Disability access improvements to NYC subway stations and taxis sought

imageJones poses for a portrait in front of a a handicap accessible elevator at the 179th Street F Subway Station, Sunday, October 12, 2014. Jones is a disability advocate who sits on the board of Disabled In Action and co-founded Wheely NYC, an app that helps people with disabilities navigate the subway. (Credit: Charles Eckert)

ATTENTION NEW YORKER MAGAZINE YOUR STORY ON SERVICE ANIMALS IS VERY INCORRECT

I was just reading the New Yorker magazine, the story was about the spate of fake service animals and in the story the journalist stated that all service animal handlers must carry letters from doctors, this is blatantly incorrect.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/20/pets-allowed

The Americans with disabilities act is very clear there is no paperwork carried and the only questions anyone in any business are legally allowed to ask are-

1/ IS IT A SERVICE ANIMAL?

2/ WHAT SERVICE DOES IT PROVIDE?

Yes this system may leave it’s self-open to abuse, but the abuse I am more worried about and I have personally suffered is stories like this wrongly informing people through newspapers and multimedia incorrectly that they can throw me out if I do not possess nonexistent paperwork.

I have been violently attacked in multiple establishments and police needed to be called and in every case the police backed me and threatened the restaurant with federal violations for the abuse.

Again the only information any dis or otherwise abled person using the services of a service animal is required by law to provide is

1/whether or not it is a service animal

2/ what service it provides- I.E. seizure support

Journalists stop writing fluff pieces just to fill empty space that can in this case get people hurt seriously hurt.

Service animals such as my Zeus save my life every day, he provides support every time I have a seizure and knows what’s needed when PTSD hits I would not be alive today without Zeus.

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Remember every day 21 returned soldiers commit suicide because of PTSD when the simple companionship of a trained dog could lower those numbers.

So which is more important human life or selling newspapers?

Politicians love to throw the term “founding fathers around” but have they ever read their words?

GAY MARRIAGE IS WRONG THE FOUNDING FATHERS SAID SO

WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, THE FOUNDING FATHERS GUARANTEED IT

GIVE THE POWER TO THE STATES IT’S WHAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS WANTED

The republicans, every time they are cornered without an intelligent thought at their reach grab at the founding fathers and blame them or claim they say it is wrong! But have they ever actually read the words the founding fathers wrote? The thoughts they had the intent behind their declarations?

The republican party of the United States claims moral high ground, but they are constantly outed for serious acts of immorality. They claim to be devout grass roots Christians but they are arrested for dui  and divorced for infidelity.

They regularly spout medical claims on the workings of the female anatomy that are so ridiculous that any mere micron of intelligence they may have had is called immediately into question.

Thomas Jefferson wrote “every generation must have a revolution” in his time it meant the taking of arms against the oppressor.  Another founding father once declared that “for the tree of liberty to survive and grow every few generations it must be watered with the blood of patriots”

We the people no matter what party affiliation, hopefully in 2014 have moved passed the literal spilling of blood and can use the technology of the day to fight to shine a light under the bushel of those who would stand against us.

We marched for 17 years before we were finally granted the freedom for we the gay community to marry, The states now over 40 of them are falling into line like dominoes. Just last week 6 in one day granted the right for gays to marry.

We the disabled fought for our rights until in the last quarter of the 20th century we finally won the Americans with disabilities act into law.

Yet with all our rights granted we stand idly by while the ADA is the most under enforced act in federal law, and stop and frisk walks all over the civil rights act an act that blood was spilled to guarantee fair and equal treatment of people of color. But do we shout hell no? Do we come out in numbers to vote? No we still roll our wheelchairs on broken streets and crawl down subway staircases because elevators never work if they exist at all.

We are the generation that is being walked and rolled over by a republican party that on the night a black president was elected held a dinner party where in that room they all agreed their only responsibility until they got him out of office was to vote down everything he and the democrats put up for vote?

So because Obama is guilty of being president while black, we the people returned vets,the disabled, immigrants from all over the world, women and people of color will continue to suffer because the republicans decided that Obama could walk into congress with the secret to world peace in one hand arm in arm with Arabs and Israelis loving each other and a cure for cancer in the other and the republicans would call foul and order another investigation into Benghazi!

So let’s stop whining we the people,we this generation are overdue for a revolution. Forget tea into a harbor or dying at our Alamo, lets hold all politicians to their word irrelevant of party and let them know if equality and freedom for all is not enforced as rule of law, if women do not get equal pay for equal work, if minimum wage is not brought up to a level where workers can live in dignity and speaking of dignity our veterans our finest our bravest can come home and whether physically wounded or living with PTSD  can recieve competent care when they need it not when the fed decides it is a good photo op for re-election then they won’t be re-elected.

Bring home our veterans now, keep your election promises and get out of other countries fights. The middle east with all its factions have been fighting since the time of Christ and will be fighting 2,000 years from now, whether were there or not. So let’s come home and spend the money on our own people, stop homelessness amongst veterans,a hero coming home to live in a public park is our greatest shame. Eighty percent of all homeless veterans live with untreated mental illness, re-organize the VA or get rid of it and pay for private care for veterans.

Why is this rant on a blog for the disabled? Because when any person or group acts in such a deleterious manner to the wellbeing of its citizens they are creating a future generation of dis and otherwise abled people.

We have homeless vets and vets living below the poverty line with employment?

Stop employing TSA recruits from the gang bangers are us club and reward trained men and women you have already trusted with the defense of the nation by giving them jobs in TSA when they leave the military.

People ask me why I am so angry, I ask why they are not? Without an angry nation we will eventually have no nation at all. Step up education, reclaim the titles America once held of number one in sciences and math’s and engineering and yes space exploration. The sad thing is 90% of our phone technology comes from a small country the size of new jersey we love to hate called Israel. We a country of 300 million are the best at killing and invading but  last in the list at creating anything worthwhile.

We have an election in less than 2 months if you don’t stand up in revolution at the disgusting standards that our congress and senate present then stop whining you get what you give and ultimately what you deserve.

Huge congratulations to ‪#‎MalalaYousafzai‬ and Kailash Satyarthi for winning the ‪#‎NobelPeacePrize‬!

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‪‎Malala‬ is now the youngest winner of this prize ever. Our Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: “Malala’s staunch and fearless advocacy has amplified the voices of girls who might otherwise remain unheard. She knows that a full education is essential for girls to flourish and participate as equals in life. More than that, as they grow to their full potential in society, their voices, participation and leadership are crucial elements in economic prosperity, inclusive societies, and sustainable peace and security. Empowered girls like Malala are the best drivers of growth, the best hope for reconciliation in conflict, and the best buffer against the radicalization of youth and the repetition of cycles of violence.” Read her full statement: http://owl.li/Czz8a ‪#‎dayofthegirl‬
Photo credit: UN Women

Everyone knows people in wheelchair can’t……….

When you’re in a wheelchair people are always giving you bigoted attitudes, telling you what you can and can’t do.
Everyone always knows someone who knows someone who sat next to someone on a bus who read an article about people in wheelchairs and hell with those qualifications surely a Nobel Prize in medicine is just around the corner.
I was told by a woman in a bar “that everyone knows people like you can’t do sport you’re all useless cripples”
Recently I was told by a dress boutique owner who didn’t have wheelchair access “why would you want nice clothes? Where do your kind ever go to wear them?
About six months ago I was climbing at Brooklyn boulders and I had climbed a difficult wall about six times in 2 hours the last time I climbed a 5.10 route which for an able bodied climber is hard but with just your arms is accomplished and I was having a break with a health bar and some coconut water. Suddenly a woman who was watching some children climb blurted out “it must be sad “Sad? Why I asked “well she said having to sit and watch others do something you can’t” can’t? Yes I was in a wheelchair but I was wearing a black diamond climbing rig expensive climbing shoes a chalk bag on my hip and chalk all over my hands, but she looked passed all of that ignoring it all because I had wheels under my ass?
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In the Jim Crowe days people had blinders on when they saw a person of color, it could have been ghandi or desmond tutu or nelson Mandela holding a cure for cancer in one hand a letter from god in the other but if they were black they used the back door and sat on the back of the bus and if they went near a white woman they met the KKK.
Woman have for generations lived under a glass ceiling, having to work five times as hard to be recognized but never getting more than 70 cents on the dollar of any man doing the same job.
We the people of tribe wheels under our ass have all of that in spades, imagine going back to 1960 being a black woman in a wheelchair?
Listen folks, if you want me to pay taxes then do something that affects me with it, if you want us to be quiet little gimps you got it wrong. Until we can get off and on a train at every stop, until I can shop at every stop eat at a restaurant when I want I won’t go away I won’t be quiet none of us ever should silence only ever serves the oppressor.

The dis and otherwise abled community of this world are equally as capable of achieving as anyone else, and in many ways better. Because like the black community, like the women of this world we have had to find new better more efficient ways to do the same things everyone else does, but do them better just to be considered anywhere near equal.
When were in a spinal unit with someone catheterizing us, wiping our ass,feeding us and sponge bathing us we have our dignity on hold We don’t ask we steal it back.From that day forward we take everything back and accept no limitations, because just like the woman in the bar the woman with the dress shop the people putting the limitations on us have no idea they never will because if they did they would have wheels under their ass and until they do they are not on our radar and are of no consequence to us because they are not one of us.

Well-meaning people work as social workers for us, advocates for us, lawyers for us and doctors for us, they can tell us what the texts books say we feel what we suffer how our bodies should react but only we, the people with the disabilities actually know what all those things really feel like.
So next time you see some in the chair block out the chair and see the person, if you’re in a climbing gym don’t count out that they may be a climber,if they’re in your dress shop don’t assume they’re with someone else ask what size they are and give them equal service because we have hopes dreams and aspirations people who loves and we love people we shop we holiday we compete and were probably better at it than you.
We are humans, all we want is to be treated as such and not like so much damaged goods.

Courtesy, common, the human race is sad to announce the passing of this beloved tradition. Funeral to be announced!

Rolling down the train platform at flushing main st station this morning and a rather rotund Chinese woman suddenly appeared dangerously close in front of me causing me to come to a screeching halt, being barely seven thirty am I said in a normal voice “
excuse me” to which my rotund friend screamed FUCKING EXCUSE ME ? YOU NO SAY EXCUSE ME and the screaming about how dare I talk I talk to her continued for several minutes.

Now when I grew up if that happened the rotund woman would’ve said politely “oh I’m sorry didn’t see you” to which I would’ve replied ” no it’s quite alright” or some similar polite exchange.

It really wasn’t until the wheels under my ass became permanent that I realized just how animalistic society has become,I get all the usual responses like ” it’s Newyork get used to it” but as I have written before since when is geography an excuse for inhumanity?

Since the dawn of time country folk have said city folk were rude and mid town has accused uptown of a lack of couth and the apples five boroughs all each claim to be better than e other but sorry big apple not only when it comes to manners has the worm infested the apple the worm died and the Apple is putrefied.
Before my Aussie friends and London friends. All cry aloud “oh no would never happen here ” just because you have a sweeter accent doesn’t make the rudeness any more bearable.
wake up world isil and alqueda don’t have to take down our society from outside with a total lack of manners caring and compassion for one and another they can in short order simply buy the ruins at a garage sale!

Help raise epilepsy awareness

All of my regular readers Know I have lived all my life with serious Epilepsy, and the problem with epilepsy is it is the least understood of any of the neurological disorders.
Because of the myth and legend surrounding it any chance I get to promote awareness I take the chance.
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So whether you live with it or know someone who does please repost this to raise awareness.