Today on abc7 there was a story about a couple with cerebral palsy who regularly went to a food court to do the wife’s work of book review using her I-pad, today some scumbags decided the couple were ripe for the picking and grabbed the iPad and ran?

Who robs the disabled you ask? A lot of people, well scumbags maybe not people.
The first case that comes to mind is the Famous wheelchair extreme sports man Aaron Wheelz fotheringham, wheelz  went to test drive a new car, he climbed out of his wheelchair up into the suv and left his chair on the curb. When he came back from the test drive his beloved chair “slammy” had been stolen.

Since my disabilities deteriated to the point where I was fulltime in a wheelchair, I also have been victimized
I have been followed from a pharmacy and tipped and robbed by a group,
I have been followed down a subway platform and robbed,
I have had my backpack ripped off my back
I have been attacked in my chair and punched till I fell out of my chair.
Every day on my blog I receive e-mails from people attacked who want to know how to be safe, I want to tell them it’s a one of a kind thing but it’s not.

I’m sorry folks in every crowd on every train, in every bus, in every shopping mall and on every street corner there are monsters. Not the under the bed kind that daddy makes go away, I’m talking about the lowlife who thinks the world owes him a living. He or she is not from one race or religion, They’re not always in a gang but one thing they have in common is the total lack of morals and ethics and that readers never has anything to do with ethnicity or nationality and knows no boundaries or borders.
When I speak to authorities most are sympathetic but there are a lot of the opinion
“You’re asking for it, you shouldn’t be out without a nurse or a family member”
The above opinion belongs back in the dark ages, because as the average wheelie proves every day, we can do anything any able bodied upright person can do and we usually do it better and cooler,




So how do we stay safe?
1/ know you’re neighborhood, your streets

2/ find a sanctuary? What is sanctuary it’s the coffee shop where they know you it’s the restaurant that loves your service dog and respects your space when your chair is in the restaurant and treats you no different.

3/ Always have a person expecting you to be somewhere, if you don’t get there they call you if they can’t get you they know what route you took because you always take that route.

4/ make your vehicle safe, that doesn’t mean weapons it means a gps on your vehicle so your loved ones know where to find you when you don’t call, make sure you keep the engine healthy so if you need to plant the foot you can get the hell out of there.

5/ If someone is blocking you’re way ,blocking your car, now this is important and this will get me in trouble but it’s true,


Just because we have wheels under our asses doesn’t mean we are less than,we should accept less than, or we should allow ourselves to be considered less than.

We are amazing individuals who have survived hell and will only accept an amazing future because we damn well deserve it so



Food allergies can be deadly and disabling so why are they not taken seriously.

Everyone knows about peanut allergies and shellfish and they are serious allergies but the people who suffer from them can if they choose still eat lamb chicken steak hamburgers and hotdogs, in short an average carnivorous diet.
Now if I say vegan most carnivores’ picture peace loving hippies sitting cross-legged on a cushion chanting Om, most people consider it a choice that has no medical complications!
Well There are people like me amongst the vegan community who while we believe that there is no need for so called humane slaughter (no such thing exists) and are now devout vegans we started out vegan because of birth defect or in my case violent injury prohibiting our ability to digest anything animal related which includes.
Any dairy product whatsoever
Any flesh (yes fish is an animal and considered flesh)
Stock cubes (they’re dried up dead animal)
Liquid stock

So in short, my stomach and digestive system lacks the organs or natural ability to digest or break down or tolerate in any way any of the above or any dish containing them. Consumption of the above in the minimum ends up with severe vomiting in the worst collapse, hospitalization stomach pumping even surgery.
This in my case is because in my twenties I was stabbed with a very large blade cuting me from breast to pubis and saving my life meant taking out most of what digests any of the above.

Now Imagine what is required to live this way? when I lived back in Australia I managed a clothing store next to a sandwich shop and each day I ordered lunch. Now the owner knew to take precautions when preparing my food but one day he was sick, That day his wife cut a chicken sandwich then cut my tofu wrap without cleaning the knife or using a new one.
I consumed the wrap and hour later collapsed in agony clutching my stomach, my agony was caused by The small amount of juices from the chicken sanwhich on the knife that was mixed into my sandwhich when it was cut was enough to send me to the ER!

I have dozens of stories like that, so for me to find a diner or café I trust is huge they are few and far between, well until this sunday past we thought the verandah restaurant on northern boulevard bayside queens was such a place.
They are a Greek restaurant that we started going to for brunch on Sundays, and they had till this weekend been careful.

But ordering my meal goes something like this “hi I am interested in the hummus salad wrap but I need to know how the hummus, the wrap the dressing the salad are made and then how they are cooked and if the chef cooks them on the same surface as meat does he change knives and utensils for vegan food if you can go ask we’ll wait?”
So the verandah used to bring safe Italian bread and olive oil for dipping, this week they changed it to pita bread hot and Greek dips so of course we went through the usual duty of care and could only have one dip we were assured everything was safe ? Little did we know?
My wrap was taking a while so I ate a fair bit of the pita, when my wrap arrived I was sweating and clammy and overheated but I ate it. Within five minutes of finishing I threw it all back up plus my breakfast and was feeling like I was about to pass out.

The manager was called he assured me it wasn’t them, then I asked how he heated the pita? He replied on the hamburger flat grill? I said “so you heated my bread on the flat plate where you cook omelettes pancakes hamburgers steaks fish?” Yes he replied I was flabbergasted I said to him “when you have sauce left how do you eat it?” he replied “I sop it with bread” exactly I replied because bread sops everything up like a sponge.
A light went on, he had heated the bread of someone who could end up in surgery just from the small amount of chicken juice from cutting a sandwich on the same grill as every meat dish and breakfast eggs he had ever cooked in a 400 seat restaurant? My pita was flavored with every dead animal and dairy product they had on the menu?

If you Have fries and like me can’t eat animal product, potatos like bread absorb five times their weight in oil. That is the oil flavored by the fried fish, the fried prawns, the fried schnitzel and veal parm in short your fries are animal infused ?
Do you ever consider the cooking method of your meal when you’re out? The waiter tells the nut allergy sufferer no nuts are in their food but did the apprentice just finely chop walnuts on the same chopping board as the parsley for your pasta? If so I guarantee the best he did was a quick wipe with a rag so your parsley is infused with enough nut dust to make you vomit if not cause an unwanted ride to hospital?

To all of us who live with life threatening disabling allergies please be vigilant your dinner partners might get bored but at least you won’t get dead nothing kills the dinner conversation like a corpse at the table!
To the restaurant and diner owners if you think Zagat’s can kill business with a bad rating or a C on your window will turn away customers see what ABC prime time news will do for it with a headline like “disabled woman dies at city eatery because chefs didn’t listen to allergy warnings”
Yes the manager of verandah comped the meal but only after 45 minutes of arguing it couldn’t have been them, well nick if it had been more than the juice (say the cheese that was in the salad we had to send back because the waitress didn’t get cheese came from animals) 4 minutes can be the difference between life and death 45 would be the difference between my widow suing you for so much money your unborn grandchildren would owe us!
Instead of arguing from your total lack of medical knowledge whether “that little piece of cheese won’t hurt” just listen and make a note and make sure your chef your lady plating your waiter delivering get the memo and we all leave happy but even more important we all leave alive!

Manhattan physicians group, Group of what? unprofessional dolts, stupidity really does trickle down from the top.

Well a lot of people think large groups of doctors under one roof make care convenient, one stop shopping if you like?
Or a collection of incompetent idiots all in one building you hope for the first fear the latter.

I grew up spoiled in the medical field my GP(Internist) is almost 90 and still practicing, and when I visited BJ recently after a 15 year gap when I was home he could from his memory alone recite every treatment he ever prescribed and every medication and dosage I had ever been on yes the one and only BJ Cormie of north east rd. medical practice campbelltown Adelaide south Australia.
Then there was my neurologist, SIR James(jim) Manson the head of pediatric neurology for the royal Adelaide children’s hospital (now the women’s and children’s hospital) in Adelaide south Australia. He was a world recognized genius in his field and he also treated me and my son who was also born with epilepsy. The gentlemen above cared, they were the best in their field yet both worked by choice in a small town in Australia with a population of less than one million.

So one would think if you could get that standard of care thirty years ago in a town of less than one million people, then in 2014 in New York with a population of over 8 million it would be base level for standard of care? Right.
Now I have lived here 16 years and have had
1/a surgical resident who thought a pre op transsexual was pregnant

2/a surgical resident who thought a week old cat scratch was fresh surgical scar from vein surgery

3/ a gastroenterologist who ordered surgical tests for possible cancer for a patient on magnesium when a first year med student knows magnesium causes diaharea and she was ordering the tests because of that.

4/ A doctor who wanted to prescribe Viagra to a post op transsexual

5/ a doctor who asked a paraplegic if they could walk to x-ray
and the list could go on for years.

This Monday past after over 4 weeks of waiting for a call back that would always be promised within hours, I received an appointment for a urologist that was so far away in a non-accessible subway area I had to roll 8 miles in a manual wheelchair to get there. Now the appointment was 2.30 so I got there at 1.30 to see if there was a cancellation, I was told no but she was running on time.
I had Zeus with me so the entire staff gathered around and cooed and restrained themselves from patting him barely.

Also to back track a little to do due diligence we went online to check out this practice and rang them to get their exact address. We were told 215 east 95th st east side Manhattan and on their website a beautiful up market building entrance is shown and on the phone the woman said “come to the door of 215 east 95th st and were right there”!
So I get to 215 and attempt to enter and no less than 4 burly security guards stop me, they demanded to know what I wanted in their building. I told them I had an appointment, they informed me that there were no doctors they were an upscale apartment building. I got out my I-pad and showed them the website, and the picture. Sure enough the picture and the address was the apartment building not the medical practice building.
So after ten minutes of muscle show they told me the medical practice was in the basement but had their own entrance on the next street and their number was not 215. So I was lead down the garbage elevator past the rooms with the buildings equipment and staff locker rooms, down a hundred yard passage way to a waiting room that was actually on 96th st and left.
There was no reception, no staff so I asked another patient and was pointed down another hallway which took me all the way back up the hill I had just come down but underground from reception to a room marked Q. So yes I had to roll past 17 other medical practices to find them, it had taken 22 minutes from entering the building where I was told to find them ! That should have been my warning.
Every 15 minutes I asked and was told dr trop was on time, during the wait a Russian woman came out and heard me speaking Russian to Zeus so she sat down in nurses scrubs and we chatted, she never told me she was the practice supervisor.
So Ella got there and it was appointment time, now at 2.25pm we were told she was running five –ten minutes late then suddenly at 2.30pm we were told she was running 2-3hours late and we should just sit and wait?
We asked to see the practice supervisor and who should appear but the Russian woman who had been telling 5-10minutes late right up till 5 minutes before, and according to her the three hour wait happened every day and we should suck it up?
Ella read them the riot act got their corporate number and address and we left. So Tuesday Ella walks to their midtown office and tells them what happened ,their first response was big deal why shouldn’t someone told 5 minutes suddenly have to wait 3 hours!now remember this isn’t a public emergency room this is an expensive private practice.
After Ella finished with them they had found a replacement doctor 25 blocks closer (only 6 miles to roll this time) and assured us the practice was informed the appointment book rearranged and a doctor had been read in and I had an appointment for tomorrow which is Friday?
Sounds good right

So that was Tuesday, Wednesday we get a call confirming in the morning ,then in the afternoon we get another call “that doctor never practices Friday you have to reappoint” ???

So not only does incompetence and stupidity trickle down from the top, so does lying? No doctor was read in or spoken to, no appointment book was cleared they just used the old “lie to them ” to get them out of the building.
yeah Hippocrates would have rolled over in his grave at this representation of medicine.

So, we have *medical practices who steal someone else’s front door for their website

* lie to you about where they are

*they suddenly after you have been there an hour tell you to sit down and shut up and wait 3 hours

*then their management lies to you
1/THEY set up appointments with doctors who know nothing about IT
2/they make arrangement on days their not there But you get called the troublemaker?


Australian Labor party to block payment scheme for intellectually disabled workers

The Australian Labor party is seeking to amend the legislation to allow workers to accept a payment without giving up their right to pursue other claims. Photo: Jessica Hromas
Labor will oppose Coalition proposals which would require intellectually disabled workers to waive their right to make discrimination claims in return for a payment.

The Senate is considering Abbott government proposals for a scheme to provide payments to workers whose wages were calculated using a tool which the Federal Court found discriminated against people with intellectual disability.

Under the scheme, in return for a payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their owed wages, workers, some of whom were paid less than $1 an hour, would give up their right to sue the government for back pay.

But Labor will seek to amend the legislation to allow workers to accept a payment without giving up their right to pursue other claims.

Labor will also seek to strengthen safeguards around provisions which would allow the secretary of the Department of Social Services to appoint a person to accept a payment on behalf of a worker.

The government announced the payment scheme proposal in January after law firm Maurice Blackburn lodged a class action to recover lost wages for the 10,000 workers.

If the government does not accept its amendments, Labor will vote against the bill.

“Labor wants to ensure people with disability can find work and receive fair pay for the work they do,” Labor’s spokeswoman on disability reform, Jenny Macklin said.

“Labor urges the government to get on with putting in place a long-term solution that will see people with disability receive fair pay, and ensure people with disability have every right to work.”

Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield said late on Wednesday that Labor had not circulated its amendments, but he hoped it was not seeking to scuttle the bill, and deprive people with disability of the choice to receive payments from the proposed scheme.

“This would leave them with no option but to participate in a potentially lengthy legal battle with an uncertain outcome,” Senator Fifield said.

Senator Fifield has previously warned there was a risk of job losses if the payment scheme was blocked, because disability enterprises had raised concerns about the potential financial threat arising from accruing contingent liability.

The Greens appear likely to also vote against the scheme, but it could still pass with the support of the Palmer United Party and other crossbench senators. The Palmer United Party’s position was unclear late on Wednesday.

Groups including People with Disability Australia, the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, the National Council on Intellectual Disability, and Disability Advocacy Network Australia this week sent a letter to senators urging them to reject the bill, and calling on the government to negotiate a compensation settlement with the workers.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has granted the Commonwealth an exemption from the Disability Discrimination Act to allow disability enterprises to continue paying workers wages assessed using the discriminatory tool until April next year.

Senator Fifield last week announced $173 million in funding to help disability employers move to new wage arrangements.

An ‘ex-gay’ pastor has been arrested over accusations that he sexually assaulted a teenage boy.

As my readers know I am not a member of the christian Faith but I can go toe to wheel with any christian qouting verse and chapter of all versions of the bible.
There is a verse in the bible that goes something like ” beware of those who come in the last days in my name for I know them not”
This pervert screams he is a man of god so loud the children he molests screaming god no can’t be heard.

Duane Youngblood, who is a pastor at the Higher Call World Outreach Church in Pittsburgh, in 2006 wrote a book titled: “Freedom From Homosexuality: No Longer Living The Lie”
However, according to CBS, he has been arrested, after allegedly assaulting a teenage boy dozens of times between 2009 and 2011.
The victim, who is now 21, told police he was assaulted over a period of two and a half years, while Youngblood was supposed to be counselling him in the church.
According to the complaint, during the victim’s first counselling session, when he was 16, Youngblood took him to a back room and asked him to pull his trousers down, before touching him inappropriately.
Across 30 to 40 counselling sessions, the victim claims that abuse took place in around 25 of them.
The complaint says that after one incident, Youngblood told the victim: “We are not going to speak about this.”
The complaint also says that Youngblood showed a pornographic video to the victim on his computer, and asked him if he liked it.
Youngblood was previously sentenced to one year of intermediate punishment and seven years’ probation in 2006, after he was accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy.

You say I attract trouble, I say what happened that so many think the disabled are fair game?

Noone who knows me will argue with the next statement, “I am a hot head I can’t stand but I don’t stand for bullshit” You can, to use the sweet American term “cuss” me out all day up hill and down dale but where I come from people have manners
When I grew up and when my son was brought, up you stepped aside for the aged, the pregnant and the disabled, you said please and thankyou and excuse me.
Yesterday Ella and I decided we needed new towels and sheets so we have a major shopping mall near us, like a small westfield. So we rolled about 20 blocks to get there.
As we got a block from the entrance we had to travel under a bridge, now the local county is refurbishing the underside so half the side walk is taken by construction fence, the amount left is so narrow if I go fast my wheels drop into the gutter so it is slowly slowly going.
As we got to the brick wall that is the start of the bridge the sidewalk narrows from 8 feet to barely 30 inches ( my chairs width) As we closed on the start of the narrow section with less than 12 inches between my chair and the wall a middle aged Chinese guy without saying a word stepped over my lap and my wheels coming so close to my thigh I would swear in a court of law he wasn’t wearing underwear because I felt the goods drag across my thigh!

By the time I said it he was ten feet in front, he turned and in a very heavy Asian accent started screaming something about “fuck you you no say thing you motherfucker fuck you shut the fuck up”
Stunned at the f-bomb tirade I said out loud “WOW WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT” so from then on he spent the rest of the 100 or so feet under the bridge and the 50 yards from the bridge to the crosswalk directly before the entrance to call me everything he could that had the word fuck or mother fucker in it.
As fate would have it we arrived at the police and security controlled crosswalk at the same time, but with three or four people between us. The whole time he kept up the f-bomb tirade, but it all changed as we started to cross the crosswalk, he realizing he couldn’t scare me started in on Ella he called her first a fucking whore stunned I said “ what the fuck did you say?” his reply “fuck you and your fucking slut” Well as my Adelaide friends can tell you, when we grew up you can f-bomb us all day but you insult our mom our sisters our wives or any other female member of the clan and you will apologize.
Whenever I cross any cross walk to get up the other side I have to speed up to make it up the ramp in one go, so as I did this he stopped on the other side continuing to call Ella disgusting names. I spun to face him and screamed “you called my wife what?” Before I could prepare he punched me with both hands in the chest and my chair flipped backwards and my head smacked the ground.
Well it happened infront of two licenced security guys one an off duty NYPD officer, he was screaming he did nothing wrong security told him to shut up.
The police arrived and he was charged with felony 1st grade assault and damage to property ( yes my poor chair).

I posted a brief account on face book an old high school friend whom I love dearly comented and another woman made a comment to the effect “you attract crazies” the comment annoyed me.
Why did it annoy me? Yes in the last 6 months I have been hit by a hit and run driver and now this. On the surface I attract crazies, but if we give into that we are giving into the real problem. That problem is we have a generation of people that have drunk the koolaid and think manners are a waste of time, and respect was just the bridge to an Aretha franklin song.
Parents these days allow the household electronics to raise their children, they outsource everything they can to after school activities and the closest kids get these days to playing out side after school is playing Farmville on their computer or smart phone.
There is no family module to tell the children that respect is necessary, that antisocial behavior such as described above should never be tolerated. It’s not just the kids, and I’m sorry you can call me racist but there is a link missing in the Asian immigrant community in New York.
I have lived in flushing, Queens New York for 9 years, 90% of my neighborhood are Korean or Chinese. No matter how nice you are, no matter how hard you try they never speak to non Asians. They never say excuse me, they never say sorry, they push past you roughly and they act like the fool above. Their children are left to run around stores they are never told to stop, they will run up and deliberately scream in my service dogs face or throw objects at him and the parents laugh. If you dare say as I had to yesterday ”please keep your child away from my dog “you get abused. No I am not exaggerating, no I am not being racist, don’t believe me? come visit and walk a little behind me.
They do not like to even see the disabled on the street, I have had them scream at me “I shouldn’t have to see ugly disabled you should stay home”.
The really sad thing Is I have been to their native lands and in those countries they are polite, it seems when they landed at jfk and were asked “anything to declare” they said yes I am American now I will be rude obstinant and uncaring. They turned the American dream into the American nightmare for anyone not of their race.
I chose to live here because of my experiences in their countries, I am Buddhist I live on Asian food and try my hardest to be a good neighbor, sadly it is truly a one sided affair .
So to my Aussie friend no I don’t attract crazies, society has fallen so far that people think so little of anyone other than themselves that they would sink morally low enough to condone attacks on the disabled and elderly. To blame the disabled victim is as equally heinous as telling a woman she got raped because of her mini skirt.
It’s not just America it is the entire modern world, wake up parents stop phoning it in stop allowing youtube and Instagram to shape the future of your children, and to my immigrant neighbors leave your manners in your luggage and unpack them respectfully you need them here just like you need them back home.

Wheelchair user forced to crawl up 2 flights of stairs at subway station

Another adventure on NYC thanks to how unpredictable our subway system is here, myself, my partner and my service dog were told that the subway at Queensboro Plaza that we normally take into Manhattan was not running, but of course that wasn’t revealed until we got there. We were assured that there would be a fully wheelchair accessible trip if we stayed on the 7 train to Grand Central and then took the 4 to Union Sq. Sure we got to Union Square ok but then found there were no elevators from the platform to where the elevators to the street level existed. nice! So off I went, with Ella carrying my chair and walking the service dog… I pushed myself by my arms up two sets of stairs.

Congrats MTA