Advocacy & Consumer Rights

IHSA Files Lawsuit to Clarify Policies for Student Athletes With Disabilities

After receiving repeated threats of legal action from representatives for the Illinois Attorney General, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has filed for declaratory judgment against the Illinois Attorney General.

United Spinal President/CEO Urges Support of Complex Rehab Act

In his keynote address at the 2012 Continuing Education and Legislative Advocacy (CELA) conference in mid-April, United Spinal Association’s president and CEO Paul J. Tobin urged support of the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2012.

Rep Introduces Bill That Would Define Complex Rehab Technology

H.R. 4378 states that consumer access to complex rehab technology (CRT) is being limited by “inadequate coding, coverage and payment policies,” which also stifle the creation of new CRT products.

Study: Wheelchair Breakdowns Are Increasing Among Consumers with SCI

Survey participants reported on wheelchair breakdowns that required repair, and also reported consequences of those equipment breakdowns — such as missing school or work.

Man in wheelchair talking to physician

Time to Speak Up

Advocating for Your Healthcare Might Be the Smartest Thing You Ever Do

To get the most out of primary health care, people with mobility conditions must become active healthcare consumers. Find out how.

HHS Secretary Unites Programs Under Administration for Community Living

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has combined several government organizations for seniors and people with disabilities under a new umbrella—the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Paralyzed Veterans Urges Congress to Protect VA Healthcare Programs

Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Bill Lawson met with senators and representatives on March 22.

Celebrate Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

VA to Overhaul Disability Ratings System

Last month, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it would undergo a comprehensive review of its disability ratings system. The VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities, expected to be released in 2016, is used to quantify the average economic impact of certain disabilities.