I know everyone thinks I have an ongoing love affair with my service dog zeus and well yes I do, But last night I asked Ella to make me an espresso and she was 10 feet away in the kitchen and that’s the last thing I remember until a while later ,in a fog I came to.
Ella tells me zeus ran to her barking then ran and jumped up on the bed and was licking my face and nudging me back to conciousness, and then turning and barking back to Ella he stayed with me until I came to.
In the past when my head was thrashing and hitting the brickwall zzeus without command crawled up and pushed his soft belly between my head and the wall.
Many people harass service dog trainers and handlers, especially republican politicians saying”it’s a dog what can it possibly do? let’s slash funding for service dogs for veterans” and Just this weekend we were forcibly thrown out of a takeaway restaurant with the owners screaming about “the dog”.
Well to the doubters “may you live in interesting times” while you doubt and spew uneducated tripe and try to cut funding, I will remain safe and helped by my saviour zeus, a trained belgian malinois service dog whom without my quality of life would be zero.
Without zeus my wife who already does so much to make my life livable would have to do so much more for me to be safe when out and about.
Service dogs give freedom to the severely disabled, they allow severely disabled and autistic children to attend school and they give our heroes, our returned wounded warriors the ability to once again live life.
Zeus and dogs like him whether pure bred or rescues it matters not are beautiful loving highly intelligent sentient beings that the univers has given us to make our lives livable and thank buddha every day fo him in my life. So next tiem you see us on a train or in a restaurant or a shopping mall remember smile wave but don’t touch and tell your politicians get their collective heads out of their asses and fund service dogs for veterans.
Nathan Schneck, taking his service dog Husker out for a walk on Sunday, was left totally blind following injuries sustained in an automobile accident in 2002. DAVE ANGELL — FOR THE MACOMB DAILY
Reposted from an online story By Mitch Hotts, The Macomb Daily
The manager of the Grand Azteca restaurant in Fraser says he did not fully understand federal law relating to service dogs when he told the Schnecks that other customers were complaining about a dog being inside the restaurant on Friday night. DAVE ANGELL — FOR THE MACOMB DAILY
A Fraser man who lost his sight in an automobile accident 13 years ago says he was stunned when a manager of an area Mexican restaurant asked him to remove his service dog because it made other customers uncomfortable.
Nathan Schneck and his wife, Stacy, had just placed their beverage order Friday night at the Grand Azteca when the manager approached their table and quietly asked them to place the golden retriever in the car due to concerns of other diners.
“At first, I was like ‘Are you kidding me?’ Schneck said Sunday at his home. “This is the first time something like this has happened to me. I was told it would, but I never expected it.”
Schneck, 38, carries a laminated identification card showing he went through 30 days of training with the dog, Husker, at the Leader Dogs for the Blind facility in Rochester. He’s only had the dog a few months.
Husker was wearing his service harness and sat under the table, Schneck said.
He said he explained how private establishments that serve the public, such as a restaurant, are required under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to allow service animals inside.
The ADA defines service animals as any guide dog trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.
Stacy Schneck, who works in human resources, said she has contacted the American Disability Act National Network, which could take up to 90 days to respond.
After trying to explain the law to the restaurant operators, Stacy Schneck said the couple decided to leave and have dinner at Warfield Grill.
“I felt attacked and uncomfortable. We have eaten there before with Husker and never had any trouble until now,” she said.
The manager of Grand Azteca acknowledges he asked the couple to keep the dog in the car, but adds he was only trying to keep other customers happy. Some expressed health concerns about having an animal in the restaurant, he said.
Ezequiel Ramos said he now fully understands the impact of the ADA law and will explain it to customers who may complain about service dogs in the future.
“I am very sorry over this, but now I will know what to tell people,” Ramos said. “I’m sorry I let (the Scnecks) down because they are good customers. I want to apologize to them myself.”
Ramos, who said Facebook postings by Schneck supporters have resulted in threats of violence, maintains he was trying to appease complaining customers. He hopes the couple will demonstrate forgiveness and come back — with their dog.
“We need every customer we can get,” he said.
Nathan Schneck said while he can forgive the restaurant, he has “mixed emotions” about returning. “I’m not trying to ruin anyone’s business, but for me personally, the damage has been done,” he said.
Since news of the incident broke, the couple has been overwhelmed by the public’s response — and not all of it good.
Some people in online postings had mean comments about the incident. But others, including people from as far away as California, have reached out to them online, and a number of neighborhood children dropped off handmade cards of support, including photos of other local dogs to cheer up Husker.
“We needed that,” Stacy Schneck said.
A little place in pakistan called hyderbad became famous a couple of years ago because seal team six dropped in with a belgian malinois code named geronimo, and left with the dead body of the most disgusting piece of human waste on the planet osama bin laden.
He was identified and now sleeps with the fishes, well I am not a racist person if he was white anglo saxon american becuase of 9/11 he would still be a disgusting excuse for a human. Now after the hulabaloo calmed down I never thought the word “hyderbad would ever cross my concience again till today that is.
Ella’s poppa adit lives in an elder care building near the corner of 45th rd and kissena boulevard in a mainly chinese and muslim neighbourhood, and to wit there are numerous indian, bangladeshi, and pakistani eateries both sit in and take out and one that advertised vegan and vegetarian was called “HYDERBADI TAKEAWAY FOOD” even though the food says indian it’s run by pakistanis.
So on the way home we decided to pick up some samosa’s, as we rolled in a small lady behind the counter who could barely speak english screamed loudly “NO DOG NO DOG GET OUT WITH DOG” we calmed her down by pointing to zeus’s vest and after five minutes we ordered.
Then another woman came out and she screamed and we calmed her down, and then an adult male in his forties( all these people were pakistani) came in and started telling me “I DON’T CARE ABOUT DISABLED NO DOGS IN HERE ,SHOW ME WHERE IT SAYS SERVICE DOG?”( IN THREE PLACES ON HIS VEST AN INCH HIGH IN GLOW IN THE DARK LETTERING)
I pointed so then he started on the health department”NO DOGS HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS NO DOGS” Then I said we’ll call the cops they will tell you, so he started telling us to get out.He was abusive to Ella and I in the end we got a refund and left, Below is their grub hub ad, they left off the rude ignorant abuse with every order
I am sorry the people there all had to pass health department training, they all had to speak to lawyers to form a company, and yet when they are presented with federal documents printed on federal letterhead and the law after screaming in perfect english they then resort to claiming they didn’t understand and we must just get out because they say so?
Well I am sorry mr hyderbadi take away, your food might be from hyderbad but your selling it in the United states of America and we have laws if you don’t like them there is a cab licence somewhere waiting for you at least then we expect rude ignorant people!
In a radio interview Sunday with Aaron Klein, broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM, Princeton University ethics professor Peter Singer argued it is “reasonable” for government or private insurance companies to deny
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According to an article published Sunday by World Net Daily, a Princeton University professor has suggested that severely disabled infants be killed to cut health care costs and for moral reasons. In a radio interview Sunday with Aaron Klein, broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM, Princeton University ethics professor Peter Singer argued it is “reasonable” for government or private insurance companies to deny treatment to severely disabled babies.
Several times during the interview Singer argued the health-care system under Obamacare should openly acknowledge health-care rationing and that the country should acknowledge the necessity of “intentionally ending the lives of severely disabled infants.” Singer also repeatedly referred to a disabled infant as “it” during the interview.
According the WND, Singer is well-known for his controversial views on abortion and infanticide. He essentially argues the right to life is related to a being’s capacity for intelligence and to hold life preferences, which in turn is directly related to a capacity to feel and comprehend pain and pleasure.
Singer told Klein rationing is already happening, saying doctors and hospitals routinely make decisions based on costs. Klein is the host of “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” a syndicated radio program that airs in several markets across the US. Klein is also a columnist at WND.
“It’s different in the U.S. system, in a way, because it doesn’t do this overtly; maybe it doesn’t do it as much,” Singer explained. “And the result is it spends about twice as much on health care as some other countries for very little extra benefit in terms of the outcome.”
During the interview Klein quoted from a section of Singer’s 1993 treatise “Practical Ethics,” titled “Taking Life: Humans.” In the section, Singer argued for the morality of “non-voluntary euthanasia” for human beings not capable of understanding the choice between life and death, including “severely disabled infants, and people who through accident, illness, or old age have permanently lost the capacity to understand the issue involved.”
Singer contends that the wrongness of killing a human being is not based on the fact that the individual is alive and human. Instead, Singer argues it is “characteristics like rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness that make a difference.” When asked by Klein whether he envisions denying treatment to disabled infants to become more common in the US under the new health-care law, Singer replied: “It does happen. Not necessarily because of costs.”
“If an infant is born with a massive hemorrhage in the brain that means it will be so severely disabled that if the infant lives it will never even be able to recognize its mother, it won’t be able to interact with any other human being, it will just lie there in the bed and you could feed it but that’s all that will happen, doctors will turn off the respirator that is keeping that infant alive.”
“I don’t know whether they are influenced by reducing costs,” Singer continued. “Probably they are just influenced by the fact that this will be a terrible burden for the parents to look after, and there will be no quality of life for the child. So we are already taking steps that quite knowingly and intentionally are ending the lives of severely disabled infants. And I think we ought to be more open in recognizing that this happens.”
Klein then asked singer, “I know that it happens and it happens certainly if the family gives consent. But do you think in the future in order to ensure a more fair rationing of health-care and health-care costs, that it should actually be instituted more? The killing of severely disabled babies?”
Singer responded by saying the killing of infants would be “quite reasonable” if it saved money that can be used for better purposes. He contended that most people would say they don’t want their premiums to be higher “so that infants who can experience zero quality of life can have expensive treatments.”
Singer’s full response:
“I think if you had a health-care system in which governments were trying to say, “Look, there are some things that don’t provide enough benefits given the costs of those treatments. And if we didn’t do them we would be able to do a lot more good for other people who have better prospects, then yes.
I think it would be reasonable for governments to say, ‘This treatment is not going to be provided on the national health service if it’s a country with a national health service. Or in the United States on Medicare or Medicade.’
And I think it will be reasonable for insurance companies also to say, ‘You know, we won’t insure you for this or we won’t insure you for this unless you are prepared to pay an extra premium, or perhaps they have a fund with lower premiums for people who don’t want to insure against that.’
Because I think most people, when they think about that, would say that’s quite reasonable. You know, I don’t want my health insurance premiums to be higher so that infants who can experience zero quality of life can have expensive treatments.”
“We’re sorry to anyone we’ve offended and we hope to do a better job next time.”
A $6 COMMUTE WITH WI-FI, USB PORTS, AND COCONUT WATER
San Francisco-based Leap aims to create a comfortable lounge, on wheels.
Chris Pangilinan, a former San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency engineer who uses a wheelchair, has alleged that new private bus startup Leap is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As such, Pangilinan recently filed a formal complaint with the Department of Justice.
Leap recently launched its service, offering interested commuters a luxury transit option that includes things like Wi-Fi, more personal space, and refreshments. Leap charges riders $6 per fare (more than double what local buses charge), and riders use the company’s smartphone app to pay for fare or refreshments as well as to monitor when the buses are approaching.
Pangilinan, who moved away from San Francisco before Leap launched its service, said he found the company’s lack of accessibility “pretty shocking.” His complaint alleges that Leap “removed features that made the buses previously wheelchair accessible, such as the front door ramp, and wheelchair securement areas within the vehicle.”
If the Department of Justice (DOJ) finds that Leap is in violation, it could bring fines or a civil lawsuit. The DOJ did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
“I don’t want money or anything, what I want is to make sure that the spirit and the letter of the ADA [is considered] in the way that we build or change our transportation in the country,” Pangilinan told Ars. “If services like Leap are going to become more popular, then it’s harder to fight if we don’t change it.”
Who is a “transportation carrier?”
One 1990 law specifically covers public as well as private transportation companies when it comes to accessibility:
Private entities that are primarily engaged in the business of transporting people and whose operations affect commerce shall not discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of specified transportation services.
However, in the opening line of Leap’s terms of service, the company states (in all caps): “LEAP DOES NOT PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, AND LEAP IS NOT A TRANSPORTATION CARRIER.”
Such language could be an attempt to skirt the law. When asked how it’s possible that Leap is not a transit carrier, CEO Kyle Kirchhoff explained the situation to Ars:
We own them, but lease them to an operator. We pay them to help us manage things like cleaning, driver hiring, background checks, drug testing, maintenance, and storage. That’s the legal text that defines that relationship.
The executive denied that the company removed the buses’ ADA equipment. The company acquired its five buses used from an auction house, which was selling them from the Riverside Transit Agency, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“They all still have ramps,” Kirchhoff said, noting that he had not been contacted by anyone from the DOJ. “Some of the ramps didn’t work when we purchased them. They are used buses. We planned to address this later. As a short term solution, we are removing seats from one of our buses that still has a working ramp to make room for disabled commuters.”
In a prepared statement, the CEO added: “In the future, these considerations will be a high priority during our design process. We’re sorry to anyone we’ve offended and we hope to do a better job next time.
Parents sue drug maker after daughter with cerebral palsy dies ‘from overdose of Botox injected off-label to treat spasms’
Susan and Mike Fortuna of Shelburne, Vermont say their daughter Mandy suffered an unexplained health deterioration soon after treatment
The parents learned their daughter had been treated by the same doctor who previously caused a 7-year-old boy to overdose, lawyers say
In that case, Botox maker Allergan was forced to pay the family nearly $7million
Poisoned by Botox? Mike and Susan Fortuna, of Shelburne are accusing Allergan of failing to warn of dangers, negligence and breach of the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act in treating their daughter, Mandy
The parents of a Vermont woman who died last year have sued Botox maker Allergan, saying off-label treatment of her spams caused by cerebral palsy with Botox contributed to her death.
Mike and Susan Fortuna, of Shelburne, sued last week, accusing Allergan of failing to warn of dangers, negligence and breach of the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act in treating their 21-year-old daughter, Mandy Fortuna.
In November, a Vermont jury awarded a New York family $6.75 million in their lawsuit against Allergan. Their lawyer said 7-year-old Joshua Drake developed epilepsy after getting Botox injections for his leg spasms caused by cerebral palsy.
Joshua and Fortuna were treated by the same doctor, Dr. Scott Benjamin of Burlington, Vermont.
The last set of injections occurred on September 5, 2014, approximately three weeks prior to her death, according to a press release put out last week by the Fortunas’ attorneys.
The Fortunas claim their daughter suffered an unexplained deterioration in her health after from Dr. Benjamin.
‘She was continually gagging and choking, unable to clear her secretions,’ reads the complaint. ‘Her breathing was shallow and Mandy had trouble holding her head up. She began to experience seizures or seizure-like spells.’
The cause of death was not entirely conclusive and was ruled as atypical pneumonia, a common complication associated with Botox overdoses, according to their sui
A proposed bill could mandate that all taxis become wheelchair-accessible, banishing the “Taxi of Tomorrow” deal.
Councilman Corey Johnson introduced a bill Thursday that would require all cabs to be wheelchair-accessible – and banish the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow.
Under current plans, half of the yellow taxi fleet would be wheelchair-friendly by 2020. The legislation would up that number to 100%, and would also apply to black cars including e-hail services like Uber.
Councilman Corey Johnson introduced the bill Thursday.
And after complaints by disability advocates who want the city to revisit its Taxi of Tomorrow deal with Nissan, the bill would require the cabs to load wheelchairs from the side, rather than from the back like the current Nissan model.
“People with disabilities were kind of an afterthought in this process,” Johnson (D-Manhattan) said. “The whole thing was a mess. It’s embarrassing we are where we are in 2015.”
After complaints by disability advocates who want the city to revisit its Taxi of Tomorrow deal with Nissan, the bill would require the cabs to load wheelchairs from the side, rather than from the back like the current Nissan model.
Taxi and Limousine Commission Allan Fromberg said officials will review the bill but added, “The comprehensive plans we have currently in motion will give New York City the largest accessible fleet in the nation, reflecting our resolute commitment to enhancing transportation options for persons with disabilities.
So often all we here about professional sport is when the players take steroids or shoot someone or fight pitbulls, so to read a story like the one below restores ones faith in humanity.
For the 20th straight season, the Padres have signed Matt LaChappa. (USA Today)
For 20 straight season, the Padres have made one of the best and most meaningful minor league contract signings in all of baseball. It’s nothing you’ll find in a transactions log though.
As detailed by Ted Berg at USA Today, San Diego has signed former left-hander Matt LaChappa to a minor league deal each year since 1996, when LaChappa suffered a heart attack while warming up in the bullpen for a Class-A game. He was only 20 at the time.
LaChappa, now 39, is now a wheelchair user, and his contract with the Padres gives him access to health insurance. Steve Bisheff of the Orange County Register wrote more about LaChappa’s story back in 2005.
Here is what Eagle LaChappa, Matt’s brother, recently told USA Today about his brother’s relationship with the Padres:
“Nowadays, everybody talks about the statistics in baseball, and how it has all become a numbers game,” Eagle LaChappa said by phone. “But the Padres have been pretty special to him. They’ve said he’ll be a Padre for the rest of his life, and they’ve allowed him to keep a certain level of care.”
LaChappa is said to be a big Padres fan who “loves when they win and hates when they lose.” His family has a relationship with Padres equipment manager Tony Petricca, who helps arrange their trips to Petco Park to see the team play in person.
The Padres drafted LaChappa in 1993 and they could have very easily cut ties and walked away after his heart attack. Teams release players who suffered career-ending injuries all the time. Instead, they’ve stepped up to make sure LaChappa get the care he needs for two decades and counting now. Well done, Pads
A US mother is accused of abandoning her quadriplegic son in a forest with only a blanket and a Bible for five days while she went to visit her boyfriend.
Nyia Parler, 41, allegedly left her 21-year-old, wheelchair-bound son in the woods in Philadelphia last week.
A man walking through the area stumbled across him on Friday lying 3m from his wheelchair with the Bible lying on his chest.
He was rushed to hospital suffering dehydration and malnutrition and with cuts on his back.
Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Walker said the man with special needs had been left to die.
“This kid is obviously a fighter. It’s just unbelievable how we found him last night. It’s just heartbreaking to see how another human, especially a mother, could treat him like that,” he told ABC.
Parler, who police say travelled to Pennsylvania to visit her boyfriend after she left her son in the woods, has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of a care-dependent person, unlawful restraint, kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Teachers at her son’s school raised the alarm on Monday when he did not turn up to class.
The school called two of Parler’s sisters, one of whom called police.
But Parler told her family and police that her son was with her and her boyfriend in Maryland.
Parler has another 16-year-old son who is being cared for by relatives.
Custom-fitted apartments allow people with disabilities to take care of themselves and give them the confidence to fulfil their dreams.
At 16, Bree Synot was feeling ready to give up on life. Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bones, the prospect of finding a wheelchair-friendly house suitable for her needs was always going to be tough.
Her mother knew some tough love was needed. Bree moved out of the family home and into two different respite homes. But the next 6½ months would be “painful”. Every Friday Bree would pack up her room at Bacchus Marsh, more than an hour away from Melbourne, to spend the weekends at a separate respite home in Altona.
“Not being settled and having a ‘home’ to go to, shifting between houses, not seeing family that often and feeling alone is the worst feeling I have ever felt,” Bree says.
Bree Synot in her disability friendly home in Abbotsford. Photo: Penny Stephens
And the swapping between dual respite homes could easily get worse. Bree knew, that like 6000 other Australians aged under 65 with disabilities, she could easily be facing spending the rest of her life in a nursing home.
The ray of hope came in the form of the Summer Foundation. Set up by Di Winkler, an occupational therapist, the organisation initially began researching the plight of younger people trapped in aged care but now focuses on establishing solutions to the decades-old issue.
More recently, Winkler decided to “get her hands dirty” and the Summer Foundation bought two units to prove that “if you provide really good quality housing that is well designed, in a good location and incorporates technology, it fosters independence”. The demonstration project involves six apartments for people with a disability spread throughout a 50-strong apartment complex. The four other apartments are funded by the Transport Accident Commission.
Bree Synot in her disability-friendly home in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Photo: Penny Stephens
Bree’s case manager contacted the Summer Foundation to see if she would qualify and, after a tense 6½ months waiting, the happy phone call came. In July 2014 Bree moved in.
Privacy and the freedom to burn a candle were the two things Bree immediately enjoyed. But the longer-term changes were transformative. In just a few months, Bree was no longer relying on her mother to change her bed and do the washing. She was indulging her lifelong passion to become a chef and cook regularly. The ability to look after herself, all made possible by her custom-fitted apartment gave her confidence. She tried her hand at volunteering and welcomed a bichon frise puppy into her home.
Thanks to her iPad app connected to her home’s locks, airconditioning and blinds, she could let visitors in without moving from her bed, the couch or her chair. On one occasion she was able to let a support worker into her apartment from her hospital bed.
Support workers are available onsite around the clock in case of an emergency. Traditionally, their time would be bought in two-hour blocks but by mapping each resident’s individual needs and preferences, the support is rostered much more efficiently.
“With this model you can work it out so that people get to spread their hours across the week effectively,” Winkler says. The project is only halfway through its two-year research term but the halfway outcomes are all positive.
From Bree’s perspective, there is no doubt she is looking forward to a radically different future. She has set herself two main goals: to get her pain management under control and get a full-time job.
“I was depressed and gave up on the world and now I want to live and prove to myself and my family that I can live a normal life,” she says.
The Summer Foundation wants to see an Australia where, whenever medium to high-density housing is being built, housing for people with disabilities is automatically included.
“We don’t want to keep building the same old segregated specialist disability housing, it should just be part of mainstream housing,” Winkler says.