Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wheelchair User Settles ADA Compliance Lawsuit against Connecticut XL Center

In the spring of 2009, musician Bruce Springsteen held a concert at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center, the multi-purpose arena and convention center can hold roughly 16,000 patrons at any given time as well as provide a great venue for both entertainment and athletic events. Well, a great venue if you do not have a disability. Michelle Duprey found this out firsthand when she arrived to hear “The Boss” play on April 24, 2009. Instead of being entertained, Duprey was frustrated with the XL Center’s lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which included her limited ability to see the concert, the center’s failure to provide adequate restroom facilities and more. The Hartford Courant reported that Duprey uses a wheelchair for mobility, and she felt that the XL Center failed in many aspects to be fully accessible for individuals…
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Our Tulsa Disability Lawyer Looks Further into the Rise of Unemployment and Individuals Applying for Disability Benefits

As an update to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the worries many feel about the weakening job market, we offer more information regarding a study of how Americans may be using disability benefits as a source of unemployment income. This may shed some light onto why seeking gainful employment if you have a disability may sometimes be difficult. The study cited in the article, conducted in April 2013 by University of California, Berkeley economist Jesse Rothstein, suggests that the rise in unemployment and disability filings is not causational but may correlate in many ways. In his preliminary findings on the subject that we also covered in another blog post, Rothstein tested the correlation theory of whether the increase of disability filings is due to an increase in unemployment. However, by considering the unemployment rate as well as the extension and cutting of unemployment over the past…
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June Unemployment Numbers Rise For the Disabled

According to DisabilityScoop, unemployment numbers rose in June for Americans with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the jobless rate for those with disabilities was 14.2 percent in June—an increase from 13.6 percent in May. The numbers are concerning, as data shows that the economy added 195,000 jobs in June and unemployment among the general populate was 7.6 percent. According to DisabilityScoop, the data covers people with disabilities covers those over the age of 16 who do not live in institutions. “In addition to the uptick in the number of people without work, the Labor Department also noted an increase in individuals with disabilities who stopped looking for jobs,” the website reported. Some of these disabled and unemployed Americas may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, which are determined based on a person’s work history. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two different gauges by…
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Article Gives Advice on How to Interact With the Disabled

Tiffiny Carlson, a quadriplegic from Minneapolis, wrote an article recently for the Huffington Post giving advice to people interacting with someone who suffers from a disability. The article, titled How To Talk To A Person With Disabilities Without Sounding Like An A-Hole, lists ten tips to someone interacting with a disabled person: Avoid the ‘you’re so inspirational remarks: “People with disabilities as a whole don’t like being referred to as “inspirational,” especially when they do a basic task like I dunno, go and buy some milk,” Carlson said. Whatever you do, don’t talk louder: “The presence of a mobility aid does not mean we’re can’t hear or are stupid. You’re speaking louder is,” said Carlson. Ask before helping: “We know when to ask for help. Just wait for us to speak up.” Don’t lean on our wheelchairs: “From our perspective, it’s one of the most de-humanizing things you can do….
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