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Access, America

first_imgPerhaps no single journey holds more mystical fascination for Americans than the cross-country road trip. Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, and Hunter S. Thompson famously wrote about the open road as a metaphor for personal and intellectual freedom and a vehicle for self-discovery and social commentary. And for decades, it’s been a summertime rite of passage, uniting everyone from families in station wagons to intrepid campers to vagabonds and outlaws, all eager to hit the pavement and experience the nation from sea to shining sea.Kunho Kim, a Harvard College sophomore raised in South Korea, knew that one of the things he absolutely had to do while living in Cambridge was travel around the nation. Brad Riew ’17, whom Kim met on his first day of freshman year during tug-of-war at Thayer House, got on board right away. The pair began planning their itinerary in earnest last spring, picking up two more like-minded travelers along the way: You-Myeong Kim (no relation) ’17, and Cynthia Cheung, a recent graduate of the University of Bath in England.[googlemaps https://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=zt8y4eCJt8Yg.knLDuJy8lL2M&w=640&h=480]Interactive map: Ride along with Harvard College sophomore Kunho Kim and friends as they hit 20 cities on a cross-country road trip to find wheelchair-accessible options for budget travelers. Map by John McCarthy/Harvard StaffClick here for a full rendering of the interactive map.But it wasn’t long before their plan ran into a snag. Kunho Kim has needed a wheelchair to get around since a ski-jumping accident in Montana in 2010 left him paralyzed from the waist down. While researching hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing attractions that would be accessible to him, it became clear that such information, if available at all, was surprisingly hard to find. Despite more than 20 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law, if the information wasn’t buried deep in the back of guidebook and website listings, it was incomplete or used confusing terms.Frustrated, Kim and the group refocused their trip with a higher purpose: to gather accurate, reliable data for wheelchair travelers so others won’t have to slog through the same uncertain terrain or endure unexpected discomfort and inconvenience.“For example, getting a cab. It says they have 14 wheelchair-accessible vans, but if you actually call them, they’re like, ‘You have to wait an hour and 30 [minutes],’” said Kim. “And if you ask them how many vans they have available right now, they say, ‘We only have one running now.’” Although museums generally have wheelchair ramps and accessible entrances, he added, “You kind of need to know where to go. But that information is not readily available, so I thought that’s something I could do for people like me.”On July 10, the group piled luggage, camping gear, a cooler, and Kim’s wheelchair into a rented Ford Expedition in San Francisco and began snaking across country, hitting 20 cities and three national parks, including Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, before pulling into in Cambridge on Aug. 24. They created a blog called “Wheel Project 2014” about their trip and will use their findings to assemble a guidebook to wheelchair-friendly travel on a budget, to be published next year as part of Harvard Student Agencies’ “Let’s Go” travel series.According to U.S. Census data, about 3.6 million people over age 15 use a wheelchair; another 11.6 million require a cane, crutch, or walker to get around.Kim found that the accessibility information provided by hotels was often flat-out inaccurate, creating major headaches. Budget hotel websites that assured prospective guests that they had “roll-in” bathrooms frequently turned out to be misleading. Either the designated rooms were already booked when they checked in, or they were not truly accessible.“We asked a couple times, ‘Do you have a wheelchair-accessible bathroom?’ But once we get into the hotel, either they have a tub, or it’s not accessible and totally different from what we expected,” said Kim.“A lot of them aren’t practical. Sometimes they’ll be missing a bench, sometimes the railings would be far from the hand control, sometimes the shower nozzle would be so far apart that it would be impossible” to get wet, said You-Myeong Kim.To pay for the trip, the group raised just over $6,600 from families, friends, and other supporters through a crowd-funding website and received a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which funds research and advocacy for curing spinal-cord injuries.Now back at Currier House, Kim said that despite public awareness and sensitivity to the need for accessibility, even getting around Cambridge’s uneven brick sidewalks or in and out of its older buildings is still pretty difficult.“Harvard Square is one of the worst,” he said, noting that crossing the Yard or visiting Riew and You-Myeong Kim at Eliot and Kirkland Houses, respectively, is tough because of the narrow old doorways and steps.The ongoing House renewal program, under which renovations to Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall and Quincy House’s Stone Hall were recently completed, will bring full accessibility, including elevators, to all of Harvard’s historic undergraduate housing, said a University spokesman.Exhausted since returning to Harvard and jumping into a new semester, Kim said he’s happy the trip ended safely. And while the experience was certainly fun and exciting, just as he had hoped, it wasn’t without some trying times.“At some point of the trip, I just wanted to quit everything and wanted to leave,” he said. Fortunately, the group helped pick him up in his darkest hours. “The positivity they had was the drive to help me withstand the pressure and the stress” of traveling and producing a book. “What I learned by the end of the trip is to enjoy the trip and worry about the book later.”All in all, Kim said, “It was the best summer I had so far. I can say that proudly.”last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img July 20, 2020 Associated Press The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum will feature 12 galleries that include exhibits on athlete training, the Summer and Winter Games and the USOPC Hall of Fame. The U.S. boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. The Ballon d’Or is awarded by France Football magazine. It has been given out every year since Stanley Matthews won the first one in 1956. Lionel Messi has won it a record six times. That is one more than longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The magazine started giving out a women’s award in 2018 but that has also been put on hold. France Football editor Pascal Ferré tells The Associated Press that “what really worried us it that it wouldn’t be fairly awarded.”OBIT-SALINAS Head of Bolivian soccer dies after contracting coronavirusLA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — The president of the Bolivian soccer federation has died from complications linked to the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBALLON d’OR AWARDBallon d’Or canceled this year amid coronavirus disruptionUNDATED (AP) — The prestigious Ballon d’Or will not be awarded this year because the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the soccer season. center_img César Salinas was 58. Salinas had been admitted to a private clinic in La Paz this month for treatment after contracting the COVID-19. He became president of the national federation in 2018.TOULOUSE-NEW OWNERSHIPAmerican firm buys 85% stake in French soccer club ToulouseTOULOUSE, France (AP) — American investment firm RedBird Capital Partners has agreed to buy an 85% stake in struggling French soccer club Toulouse. Olivier Sadran will retain a 15% stake in his hometown club. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. The sides had been negotiating since RedBird Capital founder Gerry Cardinale confirmed the takeover bid in May. RedBird Capital immediately appointed Damien Comolli as president. Comolli previously held strategic roles at Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.US OLYMPIC MUSEUMUS Olympic museum to open July 30; will honor 1980 teamUNDATED (AP) — A 60,000-square foot museum that will include a first-of-its-kind tribute to the 1980 U.S. Olympic team is scheduled to open July 30 in Colorado Springs after a three-year construction project. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Camelot receives GamCare Safer Gambling Standard

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 National Lottery operator Camelot UK has received recognition for its implementation of responsible gambling initiatives after becoming one of the first online gaming operators to achieve Advanced Level 2 of GamCare’s Safer Gambling Standard for its online and retail operations.The Safer Gambling Standard is GamCare’s social responsibility quality standard for licensed gaming operators, which looks to increase overall standards of social responsibility practice across the industry.Camelot’s Head of Corporate Responsibility, Alison Gardner, celebrated the accolade: “Camelot has developed tools and programmes to promote healthy play to all our players, as we continue to make The National Lottery the safest environment to play.“Achieving Advanced Level 2 of the GamCare Safer Gambling Standard endorses our work in this area, and is an important part of our overall strategy, as we continue to improve how we support our players, encourage healthy play and prevent underage play.”Following a three-month accreditation process, GamCare carried out a review of Camelot’s responsible play policies and processes, its website, visiting National Lottery retailers, and interviewing members of staff across various teams at Camelot.GamCare also found that the responsible play measures that are in place are ‘well integrated into Camelot’s culture.’The Advanced Level 2 of GamCare’s Safer Gambling Standard marks a milestone in Camelot’s wider Corporate Responsibility strategy, which centres on promoting healthy play with National Lottery games in retail and online.It comes as the lottery operator continues to implement age verification checks carried out by Experian, weekly wallet load limits, daily Instant Win Game play limit, self-exclusion options, default weekly spending limits and the ability to reduce limits instantly. The operator has also prohibited the use of credit cards on its platforms. Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more