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  • 'I have been told I should have aborted Sophia... that she will be a drain on society'...

    08/22/2016 1:35:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | August 18, 2016 | Laura House For Daily Mail Australia
    FULL TITLE: 'I have been told I should have aborted Sophia... that she will be a drain on society': The unspoken secrets of a special needs mum 'I know there is racism, prejudice and discrimination. I just didn't know how real it was until I became a special needs mom. I have been told I should have aborted Sophia. I have been told that she will be a drain on society. I have been told that I am lucky to at least have one "normal" kid at home. 'These words do hurt. I know it seems like I let them...
  • California DMV Audit To Identify Illegal Use Of Disabled Parking Placards

    05/25/2016 8:28:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 25, 2016 | Mike Sugerman
    Non-handicap drivers are gobbling up parking spaces all over California. State lawmakers say the rampant abuse of the disability parking placard system starts at the Department of Motor Vehicles. A few hours ago, elected leaders announced a bi-partisan audit of the DMV in hopes of getting to the root of the problem. We uncovered cheating of the system in the Bay Area. D.A. Issues Warning To San Franciscans Who Abuse Disabled Parking Placards There is an incredible amount of fraud and it’s been going on for years. There has to be. Does 1 in 8 California drivers have a disability?...
  • The Baker Act, America's communist Gulag

    05/16/2016 10:32:41 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 33 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    The Baker act, also known as the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, Florida Statute 394.451-394.47891 or commonly known as the Baker Act. A draconian and unjust law that allows the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual for any reason at all. The Baker Act allows for involuntary examination (what some call emergency or involuntary commitment). It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person possibly has a mental illness or is a harm to self, harm to others or self neglectful. Truthfully these standards are...
  • VIDEO: Watch Ted Cruz Argue With Disabled Man’s Family About Health Care

    05/01/2016 6:59:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 04/30/2016 | Tommy Christopher
    Texas Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has placed a lot of electoral eggs in the basket that is Indiana, and so it was that Cruz found himself gamely pressing the flesh with voters outside the Pie Pan restaurant in Evansville this weekend. Pool cameras caught most of what was a truly impressive display of retail politicking by Cruz, who dutifully posed for photos and chatted up voters, and even managed to find a couple of eight year-old girls who weren’t terrified of him. All this was done to periodic bursts of song from Cruz body man Bruce Redden:...
  • Defending His Daffodils, an Eighth Avenue Gardener Keeps a Busy City at Bay

    04/27/2016 2:11:33 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4-26-16 | JAMES BARRON
    Donald Wolfe said he would walk there from his apartment on West 50th Street in Manhattan — 38 steps to the elevator, 54 steps through the lobby, 75 steps down the block to the corner and 37 steps across Eighth Avenue. First he put the jug with the water on his wheelchair. His oxygen tank was already in place, on the back. Off he went, pushing the wheelchair, a transport device for the garden supplies if not, at the moment, the gardener. He was not shuffling. Not shambling. But not speedwalking, either. “We’re so dry right now,” said Mr. Wolfe,...
  • Quick Followup: Autism and Vaccines

    04/21/2016 11:33:41 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 26 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | April 21, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    Folks, let's be clear: Autism is almost-certainly not caused by vaccines. Let's remember the first rule of observational studies, which incidentally I was surprised to find a few years ago in my daughter's High School intro-to-stats class: Observational studies can only show correlation and correlation cannot prove causation. However, the absence of correlation is damn near bomb-proof evidence that the alleged cause you believe exists is false. Measles vaccination in the US began in 1963 following approval in 1962. Within five years near-complete compliance was obtained within the US. MMR, the combined vaccine that people like to blame autism on,...
  • Nearly 400,000 Disabled Borrowers May Have Student Loans Forgiven

    04/13/2016 10:12:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 13, 2016 | Halimah Abdullah
    Hundreds of thousands of borrowers who are permanently disabled could have an estimated $7.7 billion in student loans forgiven, the Department of Education announced Tuesday. Starting next week, the Department of Education will send letters to 387,000 people who have been identified as eligible for what is called a "Total and Permanent Disability" loan discharge because they are disabled and cannot work. The Department of Education and Social Security Administration worked together to identify borrowers who have been receiving disability payments and are eligible to have their loans discharged.
  • Social Security still paying potentially bogus disability claims 3 years after fraud exposed

    04/11/2016 5:56:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2016 | Stephan Dinan
    Investigators identified nearly 2,000 cases of potentially phony disability claims stemming from a massive Social Security fraud scheme, but three years after the scam was first exposed, the government says it’s still struggling to stop the payments. Only slightly more than 300 cases have been disqualified, and Social Security is still “in the process of effectuating those terminations,” the agency told The Washington Times just days after the accused ringleader and two lead accomplices were indicted on federal fraud charges. Despite three investigations into suspicions of massive fraud, Social Security officials say they are assuming all of the applications are...
  • VA Makes Contract Awards Totaling up to $6.8 Billion for Medical Disability Examinations

    03/29/2016 8:21:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Provides efficient, streamlined process in support of the MyVA Initiative of Medical Disability Examinations for Veterans WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of twelve major contracts that will enhance its ability to deliver timely disability benefits claims decisions to the nation’s Veterans in line with the MyVA initiative. The contracts make up a $6.8 billion enterprise-wide Medical Disability Examination Program under Public Law 104-275, and represent a major step forward in improving the disability examination experience for Veterans. A unique feature of this multi-contract award will see the consolidation of the contracts under a...
  • Video of woman tossing coffee at man in Tim Hortons parking lot goes viral (handicap spot involved)

    03/23/2016 7:26:25 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 73 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | March | Colin Perkel
    A YouTube video of a woman angered by a man who confronted her for parking in a disabled parking spot outside a Tim Hortons in Toronto has sparked howls of Internet outrage.The video, posted by the man - named Ryan Favro - has garnered more than one million views since it was posted on Monday.It begins with Favro politely asking the woman about her parking as she returns to her Jeep with her Timmys coffee and ice coffee."So why do you park in a handicapped parking spot? Are you handicapped?" he is heard asking. "No," she says, and walks away."Well,...
  • Are Second Amendment Rights Protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

    02/22/2016 5:47:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Blind woman learns to shoot Picture from concealed nation An Georgia television station raised a question about whether a person who is legally blind should be allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights.  They asked if a person who is legally blind should be forbidden, by law, from carrying a weapon to protect themselves.  From newschannel9.com: Her father, Sheriff Warren Wethington, taught her how to shoot. He told Byfield he wants his daughter to be able to protect herself. "The people who express their opinions that my daughter's not safe with a gun most likely have never held one,...
  • Tim Tebow Hosts “Night to Shine” Valentine Proms for Thousands of Disabled Kids

    02/17/2016 7:57:12 PM PST · by kathsua · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | Feb 16, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Almost every week, it seems LifeNews discovers another story about parents aborting their unborn child because of a disability or abortion activists targeting unborn babies who have physical defects. These stories are disheartening, frightening even. But then there also are many stories of hope – families who choose life because they refuse to see their unborn child as less of a person, and celebrities who use their fame to celebrate other people’s lives rather than their own. Football star Tim Tebow is one of them. This Valentine’s Day, the pro-life sports star promoted a special event for people with special...
  • Peyton Manning Was Born With a Cleft Lip, Tragically Some Babies With Cleft Lips are Aborted

    02/08/2016 7:07:54 PM PST · by kathsua · 35 replies
    Life News ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | Emily Derois
    Today parents are sometimes pressured to abort simply because their unborn child has a cleft lip, a correctable condition. Physicians categorize it as a disability. Yet a surprising number of successful individuals were born with cleft lips. Among them is Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning’s success story shows that his cleft lip did not hinder him at all. Because his parents chose life, Manning was able to grow and pursue his dreams in football. This week, he and his team will play in the biggest American sports game of the year — the 2016 Super Bowl. Manning is not only...
  • Down's Syndrome people risk 'extinction' at the hands of science, fear and ignorance

    01/19/2016 6:02:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Telegraph ^ | January 18, 2016 | Tim Stanley
    A painting hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York called The Adoration of the Christ Child. Created in the 16th century by a Flemish artist, what stands out in this sublime presentation of the Nativity is the detail of the characters standing around the crib. Two of them, an angel and a shepherd, appear to have Down’s Syndrome. This suggests that the condition has been around for a very long time, and it helps illuminate the early modern approach to disability. Religious art normally conformed to classical standards of beauty. By implication, the artist regarded people with Down’s...
  • ISIS ANNOUNCES SYSTEMATIC KILLING OF CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME (and more)

    12/16/2015 2:52:11 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | December 16, 2015 | JD FLYNN
    Early Monday morning, news agencies began reporting that ISIS clerics have issued an oral fatwa calling for the systematic killing of children with Down syndrome and other genetic disabilities. According to reports, nearly 40 disabled infants in ISIS territory have already been suffocated or given lethal injections.The news is sickening. The world has watched, on YouTube, the violent martyrdom of Christians at the hands of ISIS fighters. We’ve seen photos of martyred families and beaten prisoners. We’ve seen shootings in Paris, Beirut and San Bernardino, all claimed as ISIS sponsored acts of terrorism. And still, the West has not yet...
  • United Airlines apologizes after disabled man crawls off flight

    10/26/2015 9:34:14 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/26/2015 | By Melissa Gray and Samuel Roth, CNN
    Story Highlights D'Arcee Neal, who has cerebral palsy, took a five-hour flight last week A mix-up meant there was no wheelchair to help him off the plane; he was told to wait for one He waited but finally crawled out of the plane with no assistance (CNN)—A man returning from a meeting about disabled accessibility policies arrived home with a very personal example of the problem. D'Arcee Neal, who has cerebral palsy, took a five-hour flight from San Francisco to Washington last week. A mix-up at the gate meant there was no wheelchair to help the 29-year-old off the plane,...
  • 'Sesame Street' introduces first character with autism: Meet Julia

    10/24/2015 6:24:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    TODAY ^ | 10/24/2015 | Ree Hines
    The gang from "Sesame Street" is welcoming a new member to the neighborhood — Julia, a girl who has bright orange hair and big green eyes. She also has autism. Julia is the latest creation from the Sesame Workshop, and she offers children a relatable character they can understand, whether they're living with autism or know someone who is. On Wednesday, "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" was launched online, and Julia is just part of that educational and awareness initiative. "Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied," Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, the senior...
  • CAUGHT ON CAM: Cop confronts disabled veteran for not looking 'handicap'

    08/11/2015 4:13:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    WPEC-TV ^ | August 10, 2015
    [WARNING: The video below contains profanity. Viewer discretion advised.](VIDEO-AT-LINK) RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) — A Riviera Beach police officer was videotaped confronting a disabled veteran for not looking "handicap" for parking in a disabled parking space. U.S. Army combat veteran Isiah James, who has served nearly 10 years for our country, was absolutely shocked when a trip to a popular Riviera Beach drug store turned confrontational with the law. James says he was issued a disabled person parking permit, and it was properly displayed in his vehicle the entire time. During his deployment, James took fire and was hit with...
  • Have Men Given Up on Work?

    08/05/2015 8:27:18 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 49 replies
    GoodMenProject.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Dixie Gillaspie
    There is an economic crisis that isn’t much talked about, but which is responsible for a downward spiral that none of us want to see continue. Men are opting out of the workplace. That’s right. According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, in the 1950’s about three percent of men between 25 and 54, which is still considered “prime” working age, were unemployed and not seeking employment. In the late 1960’s that had climbed to about five percent. In 2013 it was reported at 12 percent. And the last report placed it at 16 percent. These aren’t just men...
  • A cut to Social Security disability benefits may be around the corner

    07/25/2015 4:54:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/25/2015 | By Jonnelle Marte
    The annual check-up for Social Security is in, and one program looks more dire than the rest. If Congress doesn’t act, people receiving Social Security disability benefits could see a nearly 20 percent cut to payments at the end of next year, according to the latest version of the Social Security trustees report released Wednesday. The disability trust fund will be depleted by the fourth quarter of 2016, leaving the administration with enough income to pay 81 percent of benefits, according to the report, which is updated annually. The health of the Social Security program didn’t change by much, and...
  • Dems Talk About Expanding Social Security As It Careens Toward Insolvency

    07/23/2015 4:27:37 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/22/2015 | John Merline
    The Social Security Administration's latest annual report says what it has been saying for several years now — its disability insurance program will become insolvent in 2016.
  • Social Security Disability checks face 19 percent cut in 2016 unless solution found

    07/23/2015 2:55:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Charleston Post and Courier / The Associated Press ^ | July 22, 2015 | David Slade 
    Goose Creek resident Kelly Schuler said he was earning a six-figure income in corporate sales when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and after his symptoms became apparent and he lost his job, Social Security Disability Insurance payments became his financial lifeline. Now he finds himself among the 11 million Americans who could see their monthly checks slashed by 19 percent next year, unless federal lawmakers address a looming shortfall in the Social Security fund that pays disability benefits. The main Social Security fund that pays retiree and survivor benefits is not expected to run short for another two decades,...
  • [Daily Mail] Wisconsin town bans kangaroos from restaurants after woman took baby one called Jimmy t

    06/18/2015 9:04:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6-17-15 | Kieran Corcoran
    Kangaroos have been banned from all restaurants in a Wisconsin town after a woman took a baby specimen to McDonald's with her wrapped in a blanket. Beaver Dam in Wisconsin enacted a law changing the rules about what kinds of pet can accompany humans in food establishments, barring the marsupials. Customers at the McDonald's were shocked in February when farmer Diana Moyer brought a baby kangaroos - named Jimmy - into the hamburger chain with her.
  • On The Brink Of Bankruptcy, Federal Disability Program Wastes Billions

    06/09/2015 2:46:15 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 35 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/08/2015 | John Merline
    A government audit finds that the Social Security Disability Insurance program paid out $16.8 billion in disability benefits over the past decade to about four million people who either were working, made too much money, were in prison, were dead, weren't eligible or were no longer physically or mentally disabled.
  • Study: Social Security overpaid disability benefits by $17B

    06/05/2015 12:18:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2015 3:09 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    A government watchdog says Social Security overpaid disability beneficiaries by nearly $17 billion over the past decade. Many payments went to people who earned too much money to qualify for benefits, or to people who weren’t disabled anymore. Some payments went to people who had died or to prison inmates. …
  • Petition: ‘Walk Only’ Signs in Pedestrian Areas Are Insensitive to Disabled People

    05/16/2015 12:22:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | May 16, 2015
    Petition: ‘Walk Only’ Signs in Pedestrian Areas Are Insensitive to Disabled People by KATHERINE TIMPF May 15, 2015 Arizona State University was trying to protect students from getting hit by cars. Students at Arizona State University are petitioning to have the school change the “Walk Only” signs on the school’s pedestrian paths because they “marginalize disabled bodies that cannot walk.” “This petition is in effort to make a more blanket title for these zones that encompasses the diversity of all bodies who occupy the community that is ASU,” states the petition, written by Alec Melger. (Just to clarify: Although these...
  • Mother arrested after 'leaving quadriplegic son in the woods for five days'

    04/12/2015 10:47:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 11, 2015 | Gardner By Josh Gardner and Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com
    Mother arrested after 'leaving quadriplegic son in the woods for five days' while she visited her boyfriend Nyia Parler, 41, allegedly left her 21-year-old son in woods on Monday and traveled to Maryland where she was taken into custody early Sunday Her son was found under rain-soaked pile of leaves on Friday night and police say he would have died if passers-by hadn't spotted him He was lying on the ground 10 feet from his wheelchair and a Bible A Philadelphia mother accused of abandoning her quadriplegic son in the woods before skipping town to see her boyfriend has been...
  • Puerto Ricans who can’t speak English qualify as disabled for Social Security

    04/10/2015 10:47:23 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10 at 6:00 AM | Josh Hicks
    Hundreds of Puerto Rico’s residents qualified for federal disability benefits in recent years because they lacked fluency in English, according to government auditors. The Social Security Administration’s inspector general questioned the policy this month in light of the fact that Spanish is the predominant language in the U.S. territory. Under Social Security regulations, individuals are considered less employable in the United States if they can’t speak English, regardless of their work experience or level of education.
  • How Do We Get Those Able to Work Off of Disability?

    04/09/2015 4:44:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | by ROMINA BOCCIA
    With the Social Security disability-insurance (SSDI) program heading toward insolvency before the end of next year, lawmakers are looking for reforms to help individuals with disabilities but the capacity to work to return to work. Why it is so hard to get them to do so? Olga Khazan explores the question in a new piece in The Atlantic. Even those awarded benefits for a temporary condition tend to stay on Social Security for the rest of their lives. It’s a tough but urgent question. The disability program has seen tremendous growth in both costs and the number of beneficiaries in...
  • Feds approved disability pay for Puerto Rican citizens … because they don’t speak English

    04/08/2015 8:18:47 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 8,2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory. According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well. “We found the Agency did not make exceptions regarding the English-language grid rules for...
  • Puerto Ricans Getting Disability Checks Because They Don't Speak English

    04/08/2015 4:17:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/07/2015 | John Merline
    Is not knowing how to speak English a disability? According to the Social Security administration, it can be.
  • Germany to expand disability rights

    03/28/2015 1:03:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Mar 2015 15:58 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A representative of the German Labor Ministry went before a UN Committee on Friday to discuss the government’s plan for improved rights for disabled people. Parliamentary state secretary to the Labor Ministry, Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller, went before the committee to explain the government’s plan to put Germany in line with UN standards. […] The government is developing 200 measures aimed at bettering the lives of some 7.5 million Germans living with disabilities. …
  • Unemployment Lower, Not Working At Record High

    03/07/2015 7:02:02 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    WIBW ^ | 3-6-15 | CNNMoney/WIBW
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney/WIBW) -- There is good news, but there are still serious concerns because only 123,000 of those jobs were full time. Analysis will be found at the bottom of the story and in attached government reports. Officials claim that the U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs in February, which crushed expectations. That beat the estimate from CNNMoney's survey of economists, who predicted 235,000 job gains.
  • Social Security debate reignites

    02/14/2015 3:57:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Social Security is surging to the forefront of the political debate ahead of the race for the White House in 2016. The entitlement program has been thrust into the spotlight by a fight over the Social Security disability fund, which is expected to run dry by the end of next year. The looming shortfall is stirring a burst of activism on the left, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a likely 2016 candidate, and liberal hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) warning of an assault on the program from Republicans in Congress. "We’ve known for years that Social Security Disability Insurance is...
  • Why have we become so scared of disability?

    01/15/2015 4:15:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    CMF Blog UK ^ | January 9, 2015 | Dr. Karen Forrest
    Editor’s note. This appeared on the blog of the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF). Disabled_Child-192x128When I went to see the midwife at 36 weeks of pregnancy, I did not expect to find myself leaving in the back of an ambulance. My BP [blood pressure] was 200/115 and there were 4 pluses of protein in my urine. My non-medical husband was bewildered and we both wondered what would happen next. A few hours later, my BP was 160/100, but an ultrasound had shown that our baby was very small – about the size you’d expect at 28 weeks. There were no structural...
  • Little recourse seen for Democrats on Social Security rule change.

    01/13/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Din Maker · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 13, 2015 | David Lawder
    Democrats appear to have little recourse against a House of Representatives rule change that could prompt a steep cut to Social Security disability benefits next year, congressional aides said on Monday. The new legislative rule, pushed through with little notice last week, would prohibit a routine transfer to the Social Security Disability Trust Fund, which is expected to be depleted by late 2016. Without an injection from the main Social Security retirement fund, the disability program would have to cut benefits by some 20 percent, only paying out what it can collect from payroll taxes. Congress approved the last such...
  • Many Landlords Won't Take Section 8

    01/10/2015 1:06:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 164 replies
    WROC-TV ^ | December 8, 2014 | Rachel Barnhart
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Rochester, NY (WROC) - LaTanya Daughtry needs a new place to live. The single mother of two boys is on disability and gets a Section 8 housing voucher. But many online classifieds ads say "No Section 8." "It just makes me feel people look at me differently because I'm on Section 8," Daughtry said. "A lot of ads say no Section 8 right off the bat." Section 8 is a federal housing program run through the Rochester Housing Authority. Recipients pay a portion of the rent and Section 8 pays the rest. Section 8 vouchers are in short supply. In...
  • Will There Be a 2016 Lame-Duck Disability Bailout?

    01/07/2015 9:46:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    If you thought the lame-duck Congress that met in December -- in which House Speaker John Boehner cut a deal with President Barack Obama to fund almost all of Obama's programs through the rest of the current fiscal year -- was a bad deal for America, wait until the next lame-duck Congress convenes after the 2016 election. That could be the "bipartisan" moment for a bailout of the federal disability program -- and perhaps Social Security with it. The very dry, very long Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of Social Security, released in July, included two crucial predictions....
  • FIREFLY Wheel Chair attachment - Disability Good News Alert!

    12/29/2014 9:25:02 PM PST · by Baynative · 13 replies
    Coolest Inventions ^ | current | Website
    "The Firefly is an electric bike you attach to a manual wheelchair." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4jESFIbAS0
  • Is the EU right to consider obesity a disability?

    12/18/2014 2:36:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:22PM GMT 18 Dec 2014 | Rohan Banerjee
    Hefty Danish child-minder Karsten Kaltoft, who was fired from his job earlier this year because he was too immobile to tie a kid’s shoelaces, has successfully won his appeal to the European Court of Justice to consider obesity a disability. As a result, new legislation will be drawn for the purposes of equality in the workplace, stating that employers within the EU must treat any overweight members of staff in the same way that they would those with other disabilities—for example, priority parking or adapted facilities. Is this ridiculous, or does the EU have a point? “To disable” means to...
  • GOP: Personal stories behind new legislation to help the disabled

    12/06/2014 10:00:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12-5-14 | Andrew Malcolm
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers gives the Republican Party's Weekly Remarks Today I’d like to tell you the story of a little boy who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome just three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications: endless doctors’ appointments, heart defects, even early Alzheimer’s. Seven years later, as the mom of that little boy, Cole, nothing has given me greater joy than watching the impact he has had on the world — and dreaming of the difference he will make when he grows up. This week, the House spoke for Cole and...
  • Labor Force Participation Remains at 36-Year Low

    12/05/2014 3:37:12 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 5, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The labor force participation rate remained at a 36-year low of 62.8 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The participation rate, which is the percentage of the civilian noninstitutional population who participated in the labor force by either having a job during the month or actively seeking one, was 62.8 percent in November which matches the percentage since March 1978. In November, according to BLS, the nation’s civilian noninstitutional population, consisting of all people 16 or older who were not in the military or an institution, reached 248,844,000. Of those, 156,397,000 participated in the labor force...
  • Disability Rolls Balloon

    12/05/2014 8:42:42 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 4, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When a veteran academic finds something notable in a Republican president’s administration, it’s generally the expansion of a federal government program. At the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), on Tuesday, Michael Wiseman, an economist at George Washington University (GWU), called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the disabled, the “big achievement of the Nixon years.” The program dates from 1974. Currently, millions of adults and children are on the program, and millions more are likely to be. “Since 1996, the real value of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, as the Clinton Administration and the Republican Congress renamed welfare) has been declining,”...
  • Pro-choice researcher admits that aborting imperfect children creates disability rights conflicts

    11/30/2014 12:37:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Nov 29, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Years ago, Rayna Rapp discovered that her baby would be afflicted with down syndrome. She and her partner chose for her to have an abortion. Ever since then, she has been writing about fetal testing and abortion. A supporter of legal abortion who has herself worked in an abortion clinic, the reader can be assured that she writes with no pro-life bias. In her book, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America, she interviewed women and couples who were waiting for the results of an amniocentesis to discover whether their babies would have down syndrome...
  • CEOs representing over 200 major American companies threatening to pull their support of Obamacare

    11/29/2014 12:35:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    * Many CEOs are angry with the Obama administration thanks to three new cases challenging parts of his 'wellness program' * In order to participate in the 'wellness program' and receive a low health care rate under Obamacare, employees must take a physical * Now it is being argued in three cases that forcing someone to take a physical for work violates the Americans with Disabilities Act * The CEOs now have a number of ways they can undermine Obama because of this developmentLeading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain 'workplace wellness' programs, are threatening to...
  • Petition Asks Disney To Include Kids With Down Syndrome In Animated Films

    11/26/2014 2:06:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 26, 2014 11:22 AM
    BURBANK (CBSLA.com) — Activists are calling on Disney executives to represent children with Down syndrome and other disabilities in its animated films. More than 75,000 people have signed a San Francisco family’s petition asking Disney to help fight stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities by representing them in their films. Keston Ott-Dahl hand-delivered a copy of the the Care2 petition to Disney headquarters in Burbank Wednesday, along with her partner Andrea, their 6-year-old daughter Jules, and their 15-month-old daughter Delaney, who has Down syndrome. The petition calls upon to the studio to add characters more like Delaney to future...
  • Study: Lawyers Rake In Billions From Federal Disability Program

    11/21/2014 4:25:02 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/21/2014 | John Merline
    Lawyers have raked in more than $7.5 billion in fees from the federal Disability Insurance program since 2009, according to a Manhattan Institute report issued Friday. And that money has come directly out of the pockets of workers through the Social Security payroll tax.
  • Waiting on a Social Security disability appeal? Get in line. A very long line.

    10/19/2014 1:35:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    MSN ^ | 10/19/14
    In an obscure corner of the federal bureaucracy, there is an office that is 990,399 cases behind. That is Washington’s backlog of backlogs — a queue of waiting Americans larger than the populations of six different states. It is bigger even than the infamous backups at Veterans Affairs, where 526,000 people are waiting in line, and the patent office, where 606,000 applications are pending. All of these people are waiting on a single office at the Social Security Administration. Social Security is best-known for sending benefits to seniors. But it also pays out disability benefits to people who can’t work...
  • A good explanation of the 'real' unemployment rate

    10/13/2014 1:25:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/13/2014 | Rick Moran
    Everyone who isn't an Obamabot (Paul Krugman) or above the age of 5 knows that the current "official" unemployment rate of 5.9% is bogus. The real number that counts is the labor participation rate which has been shrinking for more than 5 years.Why is the labor force participation rate important? Ken Braun of MLive has very clear explanation: The U.S. “civilian noninstitutional population” - the total count of civilian adults - grew by 217,000 in September, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor. Those new entrants represent immigrants, young people coming of age, military personnel...
  • Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime [Barf Alert]

    10/06/2014 9:36:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/5/2014 | MARGO KAPLAN
    THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door. Most likely, through school and into adulthood, your affections continued to focus on others in your approximate age group. But imagine if they did not. By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children. These people are living with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to prepubescents that often constitutes a mental illness. Unfortunately, our laws are failing them and, consequently, ignoring opportunities to prevent child abuse. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental...