Today I was on my blog and I noticed a comment on a story about romney’s famous school bullying episode, so I opened the comment and the below is that comment.
A disabled senior woman who for entertainment and brain exercise plays the popular online app “Tap fish”.
And she simply in her intro to other players told them she was disabled, and she explained her disability caused typo’s. What ensued was her being ridiculed, abused and called a troll and other disgusting names that denigrate the disabled.
Enough was enough, she brought it to the attention of the moderators and they told her to stop whining and stop playing the disabled card They wouldn’t tolerate it.
She put up her intro but it was taken down and any reference to disabled or disability was removed and it was reposted all nice and cleaned up with no reference to her disabilities?after many back and forth emails the moderator told her “she wasn’t covered by hate laws or the Americans with disabilities act because she was a private person?
well I have got news for her, the ADA covers all and she is breaking federal law by her actions.
We need all who read this to let tapfish know their bigotry and disabled discrimination will not and cannot be tolerated and we will not.
If you play the game quit, and tell them why you are quitting. If we don’t sit together they will walk over us.
Kathryn asked why and she was told people playing the sympathy card would not be tolerated ? Sympathy card? they would not dare speak to a person of color that way, they would not have the chutzpah to remove reference of color so damn well leave the disabled alone.
Below is her story in her words, I have deliberately left the typo’s in so you can see what she was politely trying to explain to the other players.
Accused of playing the disability card
4:46 PM (2 hours ago)
Hi, Mia? So, where do I begin? Who am I? I am a 69 year old disabled woman, but before I was 69, I was 39, and I was not disabled. I did know what disabled meant, though, because on my first job, in Beverly, MA, I worked for Wilkscraft printing, who also employed a man who was deaf as their dark room/stripper. I learned, early on, that PWDs can do some things but not other things, and be valuable employees if given the correct job.
In June ’81, I recieved a tainted blood transfusion, not HIV but HVC, and by August was stricken with a host of what my Doctor called “weird” symptoms. I was tested for HIV twice, but no one then knew about HCV EXCEPT the US Congress and the American Red Cross. For the next 17 years I was constantly accused of being lazy and crazy, and I am still sensitive to that. Then, when I was finally dxed, I applied for SSI and was later informed that I was the guickest in MA to ever be approved. But there were other disabilituies to be discoversd, which include cervical and spinal radiculituis, Iritis, and osteoarthritis all over, to name a few. I have a wonderful service dog, Shannon, a purebred siberian husky, who helps me with my locomotion, which I have to say she helps me walk and with my balance. LOL
So, what is going on now? My son gave me a new mobile phone, a beauty, a Samsung Galaxy S2. I downloaded Tapfish and two other games which my disabilities prevernt me from playing. Clumbsy fingets, etc. Damn, the radiculitis makes me feel like my arms and legs are brogen, and the osteoarthrits and irits combine to make it nigh imposible to hit what I am aiming at. pluss, profound fatigue, I just give up.
So, Tapfis is an interesting game, so I joined an on line (according to Posner’s ruling) public accomodation, Android Tapfishers Forum. In the intro I said please overlook my bad typos due to my disabilities. (Another man joind later and wriote he had arthritis.) After a while, one member started to ‘attack’ my comments, demanding I explain why I was being ‘incnsistant’ and ‘misinforming’ the members of the forum, and not to blame it on my disability, as my disability had nothing whatsoever to do with my ability to comment.
Now, my take on this is, if someone told a wheelchair used that s/he had to follow the rules and enter the building by going up the stairs like everyone else, most folks would understand that is wrong, but when I comp;lained about missys rude, abusive and uninformed comment, AND that I had asked her repetedly to stop, he accused me of playing the disability card. Hiowever, while he did not stop the abuse, he said he didnt find anything wrong with my comments. The mods on that site dealt with thios by punishing the whole community when anyone failed to obserye the rules, closed some threads and removed others for OT comments.
Talk about an overreaction. So, he and I had quite a few email exchanges. I toled him about the recent Ist Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, explaind to him he might be a privately run one line foru, but the ruling meant it was a public accomodation and he should be willingto provide REASONABLE accomodation.
Meanwhile, back at the forum, the bullies who had piled on missys abuse of me, created a new Tapfishers forum, and made an announcement that folks were free to leave the 1st forum. Because they didnt like the nice mods no longer allowing them to bully the disabled!
Yep, I signed up for the new forum, and in the introductions…..well reasd this, you will get the idea….
Sent: Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:39 pm
To: Red Hare
Hi Red Hare:
I just wanted to let you know that your “reintroduction” post has been edited because, while we empathize with the difficulties your disabilities cause, we do not feel it is necessary to point them out on this forum as having these disabilities should not in any way affect your ability to use this forum. There are several tools that exist to help people with disabilities function effectively on the computer:
Computers come with “accessibility settings” that address a variety of issues
Internet browsers like Firefox and Chrome include auto spell-check options to catch obvious typos
Screen-readers are available for the visually impaired
“Speech to Text” tools are available for those who have difficulties keyboarding
We will not tolerate members trying to make themselves out as deserving of any special consideration when it comes to behavior.
Thanks for your understanding!~Kaitrin
Quote Red Hare
Sent: Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:34 pm
by Red Hare
Katrin, could you please send me a copy of my original post, the one you are referring to, that has been edited?
thank you, Kathy
For whatever reason, I just really really do not want to let this one go.
Please note, I have re edited my introduction, but await a copy of my priginal intro:
Here is the intro by the admin
by Kaitrin » Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:35 pm
I’m Kaitrin in my early forties, married with two teenagers, female, and live in Minnesota in the US. I’m a historian by profession
I’ve been playing Tapfish on the Android since October 2011, and on iOS since December 2011. I’m a bit of a techie as a hobby, and love poking around to figure out how things work.
I’m also the admin of this board, so if there are features you’d like to see, let me know!
Tapfish Name: Kaitrin (Android); Kaitrin2 (iOS)
by Marximus1 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:12 pm
Marximus is here. Favorite fish: goat
Playing for 6 months now on Android. Level 74 at the moment.
Looking forward to watching the other forum fizzle…along with it’s resident Troll.
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by Kstatemom » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:49 pm
Okay I’m really in the dark. Mambo sent me a pm about the problems so I guess I’m glad I was on vacation. Anyways I’m 61 live in Kansas and have 5 children. The 4 oldest are Kansas State University alumis and the youngest is a student there hence the name. We have 2 dogs and a cat and 2 grandchildren. I’ve been playing tapfish since last June.
MIA’S NOTES- This shows that there was an environment of messages being sent about her disabilities and the problems just as the last message referred to her as a troll
Below is kathy’s intro completely innocent and no whining about her disability
by Red Hare » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:35 pm
Hi I am Kathy, aka Red Hare. I am 69 and currently an Advocate for people with disabilities.
My son gave me a samsung S2 for Christmas, in January? or Feb, and I have been playing Tapfish since mid March. I really like it. I am on level 68? and have 48 tanks, which I like to name some of them. Favorite fish, stunt dolphins. Today’s favorite tank, KeyLargo (48).
My partner, a service animal, Shannon, a siberian husky andI care for my son’s dog, Sandy, a rescue from Tiajuana Mexico. Sandy is the one with red hare. I signed on to Tapfishers because while we can have neighbours on Tapfish, we can not chat with each other, and am hoping to meet folks with the same interest in Tapfish.
Last edited by Red Hare on Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:34 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Tapfish Name: Red Hare
Timezone: Eastern Standard Time
by seandicare » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:59 pm
my names dominic i’m 38 male from upstate NY.
i’ve been playing tapfish since around Oct ’11.
i like it, but kinda think i’m getting burnt out from all the events. may need to take a breather.
by beebee » Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:34 am
by BoXaToYs » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:18 am
All righty I’m here too now. My name is Chris, I too live in upstate NY, I’m in my upper 30’s w/ two kids. Been playing this thing for 15 months and I also play Tap Ranch, Tiny Tower and Pocket Frogs under the same name.
I’ve been in the dark on the issue(s) on the other forum. I was shocked to see the sticky posted by the forum admin last week. Can someone enlighten me via a PM?
MIA’S THOUGHTS- Obviously this person thought the admin was out of line
by WebfootWiz » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:27 am
I’m a relative Tapfish newbie. I just discovered the game during the Hero/Villain event when I was trying to see what it would be like to play a game on my new, shiny Droid Razr – right around Memorial Day, I think. I’ve made it to level 37 as of this morning and just finished breeding all the cardinal fishes, which was my first mystery breedable trophy.
I am currently working two jobs and have very little time to pursue fun stuff, so I enjoy the game because, for the most part, it’s a very relaxing bit of pointless fun. (Even though I get a little too involved trying to complete the events — I need to work on that one! LOL!)
Thanks for giving us a new and happy home!
by PurpleBlue » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:06 pm
Droij on Android forums
Purpleblue in the tapfish world.
purpleblue88 in pocketfrogs
Love the colors. Im in my 20s, going to graduate as a nurse soon,
So, maybe you find this small potatoes, but what rankles me is those boye who bullied the bus monitor defending themselves by claimin that ” We didnt bully her, everything we said to her and about her is the truth.” So, the truth is now justification for bullies to target disabled folks? heck, I am sure upset by this cyber bully thing.
Let me know if you are still interested, I have saved plenty of email from these “empathetic” people.
take care Kath
MIA’S THOUGHTS- if you follow the articles above it becomes obvious that despite one other player the majority thought the admin was abusive and out of line. The email below is from the moderator where she believes she is exempt from any discrimination laws.
Apparently you know little about disability civil rights, it matters not if this forum is privately ownd run, it is a public accomodation.
Blocking me in response to my complaints re discrimination based on disiblity is retaliation. Kathy