Neil Gorsuch: A Danger to Disability Rights

Judge Gorsuch’s opinions on disability rights for children and adults are troubling.

Source: Gorsuch would endanger most vulnerable: persons with disabilities

Neil Gorsuch: A Danger to Disability Rights

If Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to fill the vacant seat, left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia, on the US Supreme Court, it will be a disaster for people with disabilities.  As a judge, Neil Gorsuch has made several rulings that have flowed in the face of not only the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) but also the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA).  He, if confirmed, will pose a great danger to people with disabilities in their quest for justice and equality.

In one case, Hwang vs. Kansas State University, a longtime professor, Grace Hwang was recovering from breast cancer when she contracted leukemia. She requested an extended leave of absence to recover from her illness, especially after receiving a stem cell transplant to cure her leukemia.  Upon doctor’s advice, she delayed her return to work because of an outbreak of influenza on campus.  Her doctor w somewhat Gilmore six as afraid her compromised immune system would make her more susceptible to catching the flu.  When she requested an extended leave of absence as a reasonable accommodation, she was denied by Kansas State University.  When she sued the university, she lost because of a controversial ruling against her by Judge Neil Gorsuch.

In his ruling, Judge Gorsuch said that Professor Hwang had already taken enough time off and that she was not entitled to have any more time.  He gave his decision, despite the fact that Grace Hwang was recovering from not only breast cancer but also leukemia.  Apparently, Judge Neil Gorsuch also has a medical degree that he hasn’t told anybody about because he overruled a physician when making this decision.  He showed absolutely no compassion for this woman, despite the fact that his mother had died from cancer.

Even though I agree that a judge must be unbiased, the lack of compassion displayed by Neil Gorsuch showed him to be the type of person that I find unsuitable to occupy a seat on the US Supreme Court.  His total lack of compassion in this particular case shows him to be nothing more than a cold-blooded legal robot.  Is this the type of person that we want sitting on the highest court in the land?  I hardly think so!

Hwang-v.-Kansas-State-Univ.

 

 

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A Disparity Of Systems Endangers Employment of the Disabled

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Source: How States Are Trying to End the Disability Unemployment Crisis – Working In These Times

A Disparity of Systems Endangers Employment of the Disabled

In this country, there is currently a crisis in the employment of the disabled. Even though there are many disabled people who have adequate opportunities for vocational training, or are already trained, there are many others who don’t have an equal opportunity to training, or employment opportunities.

This problem causes a huge amount disabled people in the United States to be unemployed.  This unemployment puts them in a position where they must receive some public help to survive.  It isn’t because disabled people are lazy or unmotivated.

One of the biggest disincentives for disabled people looking for a job is that every state deals with the problem of disability employment in a different way.  Every state seems to have its idea how to discuss this issue. This disparity of services causes a huge dilemma for employment of the disabled.  There is a patchwork of different ideas about how to solve this problem, some being good and others bad.

One of the biggest problems making it more difficult for employment of the disabled is that if a person with a disability finds a job, the government starts taking away valuable services such as medical care, housing, and other benefits necessary for survival.  This problem puts most disabled people in a Catch-22 situation because, if they work they lose services they cannot live without, and if they don’t work, they are forced to live in poverty because government benefits don’t equal the amount of money a disabled person can make if I have left five a job.

This denial of services is a huge disincentive for employment of the disabled is because most disabled people start a beginning salary that is much too low to be able to afford to offset the cost of benefits they lose.  Disability rights advocates have pointed this fact out to the government for years but to no avail.

One state, South Dakota, has started to recognize this disincentive for employment of the disabled and are starting to give medical benefits to disabled people who work.  Hopefully, other states will follow suit and start allowing disabled people who seek work, not to be penalized for doing so.

 

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How the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Is Bad for People with Disabilities

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How the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Is Bad for People with Disabilities

Alana Theriault, a friend of mine, explains how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is bad for people with disabilities and how it endangers our right to live independently in the community.

AHCA poses a huge threat to those of us who are disabled living independently within the community, as is our right. It will either alter or cut valuable funding that we disabled people depend on for our survival. Among the items that will be affected is valuable funding that comes from the federal government to support home care services that we depend on to be able to live independently.

These funds are not only important for our independence, but for our basic survival. Forcing us into institutions will be the only alternative for many people with disabilities. It is a well-known fact that these type of skilled nursing facilities are far more expensive than providing disabled people with the necessary funding to live in the community.

Community-based services are always less expensive for the taxpayers than institutional care. That fact has been proven many times. The AHCA will gut those community-based services to the point of nonexistence. AHCA will force many disabled people, now living independently with the help of community-based services, no other choice than to give up their independent lives and be imprisoned in nursing homes.

The AHCA is the biggest threat to the independent living movement to ever come along. Hopefully, it will not pass through Congress. If it does, we disabled people are doomed.

 

 

 

Betsy DeVos Confirmed, and IDEA Website Crashes.  Just a Coincidence? HMM!

Lawmakers are demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Education after a key government special education website went down.

Source: Senators Want Answers On IDEA Website Outage – Disability Scoop

Betsy DeVos Confirmed, and IDEA Website Crashes.  Just a Coincidence? HMM!

Even before Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, despite protests from disability rights and education advocates, the link leading to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mysteriously crashed.  This begs the question, was the crash of this vital link, just a coincidence?  Or, was it a subtle message to the disability community that our needs are going to be giving no priority under the Trump administration?  Unfortunately, I suspect the latter option may be the answer.

One of the main reasons that such stiff opposition met the appointment of Betsy DeVos was that many people are concerned that her knowledge of disability issues, and other matters about public education, were sorely lacking.  When she was questioned during her confirmation hearings about the IDEA, she just drew a blank stare and tried to avoid the question.

It was very apparent to anyone who saw the confirmation hearing that Betsy DeVos was clueless about what the IDEA was, or its significance to people with disabilities.  When she was pressed on the question of the IDEA, Betsy DeVos tried to divert the questionnaire by saying, “these matters are best left to the States.”  This answer was ridiculous!

Anyone who knows anything about the IDEA knows that it was a federal mandate passed in 1974 that guarantees people with disabilities, an equal chance at an equal education.  To me personally, it was one of the primary reasons that I was able to attend college back in Pennsylvania in the late 70s.  She should’ve known that, especially since she is the person who will be in charge of educating this country’s children, even those with disabilities.

Betsy DeVos is nothing more than just another one of Donald Trump’s unqualified members of his cabinet.  She joins the ranks of quite a few others, in this respect.

 

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Donald Trump: Bad Business for People with Disabilities

The man who says he has given more to Americans with disabilities than anyone else has faced a slew of lawsuits over ADA compliance.

Source: Donald Trump’s War on People With Disabilities

Donald Trump: Bad Business for People with Disabilities.

Why am I not surprised that Donald Trump has a fucked up attitude about people with disabilities especially as he openly mocked a reporter from the New York Times, who has a disability.  When it comes to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), his attitude is equally fucked up.  Donald Trump, who touts himself as such a great businessman, apparently doesn’t appreciate the billions of dollars that are generated by a business by just taking a few simple steps to make sure of equal access for people with disabilities.

Studies have shown that when a company caters to the needs of disabled people by following a few simple steps, set forth by the ADA, it is good business for a couple of reasons. First, people with disabilities are willing to spend money just like other people.  This puts more money and profits into the coffers of businesses who comply with the ADA.  Following the ADA also creates a great Stopreputation of business because it gives them more of a “human” face.  Whenever a corporation enhances their reputation by at least seeming to care about members of the community, it’s alway makes them look good in the public eye.  A positive image is always good business because most people look at companies as cold-blooded, non-caring entities that are only interested in making money.

Donald Trump has been sued several times for violating the ADA by not complying with it.  Most notably, the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has been sued for noncompliance with the ADA.  The Taj Mahal has been shown to be an access nightmare, with many violations.  Other businesses, owned by Donald Trump, have also been sued for noncompliance with the ADA.

Donald Trump always likes to showcase his supposed great business acumen and skill.  To hear him tell it, one would think that his business sense is the biggest thing since sliced bread.  Since he has shown himself to be nothing more than a windbag, we should not be surprised that he is anything more than another big problem for people with disabilities.

 

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Victory for People With Disabilities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles will spend more than $200 million over the next decade to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the city failed to provide enough apartments for people with disabilities in its publicly funded housing developments.

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Victory for People with Disabilities in Los Angeles

People with disabilitiesPeople with disabilities in the city of Los Angeles have won a significant victory with this latest ruling from the Courts. Hopefully, people with disabilities who need accessible housing will be able to have access to it finally. Also hopefully, these housing units will be accessible. By using the term “truly accessible, housing units” I mean that these homes will be fully equipped to handle whatever disability that a particular person has. Many homes are ruled to be accessible, even if they truly are not. There have been any times when the “powers that be”, (mostly able-bodied people) really don’t have a clear understanding of what the word accessibility even means. How many times have we people with disabilities see the situation where some architect or builder thought that something was accessible just because they stuck a blue symbol of access on it?

One of the biggest barriers faced by people with disabilities is finding accessible housing. For many disabled, they are trapped living in inadequate housing that doesn’t serve their needs. They are then put in the unenviable position where they cannot have the true enjoyment of life, as any other person expects to, or has the right to. Many times, housing that is termed as being accessible isn’t, and forces a person to live with the added burden of having to make do in a situation that most people would not tolerate.

In fact, there are nearly 2 million people with disabilities people trapped in nursing homes just because they cannot find accessible housing. Even though I applaud this decision, and think it’s wonderful, I am most other advocates for people with disabilities will not be satisfied as long as there are so many of our brothers and sisters trapped in human warehouses.

 

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Hollywood’s Latest Insult To the Disabled: “Me before You”

Disability rights activists have rallied against the normalization of suicide for disabled people in Me Before You. Protesters told BuzzFeed News the scope of the protest is unprecedented.

Source: The “Me Before You” Backlash Was Bigger Than Anyone Expected

Hollywood‘s Latest Insult To the Disabled: “Me before You”

Me Before YouAs a person with a disability, I greatly resent the Hollywood stereotypes of what it’s like to live with a disability and don’t even have a clue. Once again, Hollywood stereotypes are creating great harm to the disability rights movement and all disabled people with its latest insult, entitled “Me Before You“. This latest film, which is supposed to be a romance, instead becomes nothing more than just another “disability snuff film.”

The Hollywood stereotypes erect a type of barrier that is far harder to correct that a physical barrier. “Me Before You” creates what we call an attitudinal barrier, which is far more difficult to correct that a physical barrier. A physical barrier can be altered or done away with by constructing something differently, such as installing a ramp, widening a doorway, or some other type of construction work. On the other hand, an attitudinal barrier is far harder to correct. It can only be changed through informing and educating people about what it’s like to live with a disability; something that Hollywood executives haven’t got a clue about. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be keen to listen to us or what we have to say about films like “Me Before You.”

However, since the disability rights movement and people with disabilities, in general, have turned out with a huge protest that could severely damage profits, which is what Hollywood executives care most about, they might finally take some note of us. Unfortunately, any changes probably won’t happen very fast. The only thing that happens quickly in Hollywood seems to be pocketing the money they make from films that exploit people like “Me Before You”.

A few years ago, there was also a considerable controversy about the movie, “Million Dollar Baby“, a film that has the lead actress begging to be killed after she has a severe spinal cord injury that leaves her paralyzed. This time, disabled people are even angrier and insulted and are turning out in large numbers to protest “Me Before You”. Hollywood executives have been caught off guard by the scope of the current protests which in many places is still ongoing. I’m pleased to say that these protests are growing and getting bigger and more vocal. We have succeeded in drawing the attention of some of the largest newspapers and news outlets in the country.

 

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