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|United Spinal Mentors Architects on Accessible Design
Many people take freedom of movement for granted and are unaware of the accessibility regulations of our built environment. But as soon as one experiences even a temporary injury, using a cane, wheelchair or scooter, for example, can present unexpected challenges.
Navigating transportation, curb ramps, table height, toilet facilities … all become acutely important when living with a physical disability. Accessibility to malls, restaurants, assembly areas, schools, recreation areas, hotels, office buildings and other locations make daily living active and productive. Without it, a person’s quality of life can be greatly affected.
The Accessibility Services program of United Spinal Association understands the importance of accessibility and takes pride in making the built environment welcoming to all.
|V.I. government workers learn about Americans with Disabilities Act
Virgin Islands Daily News
ST. CROIX — Over the past two days, representatives of all V.I. government departments and agencies gathered together to be trained on the Americans with Disabilities Act for the first time since the act’s passage in 1990, an official said.
At the meeting on St. Croix, a group of about to 40 people sat facing Jennifer Perry, a compliance specialist with the United Spinal Association, who conducted the training sessions.
|Target Field Rates "A" For Accessibility
Dominic Marinelli, a national consultant who has worked on a number of new stadiums, called Target Field "the most accessible one in the country."
"It sets a standard for the next ones,” said Marinelli, vice president for accessibility services with New York-based United Spinal Association. "We’re trying to use tricks from Target Field at Madison Square Garden [currently under renovation]."
|Fire Safety For Wheelchair Users
"When utilizing this fire safety training program, you are taking a significant step to ensure that people with disabilities and all stakeholders are aware of the important features found in buildings designed and built in conformance with widely adopted codes and standards developed to protect people with disabilities in the event of an emergency," said Kleo King, senior vice president of Accessibility Services at United Spinal Association.
The training program created with funding assistance from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is available for download in both English and Spanish…
|Accessible Air Travel Guide for People With Disabilities
Media Industry Today
This helpful booklet informs individuals with disabilities of their rights as passengers on commercial airlines and how to adequately prepare to ensure their air travel experience is enjoyable. It also provides valuable insight on a multitude of air carrier procedures, such as information about requirements for foreign airlines, what to expect in terms of equipment liability, how to file a complaint, and airport screening requirements.
"This guide has been a very useful resource to thousands of air travelers over the years that were not aware of their rights under the Air Carrier Access Act. It is our hope that this revised version continues to help people with disabilities across the country experience enjoyable and trouble free air travel," said Kleo King, senior vice president of Accessibility Services at United Spinal Association.
|New York Yankees New Field Of Dreams
In violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for years, the Yankees took the opportunity to make the new stadium as accessible as possible for everyone. Team officials worked with the United Spinal Association’s Accessibility Services group to create new features to accommodate those in a wheelchair and those with hearing or vision loss. The new stadium will feature more accessible bathrooms and seating as well as scoreboards that transcribe what is said over the public address system.
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|New Yankee Stadium
The consulting arm of the United Spinal Association provided the accessibility services. Other new accessibility features include an induction loop and FM system for hard-of-hearing fans. The Yankees also added more wheelchair-accessible viewing locations and seats with removable armrests for easier transfer, as well as more comfortable folding chairs for companions. The upper deck is not as steep as in the old stadium, and is deeper. Electrical outlets are also installed in all wheelchair viewing areas for people who need to plug in medical equipment during the game. There are 530 accessible seating locations, plus 530 companion locations, or 1 percent of total seating.
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|Mets Choose United Spinal To Make Ballpark Accessible
The Queens Gazette
The Accessibility Services team of the United Spinal Association, a national disability rights organization based in Queens, has been selected by the New York Mets to ensure that its new ball park, scheduled for completion by Opening Day 2009, will be fully accessible to all fans with disabilities.