October is spina bifida month lets donate for research and support those who live with it

The title above is nice and empathetic but one thing they do not want is your pity, wheels fotheringham and fearless Abel rose both have spina bifida and both shred the park and do amazing stunts that have the most pious screaming WHAT THE FUCK. Spina bifida is a diagnosis they were born with not who they are

If you haven’t noticed a common thread in this blog since its beginning in 2011 then let me Enlighten you.WE are vibrant intelligent beautiful humans just like the rest of you we don’t ask special treatment just a level playing field, although in wheels case he wouldn’t know what to do with flat ground!

Abel just turned three, he’s already a sponsored wheelchair athlete yet people see him and think “aw poor baby he’s disabled” but in the time that takes he’s dropped in on a skate bowl and popped a dozen wheelies.

Yes for every wheels or Abel they’re a dozen who just go to school and work and they are equally amazing because they fight the bias Whig ore the naysayers and they when given lemons make margaritas!

So this month is spina bifida awareness month please become informed, become involved donate money, donate time and best of all pass on the love and caring and compassion never the pity

5 year old kindergarten student placed in hand cuffs surrounded by armed police? Mike belnap we need you!

I am watching ABC7 and they just had a story a child with learning disabilities was at school when his mom was called to come to the school.
When she came in her son a small black child of diminutive stature was on an office chair screaming for his mommy, with his hands behind his back in hand cuffs.
This child weighs 40lbs max, he is under 3ft and he was in a room with 2 large built women, three police security and two nypd and a woman trained to be his assistant? And none of them could control him?

My son Adam when he was the same age was called the worst case of ADDHD the state where I lived had ever seen, Now his mom was 5ft 2 I am 6ft 4 his gran my mom was 6ft his other gran was only 5ft yet all of us and his teachers could control him gently but physically if needed.
The mother filmed the situation on her cell phone,in the video the police are seen trying to grab the camera from her telling he not to film.
As is her right she has engaged legal representation, and what is the response from the education czars who work under Mayor deBlasio? With video proof and a doctor’s report from the ER showing serious injury to the baby? Did they apologize? No, did they fire or reassign anyone? No they produced a pet shrink who said he needed home schooling?

So a mother already financially challenged, working her ass off with the cost of a disabled child is now told by the state “it’s your fault quit the low paying job you have stay home and teach something they know with a special needs child requires someone with a minimum of a master’s degree in special ed” Well done New York well done
Well done mayor deblasio your education department is working really hard on that tale of two cities, hell yes working on making them bigger and making sure to kick enough innocent children to the curb so that there will be shortage of village idiots!
My mum was told epilepsy was heinous, she was told put me in a home, throw me away and forget about me( she did but not until I was thirty but not for anything to do with my medical) she persisted and told them all to go to hell.
I was expelled from more schools than any other child in the south Australian education department history.
Then along came a afro headed tom selleckmoustache wearing surfer dude in a loud hawaiin shirt called mike belnap or “belly” and the alternative mode education system AKA the huts. There I became part of a band of brothers and sisters from another mother, almost all of us are still friends 35 years later. Belly didn’t give up, he didn’t throw away children, years after I left school I was IQ tested something noone in 12 years of school ever did, I wasn’t stupid infact I was officially genius IQ it turns out I wasn’t strugglingI was bored at school so were most of us.
All this child needs is a caring professional Like Mike Belnap but they broke the mold after they made him he is retired now in Australia, but thousands of children were never thrown away because he lived. Where is the new Mike belnap? I know teachers don’t do it for the money, but where are the bellies? Where are the Mr. Chipps? Of 2014.
Society and low income has thrown enough children away, let’s not waste any more of our precious future. Fire the next thug who hand cuffs a 5 year old, fire a fraud who is paid to handle the learning challenged and phones it in and Let’s put out a casting call
WANTED CARING LOVING INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUALS WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN THROWING AWAY THE FUTURE NEED APPLY, IF GOOD BYE MR CHIPPS MADE YOU WANT TO TEACH PLEASE APPLY.

Why do doctors secretaries think they have to lie?

When I call doctors, something I have to do almost weekly because of my disabilities why is it they think it’s ok to lie? Why can’t they just answer questions make appointments and be nice?
Instead the average secretary thinks she is Cerberus the three headed dog guarding the gates of hell!

I have very few requirements
1/ no hospitals, If I am paying the money to see the best in their field and believe me we pay through the nose for medical insurance then co-pays then MRI’S and CT scans and meds If I hire a rolls Royce mechanic I don’t want to go to Walmart’s auto shop to see him. The average New York hospital makes one feel like sheep in a pen waiting to be slaughtered.
2/ As a survivor of serious decade long molestation I do not get naked in front of men, so I make appointments with women
3/ are they wheelchair accessible? That doesn’t mean three muscle bound men in orderly uniforms will lift me like so much luggage up two flights of stairs. It means I can roll straight in.
4/ service dogs allowed, we know under the law they are but it seems the richer someone is the more they try to be above the law.
So an appointment is made for a urologist  and all the above questions are asked yet when we call to confirm before this Friday, the answering machine says “welcome to Insert name of hospital” urology department.

So the woman who answered the phone and said they were not in a hospital has obviously noticed the big four block square complex she works in!.
So many times I ring for an appointment with a woman, I am assured it’s a woman and get there to be told ”oh no she left the practice last year you’re seeing a man” When you were raped every day for 10 years by a male the last thing you choose of your own free will is to be out of your wheelchair on a table like a slab of meat with some strange male saying “relax this will only hurt a little” manhandling your most private parts.
Why is it that the medical industry, an industry that not one single person on earth is exempt from contact with, acts so elitist that they consider themselves above common moral decency.
Recently we made an appointment with a doctor on 95th st, I had to push my wheelchair 100 blocks to get there and when I get there I was told I had to wait 2-3 hours but that was normal the doctors assistant said she runs three hours late every day!
So doctors treating someone for a possible tumor that could be benign or could be malignant, but unless I put up with the stupidity of a doctor who deals with these issues and still thinks it’s ok to daily run 3 hours late  I get no answers. They have become the accepted norm because of secretaries who when asked promote them as god’s gift to the Hippocratic oath, when 90% of them would not be worthy of sitting at the great man’s feet.

If you want to act like Cerberus go to hell, If you want to work in the healing arts remember the oath your boss took starts with first do no harm you would be well served practice that oath yourself.

Vermont closed workshops for people with disabilities; what happened next?

Reposted from a story By Halle Stockton | PublicSource | Sept. 28, 2014

Bill Villemaire, 58, has been employed at the Sweet Clover grocery store for four years. Before that, Villemaire, who has an intellectual disability, worked for less than minimum wage in the last sheltered workshop to close in Vermont.

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A PublicSource investigation found that at least 13,000 Pennsylvanians with disabilities are working for an average of $2.40 an hour in sheltered workshops. A sheltered workshop provides low-skill work for people with disabilities. There is a deep divide in opinions about whether the workshops are of benefit or harm.

The sheltered workshops that are still prevalent in Pennsylvania were shut down in Vermont more than a decade ago. And now, the employment rate of people with developmental disabilities in the New England state is twice the national average.

Vermont resident Bill Villemaire, who has an intellectual disability, benefitted from the state’s major policy shift, a change that states throughout the nation are mulling.

Villemaire, 58, said he felt claustrophobic and worn out while working for a pittance at a sheltered workshop. He is now a seasoned employee at a Sweet Clover grocery store, checking for products that have expired or have been damaged.

With that paycheck, he enjoys trying new restaurants and buying Christmas gifts for friends and family. “My life has taken a turn for the better,” he said.

Michelle Paya can vouch for that. As the employment director at Champlain Community Services, where Villemaire received help in finding the job, she remembers the day he got his first paycheck.

“He actually copied it three times and put it up on the wall of my office,” Paya said. “He had so much pride of what he was doing and wanted to show off his accomplishments.”

How and why did Vermont close sheltered workshops?
Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop in 2002, four years after the state told workshop providers that they were being carved out of the system.

But the shift actually began in the 1980s, when the University of Vermont received a grant to build programs for integrated employment in partnership with state disability agencies. The movement grew and policymakers eventually decided sheltered workshops no longer fit the state’s values on the treatment of people with disabilities.

Integrated employment rate of people with developmental disabilities
National: 18%
Vermont: 38%
Pennsylvania: 15%
Note: Includes only people receiving services by disability agencies in fiscal year 2012

Source: The 2013 national report on employment services and outcomes. University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion
The Vermont Developmental Disabilities Services Division started by not allowing new people in sheltered workshops, where people with disabilities work only with other people like them.

“We closed the front door,” said Jennie Masterson, the agency’s supported employment services coordinator.

The next step was to cut funding to sheltered workshops over time.

The state partnered with workshop providers. “We were very careful not to say, ‘Just figure this out,’” Masterson said. “We wanted to be at the table and help.”

All this change took place outside of the state’s legislative process. The agency rewrote how it would deliver developmental disability services. “We didn’t make it a big political process,” Masterson said.

Ultimately, no public dollars were used for anything less than integrated employment. That also eliminated enclaves, which are work programs that take people with disabilities into regular workplaces with close supervision.

What was the reaction and what happened to those in workshops?
The families were initially scared for their adult children who had worked in sheltered workshops. They couldn’t envision a job in the community that their child could fill, and parents thought they’d be unsafe and lonely without their peers.

“It was a really trying time to help families understand the value of inclusion and the value of community work because they had a place of safety for their adult children and they didn’t want to give it up,” Paya said.

Within three years, about 80 percent of people who’d worked in the last sheltered workshop to close found jobs. Those who didn’t got other services based in the community.

Eventually, families’ opinions started changing.

Bryan Dague, research associate at the University of Vermont Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, interviewed families of workshop participants before and after the closure.

He recalled one parent who was very much opposed. Four years later, she had done a 180.

She saw a “tremendous benefit” to her adult daughter getting out into the community, Dague said. “She made new friends and she started to blossom.”

Another young woman who had been in a sheltered workshop began to work at a daycare, supervising the children and preparing their lunches, Paya said.

“She had been nonverbal all her time in the workshop,” she said. “She started talking in her new job, and she now has great communication with her employer and the community.”

What does the employment picture look like for Vermont residents with disabilities today?
The number of employed Vermonters with developmental disabilities continues to climb.

Of more than 3,000 people who received funding and services from the state in fiscal year 2013, about 1,140 were employed, according to state figures.

That’s an increase of about 115 people over the previous year, Masterson said. “It’s small, incremental growth, but it’s always increasing. That means people retained their jobs and more people are going to work.”

“It’s small, incremental growth, but it’s always increasing. That means people retained their jobs and more people are going to work.”
Vermont has a supported employment program in each of its 14 counties to help people with disabilities find and apply for jobs as well as learn the jobs. Unlike many states, the support of a job coach does not fade over time, which helps to improve retention.

The state and employment programs say businesses have been receptive to hiring people with disabilities.

Champlain Community Services alone has formed partnerships with 40 employers, educating them on hiring and retaining people with disabilities, Paya said. “It’s educating to eliminate fear. We’re helping an employer see value in all individuals.”

The wages in Vermont also reflect the attitude of the state and its business community. In fiscal year 2013, the average wage for supported employees was $9.26, more than 50 cents above the state’s minimum wage and $2 above the federal minimum wage.

Some work a couple of hours a week and some 50 hours a week. The average workweek for people with intellectual disabilities in Vermont is 16 hours, according to a 2013 Institute for Community Inclusion report.

The part-time hours remain a concern for families in Vermont as well as Pennsylvania because the individuals may not be supervised during the downtime. Dague said the state has been successful in using the Medicaid waiver to provide services to people who need more structure outside of their work hours.

Overall, sheltered workshops have become a blip in Vermont’s history.

“Young parents with high school students ready to graduate don’t even know what a sheltered workshop is,” Masterson said. “It’s just typical now that you graduate and you go to college or you go to work.”

What else is available for people with disabilities in Vermont?
The focus is getting people with disabilities into the community.

While sheltered workshops used to be the natural transition after high school, there is a renewed emphasis on education. Five Vermont colleges, with grant funding, have developed post-secondary education programs for people with disabilities that have been successful in leading to employment.

Employment programs are also trying less traditional ways of immersing people with disabilities into the community.

Champlain Community Services, for instance, established a public access television show, where its clients with disabilities invite guests on air for an interview.

Many providers are also helping people with disabilities secure memberships to gyms and arranging volunteer opportunities.

What lessons can other states take from Vermont?
Some states say Vermont is unique because it is small and other states couldn’t do the same.

Still, about 300 people representing 39 states, including Pennsylvania, have participated in four Conversion Institutes to find out just how Vermont did away with sheltered workshops. The institute covers how the state changed its policy and culture.

One of the first steps: Throw out the argument that some people are too disabled to be employed.

“We have seen people who’ve had all sorts of significant disabilities and they’re working. … It enriches their lives.”
“Many of the people we place in jobs had been labeled as unemployable,” Masterson said. “We have seen people who’ve had all sorts of significant disabilities and they’re working. … It enriches their lives.”

She suggests challenging supported employment programs to develop new approaches to employment of people with disabilities.

“Start with a pocket of creativity in the state,” she said. “Start with a place where you already have good employment services and build some enthusiasm around an innovative pilot program.”

Elbee another offering of boxed in mobility scooters trying to pass as cars!

New car offers freedom for disabled drivers
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Mia’s thoughts- the title above makes broad claims, but when you watch the link for the video attached at the bottom of this story you will question that the wheelchair locks your chair to the floor, you are so closely fitted in if you get t-boned rear ended or involved in a head on or roll over you’re screwed, the front hatch is electronically operated from within and remote from outside? ever had a remote fail on you? ever had an electrical short or a flat battery? if you’re upside down after a crash and your chair is anchored and you survived besides buying a lottery ticket you still have to hope the battery wasn’t disconnected so you can crawl out? I was not a fan of the
Kenguru and this coffin on wheels impresses me even less.

The Czech-produced Elbee is a vehicle designed specifically for wheelchair-bound people, allowing them to drive their car without leaving their wheelchair.

Users board and leave the vehicle without any help using a remote-controlled front door and ramp.

After boarding, the chair is safely anchored inside the car.

Measuring just over 1.30 in width, the car fits vertically into tight parking spaces, offering drivers direct access to the pavement.

“It took three years to finalise the vehicle including all the security elements. Last year, we were able to fine tune it to make sure it fulfills all the needs of wheelchair users,” says Elbee project manager Ladislav Brazdil.

Weighing in at 400 kilos, the Elbee can carry a small load of baggage and reach speeds of up to 80 km per hour.

For many wheelchair users, getting themselves and their chair in and out of their car without assistance
is a real challenge. This kind of vehicle could be life-changing.

“I am really delighted because it gives me a new kind of independence and freedom. I used to have to ask my wife or my son to take me places. Now I can get into my car by myself,” says Elbee user Frantisek Trunda.

The Elbee is the latest in a series of similar vehicles designed for wheelchair bound users.

But independence comes at a price as it will set you back around 15,000 euros.

http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/08/new-car-offers-freedom-for-disabled-drivers/

The veterans affairs hospital falsifies records to cover up deaths

Our brave veterans go where ever they are sent to defend this country because they made a deal, Well the other half of that deal is if they come home needing urgent medical care they get the best.
Unfortunately time and time again stories like the one below of not only people dying but the VA covering it up come to light. Support our wounded warriors let your politicians know this must stop.
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“Absolutely no question” the VA needs to be held accountable… Marine corporal Jordan Buisman died while waiting for a VA appointment to treat his epilepsy. And after, something even more disturbing happened! The VA said the corporal canceled his appointment. One problem, he had died four days before. Does this sound like ANOTHER cover up?

Over 100,000 Sexually Explicit Photos Of Children Found On Arrested Archbishop’s Computer

reposted from an online story by AUTHOR: VERA SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 11:54 AM

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Photo credit: Orlando Barria/CNS
Former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was previously stripped of his title over accusations of child molestation, was arrested last week. With an investigation underway, detectives of the Vatican have recently discovered that Wesolowski’s office computer contained sexually explicit content involving children — over 86,000 images and 160 videos were found. An additional 45,000 photos had been deleted from the computer.

Upon examination, the video files were of teenage boys being forced into sexual acts with each other and adults. The 86,000+ photographs had been neatly organized into category-based folders.

Wesolowski, who was head of the church in the Dominican Republic between 2008 and 2012, was originally allowed to walk freely in Rome despite the allegations of having paid minors for sex. Now, the 66-year-old former Archbishop is limited to a tiny room in the Collegio dei Penitenzieri’s basement, the same building that hosts the Vatican’s court and military police.

Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s chief spokesman, said:

“The seriousness of the allegations has prompted the official investigation to impose a restrictive measure that … consists of house arrest, with its related limitations, in a location within the Vatican City State.” (source)

The Vatican also said that Wesolowski’s arrest reflected the wishes of Pope Francis, who has vowed zero tolerance against church officials who commit sexual crimes against children. Previously, the Pope has called sexual abuse an “ugly crime” and compared it to “a Satanic Mass.”

Having previously served in South Africa, Costa Rica, Japan, Switzerland, India and Denmark, authorities are now investigating if Wesolowski might have abused minors at other points in his career. Authorities are also looking for evidence that Wesolowski might have had assistance or been involved in a larger network of pedophiles. To date, Wesolowski is the the most prominent church figure to come under investigation for sexual abuse.

David Clohessy, director of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said:

“We are grateful that this action has finally been taken, feel it should have happened months ago, and believe it’s better if secular authorities are able to jail and prosecute Wesolowski.” (source)

Wesolowski’s trial is scheduled for January, and if convicted he could get 12 years in jail.