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.

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United Spinal Calls for Accessible Taxi Laws in DC

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United Spinal Calls for Accessible Taxi Laws in DC

Washington DC TaxisUnited Spinal Association is urging enforcement of the long overdue Washington DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) regulations implementing an increase in accessible taxis required in the DC Taxicab Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2012.

Delays on enforcing these regulations continue even for the limited number of accessible vehicles required.

The DCTC announced in a press release on Thursday, 2/12/14 that they will give taxi companies an additional six months to put into place requirements for which they have had years to prepare.

“I urge the DCTC to strongly enforce the requirement to provide wheelchair-accessible taxi service,” said Carol Tyson, Senior Policy Associate for United Spinal Association.

“Allowing an additional 6 months sends the message to the District’s residents, workers and visitors with disabilities that their access to all modes of transportation is not a priority,” Tyson added.

“This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. United Spinal calls on the DCTC, Mayor Bowser, and the DC Council to do all it can to incentivize and ensure access to transportation for all in the District,” said Tyson.

United Spinal has also urged the DCTC to ensure that all for-hire vehicle drivers receive disability etiquette training and those driving accessible vehicles also receive training on how to operate equipment and provide safe and courteous service.

2016-12-31T02:26:47+00:00 Featured, United Spinal News|