InfoQuest March-April 2008

by Quest Staff on March 1, 2008 - 4:01pm

QUEST Vol. 15, No. 2

Find out more on parking violators, disability history, veterans, job opportunities, tech innovations and other resources.

Blowing the whistle on parking violators

If you’ve been frustrated by unqualified people using handicapped parking spots, you’re not alone. To combat the frustration, Maureen Birdsall of Lafayette, Calif., launched, where people nationwide can submit license plate and handicapped placard numbers of suspect vehicles.

Birdsall sends reports made on her Web site to state motor vehicle departments. She explains that many abusers borrow placards from family members, buy them on the black market or use one issued to someone who’s deceased.

To learn more, e-mail

Take a virtual history lesson

The virtual Museum of disABILITY History, presented by People Inc. in New York, takes you on a tour of disability as it’s portrayed in the media and literature, medicine, and various aspects of society, including law, education and sports. In addition to disability timelines, visitors can learn more about people who played a role in the ways disability is depicted in these main areas.

Also open to the public, the museum offers educational exhibits and activities that expand community awareness. To take the online tour, or to schedule a museum tour, call (716) 817-7261, or visit

Vets on wheels

Throughout the year, MagicWheels will donate a set of its award-winning two-gear manual wheelchair wheels every other month to a veteran who uses a manual wheelchair.

The two-gear wheelchair drive adapts to fit most manual wheelchairs, and the mechanical wheels enable users to navigate ramps, hills and all types of uneven or rough terrain.

If you or someone you know is a veteran and manual wheelchair (or power assist) user, visit to learn more and enter the drawing.

CVS works to increase job opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and CVS Caremark have established an alliance to encourage and promote the employment of people with disabilities through training and education, outreach and communication, technical assistance and other efforts.

The two-year alliance will focus on hiring, retaining and advancing employees with disabilities, as well as promoting a national dialogue on disability employment issues.

CVS Caremark, which employs about 190,000 people and has 6,200 retail and specialty pharmacies, 11 mail service pharmacies and 14 call center locations nationwide, was a 2006 recipient of the Secretary of Labor’s New Freedom Initiative Award for innovative efforts in furthering the employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

To learn more, visit

Honoring innovations in assistive technology

Recognizing innovative developments and research in adaptive and assistive technology related to universal design, the da Vinci Awards search committee is looking for its 2008 nominees.

The awards promote advances in the development of disability accommodation and adaptive technologies that enable people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of society. Past nominees represent a broad spectrum of sciences, technologies and industries.

The program also recognizes individuals and corporations who’ve spearheaded efforts to provide equal access for people with disabilities.

Nomination forms are available online at, and submissions are due by May 19, 2008. Call (248) 351-2190 for more information.


Adobe Accessibility Resource Center
(800) 833-6687
The center provides guides explaining how to incorporate accessibility into documents and Web pages.

American DanceWheels Program
(215) 588-6671
The program brings wheelchair ballroom dancing to people with disabilities by pairing them with nondisabled partners in competitive and general recreation venues.

ADA Training Resource Center
(800) 949-4232
Sponsored by the DBTAC National Network of ADA Centers, the site provides links to resources, online courses, audio conferences, Webcasts, more.

Center for Workers with Disabilities
(202) 682-0100
The technical assistance center provides states with employment support programs for working people with disabilities.

Creature Discomforts: Changing the Way People See Disability
Sponsored by Leonard Cheshire Disability in London, the site offers television and radio ads featuring “claymation” characters that aim to change the way people respond to disability.

(480) 302-9300
This audio magazine, created by and for people with disabilities, provides news from across the country. The magazine’s philosophy is that living with a disability isn’t necessarily heroic or unusual, but a part of life.

EEOC Fact Sheet on Health Care Workers
(800) 669-4000
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released a fact sheet called “Questions and Answers about Health Care Workers and the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

Finding a Workplace Personal Assistant
(804) 828-1851
The fact sheet provides information about using a personal assistant as a reasonable job accommodation.
(469) 624-2007
People with disabilities can post résumés and search a database of job openings by location and categories, while employers can post jobs and search résumés.

Kids Sharing Stories
(785) 273-3398
Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) is looking for written contributions from youth with disabilities who’d like to share their experiences in these subject areas: school, work, civil rights, health, sports, leisure and recreation, dating and relationships, technology and transportation. Send an e-mail to

Medicaid’s Role for Women Issue Brief
(202) 347-5270
The brief describes the wide range of health services that Medicaid covers for women, including care for chronic conditions and disabilities, assistance with Medicare costs and long-term services.

Mentoring Youth with Disabilities
(877) 871-0744
Presented by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, to help youth transition to adulthood.

Standing Technology Funding Guide
(800) 342-8968
Altimate Medical’s free funding guide includes updated appeal process information, research studies on the benefits of standing, sample letters of medical necessity and resources on how to be your own funding advocate.

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