In early 2011 I was injured in an auto accident on a city bus in Australia, my tendons in both shoulders were torn. The idiot doctor looked at me in a wheelchair and said “yes they’re torn but they don’t affect the ability to walk around normally so I won’t operate?”
I replied you do realize I don’t walk and I rotate my shoulders about two hundred times an hour pushing my wheelchair don’t you? His reply was “oh so where did you go to medical school” What a smart ass, I tried to point out the common sense that wheelchair use could not be qualified as “normal walking around” he left the room.
Since that injury my shoulders have got progressively worse and sometimes the simple act of reaching for a cup of coffee can dislocate one or both shoulders, and what hurts even worse is two minutes later when they loudly pop back in.
Then as you know last Tuesday now 9 days ago I sliced the top and sides off my ring finger, when I had to pull my chair up fast to avoid two screws sitting up a half inch out of the floor at Brooklyn boulders. When I was talking to the woman in charge Kate, she couldn’t seem to wrap her head around how a slashed finger could stop me going anywhere I explained if I can’t make a grip. If I can’t grip my wheel I can’t push it, if I can’t push I go nowhere. She looked at me like I was trying to get her to take pi to the 14th decimal point (did it at 10 not that hard but I digress)
Doctors, we can’t “just walk over here for a moment ” nurses, “ we can’t hop up on the scale” and ambulance people we can’t “stand up for a moment while we open the stretcher”.
We are DISABLED, the wheels under our asses are not a new type of piercing but your obvious stupidity pierces the universe like nails on a chalk board.
Seriously folks why did you go to medical school? Was nursing school to meet boys? EMT’S did you get the job for the company car? Your inept recognition of our condition can kill.
If you can miss something as obvious as a wheelchair, what else did you miss? Allergic to penicillin, diabetic? Cardiac condition? Leave a few sponges in me when you sewed me back up. If you don’t want an angry belligerent patient don’t put a bumbling stupid fool masquerading as a medical person in front of them.
Mia’s thoughts- To those people who think this is an isolated event, I beg to differ.Once I was assaulted in a pizzeria by the owner because qoute”faggots aren’t welcome” when I awoke in the ambulance I was handcuffed and a police officer said if I charged the owner with assault they would claim I was robbing the register! even though there was a glass wall between customers and staff. So it turned out the pizzeria was where all the local cops ate, so the deal was I the victim was being blackmailed, a phoney robbery charge would be trumped up if I insisted on charging their pal? I have dozens of anti trans stories , sadly this a every day occurrence.
A transgender woman in California has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of excessive force after a taser was fired at her groin.
UT San Diego reported Brooke Fantelli said on Monday that the ranger involved in the altercation was polite until learning of her gender transition.
In a lawsuit filed last week at a federal court in San Diego, Ms Fantelli accused Ranger J Peters of excessive force during an incident in the Imperial County desert in October of last year.
Ms Fantelli and a group of people were on a photo shoot when the ranger approached and requested identification.
Ms Fantelli’s licence still listed her as male, and after Mr Peters saw it, she claims he became rude and stunned her twice with a taser.
The device hit her as she stood standing still with her hands in the air.
The lawsuit said the ranger arrested Ms Fantelli for being drunk in public.
Although she had consumed two beers, she said she was not intoxicated, a blood test taken later showed Ms Fantelli had no alcohol in her system and no charges were ever filed against her.
Stephen Razo, a BLM spokesman, said yesterday that the agency needed to review the lawsuit before making any comment.
Ms Fantelli builds and races off-road cars and has won 46 such races in her racing career.
Mia’s Thoughts-When I was a kid and I tried to report my molestation, I was called a liar ,I was told I was being a horrible child, I came close several times to taking my own life. The people in charge of the day were of the mind that this was not something to be discusssed, it was for the family to handle.
One problem My family were who I was trying to report!
Reposted from a story by: Marty Silk From: AAP November 10, 2012 3:48PM
TWO leading child protection advocacy groups are calling for a national royal commission into the sexual abuse of Australian children.
Bravehearts and the National Child Protection Alliance are urging Prime Minister Julia Gillard to set up a federal inquiry to examine all clandestine, cultural, illegal and systemic activities, policies, laws and practices which compound the sexual abuse of children.
Bravehearts director Hetty Johnston says any commission must look into all churches, institutions, courts of law, government and non-government organisations.
“Our children deserve protection. They deserve decisive and immediate action from those with the power to protect them,” she said in statement.
“Our politicians must step up to the plate.
“The evidence around the level of danger our children face is indisputable.”
The call comes after NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell announced on Friday a special commission of inquiry into police handling of abuse by Catholic Church clergy in the Hunter Valley, following a senior police officer’s claims of a cover-up.
Independent senator Nick Xenophon said the allegations go beyond state borders, citing similar claims of abuse and cover-up in South Australia and Victoria.
Ms Johnston said the time had come for the federal government to act.
“Child sexual assault and the issues surrounding it are endemic. They are national and they demand a national response,” she said.
“There is no question a federal royal commission is needed immediately
reposted from a story by SDGLN Staff November 5th, 2012
WASHINGTON — A right-wing Tea Party organization devoted to electing Republicans called “True the Vote” is training its volunteer poll watchers to target transgender voters.
True the Vote’s training manual features a transphobic image [seen above] that claims transgender people are fraudulent voters and should be denied the right to vote.
“It is disgraceful that True the Vote would try to thug anyone into not voting. True the Vote’s true agenda is a shameful attempt to scare trans people away from participating in our democracy,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality.
Until this point, the concerted effort by right-wing, Tea Party groups to restrict voting rights with new Voter ID laws only inadvertently affected transgender voters. Only hours away from Election Day, the discovery of True the Vote’s training manual marks a shift by right-wing groups to explicitly target transgender people and deny them a right to vote.
“Trans people are resilient,” Keisling said. “For trans people, voting is not just a right and a responsibility, for us it is also an important part of how we are winning our equality. Scare tactics like this won’t keep us from that.”
NCTE urges all transgender and gender non-conforming voters, regardless of their party affiliation or political beliefs, to ignore True The Vote’s shameful and un-American attacks, and vote this Election Day.
In case you are challenged, be prepared by bringing NCTE’s “Voting While Trans Checklist” with you when you vote. The Checklist includes a message from NCTE to poll workers clarifying possible questions they may have about your identification.
If a poll worker or poll watcher attempts to deny you a ballot, call the National Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) immediately
1st Degree Child Abuse LIFE IN PRISON
2nd Degree Child Abuse 10 YEARS IN PRISON
Commit Child Abuse in Front of Another Child, You Are Guilty of the Same Act on That Child. Forcing a Child to Witness Abuse IS ALSO ABUSE!
A letter from Dominick Calhoun’s family
Dominick Richard Calhoun was a victim of child abuse in the most severe way. Our story begins on April 12, 2010, when our family lost a son, grandson, nephew, brother and friend. Our children only have us to rely on, so it is our duty to be the voice for those children that have none.
If everyone from judges to child protective services (CPS) had just done their job, this sweet child would still be with us. After Dominick’s death, we started looking into the reasons why we were let down by the system that is supposed to protect children from violent homes.
After Dominick’s death, Facebook pages came up in memory of Dominick. The two key pages were, “Justice for Dominick,” and “Dominick’s law.” Right from the beginning, we started getting support from families of other children that have gone through similar situations. As our sites grew in popularity, we started receiving inquiries from people asking us for help because no one would help them. I would personally speak with some of these people and cry over their situations. These many conversations drove our family to fight harder to change the way things work. I hear over and over how the courts, (CPS) and other agencies turn these people away. The end result is children suffer. This has to stop.
Ever since Dominick was taken from us, we have been busy trying to help local charities that help these very children that have been abused. In this journey, we have not been able to understand the magnitude of this very thing that took our Dominick from us. We then found out that existing laws to help these very children were in need of change, so we enlisted help from a wonderful lady, who helped us with the first draft of what would become Dominick’s Law.
That’s when we started contacting state representatives. At our first meeting, we were very happy with the turnout of people who wanted to help us. I could see that we were going to do something special here.
Our law is now beginning to receive action. With Lansing’s help, we will finally make this happen. Dominick did not have the chance to grow up and we will not get to enjoy even one more of the beautiful moments of his life. If Dominick’s Law had been in place, my grandson’s killer would not have been on the street to begin with.
There is so much more that needs to be done other than this law, but it is such a huge step. My family and so many others grieve and cry every day over what has happened to our children. I know from living this nightmare every day that this has to change. Dominick’s law points us in the right direction.
The Calhoun family
STATE OF MICHIGAN
REGULAR SESSION OF 2012
Introduced by Reps. Lori, Ananich, Barnett, Bauer, Bledsoe, Brown, Brunner, Byrum, Constan, Cotter, Crawford, Damrow, Darany, Denby, Dillon, Durhal, Farrington, Foster, Gilbert, Graves, Greimel, Haines, Haugh, Haveman, Heise, Hooker, Horn, Hovey-Wright, Hughes, Huuki, Irwin, Jackson, Jenkins, Knollenberg, Kurtz, LaFontaine, LeBlanc, Liss, Lyons, MacMaster, McCann, Meadows, O’Brien, Oakes, Olson, Opsommer, Pettalia, Poleski, Potvin, Price, Rendon, Rutledge, Santana, Wayne Schmidt, Segal, Shaughnessy, Slavens, Smiley, Somerville, Stamas, Stapleton, Switalski, Talabi, Tlaib and Tyler
ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 5562
AN ACT to amend 1931 PA 328, entitled “An act to revise, consolidate, codify, and add to the statutes relating to crimes; to define crimes and prescribe the penalties and remedies; to provide for restitution under certain circumstances; to provide for the competency of evidence at the trial of persons accused of crime; to provide immunity from prosecution for certain witnesses appearing at criminal trials; to provide for liability for damages; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts inconsistent with or contravening any of the provisions of this act,” by amending section 136b (MCL 750.136b), as amended by 2008 PA 577, and by adding section 136d.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
Sec. 136b. (1) As used in this section:
(a) “Child” means a person who is less than 18 years of age and is not emancipated by operation of law as provided in section 4 of 1968 PA 293, MCL 722.4.
(b) “Cruel” means brutal, inhuman, sadistic, or that which torments.
(c) “Omission” means a willful failure to provide food, clothing, or shelter necessary for a child’s welfare or willful abandonment of a child.
(d) “Person” means a child’s parent or guardian or any other person who cares for, has custody of, or has authority over a child regardless of the length of time that a child is cared for, in the custody of, or subject to the authority of that person.
(e) “Physical harm” means any injury to a child’s physical condition.
(f) “Serious physical harm” means any physical injury to a child that seriously impairs the child’s health or physical well-being, including, but not limited to, brain damage, a skull or bone fracture, subdural hemorrhage or hematoma, dislocation, sprain, internal injury, poisoning, burn or scald, or severe cut.
(g) “Serious mental harm” means an injury to a child’s mental condition or welfare that is not necessarily permanent but results in visibly demonstrable manifestations of a substantial disorder of thought or mood which significantly impairs judgment, behavior, capacity to recognize reality, or ability to cope with the ordinary demands of life.
(2) A person is guilty of child abuse in the first degree if the person knowingly or intentionally causes serious physical or serious mental harm to a child. Child abuse in the first degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for life or any term of years.
(3) A person is guilty of child abuse in the second degree if any of the following apply:
(a) The person’s omission causes serious physical harm or serious mental harm to a child or if the person’s reckless act causes serious physical harm or serious mental harm to a child.
(b) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act likely to cause serious physical or mental harm to a child regardless of whether harm results.
(c) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act that is cruel to a child regardless of whether harm results.
(4) Child abuse in the second degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment as follows:
(a) For a first offense, not more than 10 years.
(b) For a second or subsequent offense, not more than 20 years.
(5) A person is guilty of child abuse in the third degree if any of the following apply:
(a) The person knowingly or intentionally causes physical harm to a child.
(b) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act that under the circumstances poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to a child, and the act results in physical harm to a child.
(6) Child abuse in the third degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years.
(7) A person is guilty of child abuse in the fourth degree if any of the following apply:
(a) The person’s omission or reckless act causes physical harm to a child.
(b) The person knowingly or intentionally commits an act that under the circumstances poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to a child, regardless of whether physical harm results.
(8) Child abuse in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year.
(9) This section does not prohibit a parent or guardian, or other person permitted by law or authorized by the parent or guardian, from taking steps to reasonably discipline a child, including the use of reasonable force.
(10) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that the defendant’s conduct involving the child was a reasonable response to an act of domestic violence in light of all the facts and circumstances known to the defendant at that time. The defendant has the burden of establishing the affirmative defense by a preponderance of the evidence. As used in this subsection, “domestic violence” means that term as defined in section 1 of 1978 PA 389, MCL 400.1501.
Sec. 136d. (1) A person who violates section 136b in the presence of a child other than the child who is the victim of the violation is guilty of a felony punishable as follows:
(a) If the person violates section 136b(2) in the presence of another child, by imprisonment for life or any term of years.
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (c), if the person violates section 136b(4) in the presence of another child, by imprisonment for not more than 10 years.
(c) If the person violates section 136b(4) in the presence of another child on a second or subsequent occasion, by imprisonment for not more than 20 years.
(d) If the person violates section 136b(6) in the presence of another child, by imprisonment for not more than 2 years.
(2) A charge and conviction under this section do not prohibit a person from being charged with, convicted of, or sentenced for any other violation of law arising out of the same transaction as the violation of this section.
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act shall be known and may be cited as “Dominick’s Law”.
Enacting section 2. This amendatory act takes effect July 1, 2012.
This act is ordered to take immediate effect.
STATE OF MICHIGAN
REGULAR SESSION OF 2012
Introduced by Reps. Graves, Ananich, Barnett, Bauer, Bledsoe, Brown, Brunner, Byrum, Constan, Cotter, Crawford, Damrow, Darany, Denby, Durhal, Farrington, Geiss, Gilbert, Greimel, Haveman, Heise, Hooker, Horn, Howze, Hughes, Jackson, Jenkins, Knollenberg, Kurtz, Lane, LeBlanc, Lindberg, Liss, Lyons, MacGregor, Meadows, O’Brien, Oakes, Olson, Opsommer, Poleski, Rendon, Roy Schmidt, Wayne Schmidt, Segal, Slavens, Smiley, Somerville, Stallworth, Stamas, Stanley, Stapleton, Switalski, Talabi, Tlaib, Tyler and Zorn
ENROLLED HOUSE BILL No. 5563
AN ACT to amend 1927 PA 175, entitled “An act to revise, consolidate, and codify the laws relating to criminal procedure and to define the jurisdiction, powers, and duties of courts, judges, and other officers of the court under the provisions of this act; to provide laws relative to the rights of persons accused of criminal offenses and ordinance violations; to provide for the arrest of persons charged with or suspected of criminal offenses and ordinance violations; to provide for bail of persons arrested for or accused of criminal offenses and ordinance violations; to provide for the examination of persons accused of criminal offenses; to regulate the procedure relative to grand juries, indictments, informations, and proceedings before trial; to provide for trials of persons complained of or indicted for criminal offenses and ordinance violations and to provide for the procedure in those trials; to provide for judgments and sentences of persons convicted of criminal offenses and ordinance violations; to establish a sentencing commission and to prescribe its powers and duties; to provide for procedure relating to new trials and appeals in criminal and ordinance violation cases; to provide a uniform system of probation throughout this state and the appointment of probation officers; to prescribe the powers, duties, and compensation of probation officers; to provide penalties for the violation of the duties of probation officers; to provide for procedure governing proceedings to prevent crime and proceedings for the discovery of crime; to provide for fees of officers, witnesses, and others in criminal and ordinance violation cases; to set forth miscellaneous provisions as to criminal procedure in certain cases; to provide penalties for the violation of certain provisions of this act; and to repeal all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with or contravening any of the provisions of this act,” by amending section 16g of chapter XVII (MCL 777.16g), as amended by 2008 PA 521.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
Sec. 16g. (1) This chapter applies to the following felonies enumerated in chapter 750 of the Michigan Compiled Laws:
M.C.L. Category Class Description Stat Max
750.135 Person D Exposing children with intent to injure or abandon 10
750.135a(2)(c) Person D Leaving child unattended in vehicle resulting in serious physical harm 10
750.135a(2)(d) Person B Leaving child unattended in vehicle resulting in death 15
750.136b(2) Person A First degree child abuse Life
750.136b(4)(a) Person C Second degree child abuse — first offense 10
750.136b(4)(b) Person B Second degree child abuse — second or subsequent offense 20
750.136b(6) Person G Third degree child abuse 2
750.136c Person B Buying or selling an individual 20
750.136d(1)(a) Person A First degree child abuse in presence of another child Life
750.136d(1)(b) Person D Second degree child abuse in presence of another child — first offense 10
750.136d(1)(c) Person B Second degree child abuse in presence of another child — second or subsequent offense 20
750.136d(1)(d) Person G Third degree child abuse in presence of another child 2
750.145a Person F Soliciting child to commit an immoral act 4
750.145b Person D Accosting children for immoral purposes with prior conviction 10
750.145c(2) Person B Producing child sexually abusive activity or material 20
750.145c(3) Person D Distributing, promoting, or financing the distribution of child sexually abusive activity or material 7
750.145c(4) Person F Possessing child sexually abusive material 4
750.145d(2)(b) Variable G Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 1 year but less than 2 years 2
750.145d(2)(c) Variable F Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 2 years but less than 4 years 4
750.145d(2)(d) Variable D Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 4 years but less than 10 years 10
750.145d(2)(e) Variable C Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years but less than 15 years 15
750.145d(2)(f) Variable B Using internet or computer to commit crime punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 15 years or for life 20
750.145n(1) Person C First degree vulnerable adult abuse 15
750.145n(2) Person F Second degree vulnerable adult abuse 4
750.145n(3) Person G Third degree vulnerable adult abuse 2
750.145o Person E Death of vulnerable adult caused by unlicensed caretaker 5
750.145p(1) Person G Commingling funds of, obstructing investigation regarding, or filing false information regarding, vulnerable adult 2
750.145p(2) Person G Retaliation or discrimination by caregiver against vulnerable adult 2
750.145p(5) Person E Caregiver or licensee violation against vulnerable adult — subsequent offense 5
750.147b Person G Ethnic intimidation 2
(2) For a violation of section 145d of the Michigan penal code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.145d, determine the offense category, offense variable level, and prior record variable level based on the underlying offense.
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect July 1, 2012.
Enacting section 2. This amendatory act does not take effect unless House Bill No. 5562 of the 96th Legislature is enacted into law.
This act is ordered to take immediate effect
The first confirmed death of hurricane sandy was a 13 year old girl whose house exploded when the hurricane forces hit from one side as the surge water hit from the other, her father was washed away his body was just found 4 hours ago the mother was found barely alive clinging to a door from her house in new York harbor.
A mother with her two young boys in the car when it stalled and the SUV was thrown into a ditch they were thrown from the car, she clung to the children as long as she could with one arm around a tree the boys were blown away. That was Monday, Their bodies were found this afternoon she was found hours after the boys blew away huddled in someone’s front door almost dead from hypothermia.
A 28 year old police officer going back to save his own family after working to rescue his neighbors, stepped in a puddle and was electrocuted and he died instantly.
Every minute of the day so many stories like these appear on the television, so far 64 confirmed deaths. I know News is necessary I know people have the right to know, but there are so many deaths, so many children and you start to wonder how many more? Are there more.
Hurricane sandy you took so many, you destroyed so much but the one thing you can never destroy is our resilience. our fight is still here and you’re gone now we rebuild.
British Columbias champion of the disabled Paul Caune to be honored by her majesty Queen Elizabeth the second for his service to disabled community of Canada
As most Of you know I grew up In Australia, by the time I went to school I knew every word to god save the Queen we sang it very day in Assembly. My step father served in her majesty’s forces with honor, and he was born in Yorkshire England so we as Australians were and are Loyal Royalists. As such whether you support the royalty or not a medal from her majesty Is one of the highest recognitions you can receive for your selfless work. In the short time I have known Paul and come to call him friend, It has quickly become clear that noone fights harder for their community.
So has we say in royal countries “THREE CHEERS FOR PAUL, HIP HIP HOORAY, HIP HIP HOORAY, HIP HIP HOORAY.
We the disabled advocacy community are so proud of you Paul well deserved. Your friend Mia G of disabledaccessdenied.com NY
Below is the letter Paul received in notification well done
Dear Civil Rights Nowers,
I received an interesting letter yesterday.
Here’s an excerpt:
…To celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years of selfless service and devotion to duty, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnson, Governor General of Canada, announced the issuance of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as a visible way to recognize outstanding Canadians.
These medals provide an opportunity to honour exceptional Canadians for their contributions to their fellow citizens,to our communities and to our country. Members of Parliament were given the honour of bestowing the awards to thirty members of their communities.
On behalf of His Excellency, I am pleased to inform you that you will awarded this commemorative medal…
Don Davies, MP
This is overwhelming.
Thank you Don Davies and His Excellency the Governor General.
Any contribution of value that I may have given to my country is solely due the support given to me by my family and friends. Thank you.
The award ceremony is Nov 18.
The story below puts to rest any doubters who in the past have said”surely mia people don’t treat the disabled like that?” Well this happenned because he wouldn’t share his six pack!
Ricky Gilmore was ditched by a couple he met hitchhiking when he wouldn’t share his booze. They tossed him out of their truck and left him without his wheelchair on a desolate road.
Reposted from a story By Rheana Murray / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
Hurricane sandy is heading for the tri-state area are you prepared? Have you checked on your disabled neighbors and family?
Last year, during hurricane irenes attack on NYC 1 in 5 shelters provided by the city were either not wheelchair accessible or the volunteers refused to lift or assist the disabled into the shelters.
I just had a conversation with the staff of Christine Quinn speaker of the house for the Newyork city council, her assistant Michaela Miller assures me that the moment the centers adresses are declared she will email me the list for you to access.
If this storm does hit in the force they expect and you encounter any trouble, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your location and details and what kind of device (walker wheelchair mobility scooter) and we will get help to you.
Stay tuned to my Blog for hour to hour updates and we will get through this together, regards Mia g Vayner