Need good wheelchairs – 365/24/7

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Thank you for speaking out to your congressional representatives. Together, we sent almost 800 invitations to Congress to attend a briefing where members of congress and staffers had the opportunity to learn that good wheelchairs and other assistive devices are vital to people with disabilities. (Very cool to see how many people took action). We […]

Taking your wheelchair repair stories straight to D.C. – thank you!

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Thank you to all of you. Your wheelchair repair stories, including the barriers you face, were shared with Medicare last week in a two-hour meeting in Washington, DC. They paid attention and noted some of the common problems from your stories. If we don’t tell them, they really will never know how their policies affect […]

Share Your Wheelchair Repair Horror Stories With Policy Makers

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Would you like to tell your wheelchair repair story directly to the policy makers? Wouldn’t it be amazing if they actually understood how hindering it is when your chair doesn’t work? Your story will help UsersFirst educate policy makers on how essential wheelchair repairs are to your health and independence. We are meeting with Medicare […]

AGGRAVATED IN ATLANTA — Advocate strains to hold Senator accountable. Pass the CRPD, she says

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By FINN M. BULLERS | UsersFirst blogger   “Dogged advocate of the moment” honors go out to Kim Ravenscraft Harrison of Georgia for her relentless effort to hold one of her Senators accountable to the voters who elected him. Ravenscraft Harrison has been trying to get a meeting with Sen. Johnny Isakson’s team in Atlanta […]

The U.S. needs to support the Disabilities Treaty

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The world’s largest minority is people with disabilities. Fifteen percent of the world’s population is living with a disability and 80% live in developing countries. They must be protected and we can help. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) is considered the world’s “gold standard” for accessibility. Most countries don’t have laws like this protecting […]

ADVOCATE SHOUT OUT — Legislative watchdog Jenn Wolff honored

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  By FINN M. BULLERS | UsersFirst blogger UsersFirst advocate extraordinaire Jenn Wolff — Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2011 — recently received a coveted alumni citation award from her Hawkeye-state alma mater recently at Wartburg College in Waverly. Wolff, a 1993 graduate and occupational therapist — as well as two others — were presented with alumni […]

Obamacare – Keeping up-to-date as possible

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A couple of days ago, our D.C.-based policy department was invited to the White House Rose Garden to hear President Obama’s remarks about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. I still find it very cool that we (me and you) have this kind of access – connected to the top. We have been keeping as […]

YOU GOTTA FIGHT… FOR YOUR RIGHT… TO A WHEELCHAIR!

By Jean-Marie Lawrence, Users First guest blogger By the time I was diagnosed with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy in 1993, my rights as a person with a disability were already being fought for with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. The world was opening up and letting people with disabilities in. […]

Feel orphaned? – Can’t find any company to repair your wheelchair?

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The latest unfortunate trend in the world of wheelchairs is the repair predicament. For many it is becoming very challenging trying to find a wheelchair supplier that is able to make necessary repairs. The most common comments we are hearing related to wheelchair repairs are: the supplier is too far away and there are no […]

Wheelchair users meet with congress from coast to coast

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The Problem: Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act almost 24 years ago, yet is more difficult than ever for Americans to access good wheelchairs. Insurance entities (both public and private) routinely deny reasonable, medically and functionally necessary requests for wheelchairs. These denials restrict many competent Americans from participating fully in their lives. Without a […]