December 31, 2013 |
FOR AS LONG as she can remember, 10-year-old Melissa Shang has battled Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of muscular dystrophy. The incurable genetic disease damages nerves - causing debilitating muscle weakness and numbness - and requires Melissa to use a wheelchair or walker to get around. When she was 7, Melissa fell in love with American Girl dolls, the pricey must-have toy of young girls from coast to coast and beyond. She cajoles her college-student sister to play dolls with her on trips home.
October 3, 2013 |
* SUPER FUN NIGHT . 9:30 tonight, 6ABC. * IRONSIDE . 10 tonight, NBC10. * THE BRIDGE . 10 tonight, FX.me "HOUSE" MEETS "Law & Order" in the new "Ironside," which may be the least PC show NBC could have made about an African-American man in a wheelchair. And not just because the actor playing New York police Detective Robert Ironside, Blair Underwood, doesn't need that wheelchair off the set. Some actors who do have objected to seeing an opportunity once again go to the able-bodied.
September 25, 2013 |
A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND man allegedly stabbed an acquaintance five times in the leg when the victim refused to buy the man's Xbox early Sunday morning, Upper Darby police said yesterday The victim, 57, remains at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in serious condition, said Michael Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent. The same man who is charged in the stabbing, Andrew Hinson, was the subject of a segment on 6ABC this summer when he claimed his wheelchair was stolen from out front of his Upper Darby home.
August 25, 2013 |
Ed Galing cannot get enough. Enough attention. Enough praise. Enough love. Enough life. And if he hasn't had his fill at 96, he is unlikely to ever feel completely sated. "I love publicity," Galing said, with characteristic candor. "I'm famous!" In June, the mayor of Hatboro gave Galing a lifetime achievement award for his more than 16 years as poet laureate of the Montgomery County town. "It's like being in the Kennedy Center, and the president puts a medal around their neck," Galing said in his gravelly voice.
August 2, 2013 |
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport have withdrawn complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation that alleged they did not receive proper training from their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and equipment to do their jobs safely. The workers dropped their action naming PrimeFlight and airlines including US Airways Group, United, and Southwest after seeing documentation that they had received the required training. In May, the workers alleged violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and asked the Transportation Department to impose fines and order the airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
May 8, 2013 |
THE FEDERAL Occupational Health & Safety Administration has launched an inspection into working conditions at Philadelphia International Airport in response to a series of complaints filed last week on behalf of subcontracted baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants. The inspection, which can take up to six months, is a standard response to work-condition complaints, OSHA spokeswoman Leni Fortson said. The complaints allege that some airport workers employed by the subcontractor PrimeFlight Aviation Services, which does business in Philly with US Airways, United and Southwest, do not receive training on how to help handicapped passengers, are exposed to blood and other bodily fluids without protection and are forced to use faulty equipment.
May 8, 2013 |
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport filed complaints with the U.S. Transportation Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and three airlines that contract with it failed to provide proper training and equipment to safely do their jobs. The complaints, filed Thursday, allege violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and ask the Transportation Department to impose fines and order US Airways, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
April 15, 2013 |
On this same weekend a year ago, because she couldn't walk, Julia England would recharge at the same time as her power wheelchair. Her best friend, Sami Musumeci, would wheel her into a storage room. "We have to plug you in," Sami would tell her, insisting Julia rest. "You can't fight me on this. " Julia and Sami are seniors at Rowan University and co-chairs this year and last of the Relay for Life, a benefit for the American Cancer Society. This year, Julia, back on her feet, would need to pace herself, a verb not usually in her vocabulary.
April 7, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - One minute, Renata Glasner is watching the waves crash on Leblon beach from her wheelchair. The next, she's plowing through the turbulent waters, riding the choppy waves on a specially adapted surfboard. Glasner, 35, a graphic designer who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four years ago, is one of dozens of disabled people - with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, people missing a limb, the blind, the deaf and even the paralyzed - on this special strip of Rio de Janeiro beach who are conquering the waves.