A store manager refused to let a pregnant employee leave to visit her doctor after she started spotting blood. Walgreens is now the target of a federal lawsuit. The woman, Jane Doe, “previously asked for too many accommodations,” according to a news release from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and left her position after taking… Continue reading Accommodations In The Workplace Help People Do Their Jobs:
Robin Zehntner, 31, of Montana, is a quadriplegic. PCAs assist her with tasks such as brushing her teeth or getting into bed at night. Her PCAs get paid $13.10 per hour through Medicaid. Zehntner isn’t sure when the pay was last increased. One of her PCAs recently completed graduate school and started a new job.… Continue reading The Lives Of The Vulnerable: What Will Happen?
Last week, one of my doctors suggested I contact the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. She wanted me to see if I could find work with their help. Vocational rehabilitation is available nationwide. The program is designed to help people with disabilities find a job. I began working with my local vocational rehabilitation agency during my final… Continue reading The Problems With Vocational Rehabilitation:
Jeremy Klemin recently published an article in the New York Times. Both of his parents have Cerebral Palsy. He discusses how his parents have become “hackers” to make living in an inaccessible world easier. A bungee cord was hooked to the ceiling at the local accessible gym, allowing his mother to walk on a treadmill… Continue reading The World Wasn’t Made For Me:
It’s no secret that there is a caregiver shortage throughout the United States. However, there is also a shortage in other countries. In England, many disabled people are struggling to find PAs as they are known. Baroness Jane Campbell, a cross-party peer, and others have struggled to get PAs in recent years. The Baroness lives… Continue reading The Caregiver Shortage Is Global:
As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved sports. I have fond memories of attending Boston Red Sox games as a child. I looked forward to cotton candy, peanuts and a trip to the team store to buy souvenirs. I even named my dog after my favorite player. While baseball is my favorite sport… Continue reading Sports Bring Me Joy:
CW: Death & Eugenics: President Joe Biden declared the coronavirus pandemic to be over in an interview that aired on Sunday, following more than a million deaths in the US and nearly three years of lockdowns and economic disruptions. For disabled people, however, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Those with disabilities have faced… Continue reading For Disabled People, The Pandemic Isn’t Over:
CW: Poverty: Around six million people on disability benefits in Scotland will receive £150 to help them cope with increasing living costs, but some feel it is insufficient. £150 is equivalent to $167. Katy Styles is a full-time caregiver for her husband Mark, who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and will be eligible… Continue reading Cost Of Living Crisis Affects Disabled People Worldwide:
CW: Poverty In Ontario, Canada, recently, some Members of the Provincial Parliament completed an experiment where they had to live on $47.61 worth of groceries a week. For a person receiving ODSP or Ontario Works, they claim that this is an “approximate two-week grocery budget.” Since 2018, those who are ODSP recipients have received about… Continue reading Poverty Isn’t A Publicity Stunt:
CW: Abuse, Neglect, Death, & Institutionalization: In most of the United States, Mike Lee’s way of life has disappeared. Lee, 57, has lived at the Glenwood Resource Center, in Iowa, a state-run facility for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, for 44 years. He has autism and epilepsy, and his parents determined when he was… Continue reading We Need More Help:
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