Bringing Down Barriers In Arizona

You are here>> Home » Latest » United Spinal Updates » Bringing Down Barriers In Arizona

Bringing Down Barriers In Arizona

United Spinal Association’s Arizona chapter gathered for an inaugural ‘Roll on Arizona’s Capitol’ on January 22, 2018 to advocate for progressive legislation that would bring down barriers and benefit wheelchair users and all people living with disabilities.

‘Roll on Arizona’s Capitol’ (ROAC) is Accessible Arizona’s first state legislative day bringing people with disabilities together to raise their concerns and priorities with their state legislators. “Far too long people with disabilities have been underrepresented in Arizona’s legislature,” said Gina Schuh, president of Accessible Arizona, United Spinal’s Arizona chapter.

United Spinal member advocates, many of whom use wheelchairs, encouraged Arizona legislators to pass a bill that requires a minimum of wheelchair accessible bathrooms in apartment buildings.

“Barrier-free bathrooms benefit a large community in Arizona, not only do wheelchair users benefit, but also the elderly and many other people with mobility impairments,” said Schuh.

Currently, there is no requirement to offer barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms in multi-family housing units. Many individuals with disabilities must pay out of pocket for modifications that fit their needs and must restore bathrooms to their original state once they leave, leading to thousands of dollars in construction expenses.

Attendees also advocated for already established government agencies, such as the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the Office of the State Fire Marshal to inspect public buildings for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, and ensure parking, entrances and bathrooms meet accessibility standards.

“We want to ensure that the accessibility issues that affect the health and safety of people with disabilities, including entering and exiting buildings quickly and having access to bathroom facilities, are addressed,” added Schuh.

ROAC is a state version of United Spinal’s national policy event, Roll on Capitol Hill, which highlights advocacy priorities for its membership and the broader disability community to ensure people with disabilities are included in policy debates impacting their health, independence, and quality of life.

For more information, visit https://accessibleaz.org/roac.

2018-01-23T21:28:03+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Latest, United Spinal Updates|

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.

Ask Us

United Spinal’s Ask Us program connects you with information, resources, and access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Central” help center. Browse the Knowledge Books below for answers to your questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for just Ask Us and one of our knowledgeable staff will provide you with answers.