Disabled make a point in social media

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Stella Young at the hotel where the disabled toilet (inset) became a storeroom. Photo: Angela Wylie

ONE afternoon last month Stella Young went to the Glenferrie Hotel in Hawthorn to have a beer with some friends.

But she found the disabled bathroom stacked with cases of wine and it was impossible to get her wheelchair inside.

Earlier Ms Young had been told by staff that the toilet was out of order. Hotel manager Mark Henderson now admits that was a lie.

The cases of wine from another hotel were put in the disabled bathroom by Mr Henderson’s business partner, and had been there for 10 days.

Advertisement ”Look, it was a huge amount of stock and there was nowhere else to go,” Mr Henderson said. ”I came in to find it here. I just took too long in getting it out.”

The episode is not uncommon.

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, who is blind, has had similar experiences. ”It’s unlawful to discriminate against people on the grounds of their disability,” Mr Innes said. ”If you have an accessible toilet and effectively block its use, then that is just the same as not providing one.”

Patricia Wilson runs excursions for the disability support service, Inclusion Melbourne. She said she stopped going to one council-run facility after it become too burdensome to clean away drug-injectors’ blood in the disabled toilet.

On another occasion at a public pool Ms Wilson had to wait with the person she was caring for, freezing outside, while two people had sex.

Ms Young said she was frustrated with the Disability Discrimination Act, which requires a formal complaint, and now prefers social media.

Rather than use the hotel’s female toilets with the door open, which she said ”isn’t very dignified”, she left, but not before tweeting an image of the crammed room, which has now been viewed almost 3000 times.

Ms Young, a comedian who edits the website Ramp Up, wrote two emails to hotel management, but it was only after she wrote on their Facebook page that she got a response.

”People with disabilities too often feel as though we don’t belong in public spaces,” she wrote. ”We’d really love your help in changing that.” Four hours later the hotel wrote back, apologising for their ”blatant ignorance [and] rash, senseless and absent-minded decision-making”. The space has since been cleared.

Kelly Vincent is a member of the South Australian Legislative Council and uses a wheelchair for her cerebral palsy. She has seen disabled toilets used for storage at an Adelaide restaurant, and elsewhere to store furniture.

”Having an accessible toilet that is unusable is maybe worse than not having one at all because it sends the message to people with disabilities that it is just a symbolic cross to bear for these business owners,” Ms Vincent said

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/disabled-make-a-point-in-social-media-20130204-2dug4.html#ixzz2KcGsa4Jr

Disabled in New York Hail Cabs Virtually

Reposted from a story By ELAINE GLUSAC
Cab riders in New York City seeking a wheelchair-accessible taxi have recently begun hailing them virtually, using a service called Accessible Dispatch.
The service, owned by the Connecticut-based company Metro Taxi, allows riders to order one of New York’s 233 wheelchair-accessible cabs by placing a call, sending a text, using a smartphone app or going online to accessibledispatch.com.
 
In the past, finding a wheelchair-friendly cab amid the more than 13,000 medallion cabs “was like hitting the Powerball,” said William Scalzi, president of Metro Taxi.
 
Rides must start in Manhattan but may go anywhere in the five boroughs, Westchester and Nassau Counties and Newark Liberty International Airport. Riders pay the fare from pickup to destination. (The fare from the taxi’s location to passenger pickup is covered through taxi medallion revenue.) In its first three months, Accessible Dispatch has averaged 35 calls each day with typical response time of 20 minutes.
 

New york City tells we the disabled that ramps at every shop and building is just too expensive, really? check this out

As awheelchair user and somene who will be for life trying to shop for just everyday needs let alone presents and gifts is difficult because 2in 4 stores are in accessibe.

The name for my blog disabledaccessdenied.com came from this very experience, New york uses excuses like “the buildings are old it would ruin their look” or “It is expensive enough opening a business and you want them to spend on a ramp?”

Well New York and for that matter my home country  of Australia, check out what Canada has come up  to solve the problem.

http://www.stopgapblog.blogspot.ca/p/community-ramp-project.html

Paraplegic man stranded without wheelchair survives 3 days in New Mexico desert

 

The story below puts to rest any doubters who in the past have said”surely mia people don’t treat the disabled like that?” Well this happenned because he wouldn’t share his six pack!

 

Ricky Gilmore was ditched by a couple he met hitchhiking when he wouldn’t share his booze. They tossed him out of their truck and left him without his wheelchair on a desolate road.

 

Reposted from a story By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.

From his hospital bed  Ricky shows his ripped soiled blue jeans,Ripped and dirty, they’re what the paraplegic wore as he dragged his body along a dirt road, praying help would come after he was callously dumped in the middle of the New Mexico desert without his wheelchair.
“Ah man, I’m just a big mess,” Gilmore, 49, said. “I ache and I’m just in the first stages of healing.”
Gilmore’s body is covered in cuts and bruises. His wrist is sprained and he’s being treated for acute kidney failure from dehydration.
The 49-year-old, who hasn’t been able to walk since a bad car crash years ago, says the nightmare began when he was hitchhiking.
A man and woman picked him up, and Gilmore ended up inviting them over for steaks. Later, the trio went for a ride, and when Gilmore refused to share his alcohol, the couple decided to ditch their new friend, he says.
The man yanked Gilmore – who had left his wheelchair at home – out of the car and abandoned him on a desolate stretch on a Navajo Indian reservation near Tocito, before storming off in a white truck.
“It was dark and I was shivering and the wind was blowing so I just crawled to a bush and dug right there,” he said.
“It was cold that night.”
Without food, water or a coat, Gilmore was stranded for three days. Only twice, he spotted cars. He waved, but neither stopped.
“I started dragging myself,” he said. “I did the same thing all day and I only got about two miles.”
On the third day, a man in a blue truck stopped.
“I don’t think I would have made it another night,” Gilmore said.
The man called for help and Gilmore was taken to the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock. He said doctors told him his body temperature was only 94 degrees when he was admitted.
He’s filed a report with the police but just wants to focus is rest and getting healthy.
“[I want to] go home and pray, take inventory and just get a good night sleep in my own bed and heal,” Gilmore said.
With News Wire Services

Marine who lost legs is forced out of Charlotte eatery

Owner ‘heartbroken’ by actions of patrons, wants to ‘make it right’

 Reposted from a story By Steve Lyttle The Charlotte Observer  Posted: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

The owner of a south Charlotte restaurant says he is “heartbroken” over an incident Sunday in which bantering between football fans got out of control, resulting in a U.S. Marine who lost both legs in Afghanistan being forced to leave the eatery with his wife, parents and friends.

Chris Neilsen, owner of the Moosehead Grill on Montford Drive, has been in contact with family members of Marine Garrett Carnes, of Mooresville, following the incident that Neilsen says “was awful.”

“I want to somehow make it right by them,” Neilsen says.

During a verbal altercation that some witnesses said almost came to blows, one patron allegedly told Carnes he was using his wheelchair “as an excuse.”

In an interview with The Observer, however, the fan said Carnes and members of his party were equally abusive. And he denied making a remark about the Marine’s wheelchair.

The incident happened after Carnes, his wife Courtney, their parents, and friends Brett and Nicole Coburn stopped at the restaurant for dinner after attending the Carolina Panthers’ game against Dallas. Several members of the party, including Garrett Carnes, were wearing Dallas Cowboys jerseys.

“Courtney was the first one out of the vehicle, and while she was getting Garrett’s wheelchair, one guy immediately started yelling at her,” said Brett Coburn, who described the man’s comments as “taunts.”

Coburn said that when the group reached the front door, the fan was waiting for them.

“He was standing at the door, and he started harassing us because of the Cowboys jerseys,” Coburn said.

He said the fan told Garrett Carnes, “Don’t use your wheelchair as a crutch.”

The fan, who did not want to give his name, gave a different account.

“Moosehead is a Panthers’ bar,” he said. “When they came, wearing the Cowboys’ jerseys, I started up on them. I asked them if they were Cowboys fans who lived in North Carolina.”

“I’m not going to fight someone in a wheelchair,” the fan said. “I said to him, ‘I’m not fighting you. Get four of your boys, and I’ll fight them.’ “

According to multiple accounts of the incident, Carnes told the patron – and others who were ridiculing the group for being Cowboys’ fans – that he was a veteran and had lost his legs in Afghanistan.

Members of the Carnes-Coburn party tried to “defend ourselves verbally,” Brett Coburn said.

“We were going back and forth,” the fan said. “Yes, it got out of control.”

The fan said one woman in the Carnes-Coburn party swore at him.

He said the fan walked toward Carnes in a threatening way, and some other patrons stepped in to break it up.

Neilsen said his employees are trained to separate possible combatants, in an effort to defuse such situations. On Sunday, staff members asked Garrett Carnes and his party to leave, while they took the fan to another area of the restaurant.

“It spiraled out of control,” Coburn says.

Courtney Carnes called police, but no charges were filed.

Neilsen said he arrived at the restaurant after the group had left and was in the parking lot, talking to police.

“I didn’t want them to leave,” he said of the Carnes-Coburn party, “but I understand why they left. I’m miserable. My heart hurts for them.”

He said the trouble was caused by people who “are not regulars” at the restaurant and added that the fan was not welcome to return.

Carnes, who is still undergoing treatment for his wounds at a Washington-area hospital, is trying to stay out of the dispute, Coburn said. Carnes’ mother, Rhonda, addressed a note to restaurant patrons on Facebook, saying, “Why didn’t any of you stand up for my son and daughter? And to think my son almost died for every single person in that bar, by defending all your freedom.”

The fan told the Observer, “He (Carnes) is a veteran, and I appreciate what he did for this country. But I don’t appreciate how abusive they were.”

Mia’s Thoughts-    To the panthers fans how dare you I get loud mouth assholes like you every day who think attacking someone in a wheelchair are easy and the truth is you’re cowards you pick on us because you think were the one target in the room you can beat. I don’t care what this hero was wearing he left his god damn legs in Afghanistan and the only thing that should come out of your mouth was thank you while you were laying on your couch watching ESPN and playing soldier on your x-box this man lost his legs being a real soldier and to the restaurant owners you feeble mumblings are not enough you should invite him back invite the media and publically apologize and tell him on camera losing his legs in service of his country earned him the right wear whatever football jersey he wants.

Who’s running the country while the candidates are accusing each other and denying the lies?

Our right to see our candidates is important so we can decide the vote but in the weeks and days between debates who’s running the country? Does Romney think the voters are stupid? Does he not think we can remember when he says something in January only to deny he said it in February only to reverse again in March and so on and so on and…..?

We have A 90 minute debate only to have hundreds of hours of denials and accusations and TV shows that take sides and fox TV doesn’t talk with out a hand up their back that voted republican and rush Limbaugh doesn’t speak while Romney is drinking a glass of water?

It’s exhausting , as an advocate I regularly have to have sit downs with politicians to get works started and problems fixed but all I get at the moment is “sorry its election year the member is busy denying something to the press or backing someone who said something maybe next month”

 So the world stops, soldiers come home, babies are born and accidents happen and the disabled pile up like collateral damage.  But hey Romney lied and bayner was busy saying he didn’t, and Rom Emmanuel was shouting hell yes he did, but that’s ok a war hero just committed suicide along with 17  others while you were blowing your chests out  because they couldn’t get treatment for months and benefits for years. What a shame when they needed you the only contact  they could get was a robo call from a movie star, asking you to vote for them because they kiss babies and love puppies… unless of course the puppy is in a mill and the baby was born with a disability.

Cut the bullshit folks, the solution is 2,000 years old and it works back in biblical times there was a group called the Pharisees, they were the reporters of the day except they had morals they had honor and they were anonymous. You see honorable men beyond reproach were contacted the job they had was to be at every public event in the bazaar the synagogue the senate and report there was always three not four because three meant a tie breaker they would leave and push their report through a slot in a wall they had no idea who was on the other side the people on the other side were equally beyond reproach and when they left no one knew what they did so they could not be corrupted. What they did was take what the Pharisees wrote take three reports of the same event and record them for history if someone accused someone there were three independent witnesses whose record was final. Imagine when Romney lied if suddenly a screen lit up saying you lied the Pharisees recorded that on the following days you said thus and the record scrolled showing the proof and the same for Obama and for any other elected official.

Am I the only one who thinks that every time there has to be a press conference   who did they leave hanging? What life changing vote had to be put off for another time?

We the people have you tube we have Google we have CNN the republicans have Fox their puppet they own it (bane capital owns clear water entertainment who has hannity and most of the conservative pundits including Limbaugh under contract and they own major shares in Fox) we need a modern day Pharisees to simply stop the bullshit.

And who knows 18 more wounded warriors just might make tomorrow,  because someone actually was available to do what we damn well elected them to do it when they are meant to do it and not between photo ops.

East Aurora, IL School Board Caves To Hate Group

For the school to bring this rule in the first place is to be applauded they shone a light on the life of a questioning child where there is normally only hate filled darkness. For the hate group to force them back into a place of oppression is unforgivable, if you care about the safety of our children contact the aurora illinois school district and voice your opinion.

On Monday the East Aurora, IL  Board of Education unanimously adopted a groundbreaking policy hat would benefit the trans and gender non-conforming students in their district

The new policy specifically states that transgender and gender nonconforming students have the right use the restroom that corresponds to their gender-related identity that is consistently asserted at school. The student has the right to be addressed by the name they want to be called, too.
“A court-ordered name or gender change is not required, and the student needs not change his or her official records.” it’s stated in the policy

“In no case shall a transgender student be required to use a locker room that conflicts with the student’s gender-related identity,” the policy reads.

Didn’t take long for the transphobes of the Illinois Family Association, a Southern Poverty Law Center  certified hate group to jump in and start stirring up opposition to the policy. to the point in which the East Aurora school board started wavering on doing what was right.   The pushback from groups supporting the policy was just as swift.

The Trevor Project issued a statement in support of the policy. 

“The Trevor Project is fully in support of maintaining the policy adopted unanimously by the East Aurora School Board on Monday,” stated Abbe Land, executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “Since 2010, more than 3,000 teens from Illinois have called the Trevor Lifeline in crisis, and among their top presenting problems were bullying and harassment at school. This policy will help protect the highly vulnerable transgender student population from discrimination, fear and hate that leads to bullying, increased anxiety, and elevated safety concerns on East Aurora’s campuses, and is a step that can help save lives.”

Last night the East Aurora board held another meeting.  By a 4-0 vote with three board members absent, they caved to the chrisotfascists at the Illinois Family Association and rescinded the policy the board passed on Monday to boos and cries of “Shame” and “Cowards”.

The policy had support from the overflow crowd in attendance for the meeting.   Out of the twenty people that spoke at the emergency meeting, 17 were in favor of keeping the passed policy.    One of those persons in favor of it, Victoria Beltran, who has three children in the District’s schools had this to say.

“If you go against it, there’s no reason to support you guys,” she told the board. “We need to hear everyone in our district and not people outside our district.”   Ms.Beltran was referring to the haters at the IFA, who like the cowards they are didn’t send anyone to speak at that meeting.  

Parents who are in favor of the policy are considering in conjunction with several organizations lawsuits to restore the policy, and I wouldn’t be surprised if those board members find themselves challenged in the next election cycle for caving in the face of bigotry and hatred.

The bigots and bullies of the IFA won this round because the East Aurora, IL school board was too cowardly to stand up for what they passed Monday.   If they did so out of fear they were going to lose their seats, their actions last night to rescind the policy may be what actually costs them their seats, not supporting the trans and gender variant kids of the district .  

And speaking of those trans and gender variant kids, you rescinded the policy on Spirit Day.   It’s bitterly ironic that on a day in which millions of people and allies around the country show support to trans and gender variant kids against bullying aimed at them, you East Aurora school board members caved in to the bigots and bullies of the Illinois Family Association.

That’s fracked up East Aurora school board, and shame on y’all for not being tough minded enough to stand up for the trans and gender variant kids in your district