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  1. She was a force of nature

    That's what Edward Kennedy, Jr., head of the American Association of People with Disabilities, said about the great activist Marca Bristo, who has died at 66. She was one of the architects of the Americans With Disabilities Act and also founded the huge and influential services agency Access Living in Chicago. She then went on to found the National Council on Independent Living and become policy advisor to presidents and congressmen, traveling the world as an advocate for accessibility.
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  2. A new Hotel List: beds without platforms, low beds, adjustable-height beds

    Hotel List: beds without platforms, low beds, adjustable-height beds

    There are ADA rooms, and there are accessible rooms ? and often those are two different things.

    27 years after the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act, most hotel rooms are completely unusable to many disabled Americans. Hoyer lift users are shut out by box platforms beneath beds, i.e., almost all hotel beds. Independent travelers in chairs are shut out by beds too high to transfer. Beds and sinks ...