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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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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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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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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DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED – 26 YEARS LATER

LEAD: More than 100 protesters in wheelchairs were arrested today in the Capitol Rotunda after they boisterously demonstrated for swift passage of a civil rights bill for the millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities.


Saturday March 12th marks the 26th anniversary of the largest act of civil disobedience in the Rotunda of the US Capitol.  300 ADAPT activists protested to support the passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Over 100 were arrested
This historic event followed another chapter in disability rights history – The Capitol steps crawl up on March 11th.
Approximately 50 ADAPT activists got out of their wheelchairs and crawled the 82 steps to the Capitol entrance to send the message to Congress – Disability Rights ARE Civil Rights

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Source: DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED

DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED -26 YEARS LATER

Disabled people crawling up the steps of the US capitol buildingI really regret that I was unable to be part of this demonstration by disabled people on the steps of the US Capitol building. I remember seeing this on TV, and I know at the time that I felt very proud to be a disabled person. When I saw this story, over 26 years ago, I remember I swelled with such a feeling of disability pride that I actually started to cry with happiness because I truly felt that I was actually part of a group of Americans that I was extremely proud to be part of. I had finally found a place where I belonged.

These people, my people, had finally had enough of systemic oppression that they were willing to fight for their rights as equal citizens. My people had finally taken a stand in the same true sense that our founding fathers had taken a stand against the British. These disabled people were exercising their First Amendment rights in the most sincere American tradition, protests and civil disobedience. And they were using the finest examples set forth by people like Thoreau, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In my opinion, the disability rights movement in the United States needs to start once again following this fine tradition of protest. The disability rights movement in this country is staggering around lost with no real direction. Too many younger disabled people seem to be more into  pandering to the establishment and have lost their sense of disability pride. We really need, as proud disabled people to once again unite, as these disabled people did run the risk of having our movement die on the vine. We, as disabled people need to stop trying to be part of the status quo. After all, the status quo is a broken system that is ruining this entire country.

The IFA: Newest Enemy Of the Disabled and Seniors

Can workers centers and unions create a movement strong enough to fight back?

Source: The Anti-Union Bosses’ Group Fighting Fast Food Organizing Is Now Going After Home Care Workers – In These Times

 

The IFA: Newest Enemy Of the Disabled and Seniors

 

It seems that the disability and senior communities have yet another enemy; the IFA (International Franchise Association).  They are the group who is fighting against SEIU to keep homecare workers wages down and substandard.

As a person with a disability who depends on homecare workers for my survival, I thank “In These Times” very much for this article, documenting a battle that basically revolves around the issue of who controls the lives of people with disabilities and seniors.  The last thing we need is for another corporate entity like the IFA to impose itself into our lives. This entire battle conveniently leaves out that we disabled our equal citizens, and have every right to decide who takes care of us, and who touches our bodies. The IFA needs to back off and stop interfering with the independent lives of the disabled and seniors.  We are the ones who have the right to decide our destiny, not a large, highly financed organization such as the IFA. Disabled people and seniors are not commodities, we are people who have for far too long been denied our independence.  The IFA serves no real purpose here, other than to make an issue that should be very clear-cut into a cluttered mess where the independence of people disabilities is trampled on.

However, I strongly question why no representatives from the senior or disability communities were not interviewed for this article to have some balance.  Why was our perspective left out?  There is no shortage of disability and senior advocates who could have contributed a lot to this story.

There is an old saying in the disability rights movement that says, “Nothing about Us, Without Us.”  Isn’t our perspective important enough to “In These Times” to include us in this story?  One would think that a magazine that is well-known to be liberal and progressive would leave out of an important story, the largest minority group in the United States; people with disabilities.

We have been working together for many years with SEIU to raise the wages for home care workers because when our workers are paid what they deserve, everybody wins; the disabled, seniors, and our workers.  Why was this very pertinent fact left out of this story?

We in the disability community have fought against the “for-profit” homecare industry probably longer than SEIU or any other union. We consider it as yet another battle for our civil rights as equal citizens, and for the chance to live in a free society, just like everyone else.

For us, it’s a matter of personal autonomy and who controls the lives.  For-profit agencies don’t give a damn about independent living, personal autonomy, or personal control that we disabled advocates devote our lives to because it is our civil rights that are being violated by for-profit homecare agencies.
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