Thursday, February 05, 2015

For a person with physical disabilities, getting to the opera can pose particular challenges. Blogger Fred Plotkin offers some tips for those who are less mobile.
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Disabled New Yorkers Sue for Safer Streets

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


New York City is being sued for violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which celebrated its 24th anniversary last week. Advocates argue too many city sidewalks lack proper curb cuts and are not accessible to people with disabilities.

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Disability Access Lagging at Polling Places

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inadequate signage and locked doors on access ramps make it difficult for disabled people to vote.



More Ramps and Wheelchair Seats Coming to Broadway Theaters

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nine Broadway theaters will be more accessible to the disabled thanks to an agreement with the federal government. 


The Brian Lehrer Show

During Disasters, Does New York Abandon the Disabled?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A federal judge ruled that the city violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by having inadequate disaster response. Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) and Eric Klinenberg, NYU sociologist and author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, discuss the ruling and possible remedies.

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1 in 10 New Yorkers Might Be at Risk in Case of Evacuation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Think we learned something from all those Sandy stories of disabled people trapped in high-rises struggling to survive? Think again.

Disability rights groups are suing New York City in Federal Court saying the city's emergency plans are discriminatory and violate federal laws. A ruling could come any day now.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lydia Callis on a Deaf-Friendly New York

Friday, September 06, 2013

Lydia Callis was an American Sign Language interpreter for the mayor during press conferences about Sandy last year. Now, she's trying to raise awareness about what it's like to be hard of hearing in New York City and what would make it easier. She discusses her background, her activism, and her work.

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Officals Testify No Specific Disaster Plans for Disabled

Monday, March 18, 2013

A federal trial is continuing in the case of disabled New Yorkers, who say the city needs a protocol for evacuating them during disasters, such as Sandy.

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