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Settlement requires Carnival cruise lines to improve ships for disabled passengers

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reposted from a story online By Tom Stieghorst / July 24, 2015

The Justice Department and Carnival Corp. have entered a sweeping civil settlement that will provide increased rights for disabled cruise passengers.
The agreement requires Carnival to modify 42 existing ships and seven ships under construction following a survey of their compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.
Three percent of the cabins on 49 ships will be accessible according to three levels of accessibility: fully accessible cabins, fully accessible cabins with a single-side approach to the bed, and ambulatory accessible cabins. Another 13 ships will be subject to possible remediation if they continue to be in service in U.S. ports four years after the agreement is entered.
The ships sail for Carnival Corp.’s three largest North American brands: Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.
In addition, Carnival will provide ADA training for its employees.
Carnival’s reservations systems will be modified so that disabled passengers can reserve accessible cabins and suites with specific available options and amenities, and to guarantee reservations for accessible cabins.
The settlement says Carnival’s website and mobile apps will meet a particular standard for disabled access. Also, Carnival will appoint several ADA compliance officers shoreside and have an ADA shipboard officer for each ship.
Finally, Carnival will pay a $55,000 civil penalty to the government and $350,000 in damages to “individuals harmed by past discrimination.”
The settlement results from an investigation of complaints by the Justice Department. Carnival officials cooperated throughout the process, the department said.
Among the complaints were allegations that the company failed to properly provide and reserve accessible cabins for individuals with mobility disabilities; reasonably modify policies, practices and procedures to accommodate individuals with disabilities; afford individuals with disabilities the same opportunities to participate in programs and services, including embarkation and disembarkation; and provide effective communication during muster and emergency drills.
In a statement, Carnival said it was pleased to reach the agreement in a cooperative effort with the government.
“We have historically maintained a strong focus on accessibility and have a longstanding track record of meeting the needs of all our guests,” Carnival said.

Children With Disabilities Handcuffed as a Means of Punishment, Lawsuit Alleges

Reposted from a story already online By ALISON KENWORTHY and CARISSA TJIA via GOOD MORNING AMERICA

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A deputy sheriff in Kentucky allegedly violated the rights of two children with disabilities by handcuffing them as a means of punishment, according to a federal lawsuit.

Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner and Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn are named in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The Kenton County Sheriff’s Department says it will not comment until it reviews the lawsuit.

The children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, according to the lawsuit.

One of the incidents – involving an 8-year-old boy – was captured on video released by the American Civil Liberties Union. The third-grader could be seen crying out in pain in the video after the handcuffs were locked around his biceps. The video was recorded in the fall of 2014.

A second student, a 9-year-old girl, was also handcuffed twice in the fall of 2014, according to the lawsuit.
The children “experienced pain, fear, and emotional trauma, and an exacerbation of their disabilities” as a result of being handcuffed, according to the ACLU and attorneys for the children’s parents.

Kenyon Meyer, an attorney for the boy’s family, said the boy’s behavior is related to his ADHD.

“Handcuffs have no place in schools with little children who are having discipline issues,” Meyer said.

The ACLU is calling for an end to shackling children, saying it does more harm than good.

“Using law enforcement to discipline students with disabilities only serves to traumatize children,” Susan Mizner, disability counsel for the ACLU, said in a statement.

“It makes behavioral issues worse and interferes with the school’s role in developing appropriate educational and behavioral plans for them.”

The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a declaration that handcuffing the children violated their rights

Social stupidity sometimes is the worse disability of all

When you meet someone socially you have a big decision, does it stay purely social? And by that I mean they never have your number or your address they are just Starbucks buddies, or do they become as the munchkins call it BFF’S?
I made a huge Mistake, I met a kid a cute kid, a smart kid and a seemingly cool kid but a kid all the same.
She said she was talented at IT so being benevolent I offered to help her out, so I recommended her to a few people and then it started “I’m broke” “I need money” “where’s the work” “when is it happening”. All I said was I would recommend the child I never hired them.
So then the shit starts, when did it become ok to abuse, to insult to put down someone who was trying to get you work?
Let me see “You’re over bearing,“ “you’re hypocritical” “you talk too much” but oh yeah can you get me a job? Yep the diagnosis is in social stupidity.

When does a declared adult get their mummy to call you because they want you do more to get them a job? yes she actually got her mommy to call
Then she didn’t have the intelligence to understand that a joke was actually a joke?
When it was pointed out to her that it was a joke the shit hits the fan AGAIN

I’m in my 50’s maybe it was the parental instinct, maybe it was I just like helping people, But when I was coming up you didn’t bite the hand that feeds you, you don’t say in one breath “fuck you” and in the next “employ me”
I don’t want to change, I don’t want to be forced to stop helping people if I can, But I have clothes older than this child and maybe I am expecting adult attitudes from someone who still deals with acne and thinks responsibility is a grunge band in Portland?.
I think I will come up with some questions like
1/do you know what Motown is?
2/ name three characters from classic literature (not written by dc comics or marvel)
3/ name three artists at Woodstock (not the bird in Charlie brown)
4/ and is a balloon payment A/ a purchase at chucky cheese
B/ a condom run at midnight
C/ a bank transaction
I could come up with others, but I think the final test should be whether the blank stare in their eyes kicks in when you talk anything intelligent.
A good test for you readers
A/ if the rap they’re listening to “samples someone who you listened to as a teen” you should probably run.
B/ If you buy a new outfit and they say “my mum has one just like it” you should probably run
C/If they use tweet speak in conversation run run run.

I suppose I just had to realize that some people are amusing over coffee but when you take home it is like that Massimo dress from target, it looked good on the rack but makes you itch when you have it for a while.

Remember when you saw your parents through the kitchen window and not face time?

I don’t care if 17 year old jenner has fake tits, I don’t care if she promotes snake oil or flys to canada because she can get drunk legally there.
I don’t care if kim kardashian names her kids after every point on the compass, I care that gays are still treated second class and I care about black deaths in custody.
I care that a limp dick dentist can only get hard killing sentient beings and I care that young boys sent to war are coming home broken men.
I care that there are now more men of color incarcerated that there were ever slaves in the united states and I care that schools are collapsing and the VA cheats soldiers.
I care that we take donald trump seriously instead of demanding integrity from all who run for office, and I care that people still can’t take the science as fact that the world is warming.
In short I am sick of uncaring unconsequential bullshit taking precedent over things that matter, and I care we keep making stupid people famous.

Stop blaming the media folks, you turn on the tv ,you click on the link, you blow up twitter, you make stupid famous.
If you don’t click the link they just remain ordinary stupid and this globe might just still have a fighting chance.
Six year olds don’t need cell phones or shoes that light up, they need a back yard, a park a coloring book, and an encouraged imagination where bed sheets are camelot and the family dog becomes a dragon.
Let them get dirty, let them skin a knee let them catch frogs and lizards and when they hand you a toy phone answer it like its real.
Give them a book before an I-pad, teach them where food comes from and for godsake drive past fast food instead of thru.
Be the first person they see in the morning and the last they see at night,and next time they ask a question pick up a book together.
Take them to the library to join instead of the gamers store or the apple franchise.
Be there when they kick a goal and when their heart gets broken for the first time be a parent!

We gotta get out of this place if it’s the last thing we ever do

The more I go out in New York amongst the people the more I realize I have only two choices
, 1/ re- enact the movie falling down starring Michael Douglas
2/ get my ass out of dodge to our land and breathe the air in an idiot free space.

Ella and I went to a street fair today and as we moved through the crowd I would be forced to become a broken record, “excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, excuse me wheelchair” and no one moves, no one acts like they hear me then when I ask louder they scream at me and tell me things like “wheelchair stay home wheelchair ugly no one want to see go away”
First I feel hurt then I feel demoted to a lower cast then I get blood angry and to quote the hulk “why do people make me angry no one will like me when I’m angry”
I have people who ignore me and hope the wheelchair will disappear, I have ghetto princesses telling me “you tripping bitch I aint moving for no gimp” and stand their ground so we can’t pass.
Forget the zombie apocalypse one has to make the huge assumption there is a brain left worth eating?
I have dedicated the last 7 years to fighting for my rights and those of other disabled, I have stormed city hall I have written local counties in other states for the mother of a disabled child thrown off a bus in a blizzard, but when I have to live the stories I research and fight for when I daily become the subject of the bigotry, the one being kicked It makes me tired, tired of the fight, tired of the trudging through stupidity, some days it’s so common it makes the air thick so folks I’m moving to 7,500ft above sea level where the air is thin and the average coyote is ten times smarter than the attendees at a new York fair the only yelling I have to do is when the white tail deer are in our garden. 27 days and were there
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THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT IS BEING STOLEN FROM BY A FRAUDELENT PHONE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN BY A COMPANY CALLED DONOR CARE.

II am as you know in a wheelchair for life, we are a marine corps family as we have relatives currently serving overseas in the marines.

My own Australian family has a long and honorable history of fighting for King/Queen and country, my cousins are all army my siblings and in-laws are all navy as was I. When ever our nations called we have stood and cried “I am here send me”. So when I heard of a group called The wounded warrior project I found the number and called and signed up to financially support them.
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I have been paying a small amount monthly for the last two years, however about six months ago a group calling themselves “donor care” started calling saying wounded warrior project gave my number because they wanted me to either increase or on other calls they would claim I had cancelled my donation and they were calling to get me back?

One, I was giving all I could afford and two I hadn’t cancelled so I became suspicious I have received over 75 calls in six months after the first thirty I called WWP and tore them a new one , they were apologetic but swore they knew nothing about it saying they never use cold calling.

After the number reached 50, I called donor care and informed them under new York state law now they had been verbally informed cease and desist if I received more calls they could be arrested, alas the calls continued.
So yesterday after 5 more calls in the last ten days on my phone and more on my wives, I called The wounded warrior project and spoke to one Christina flores, she took all the information and said she would research with their fraud department, today I received the following email and I strongly suggest if Donor care have contacted you or you have been coerced into donating you follow the advice of the Email.

I just wanted to touch base with you as I did hear from our Fraud Department this afternoon. They are diligently working on this matter and did confirm that your calls are, in fact, not authorized by Wounded Warrior Project and therefore, fraudulent. They advised that I give you the information below in order to report your scam to other outlets:

1. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Details#crnt

2. File a complaint with his state consumer protection agency (he can find his state’s CPA here: http://www.usa.gov/directory/stateconsumer/index.shtml).

3. Contact his phone company

a. Request documentation of incoming calls from this number to prove harassment.

b. Request the number they are calling from barred from making further calls.

You are also welcome to cc fraudalert@woundedwarriorproject.org with any and all communication regarding this matter.

I hope that this information is helpful to you. Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions. Thank you.

Kindly,

Christina Flores

giving outreach team

O: 904.800.4177

F: 904.296.7347

Wounded Warrior Project

4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300

Jacksonville, Florida 32256

If you have fallen victim to these scum Please right down your encounter with as much info as possible take a screen shot of your incoming calls to show the number and contact the wounded warrior project and the authorities named above.
The wounded warrior project was started by friends of the first warriors coming home from the Iraq/Afghanistan conflict wounded and disabled, and now helps thousands>
You don’t have to support war or agree with it, but surely you must agree anyone stealing from the families of the fallen or the disabled and the soldiers themselves are SCUM. Let’s shut these Bastards down
Below is the company logo of donorcare let them know what you think of them
http://www.donorcarecenter.com/
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Did Canada break a promise to its disabled citizens?

Reposted from a online story by DAVID PETTINICCHIO
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jul. 28, 2015 2:24PM EDT

David Pettinicchio is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto.

Despite their differing approaches, both Canada and the U.S. face challenges in keeping their promise to improve the economic wellbeing of their disabled citizens.

Until recently, the U.S. had generally been regarded a world leader in disability rights, while Canadians with disabilities had to wait until the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms – and even there, activism was necessary in pressuring the government to include disability in the Charter. Meanwhile the U.S. government had already enacted disability rights and antidiscrimination legislation in the early 1970s.

In 1990, Republican President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, calling it “the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” In addition to informing policies in other countries, the language of the ADA served as a basis for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Then attorney general Richard Thornburgh referred to disability rights as “America’s best export,” while Senator Ted Kaufman called them as “American as apple pie.” Sunday, July 26, marked the 25th anniversary of this landmark legislation.

But with employment rates among Americans with disabilities lower now than before the ADA was enacted – an abysmal 18 per cent in 2012 – and an earnings gap that has remained largely untouched over the last quarter century, the U.S., once world leader, has become a laggard.

How does Canada compare? Considerably better than its neighbour to the south, but there’s definitely remove for improvement. In 2011, the employment rate among disabled people between the ages of 25 and 64 was about 49 per cent compared to 79 per cent for people without disabilities.

When they do work, Canadians with disabilities earn anywhere between 10 and 15 per cent less than similar workers without disabilities. Among men working on a full-year, full-time basis, the average employment income was $69,200, compared with $92,700 among their non-disabled counterparts. Despite the Charter banning discrimination, 15 to 30 per cent of people with disabilities still report being denied a job interview or job because of their disability.

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities suggests that the Charter has been more “symbolic than substantive.” There is no real Canadian equivalent to the ADA, many people instead refer to a “patchwork” of confusing disability policies and regulations.

Provinces have enacted their own legislation. For instance, Ontario has a fairly comprehensive disability rights policy. However, the employment rate among Ontarians with disabilities is still about three times less than people without disabilities. Workers with disabilities in Ontario earn on average about 12 per cent less than workers without disabilities.

And policies like the ADA haven’t provided more substantive national remedies than the Canadian Charter either. On the contrary, disability rights legislation in the U.S. has been mired in judicial (mis)interpretation, a victim of a weak and unstandardized regulatory mechanism. This was the opinion of many in Congress when they sought to “restore” the original spirit of the ADA in 2008.

Despite their different legal contexts, Canadian courts have resembled their American counterparts in their reluctance to embrace the spirit of the Charter when it comes to equal rights for the disabled. Many disability activists point to the 1997 Eaton case as an example where the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that segregating people with disabilities in education isn’t always discriminatory.

Experts continue to point to the lack of federal resources allocated to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. And, just last year, The Globe and Mail reported on the failure of the Canadian government to monitor compliance when it comes to disability discrimination.

If rights for people with disabilities were once labeled as “American as Apple Pie,” they should be as Canadian as… maple syrup. Whether or not the Charter is guilty of being more platitude than policy is a much bigger debate than can be had here. What is certain is that the solutions to the ongoing problem of unemployment and income inequality among people with disabilities isn’t necessarily about how policy manifests itself – through a legislature or a constitutional amendment – but whether there is a commitment to subsequently enforce these good intentions.

“My mate my dog” my thoughts on Life with a service dog

My mate my dog, as I settle for the night and the lights go out a warm firm body lays over my useless legs because of it I know I’m safe, because of it I know I’ll make the morning because it’s my mate my dog
My love, my wife she leaves before the night has gone, she works into the Morning she works all the day while at home I stay with my mate my dog
A noise at the door theres strangers in the hall, I can’t reach my chair without a stumble or a fall, a look he stands there’s a growl and a bark the hairs stand up to the door he runs because of him there’s no strangers no vampires no danger at my door,
I’m safe I have my mate my dog.

Right finger shakes, left leg spasms, torso convulses, the lights grow dim, don’t know how long when something presses my wrist ,something cools my face and the convulsions are stopping,
Fog is lifting head is clearing,it’s jaws that squeeze my pulse it’s a tongue that cools my face, because of them slowly I come into space the whole time I’m out in a romm all alone it’s not a nurse or a spouse it’s teeth that have kept me safe
it’s my mate my dog.
The life of alone twelve hours a day,time filled with seizures sometimes night sometimes morning, throught out all on my own I stay,alone except for sixty pounds of fur and love on my feet sometimes at the bottom sometimes onmy pillows above.
The door he answers My chair he pulls tonnes love he gives without asking for naught without him I have nothing but bed and tv with him I have love life and I get to be me.
A mate in Australia gives his life and his all, by your side in times that are good and he picks you up when you fall.\
A dog down under is the best mate of all, he runs at your feet all day and at night he and curls up in a ball he always listens and never talks always he loves uncoditonally without objection or fault.
This aussie has long since left her wide brown land,no more sunburnt country beaches or bush
with Wheels under my ass and fits in my brain, long days shut in with just me and my pain,me and the dog always alone but not in my heart if I close my eyes but for a second or three I’m back in the my country the bush I san see.
Yet as light says goodbye to the last of day wiating for ella home for the day, I sit Patiently quietly watching the clock just me myself and my Mate my dog .
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Why the Americans With Disabilities Act Wouldn’t Pass Today

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Reposted from a story already online By Trevis Gleason
Published Jul 23, 2015
By now, most of us will have heard one news piece or another about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Twenty-five years doesn’t seem like that long ago, really. In fact, I remember writing a blog on the 20th anniversary of the bill’s signing into law. I guess we’ve been at this a while now.

A video of President Obama talking about his father-in-law’s MS during a White House event marking the ADA milestone is even making the rounds.

I’ve just started reading Lennard J. Davis’ book Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans With Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Right, published by Beacon Press, in time for the anniversary. I’m only part way in and find it fascinating.

Now mind you, I am (or, more accurately, was) a political being, so I really enjoy the back story of such things. That said, I think there is a lot of information in Davis’s book that many would find interesting.

What strikes me hardest is the fact (and I’d say it’s an all-but-foregone fact) that the ADA could not pass Congress today.

When asked last year to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — a document far weaker than the ADA — the U.S. Senate voted it down. This led the co-sponsors of the ADA, senators Bob Dole (R) and Tom Harken (D), to assert that “if the ADA came up for a vote in 2015, it would be defeated,” according to Davis.

Today’s legislators couldn’t even get behind a UN document that didn’t go nearly as far as the U.S. law that now celebrates 25 years on the books. As a citizen of the world, and as a disabled citizen of the world, I have been abandoned by my lawmakers. The same is true for my fellow 650 million disabled citizens of the world.

The bi-partisanship that was required to negotiate and pass the landmark ADA bill spanned four decades, six presidents, and hundreds of drafts. The ADA began as what Davis calls the “forty-six words that changed history,” which were slipped into a Vietnam War-era rehabilitation act and set in motion the process that resulted in the law we celebrate on July 26th.

“No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States, as defined in Section 7(6), shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

President Nixon signed that bill (which he had twice vetoed) in 1973, tying it to previous civil rights legislation.

By the time that ADA was in its final negotiations between the White House and Congress, the heaviest of heavy hitters were at the table, and all of them had personal connections with someone from the disability community. Today, with 10 percent of the U.S. population living with disabilities, we must assume that many who voted against the UN disabilities document also had ties to or were closely related to someone with a disability.

Hell, in 2012, Sen. Bob Dole came to the floor of the Senate from Walter Reed Army Medical Center — as he was not well at all — to personally argue for ratification of the accord. The man who was rather famously disabled in World War II, served several terms in the Senate, and was his party’s nominee for President of the United States — the man who many consider instrumental in getting ADA passed in the first place — couldn’t even persuade the body to put a stamp of approval on a non-binding accord.

What hope would legislation as important as ADA have in today’s even more divided political world?

Sure. I will stand on Monday and celebrate the monumental achievement of good men and women doing good work for a very long time to get an important law passed. I won’t, however, expect that the current lot of people representing us would be willing to do it again. Thus, “fixing” the many issues that the disabled still face seems beyond their reach as well.

Though I’m only part way in, I would definitely recommend Enabling Acts for those who would like to know how the ADA came to be. It’s not an easy read, but it’s fascinating.

Wishing you and your family the best of health.

Cheer

Back in black

Well folks many have read and some agreed some have lambasted me for my comments on weight loss.
From 2009 to 2011 without surgery or pills I went from 545lbs approximately to 245lbs cured my diabetes with diet dropped all my levels and was healthy see before and after below.
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I got back into swimming and rock climbing

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and judo
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and every sport you can imagine even surfing

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and the weight stayed off. Then in late 2013 I severely injured my hand,and my knee and tore my rotator cuffs all within about five months and then contracted a stomach problem similar to crohns disease which kept me bed bound for days at a time.
The stomach problem and the injured shoulder limited training for most of 2014, climbing all but stopped swimming was too painful and suddenly an old enemy weight gain was there.

I have to admit I have in one year put 50lbs back on and at almost 300lbs was ashamed to wear anything that showed body so I lived in hoodies and large jackets.
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Enough is enough, I needed a new carrot dangled. my shoulders are pretty good, my stomach as long as I stick to a very strict diet is good so I needed something to drive me on.
Back in the early 1990’s in Brisbane Australia there were several transgender sex workers murdered, and I knew them all, I lived in the same house with 6 of them.
The police didn’t care one of them called the deaths of trans sex workers a “mercy killing” the papers reported them as separate murders of men who just happened to be found wearing women’s clothing?(most of them had breast growth and looked 100%feminine)
I had an idea for a memorial tattoo and finally one month ago I got it 6 roses unopened with a drop of blood coming from each to remember their lives cut short and one half opened at the top for me because I’m still here.
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Well as you cans see it is beautiful but all my clothing covered it so I bought halter tops showing body,
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but if I show body it has to be worth showing. So first a couple of miles, then three then a whole day surfing, now 8 miles in one day and soon I will be climbing again.
I hope you support me as much this time as you did last time, it will be harder I’m older but I promise I’ll get there
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