"Wheelchair Net," the Web site www.wheelchairnet.org, is designed as a resource for a broad community of people interested in wheelchairs, including consumers, their families, clinicians, manufacturers, funders, case managers, and researchers. The site contains resources for adapting to daily life using a chair, learning about mobility products and services, and locating research related to wheelchair technology.
$25,000 at Stake
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) recently announced a $25,000 "Accessible America 2001" award competition, open to all cities and towns across the nation. The contest's winner will be a city or town where citizens with disabilities have access to jobs, education, religious worship, voting, transportation, housing, and the full range of local social, recreational, cultural, and sports activities. To enter, mayors must submit a three-page statement describing how their city or town's citizens with disabilities participate in community life. NOD must receive entries no later than December 31. Additional information is posted at www.nod.org. Contact: (202) 293-5960 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the American Airlines Center in Dallas had its grand opening on July 28, this sports and entertainment venue became a national accessibility model for buildings across the country. To help visitors with disabilities navigate the new facility, an accessibility guide is available on the center's Web site (www.americanairlinescenter.com). The guide provides information on parking and routing, guest drop-off, ticket purchasing, accessible seating, listening devices, sign interpreters, concourse diagrams, first aid, TDD machines, guest services, and more.
— TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) in the Texas Medical Center (Houston, Tex.) has been named the number-two rehab hospital in the nation in the 2001 U.S. News & World Report annual listing of America's best hospitals. Twenty hospitals were named to the list of rehabilitation facilities. TIRR specializes in medical care, education, and research in the field of catastrophic injury. Contact: TIRR, (713) 528-4554.
— Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (West Orange, N.J.) was named the fourth-best rehabilitation hospital in the U.S. News & World Report listing. Contact: Kessler, (888) 721-3214 / (973) 243-8551 / Gsolomon@kessler-rehab.com.
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