Disability Law

Knowledge is power. Our AMS Vans blog posts on disability law help explain legislation and emerging issues that impact your life. We’ll make you aware of the latest changes and additions to state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to people with disabilities. Topics include disability discrimination, accessibility, healthcare, and policies and services that are being changed or created to protect and empower people living with disabilities. We’ll help you understand how Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation protects your housing, educational and employment rights.

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Help Wheelchair Users with Lessons in Wheelchair Etiquette

If a wheelchair isn’t a part of your daily life, it’s almost impossible to truly understand the challenges that wheelchair users face on a daily basis. Of course, accessibility is always a primary concern. But so is interacting with people who aren’t quite sure how to help wheelchair users.

Because the team at AMS Vans is a tireless advocate for true mobility freedom, today’s blog is a primer on a few critical accessibility issues: proper wheelchair etiquette, how to help wheelchair users in your life, and what not to say to a wheelchair user.

We hope that you’ll consider these ideas and practice conscious respect in an attempt to strengthen your relationships and improve the lives of those around you. And, if you have any additional suggestions on how to help wheelchair users that we miss or reactions to the topics we cover, please help our readers know more by leaving them in the comments section below. Continue reading

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What Makes a Handicap Wheelchair Van ADA-Compliant?

In 1990, Congress signed into a law an historic piece of legislation designed to protect individuals with disabilities. The American with Disabilities Act changed the disabled community forever — particularly with respect to employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. And, later, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 changed the way this country made the handicap wheelchair van…

Which is precisely what we’re going to discuss in today’s post. A set of revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design outlined specific characteristics for wheelchair vans. These standards improved significantly the safety and security for passengers of adaptable mobility vehicles. Although they are not required in every vehicle, buying a handicap wheelchair van for the ADA-compliant label is an assurance of quality and safety. Continue reading

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Disability Expenses and 5 Myths Surrounding the ABLE Act

21 states currently offer these special needs savings accounts for disability expenses — with more states to follow. Products of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, ABLE Accounts empower individuals with significant disabilities to save and invest. Here’s an overview along with 5 of the biggest ABLE myths dispelled.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act — better known to special needs advocates as ABLE — is legislation designed to level the playing field with respect to saving and investing money earmarked for disability-related expenses. The ABLE Act allows individuals to save this money tax-free without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits such as SSI or SSDI. Continue reading

Catching Handicap Parking Law Breakers

illegal handicap parkingIt’s a crime that has raged on for decades and very simply, there’s almost never a situation where the law breaker isn’t aware that they’re breaking the law. The crime? Parking in a handicap parking spot when you’re not legally allowed.

Very simply, it’s a case of lazy able-bodied individuals that don’t want to walk so far. In most cases, the worst parking space at the mall is typically under 100 yards from the door.

What’s even more surprising is that the rules are not rocket science. If you have a disability that doesn’t allow you to walk long distances, you simply apply for permit and you (and only you) are allowed to park in the special parking spots  by simply displaying the permit from your rear view mirror.  And it can’t be used by someone else when you’re not there.  That’s not a lot of rules to remember, but it’s a rule broken every day.

The most important thing to remember is that if you’re illegally taking up one of these parking areas, you’re taking the spot away from individuals that actually need it. People with varying levels of disabilities simply must have that option.

What’s even more scary is just how rampant the problem has become. The small town of Niles, Ohio wrote 22 citations in under 2 months and the violators come from all walks of life including state politicians and even police officers.

Websites like HandicappedFraud.org puts the power of angered citizens online by allowing you to report violators and we’ve even covered an app by Parking Mobility that allows you to report them on the go.

The video below from 20/20 that covers a sting operation goes to show that it’s not a scenario of individuals that aren’t aware of their wrong-doings, but people who are blatantly trying to game the system and in reality, they themselves don’t even believe the words that come out of their mouths knowing full well what they were doing.

What’s your message to these people? Comment below.