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A para from a gunshot wound in 1998, Lenin Moreno Garcés may be the next president of Ecuador. While serving as vice president from 2007 to 2013, he helped people with disabilities in his country gain financial security and housing and was even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2012. He is well-liked and has a shot at the top office. The man can even sing.
The ride-hailing company Uber has been sued in federal court by Access Living, which claims that Uber fails to provide ample wheelchair accessible transportation, including vans with ramps and lifts, among its fleet and is not in compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act. Uber, which asserts that it is not a transportation entity but a technology company, has come under fire before and has experimented with different ways to provide rides to wheelchair users while still claiming to be ADA-exempt. “Our ultimate goals are to settle the question of whether the rideshare industry is covered by the ADA and, if it is, to obtain equivalent service for motorized wheelchair users,” says an Access Living attorney.
The iBOT revolutionized wheelchair technology when it first appeared in 2003, but consumers were frustrated with the $25,000 cost, which wasn’t covered by insurance. Discontinued in 2009, the iBOT is set for a reboot next year as a lighter, more nimble machine likely to be covered by Medicare and private insurers. It will still climb stairs and balance on two wheels using gyroscopic technology, and you can learn more in NM’s November Consumer Guide.
We tend to put doctors, especially surgeons, on a pedestal, but that can be a mistake in the world of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Not every geographic area has experts in spinal cord injury and its secondary conditions, and finding truly qualified physicians can make a huge difference in pain, function and quality of life. Here’s how to get started.
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