Piss on Pity: The Story of ADAPT

Piss On Pity: The Story of ADAPT

The story of ADAPT, the radicals of the disability rights movement is going to be told in a new documentary. ADAPT has been well known in the disability rights movement for many years, but finally, their story is being told for “public consumption”. In other words, able-bodied people will be able to see a history of what is often considered to be the “tip of the spear” by most people within the disability rights movement.

ADAPT has never been afraid to push the envelope with either politicians or the police. Members of this organization place great value on the concept of civil disobedience and use it whenever necessary. Over the years, ADAPT has staged many protests in which they never showed any fear of being arrested. In fact, we always welcome the opportunity to confront the system in our quest for justice for our people.

I say “we” because I have been a proud member of this organization is 1992, and have myself been arrested on several occasions.

 

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ADAPT Protesters Arrested in Capitol Over Republican Health Care Bill

64 members of ADAPT were arrested the other day, protesting against the proposed Republican health care bill, which would have harmed many people with disabilities.

ADAPT Protesters Arrested in Capitol Over Republican Health Care Bill

64 members of ADAPT were arrested the other day, protesting against the proposed Republican health care bill, which would have harmed many people with disabilities. It would have done so by cutting Medicaid funding to programs that help people with disabilities live independently in the community. Without these programs, it would be impossible for these people to live independently, thus forcing many people with disabilities into nursing homes. This would not only violate our civil rights as citizens of the United States but would be both morally and ethically wrong.

People with disabilities have the right to live independently within the community, and this proposed Republican health care bill would directly threaten that right. For many people with disabilities, dependent on Medicaid supported services it would mean the end of the independent living movement in the United States. This movement is based upon the rights of people with disabilities to live as others live, within the community at large.

The bill to repeal The Affordable Care Act was also known as the “skinny repeal” health care bill because it only proposed to repeal part of the ACA. Included in this “skinny repeal” more drastic cuts to Medicaid services with people with disabilities depend on for medical care and community based, independent living programs.

Thankfully, as most people know by now, this “skinny repeal” failed to pass in the U.S. Senate, much to the relief of not only people with disabilities but others are dependent on The Affordable Care Act for their basic health care needs. If this Republican sponsored “scary repeal” would have passed, an extra 16 million people would have been without any type of health care coverage. It looks like people with disabilities and others who depend on the ACA are safe, at least for a while.

It looks like the GOP idea of health care “reform”, in other words, repealing The Affordable Care Act, is over for now. However, we must all stay vigilant so the GOP doesn’t try again anytime soon.

 

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Some Words of Truth From a Friend

Let me tell you a story. While you read, I want you to be repeating this in your mind: Medicaid is inclusion. Medicaid is inclusion. Medicaid is inclusion. The last century has been increasingly positive for people with disabilities. in 1949, the average life expectancy for a person born with Down syndrome was 12. Today, […]

via Medicaid is Inclusion — Kimchi Latkes

Some Words of Truth From a Friend

This is one of the best blog posts I’ve read in quite a while. It goes far to deliver the message about how many people are currently being affected by this nation’s health care crisis, not least of which are people with disabilities.

After last week’s demonstration by ADAPT in Mitch McConnell’s office in the US capital building, it seems that disabled people are becoming the “tip of the spear” in the battle against the Republican health care plan. This plan, if passed through Congress will devastate the entire disability community and most people regardless of disability or not. If the Republican health care plan passes, it will create devastation for home care down services. Home care services are one resource that most people with disabilities depend on to remain in our homes as independent people, leaving independent lives in our communities. Nursing homes are like prisons to most of us. Most of us would rather be dead than be confined to one of these hellholes.

Medicaid is one federal program that provides funding for most home care services in this country. If it dies, we die. Also, much of the health care that we disabled people depend on for our survival is also funded by Medicaid. It is one government service that we cannot live without. That is why it is crucial that Medicaid is saved. If we allow the heartless GOP to have its way, many of us will die needlessly.

We of the disability community must fight for our lives as we never have before. Never has so much at stake, as right now! We must remember that quote by the late Justin Dart, that says, “you must get involved in politics as though your life depends on it because it does”.

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Airbnb Guilty of Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

Even after adopting a nondiscrimination policy, Airbnb is confronting questions about whether hosts using the short-term rental platform discriminate against guests with disabilities.

Source: Study: Airbnb Hosts More Likely To Reject Guests With Disabilities

Airbnb Guilty of Discrimination against People with Disabilities

Airbnb, according to a study by Rutgers  University is more likely to deny rentals to people with disabilities than any other group.  Yet another corporate entity shows itself to be in contempt of our civil rights.  When are corporations going to get through their thick heads that discriminate against anyone, whether it be people with disabilities or others, is not only wrong but illegal.  These corporations always seem to think that they can get away with discriminating against people with disabilities, despite the fact that the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 has been on the books for nearly 27 years.  You would think by now that corporations would understand that they can no longer deny people with disabilities, their civil rights.

Since it has been shown numerous times over that catering to people with disabilities is not only good business from the standpoint of cost-effectiveness, but because it is the right way to treat people, I can’t understand the corporate mindset that continues to discriminate against us. Don’t they realize that many people with disabilities also have money to spend?  Doesn’t Airbnb realize that many disabled people travel and need a place to stay just like everyone else?  Maybe if they ever go broke or file for bankruptcy, they will realize their mistake in not catering to people with disability.  I hope that day comes along sooner rather than later.

I’m getting very sick and damn tired of these corporations to think it’s okay to discriminate against people.  It’s hard enough for people with disabilities to find accommodations in regular hotels, both because of price and lack of accessibility, mainly because the hotel industry is one of the largest discriminators against people with disabilities that exist in the United States. However, even they have finally woke up and realized that doing business with people with disabilities is good business. Why can’t Airbnb come to the same awakening?

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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

Working In These Times is dedicated to providing independent and incisive coverage of the labor movement and the struggles of workers to obtain safe, healthy and just workplaces.

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

Alana Theriault from DREDF on Vimeo.

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.