Hey Able bodied Car owners, think you can steal disabled parking spaces? think again meet the The American Alliance to End Handicapped Parking Abuse
Good morning all, well the ongoing ignorance of the able bodied car owning communty never ceases to amaze me. You steal disabled parking spaces and you know it’s wrong, you skulk away from your car like a cat burglar climbing out a wndow. When your confronted you get angry or you get violent, or my favorite is when your language changes from english to an unintelligible foreign dialect hoping your ethnicity will earn you a free pass guess again.
If you think I when I write I get up in your grill (excuse the pun) welcome to my new fighters in the war against disabled abuse, THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE TO END HANDICAPPED PARKING ABUSE. Below is a E-mail i just recieved from them, and this is one fight I will gladly accept my commission into their army .
Handicapped Parking Reforms
Sharon Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
1:18 PM (27 minutes ago)
A photo of you concerning non-access to restrooms appeared in my Facebook Feed. Your Email address in the caption is what caught my attention, because it reveals you are a disability rights activist. I wonder if you would take a few minutes to view the website of the organization formed to fight for Handicapped parking reforms? The organization is The American Alliance to End Handicapped Parking Abuse, and the link is: http://aaehpa.org/
I would like to read more about your activities, but haven’t found a link to do that yet. In June, I released a petition in search of supporters to send a message to the White House requesting an Executive Order for Handicapped Parking Regulations Reforms, because the parking problems result from flawed directives by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please view the materials on the website and consider joining us. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sharon V. Clark
Some disabled New Yorkers say many subway stations that are supposed to be accessible actually aren’t. They say that puts their lives at risk. NY1’s Tina Redwine filed the following report.
Upper Darby police say it all began around 5:30 a.m. Thursday when the victim, a 37-year-old man suffering from muscular dystrophy, received a telephone call.
Today I went to a specialized gym to meet a sports nutritionist while I was there I showed her the pic of me three hundred pounds heavier, she knew my sporting curriculum she knew I climb I race I swim and so much more. While she took a call I was sitting waiting for her and a large African American body builder came up bent all the way over to my face spoke like he was talking to someone with Alzheimer’s and asked first “are you waiting for someone?” I replied no I am an Athlete I have a meeting with the nutritionist. He replied “Oh wow you do can do sports in a chair that’s so nice is it fun for you or is it hard?” my reply was to bench press 400lbs and then watch him struggle to push 300lbs and I said “not as hard as it was for you to lift that warm up weight” he Asked what kind of sports can you people do?.When I told him 20 mile races, and 10 mile races a half marathon in a month and full marathon by october and a 3,400 mile solo endeavour next year he replied “with someone pushing you right?” I annoyingly replied no you push my patience enough, and cancelled the nutritionist appointment and left.
Last week I was at Brooklyn boulders and some newbies, not the regular climbers they all know I love rock climbing and they all encourage me. Some Newbie’s told me “you shouldn’t be back here it’s for climbers only” I replied “yes I know I climb” they replied “you can’t you’re in a chair” to which I told them “no not when I climb it is trained to wait at the bottom”
Get over yourselves folks, just because you have all limbs still attached and working doesn’t make you Supreme Being. Which of you abelists elitists got up Sunday and did a quick two miles in a chair then swam two more in a pool non stop and went home? No not on play station in real actual life?. Which of you has Ever climbed a seven storey rock wall? Ever defended yourself from a 6ft4 inch NYPD officer with a knife with only the use of your upper body from a wheelchair and thrown him to the floor while teaching self defence for the disabled? Oh wait sorry my bad, that’s my day not yours and yes I have wheels under my ass.
You who want us in our place coined the phrase angry gimp, be careful what you wish for because the so called gimps I know when they get angry they don’t take over the world they build a new one and they just might not include those who can’t keep up.
Its sad when a place you have enjoyed for years that has always gone out of its way to make itself not only wheelchair accessible but wheelchair inviting, like the Highline in NYC (was once an abandoned, drug ridden, raised subway line and now a eco-friendly and free park/haven), decides to backtrack and leave the disabled high and dry.
This is Ella writing. I just got a call from Mia, who came into the city to have lunch with a dear friend and figured she would go up to the Highline for a couple of hours of peace and beauty. She then went to use the disabled bathroom and came to find a nice size sign alerting disabled folks that the bathroom has been taken perminently out of use, leaving folks in wheelchair with no option but to leave the Highline should they need the use of the facilities. Mind you, although the Highline is complete with elevators they are 10 blocks apart and so if you have to go, you better get moving, quickly because otherwise you out of luck. When a staff member was approached their response was that “people like you” don’t use the highline often so they don’t really care and it won’t be fixed.
Not ok, Highline!
Yep, its me again.. Ella.
Today Mia, after not having been in the pool for a week, due to an injury, kicked ass. I, on the other hand, wimped out. Aside from rock climbing and wheelchair racing, Mia recently found a way of getting back into something she did well before life in a wheelchair, and thats swimming. As a partner of someone in a wheelchair, I have shared here over and over my personal struggles with both keeping Mia safe but also not standing in her way from doing what makes her happy like swimming.
Today we went over to The Avery Aquatic Center here in Flushing, Queens. Mia said she was giong to do two miles in the water and well, she kicked ass and finished. I on the other hand wimped out and just hung out in the water. Here is a picture of Mia coming down the lane:
By the time she was done I was already checking twitter and chilling out. What was really awesome was that I got to see all the fellow swimmers watching in amazement as Mia made her way back and forth up and down the lane. No stopping. No resting. No wimping out.. Since I was already on the sidelines I figured I’d take this video of Mia finishing her last lap:
Living with wheels under my ass, for me at least is a rollercoaster ride.
On my good days I tell the world the wheels just make me faster stronger and smarter. Why smarter you say? Well with wheels permanently under you every doorway becomes an extreme sport,
and crossing a street is a crap shoot whether the other corner has a ramp.
And a simple thing like eating at a diner can involve an entire removals crew, because the owner can’t spell accessible.
On my bad days if it wasn’t for my Buddhist faith I would be digging a black hole so deep my mandarin would need polishing just to apologize for the mess to the down stairs neighbor.
On days when I just need solace my newly acquired 5 month old trainee service dog ZEUS fits the bill, I need something innocent and quiet to hold and he lives for a pat so were the perfect fit.
On days when I need to climb out of that hole and keep climbing My beloved sport of Rockwall climbing takes me to the top.
and if that top isn’t high enough I Google friends like Car los from Brooklyn boulders
Or research some of my other friends like mark Edwards, or some of the other rock monsters I know. Their antics would scare the crap out of some, but for me they give me dreams of solitude just me and a belaying rope tied to my black diamond rig.
And when I need to clear my head, I either get myself in my local Olympic pool for my daily 2 miles
Or I put myself on the starting line of the rockaway running series, and go for my goal of 6 minute miles over a marathon distance. At that speed crap flies out of my head quicker than bullshit out of mitt Romney and Sarah palin sharing their deepest thoughts.
Or I teach Martial arts from the chair,
So sure everyone had bad days and they have their systems to handle it, whether able bodied or not. But when were dis or otherwise abled the process is always twice as involved, but also my dear Readers twice as rewarding check out my pictures they speak for them selves.
Three executives earned the bonuses – nearly the maximum of what each was allowed – despite the government’s promise last fall to scrap the incentive pay program “as quickly as possible.”
“In a people-first organization like CLBC, an incentive plan performance based on targets and measures is, quite simply, not appropriate,” Minister of Social Development Stephanie Cadieux said in a statement last October.
The government and Community Living B.C.’s board of directors, however, quietly opted to keep the incentive pay system in place until the 2011-12 fiscal year ended March 31.
Under the system, vice-presidents could earn up to 10 per cent of their base salary for achieving goals and hitting targets.
Financial statements released Wednesday show that three vice-presidents earned almost the full amount in 2011-12, at a time when the agency admitted losing its way.
Doug Woollard, vice-president of organizational development, earned a base salary of $146,028 and an extra $13,434, or 9.2 per cent of his base salary, in incentive pay. Woollard took over as interim chief executive officer when Rick Mowles left in the midst of the scandal.
Richard Hunter, vice-president of corporate services, earned $137,977 in salary and an additional $13,591, or 9.6 per cent, in incentives.
Carol Goozh, vice-president of policy and program development, earned $137,842 and $13,591, or 9.9 per cent, in incentive pay.
Cadieux has said that when she initially called for an end to the incentive pay program last fall, she was under the impression that executives were receiving bonuses over and above their salary. She said it was only later that she learned the bonus money was actually part of an executive’s salary that was held back until they met certain goals.
Cadieux said the money was a “legally binding part” of each employees’ compensation package and could not be easily eliminated without inviting possible lawsuits. The government did not clarify the situation with the public until the Times Colonist learned last month that the bonuses were still in place.
NDP critic Carole James said it was “unbelievable” that the executives received almost their full bonuses during a disastrous year for the agency.
“Government admitted they it had failed and even then they still paid the bonuses out,” she said Wednesday. “What a slap in the face, what a real insult to families.”
James said the situation raised questions about what, if anything, executives had to achieve in order to earn their bonuses.
“The criteria could not have been good performance, because even the minister and premier admitted they failed at CLBC,” she said.
The government replaced the incentive pay system with a new compensation package on April 1. The money that managers previously received as incentive pay is now rolled into their salary. They no longer have to achieve certain goals and their overall compensation is slightly less than it was in the past.
The vice-presidents get a permanent 9.66 per cent lift in salary once pension contributions are included. Directors and managers, who earned up to five per cent of their salary as incentives, got salary increases of 4.9 per cent including pension contributions. email@example.com
|Many have called me a liar when I tell them My blog is read in hundreds of countries and dozens of languages every day, so below is a cut and paste of all the countries reading my blog just since midnight mind blowing isn’t it? and to the abelists take notice we the disabled are getting organised globally|
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