When Glenda Standeven sees a car parked in a handicap space without a proper sign, she doesn’t cause a ruckus or wait for the culprit to come back so she can yell at them.
Instead, she writes a note.
Crackdown on able-bodied drivers using disabled spots in B.C.
“Oops! You forgot to hang up your handicapped sign. I’m sure you’re not one of those rude, thoughtless, insensitive people who use these spots just for their own convenience,” reads the sign.
“This is a just a friendly reminder to hang your sign next time. From one disabled person to another.”
Standeven, who lost her right leg to cancer nearly three decades ago, says it’s a much better way of dealing with an all-too common problem.
“It’s more of a gentle approach. I think that’s one of the things that appeals to people. It’s not so aggressive, and it’s not returning rudeness for rudeness.”
In 2013, Vancouver issued 214 disabled parking violation tickets, while Surrey issued 254. While disputes over handicap spots flare up from time to time in every city, Jane Dyson of Disability Alliance BC says it’s not an issue that can be easily addressed.
“Most of these disabled parking spots are actually in private lots. Really it’s up to the mall management or business management to enforce the parking rules. That can be challenging for them,” she says.
B.C.’s regulations around handicap parking spots lag behind other provinces in Canada, according to Lorraine Copas, Executive Director for SPARC BC. Ontario requires four handicap spaces for every 100 units in residential parking lots, while B.C. just requires one.
She’s hopeful the province begins making more changes to help a growing part of B.C.’s driving population.
“We’re hoping they’re going to start addressing these issues. We’re looking at doubling and tripling of the senior population, and those are the ones who do have health and mobility challenges,” she said
PHOTO: A speaker at the National Disability Summit had to be helped from the wheelchair-inaccessible stage. (Supplied: Jarrod Marrinon)
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Organisers of a national disability conference in Melbourne have come under fire after a speaker had to be carried onto the stage because it was not wheelchair accessible.
Attendees of the sixth annual National Disability Summit, organised by a private provider, said participants with disabilities who paid $2,000 to attend were made to sit together at one table at the back of the room.
Only 12 concession spots had been organised for participants with disabilities at the summit, held last week.
There was no ramp for mobility-impaired speakers to reach the stage and participants had to be lifted up four stairs so they could get to the lectern.
One participant, Jax Jacki Brown, said on Facebook that watching a speaker getting carried up on stage showed that “we have a long way to go”.
According to a blog post by Ms Brown, the “accessible toilet was filled with chairs and used as a storage space in the week leading up to the conference”.
PHOTO: The accessible toilets were full of chairs and used for storage in the week leading up to the conference, Jax Jacki Brown wrote on a blog post. (Supplied)
“The food provided was up on really tall tables … wheelchair users could not access it,” she added.
Disability advocate Jarrod Marrinon said organisers took his registration fee and then told him there was no spot for him but eventually allowed him to participate.
“I was pretty taken aback when I realised just how much these people don’t really think about what they’re doing,” he said.
“I refused to sit [at] the table. The problem was the table was up the back, in the corner.”
In a tweet, disability discrimination commissioner Susan Ryan said conference organisers have been approached regarding accessibility issues at the event.
The organisers of the event, Informa, have been contacted by the ABC for comment.
The summit discussed the progress of the NDIS trial sites
IMAGE: AUSTRALIA’S PARLIAMENT HOUSE
More than 100,000 students with disabilities across Australia are being denied access to education because of a lack of government funding.
On top of that, many other students are receiving inadequate support.
At the last election, the Abbott Government promised to redress the problem – but students and their families are still waiting.
Today they’re holding a national day of action at Parliament House to lobby the Government ahead of the May Budget
Trish Jackson has no arms, six holes in her heart and nerve pain caused by a drug her mum took while pregnant. Is $9,200 compensation fair?
Trish Jackson, one of 37 Thalidomide Survivors who missed out on millions od dollars in compensation, at Parliament House in Canberra. Source: News Corp Australia
SHE was born without arms and has six holes in her heart because her mother took an anti-nausea drug. But the only compensation Trish Jackson’s mum received is $9,200.
The 52-year-old Queenslander is one of 35 thalidomide victims who’ve been cheated by the legal system and ignored by our government. As other governments around the world pay out their victims, she wants help.
Thalidomide was launched in 1957 to treat nausea in pregnant women but it caused severe birth defects including missing and stunted limbs, missing organs, deafness and blindness in more than 10,000 babies worldwide.
Forty per cent of the babies born with these defects died before their first birthday and the world’s worst drug scandal led to the establishment of Australia’s medicines watchdog the Therapeutic Goods Administration..
In 2013 when 100 other Australian thalidomide victims shared $89 million in compensation Trish and 35 surviving thalidomide victims missed out.
Her parents were forced to waive their right and her right to any further compensation for her injuries when they received a $9,200 compensation payment from the company that distributed thalidomide in the 1970s.
Trish Jackson was initially denied a disability pension despite missing two arms as a result of an anti-nausea drug her mother used while pregnant. Picture Kim Smyth News Corp. Source: News Corp Australia
Trish was aged just ten at the time her legal rights were signed away.
A further small settlement was reached between these 35 victims and the distributor of the drug in 2010.
Trish is angry that while other governments have helped the victims in their country the Australian Government has ignored victims here.
In 2012 the British government provided 20 million pounds compensation for its thalidomide victims, the Irish Government topped up a German compensation scheme and paid its victims a lump sum payment and monthly allowance in the 1970s.
The Canadian Government this year offered its 95 thalidomide victims a $125,000 lump-sum payment and access to a medical assistance fund of up to $168 million.
The Australian Government has done nothing for our thalidomide survivors, instead Trish says its bureaucracy has humiliated them.
When she applied for the dole as a school leaver Trish Jackson was told her she had to prove she could work before it would be paid and she was sent to a sheltered workshop.
She later got a job as a receptionist.
Trish Jackson says she even had to fight for a disability pension several years ago because the bureaucrat considering her case failed to notice she was missing her arms.
She’s written to every federal and state MP about her plight and that of 37 other survivors like herself.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told her to contact her state community services department and gave her a 1300 number to call at the Department of Human Services when she sent him a letter asking for compensation similar to that provided to overseas victims.
Dr William McBride, the Australian doctor who discovered risk of Thalidomide to unborn babies. Source: News Corp Australia
When she came to Canberra this week Social Security Minister Scott Morrison refused to meet her.
Former Labor assistant health minister Jan McLucas promised to help Trish and other thalidomide victims in 2008 but nothing came of it.
Ms Jackson’s local MP Senator Chris Ketter raised her case in federal parliament this week.
When Trish Jackson took the Prime Minister’s advice and called the state community services department it offered to install a hand rail in her home even though she doesn’t have any hands.
The federal Human Services Department told her they didn’t know what thalidomide was and had no funding for her.
“They are just waiting for us to die so the problem goes away,” she said.
Trish says she wants the government to apologise to her parents for allowing the medicine into Australia and compensation to help modify her home so she can live with the disability caused by the drug.
“How do you put a price on being stared at, laughed at, made fun of, all the heart operations I’ve been through, being told by the government you are not disabled, sent to work in a sheltered workshop, the lost relationships, the lost work opportunities,” she says.
Trish Jackson wants government compensation to her modify her home to cope with problems caused by the drug thalidomide. Picture Kim Smyth News Corp. Source: News Corp Australia
Trish dreams of having enough money to tile her floor so it is flat for her wheelchair, she needs her bathroom revamped to suit her needs, her swimming pool needs updating to remove steps so she can get the only exercise she can do.
Most of all she wants an apology to her parents over the drug that caused the birth defects because she says her mother blames herself for Trish’s birth defects.
Trish has a 21 year old daughter and worked for 15 years before the strain of brushing her teeth, doing her hair and other basic tasks with her feet and mouth took its toll on her body.
She lives with a constant headache, thalidomide damaged her nerves so merely brushing against her can produce pain like being hit by an axe.
When 100 other thalidomide victims received millions in compensation in 2013 Trish’s father called thrilled to think she had finally got help.
He cried when she told him she would get none of that compensation because he had signed away her rights.
“I’m a happy person, I’ve never been woe is me, the world owes me,” she says.
“This is how I was born, this is what I live with I just get on with it,” she says.
Reposted from an online story By KERRY-ANNE MARCH 24, 2015 1:41 PM
An African American business woman from Long Island was drugged and locked in a hospital psych ward for eight days because first police, and then doctors could not believe her high-powered career was real.
The hideous ordeal began last September as 32-year-old former Citigroup banker Kam Brock drove her BMW through Harlem. The NYPD pulled her over, accused her of being high on marijuana and impounded her car. No weed was ever found in the vehicle.
The next day, she went to pick up her vehicle and confronted officers about her treatment. She was forcibly sedated, cuffed, and sent to Harlem Hospital. On arrival, she was locked up in the psych ward as an ‘Emotionally Disturbed’ person.
“Next thing you know, the police held onto me, the doctor stuck me with a needle and I was knocked out,” Brock recalls. “I woke up to them taking off my underwear and then went out again. I woke up the next day in a hospital robe.”
But this was only the beginning of her nightmare. As the New York Daily News reports:
Kam Brock’s frightening eight-day ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ ordeal at the mental facility included forced injections of powerful sedatives and demands she down doses of lithium, medical records obtained through her suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court show.
In efforts to establish her credibility and sanity, Brock tried to explain who she was. She told doctors about her job, and that President Obama follows her on Twitter—both of which are true. They argued she was delusional and bipolar, sedated her, and kept her in treatment for more than a week.
The New York Daily News was able to gain access to Harlem Hospital’s treatment plan for Brock, which read:
“Objective: Patient will verbalize the importance of education for employment and will state that Obama is not following her on Twitter,” and “patient’s weaknesses: inability to test reality, unemployment.”
But as Jay Hathaway over at Gawker points out:
In reality, Barack Obama’s Twitter account—which is not actually run by President Obama, or even the White House—follows 640,000 people, including Brock. One way to “test” that reality might have been to look at Brock’s Twitter account, which is public.
Doctors could also have verified Brock’s employment history with ease, had they so chosen. Several Instagram photos from her time at Citibank last year are available publicly. They show company emails announcing the most productive personal bankers of the month, a list Brock consistently topped and shared with pride. Astoria Bank is her current employer.
A simple Google search of her name, or a few phone calls would have cleared up this whole situation in a matter of minutes. But no such measures were taken. Is it really so unbelievable that a black woman in America might own a BMW legitimately, bought with wages from a successful career?
Medical records show that for eight days, she was forced to attend group therapy, suffer injections of heavy sedatives, and swallow lorazepam and lithium pills – all in efforts to have her deny her own life story.
When she was finally released, no apologies were made for the mistake. Instead, she was handed a $13,000 medical bill.
Brock has since filed a suit against the city, citing unspecified damages. New York City’s Law Department are reviewing the suit.
As my regular readers know I recently flew from New York LaGuardia airport to Albuquerque via Dallas, at Dallas Airport I had to go to the little girl’s room before we replaned. I rolled into the ladies room to go pee, we opened the door to roll in and when I did my knees hit the back wall and the rear of my wheelchair and wheels are still sticking out into the main room of the toilet.
I rolled out and looked and it said disabled bathroom and had handles bolted like a disabled bathroom to the wall, so Ella said “oh there’s another one down the other end” so we rolled down there and it was identical. Half the width of my wheelchair wheels which are 24 inch, so 12 inches and the back rest were stuck out into the room and the door couldn’t close. We rolled out and asked the attendant and was informed all bathrooms in the complex are identical, so a domestic airport and an international airport, one of the busiest in the nation I’m told has no wheelchair accessible facilities?
Thousands of people go through the airport every day, there are Military bases in and around the Dallas airport there are VA hospitals wounded warriors and also general public who are disabled rely on the ability to be able to use facilities in the airport and the who gives a fuck attitude we got, and my favorite ”this is Texas not new York honey” will not cut it we are citizens like everyone else and our tax dollars paid for the airport so if we pay for it we damn well have the right to use every facility in the buildings.
RELIGIOUS AFFLUENZA: SEX SHOP OWNING Cross Dressing PRIEST BUSTED FOR RUNNING METH RING – ASKS FOR LENIENCY
Currently in Connecticut a Roman Catholic Priest, Monsignor Kevin Wallin, who has become known as “Monsignor Meth” is going through sentencing for his conviction of running a crystal meth amphetamine ring. Even more startling is where the priest was running the ring out of-Namely, a sex/smoke shop.
Furthermore, Monsignor Meth OWNED the sex shop where the meth amphetamine ring was being run. It is suspected that he bought the shop to launder his profits from selling the meth.
One can only speculate as to why he chose that business vs. the many “non-sexual” choices in cash businesses there are out there, most of which would be much lower profile than a sex shop. But so far, no convictions have resulted in anything having to do with the shop. Although there have been reports of Wallin being caught previously having gay sex in the rectory. Also it is reported that Wallin was a frequent cross dresser during those episodes.
Wallin was busted in 2013 after selling the drugs which he received from a California distributor and sold to an undercover narcotics officer 6 times. Next week he is to be sentenced. And despite a pre-arranged plea deal, he is asking for leniency.
Wallin originally agreed to a plea deal that would include at least 10 years behind bars. Now, a week before final sentencing, his attorney is asking for a reduction in sentence to 4 years plus some community service in an attempt to rewrite the deal in the 11th hour.
His attorney is using some 80 letters of support for the priest, including one from the late Cardinal Egan to try to sway the judge. According to the defense, Wallin’s priestly goodness should entitle him to only do less than half of what is agreed upon. You know, religious affluenza.
Acoording to the defense, forget that he ran a meth ring. Forget that he ran the meth ring from a sex shop. Not one he patronized, one he owned. In fact, forget all that messy business having to do with priests and sex, including illicit sex altogether. And definitely forget that the shop was perhaps also a tool to launder money and perhaps had other less than honorable purposes for Monsignor Meth.
The defense only wants the judge to consider his “day job.” That he was a priest. And we all know priest = good guy, right? Wallin’s attorney also cited 3 decades of “charitable service” in the Monsignor’s defense. they believe he is just too good of a man to stick to the agreed deal!
Mafia Dons and gangster bosses give away turkeys every Thanksgiving. John Wayne Gacy was a good painter and was active in the community. Heck, O.J. did charity work in the area of domestic violence. None of that matters when talking about their crimes. This priest betrayed everyone around him. Most of his victims surely aren’t even known yet, and might not ever be. He did not serve his community, he used it.
Let us all hope Monsignor Wallin receives the sentence that he agreed to and not the one he and his attorney are trying to slip through in the 11th hour that they feel they are entitled to as sufferers of religious affluenza