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This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Don Nathan

Help Eric Get the Wheelchair He Needs

Eric is 9 years old and suffers from severe cerebral palsy. He requires a special, electric wheelchair to move around on his own and communicate with his family and peers. A year ago, Eric grew out of his electric wheelchair and desperately needs a new one. Unfortunately, Tricare, health insurance for military families, is standing in his way. Eric’s mother began the paperwork for his new wheelchair over a year ago. Meanwhile, he is forced to either use the old electric wheelchair, which leaves bruises and pressure spots, or a manual wheelchair, which requires someone to be with him at all times. Eric deserves the chance to grow up moving freely and communicating with his family like any other child. What should have been a quick process has turned into a bureaucratic mess. Eric is covered under both Medicaid and Tricare. Medicaid said they would cover the cost of the wheelchair, but cannot process this request until they receive a specific denial letter from Tricare. Medicaid has yet to receive this letter or word that Tricare will cover it. We are at a painful standstill.   You can’t imagine how frustrating it is for a family to have to fight so hard for a denial letter. Join me in imploring Tricare to submit the special denial form, immediately. It is utterly ridiculous that a few simple words and a signature on a piece of paper are holding Eric back from experiencing the world around him.

Robert Croley
104,557 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Movie Theaters

Movie Theaters - Open Captions (Subtitles) Are for Everyone!

Open captions are for everyone! #OCMOVIESNOW #OPENCAPTIONSNOW #OPENCAPTIONS What are open captions? Open captions are on-screen text dialogue. Some people with hearing loss do like closed captioning equipment, but given a choice, the majority will choose open captions. Open captions let deaf and hard of hearing people enjoy movies the same way as hearing people do. Closed caption equipment is often uncomfortable, malfunctions, batteries die, may be unsanitary, or simply can not be used by some people due to vision impairment. (Would you want to wear or use that?) As a result, most users of captions prefer open captions.  Some theaters are very willing to show open captioned movies. Unfortunately,  many others are not willing to offer open captions despite pleas from people with hearing loss. When open captioned movies are requested, requests may be denied or only poorly attended time slots are offered. As an example, the Avengers: Endgame movie.  Several requests from open caption organizers for OC screenings of this movie on opening weekend were denied. The same thing will probably happen with the next Star Wars movie.  OPEN CAPTIONS ARE FOR EVERYONE! Captions also benefit: Kids learning to read People with autism People learning English as a second language People with auditory processing disorder Some people with attention deficit disorder Some people with down syndrome and auditory processing issues People starting to lose their hearing Veterans with battle-acquired hearing loss People who have difficulty understanding dialogue when there is noise or accents Plus, many young adults today grew up exposed to closed captions (mom and dad always turned the closed captions on the TV) so now they are in the habit of using captions or actually prefer captions! And many people like watching streamed movies with the subtitles on.  We call on movie theaters to give open captions a real chance with better dates and time slots. Make open captions a standard option alongside closed captions. Most importantly, we call on movie theaters to stop looking at open captions as being only for deaf and hard of hearing people, and start looking at open captions as being for everyone!        

Jamie Berke
3,140 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to United States Access Board, Donald J. Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Grassley

Require Bed Regulations in Wheelchair Accessible Lodging Facilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act fails to address an imperative part of access in hotels and other lodging facilities; bed design. Two Major Issues in lodging facilities: Bed Height Clearance Under the Bed Call for Action: Address bed height standards in ADA Standards to have minimum and maximum bed heights Address clearance under bed in ADA Standards to require minimum clearance to ensure access for lifts Require lodging facilities to provide bed height and under bed clearance in room description Currently there are no regulations that apply to beds in wheelchair accessible rooms. For wheelchair users, the importance of bed height and clearance under the bed is undeniable. Many wheelchair users traveling alone are unable to achieve transfers into beds that are too high or too low. Regulating the bed height is a simple but majorly impactful way of ensuring people with disabilities have access to travel, one of our fundamental Constitutional rights. Furthermore, people traveling with lifts are unable to utilize lifts if there is no clearance under the bed. Requiring a certain amount of clearance under the bed will ensure that individuals needing lifts will have the ability to use them. I ask that the access board regulate beds in lodging facilities to ensure that people with disabilities can travel independently and seamlessly. At a very minimum require lodging facilities to provide bed height and clearance in their room descriptions or require they have the information available on request. Too many people with disabilities have been negatively impacted by extreme bed designs, and it poses a risk of injury to so many. It is imperative we address the issue.

Gina Schuh
44,127 supporters