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Caitlyn Jenner stirred up a hornets nest this week

This week Olympic champion and Kardashian step dad Bruce Jenner came out as a transgender woman in a big way, A BLOODY BIG WAY and the world became divided. 7 soldiers died in Afghanistan and another 6 in Nepal and 5 in a chopper crash in California, but screw that The media had more important things to cover Bruce became Caitlyn, Texas flooded so bad it made Noah jealous, but Annie Leibowitz photographed Caitlyn?HOLD THE FRONT PAGE RICH MAN BECOMES RICH WOMAN WITH PHOTOS!
I am a transgender woman, I transitioned in 1995 so this year is my twentieth anniversary as Mia. I celebrate Caitlyn, I congratulate Caitlyn, but I would not give Caitlyn an Arthur ashe award for bravery.
Yes she was brave but not throw yourself on a grenade to save thirty other soldiers brave, not sit on the front of the bus brave, not “I had a dream brave” just me and twenty million other people came out as trans brave?
There is an old memory from kindergarten from one day when I brought bazooka bubblegum to class and I was told “unless I had enough for the whole class I had to give it to the teacher” well ESPY SPORTS AWARDS unless you are going to posthumously award the new York trans woman beaten to death with a tire iron an award, the Alabama trans woman strangled by her pastor father an award, the California trans woman shot by her twin because he was afraid his gangbanger homies would think he was the same an award, or the millions who lose everything they ever worked for and never see their children an award, sorry the teacher gets to confiscate your espy.

Today the New York Times said “how dare Caitlyn and other trans women think they tell us how to be a female”? I thought WOW did they ever get it wrong. When I came out I had had over thirty years learning how to be a tough ball breaking take no shit 6ft4 martial artist bouncer business person and sailor and so much more, but nobody taught me how to be the female I knew I was on the inside
outwardly.
No one taught me how to roll stockings on your leg without destroying them or how to apply lipstick without looking like clown makeup or how to get in and out of a car in a skirt or sit like a lady! When we say “we are women” we meanour minds are feminine, were not stealing your place in the line were saying “my mind has always been female but my outward body was wrong”
It was almost as if I had suffered a stroke, because my mind wanted to sound lady like but my voice blurted man , my mind wanted me to sit with my legs crossed but my body screwed up the message and spread them wide I got up in the morning wanting to shave my legs but my hands moved the razor to my face.
It was as if there was a cerebral disconnect, but finally that first day that first shot of del-estrogen and that day I put on my first feminine clothing it was as if years of occupational therapy had finally worked and my mind and my body and my emotions were finally in sync.

You see when the Caitlyn’s and the Laverne’s and the Mias of this world proclaim they are feminine were not stealing your place, were not saying the generations of feminist movement and the achievements you all made for the rights of women don’t matter, were thanking you.
we’re telling you, you inspired us, you showed us that despite the years of telling us we were too strong, too tough, too physical, too male to be a woman because women couldn’t be all those things.We were told only men could and that played a huge part in us stopping ourselves from transitioning, when quite the opposite is true.
You by your fight and your strength showed us that we could be tall we could be strong we could be out spoken we could be a ball breaker a champion of sports a leader of the business world a soldier fighting for our country and still be the most beautiful person in the room, the ultimate definition of femininity because that is what every women is by your example. with Your smash the glass ceiling, you march on capitol hill and take no prisoners kick ass and take names style you showed us that we always had inside us everything we ever needed to live as a women.
We just bought into the bullshit put out by society for centuries, the very bullshit you fight against every day it just took us longer to break free.
We don’t want to push you down or to disenfranchise you or put you back bare foot and pregnant in the kitchen, quite the opposite we want to learn from you, to follow your example to intern on what it takes to be the best example of our new found freedom.
Doctors tell all life begins female then at some early point in development the brain decides who stays and who becomes male, some of just take a few decades to realize we were put in the wrong line and were given the wrong bodies hell you know how long it can take sometimes to return defective goods for me it took thirty years.
So to the current group of judgmental women with enough power and public presence to put us down from your soap box please just talk with us, listen to us, respectfully answer our questions. were not here to storm the bastille of femininity were her to join the ranks and fight with you.
You talk of us using male privilege, most of us thought we hid our true selves well growing up but we didn’t, we never had the male privilege you speak off we were branded at an early age ”poofta’ “homo: “Nancy girl” “freak” “faggot” we never were allowed in the boys club so please don’t use your female privilege and keep us out of the only one true club we do belong to.

The State of new Jersey cuts spina bifida organization’s services

Reposted from an online story By Katie Merritt and Christian Rosario, The Record 11:37 a.m. EDT June 5, 2015
More than 7,000 people in New Jersey with spina bifida, the most common central nervous system birth defect in the world, rely on a handful of part-time staff at a small organization in Flemington

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FLEMINGTON – More than 7,000 people in New Jersey with spina bifida, the most common central nervous system birth defect in the world, currently rely on a handful of part-time staff at a small organization in Flemington.

But beginning in July, a switch in state funding will cut some of the services the organization provides — services that are almost impossible to get elsewhere and crucial to the emotional health of people with spina bifida.

For more than 30 years, the Spina Bifida Resource Network (SBRN) of Flemington has administered specialized care as the state’s only spina bifida organization.

Spina bifida occurs during embryonic development when the spinal cord fails to close, and symptoms range from difficulty walking to complete paralysis. Those with spina bifida require not just physical treatment but educational and emotional support. This is where SBRN steps in.

“Without both of those cares coming in a coordinated manner, you won’t get that holistic treatment,” David Giannetto, former chairman of SBRN’s Board of Directors, said in a video on SBRN’s website. “Interaction between medical needs and social needs of the individual are so interrelated. They have specific needs, and that is what the network specializes in.”

The volunteer

Christina Knorr, a student at Raritan Valley Community College, helps others at SBRN who share her condition. She started in 2009 and spends so much time there that she was given the nickname “The Volunteer.”

“She’s our best volunteer by far,” said Roberta Kestenbaum, executive director of SBRN. “She can be shy, but volunteering really brings her out.”

Knorr said she enjoys volunteering at SBRN because they go above and beyond for their clients.

“I feel connected to the people there,” Knorr said. “Nobody feels like they’re working just for a paycheck.”

Knorr said that people with spina bifida often have perceptual or cognitive difficulties. As a result, she has had trouble learning in a classroom if it is not from a specialist.

This makes it difficult for her to learn in college because there is no Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), a legally binding document for public schools that addresses a child’s unique learning issues using specific educational goals.

“In one class, my professor pulled me aside and told me that my grades didn’t reflect what I knew,” Knorr said. “I’m better at taking tests orally. I freeze on written tests. Even though the professor was OK with it, college rules won’t let me take the test orally.”

Knorr said this is why the emotional services that SBRN provides are important. It allows those with spina bifida to talk to each other and feel good about themselves.

Knorr also participates in recreational programs at SBRN as a client, including their empowerment retreats on the first weekend in December at the Hyatt in Morristown. This is where she first learned adaptive self-defense.

“I used to think I was screwed because I’m in a wheelchair,” Knorr said. “Then I learned I can use my crutches, I can use my arms and I can bite. I can actually do something.“

Cut in services

SBRN began as a grassroots effort in the early 1970s when a number of NJ communities formed self-help groups to share support for spina bifida. Now, SBRN is a state-funded organization with trained professionals, including two nurses and two social workers, and they often collaborate with other agencies with similar goals.

Children ages 1 to 17 with spina bifida had average medical expenditures 13 times greater than children without spina bifida, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data from 2001-2003. This creates emotional along with financial difficulty for families.

One way SBRN addresses emotional problems is through the Family Support Program, in which nurses and social workers go into family homes and train them to deal with aspects of spina bifida.

Knorr said many families have come to depend on this program. According to SBRN’s website, this service is “designed to promote interdependence, independence, productivity and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

SBRN’s services are funded, in part, by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), which also funds more than 250 other New Jersey agencies. Currently, funding is provided through a contract, in which DDD determines if an agency is eligible to receive services based on a functional assessment.

Due in part to the budget deficit in New Jersey, DDD will start to eliminate contract funding beginning in July. Instead, patients will have to get services through Medicaid. The problem for SBRN is that Medicaid does not cover the services that SBRN has traditionally offered, such as the Family Support Program.

“The switch has its good and bad points,” Kestenbaum said. “But we will be losing money because of it.”

In addition, with the switch, their contracts no longer cover services to anyone 18 and under, which involves half their clients. Kestenbaum said that children usually remain clients for their whole lives, creating a close bond between them and SBRN.

“Children are still included and welcome, and we provide services when we can, but unfortunately we no longer receive funding to help us serve children,” Kestenbaum said.

Unaffected by the budget switch are their educational programs on the prevention of spina bifida. SBRN informs women of child-bearing age to take 400 mg of folic acid every day to potentially reduce the occurrence of spina bifida and other neural tube defects by up to 70 percent. In 2014, SBRN collaborated with RVCC nursing students on a presentation at the college.

Another service is their recreational programs. One of the most popular is the Ice Skate Social in Hollydell Arena in Sewell, where clients skate on sleds and wheelchairs in an ice rink.

“It’s a blast,” Knorr said. “Every year, I look forward to this.”

Money for these services comes from fundraisers, which SBRN now relies on more heavily. Their next fundraiser will be the “Walk for Empowerment” at 10 a.m. June 7 at Colonial Park in Franklin. The day will entail food, music, a tricky-tray raffle and a walk to raise awareness for spina bifida. Details and registration are available

The duggars “sought help from god” to heal their daughters and cure their Pedophile son?

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So how did that work for them my baby factory folks? If they know their bible ‘god helps those who help themselves” be faithful unto the law of the land” if a child should sin against the father cast that child out”

God if you believe fairy tales is invisible, a monster coming into your room at 3 in the morning and playing with your genitals when you’re 5 years old is visible is tangible and terrifying. The only time that you scream for anyone is when the monster is molesting you and from personal experience its momma not god.

They had 5 of their own children molested by their son my mother had two children molested by a son I was one of them, you don’t hide it for 16 months then take it to a trooper from your backward church who conceals it and lets you send your pedophile spawn off to a church camp.
No you call 911 you throw that little monsters ass in hand cuffs and let him see what it’s like to be fresh meat in gen pop.

The Duggars are complicit in a crime of the most heinous nature, and what do they do? They hire a spin doctor they have TV shows on the line. It was just a few months ago the mother duggar (oh it was hard not to put fucker there instead!) was making robo calls for the republican family saying trans-women in female bathrooms were all pedophiles? What about the one who pisses standing up? You know you gave birth to him.

Then we have those saying “we’ll he was 14 so he’s not a pedophile” correction a pedophile is any person who is sexually aroused by the sight and touch of children and by committing sexual acts with them, statistically most pedophiles molest the first time before the age of 12 .
We as a country need to start putting the rights of the child before the Nielsen rating system, we need to start calling police before we call our agents, no one expects a mother to stop loving their child no matter what kind of monster they are but loving one should not outweigh getting justice for the other five.

People say “what do you know about it Mia?” Well my baby sister and I were molested by our older brother and it started when I was not even 4 and my sister was the same age and our brother was not even ten when he started so yes I know a damn lot about it.

The duggars should just shut up, the media should shut up and the duggars if the statute of limitations has expired should just go away and make sure josh never touches a child again especially his own. To his wife leave him now, my molesting son of a bitch brother molested the children in every marriage he was in it never stops the urge is worse than heroin addiction, just for their sake leave him now.

The statute of limitations needs to go away because the terrors and nightmares never do if the effects of the crime continue so should the ability to prosecute

CHILDRENS LIVES AND INNOCENCE MATTER

After 5-Year-Old With Disability Was Bullied These Bikers Had Her Back

Reposted from a story in the The Huffington Post By Kimberly Yam

Bikers may have a tough reputation, but what these guys did for a child who was bullied was simply sweet.

A 5-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico, whose identity has not been revealed, was reportedly assaulted on the way back from school. After being told about the incident, the Punishers, a motorcycle club, surprised the girl who has a mental disability late last month in an effort to make her feel empowered, according to KRQE.

“We rounded up all the bikes and we rode over to the little girl’s house and said ‘hi,’” Aaron Holmes, a member of the Punishers, told KRQE of the interaction.

The motorcycle group, whose members include those in law enforcement, EMS personnel and firefighters, were asked to speak to the girl, who had been jumped by some neighborhood kids and beaten up, according to the outlet. They teamed up with local defense group Shockwave to surprise the 5-year-old. When they showed up to her house, they assured her that they’d have her back.

“We told her that we are always there for her no matter what,” Norman Gonzalez, president of the Albuquerque chapter of the Punishers, told KRQE.

Sometimes, bullying victims get the last laugh. Last year, a middle school cheerleader Desiree Andrews who has Down syndrome, was bullied by some people in the stands. The basketball players decided to stick up for her, and walked off the court during a time out to address the bullies, Kenosha News reported.

In another show of moving support, a prom queen came to the rescue of her friend that was bullied. Last fall, Lillian Skinner, who was a student at a North Texas high school, was bullied and told she had been nominated for homecoming court even though she hadn’t been. So her friend, Anahi Alvarez, who had been named homecoming queen, gave Skinner the crown, local news station KTVT reported.

Mia’s Thoughts- When i was a kid back in the 70’s australia my brother rode with a few outlaw groups including the hells angels, I was born with epilepsy and back then teachers knew jack shit about epilepsy and treated it like a mental illness and they would stand at the frint of the class and tell everyone”the new student has epilepsy, don’t make sudden moves or loud noises around her”
so as you can imagine I was bullied to hell, I was chased home on my push bike many times.
so when it got bad in high school my brother got a half a dozen mates and they rode ride into the carpark next to the bike racks infront of anyone and made a grand biker show with their choppers andleather and the bullies disappeared. yes a lot of bikers are criminals and yes I might not want a daughter dating them. but they don’t stand for petty bullshit like the bullying of the disabled. #livetorride

Family Demands Answers After Special Needs Student Came Home With Bite Marks

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PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) – A Philadelphia girl’s family is looking for answers. They say she hasn’t been back to school since coming home with bite marks, and she can’t tell them what happened.

The School District tells FOX 29’s Dawn Timmeney they take these kinds of situations very seriously and have been investigating. But the girls family was feeling very frustrated and that’s why they contacted us.

“She’s my world, she’s my everything. Her pain is my pain.”

That is why Frances Kent was so upset when her granddaughter Latasha, who has autism, came home from school two and a half weeks ago with bite marks on her body.

“The bites were so severe it broke her skin,” Kent said.

Latasha had bites on her back and on her shoulder. Her grandmother, who has raised the 12 -year old since birth and has legal custody, rushed her to the emergency room.

“When they lifted up her shirt she had a bite mark on her breast,” she recalled. “I was frantic then, I wanted answers. So I went to school, I called police.”

But Kent says Harding Middle School didn’t have any answers for her as to how or where this happened until Wednesday.

Kent says the school principal told her video from Latasha’s school bus which only serves special needs students shows her granddaughter was bitten on the bus on the way home from school by another girl.

“Where is the monitor? This child is supposed to be monitored. She’s autistic. She can’t tell me anything,” Kent said.

Philadelphia School District Spokesman Fernando Gallard says there was one monitor on the bus who from the video did not appear to see the incident.

“That is something we are going to look into and talk to the monitor about see what she is doing on the bus, how she is spending her time on the bus and make sure she is paying attention to what the kids are doing,” Gallard said.

Latasha was transferred to a new school with a new bus but has not returned since this all happened

Disabled new mexico Woman claims ‘bad attitude’ was reason she was denied disability Sun Van disabled transport service

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Reposted from a story By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A woman who travels with a service dog and has had several leg surgeries has had a difficult time getting paratransit service from the city of Albuquerque, even though the city is federally mandated to help disabled people.
Cathryn Glenday has trouble getting around. Her service dog, Maya, carries what she needs. She claims she’s being denied the service because she was told she has a bad attitude.
She spent time in rehab after a bus hit her in Oregon.
“I’ve had 25 reconstructive surgeries on this leg and I’ve had two bypasses,” she said. “I’ve had three ankle fusions.”
She showed KOB a letter from a California doctor which state she was treated a decade ago for systemic lupus – a disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissue.
Glenday says walking more than a quarter-mile causes pain in her legs, which is why she hoped to qualify for the city’s Sun Van – a door-to-door bus service for those with disabilities.
But when she applied, the city rejected her.
“I was told I was denied because I have a bad attitude and complained about being late,” she said.
She appealed the decision but lost.
“I’m not an obnoxious kind of person,” she said. “I’m a kind of person who prefers to go home and write letters to the Justice Department of ADA compliance.”
She did so – her letter to the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division outlined several frustrations of hers.
“If someone has the documentation, if someone has everything in a row – they can have the worst attitude, they can have the best attitude. They’ll still get it.”
City Transit spokesperson Rick De Reyes adamantly disagreed that her attitude had any bearing on the deal. He said her documentation proving her disabilities wasn’t sufficient.
“She went before the Advisory Committee and had no documentation other than to say, ‘I suffer from this, I suffer from that,’” he said. “But nothing to say that it was so debilitating that she can’t get on a bus. No doctor has said she can’t use a fixed route bus.”
Glenday says she and Maya will continue fighting for their rights and she will continue to work on herself.
“I want to be active again. That’s my key to not being diabetic; that’s my key to managing my pain. It’s my key to managing stress – is to be active,” she said.
As an update, the city’s Transit Director agreed to give Glenday a second appeal. She’s working on getting that doctor’s not saying those specific lines that are required.

Feds say Miami University failed to accommodate disabled students

Reposted from an online storyBy Collin Binkley
In The Columbus Dispatch
Miami University has failed to accommodate students with disabilities and provide them the technology they need to learn, the U.S. Department of Justice reported this week.

The department joined an existing lawsuit filed against Miami by a blind student who said the school promised to accommodate her but failed to deliver.

Student Aleeha Dudley, 21, who has since withdrawn from Miami, said the school gave her textbooks and assignments in a format that doesn’t work with the technology that allows her and other blind people to read.

After Dudley filed her federal lawsuit in January 2014, the Justice Department investigated and concluded that Miami had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The department also is working with both sides to reach a resolution out of court.

Miami denies the allegations, according to a statement provided by a school spokeswoman.

“We take our obligations under the American Disabilities Act very seriously. Miami provides extensive resources and accommodations for our disabled students, and will continue to do so.”

While Dudley’s lawsuit accuses the school of discriminating against her, the Justice Department widened the accusation to say Miami failed to help other past and current students.

“Students with disabilities have withdrawn from courses and majors, or have withdrawn from Miami University altogether, because Miami University provided inaccessible materials and used inaccessible technologies,” attorneys for the Justice Department wrote in their court filing.

Dudley, of New Paris in western Ohio, enrolled at Miami in 2011 to study zoology and become a veterinarian. Before applying, she met with Miami officials who promised to provide the right tools and services she needs for her education, Dudley alleged in her lawsuit.

To read, Dudley uses a “screen reader” –– software that can translate computer text to speech or send it to a device that translates it to Braille, a tactile writing system. Miami gave her scanned copies of textbooks, according to her lawsuit, but they weren’t compatible with the screen reader. It made the text appear out of order and omitted images and charts.

In some classes, Dudley was required to submit assignments using online software that didn’t work with screen readers. She failed one biology assignment because she couldn’t access a chart that was necessary to complete the work, according to her lawsuit. Her grade-point average at Miami was 2.6 in 2011. She graduated high school with a 3.6 GPA and won a scholarship from Miami.

The Ohio Disability Rights Law and Policy Center, a nonprofit advocacy group in Columbus, is representing Dudley. Instead of providing her the same education as her peers, the lawsuit said, Miami provided a “nightmarish experience of failed and broken promises.”

The problems alleged at Miami are widespread in higher education, said Kerstin Sjoberg-Witt, director of advocacy for Ohio Disability Rights and the group’s assistant executive director. She hopes the Department of Justice’s support spurs other schools to follow the law, she said.

In another case at Miami, the school showed a course-related video to a student with a visual impairment, but the video had no audio descriptions, according to the justice department filing. It took the university days to provide an updated video that included audio.

Miami gave a deaf student audio-visual materials that had inaccurate captioning or none at all, the filing said.

A statement from the department said education is “said to be the great equalizer of American society.”

“However, students with disabilities continue to encounter an impenetrable glass ceiling of opportunity when schools fail to comply with the ADA,” Vanita Gupta principal deputy assistant attorney general of the department’s Civil Rights Division, said in the statement.

The department’s legal complaint demands that Miami provide the right accommodations to students with disabilities, and to pay damages to those harmed by its practices.

A Sydney Man is charged with sexually assaulting a disabled woman he allegedly shared a train carriage with late at night ‘before pushing her to a secluded area and attacking her


A man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a wheelchair
The physically disabled woman was allegedly violated after a train ride to Mount Druitt after sharing a carriage with the alleged perpetrator
The man was charged for arrested on Thursday for the May 9 crime and has been refused bail before he faces court
Reposted from an online story By LUCY THACKRAY FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 10:03 EST, 21 May 2015 |
A Sydney man is behind bars for allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled woman in a wheelchair.
Police in Sydney’s west have charged the 43-year-old male with allegedly taking advantage of the physically disabled woman during a late night incident earlier this month.
Between 1am and 2am on May 9, a 57-year-old wheelchair-bound woman was thought to have been approached by a man while travelling on a train from St Marys to Mount Druitt in Sydney.

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The physically disabled woman was allegedly preyed on and sexually assaulted after getting off the train

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Victim was allegedly pushed to a secluded area near the library after arriving to Mount Druitt train station
After exiting the train, the man allegedly pushed the woman to a secluded area near the local library and sexually and indecently assaulting her.
After the incident was reported to police officers from Mount Druitt began investigating the incident, leading to the arrest of a 43-year-old man on Thursday.
The Oakhurst man was denied bail to appear at court to face aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault charges.

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On May 21 a 43-year-old Oakhurst man was taken to Mount Druitt police station (pictured) and charged with the May 9 assault

Is Uber letting its drivers dodge The Americans With Disabilities Act?

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Sometimes it slips Kristin Parisi’s mind that she’s disabled. After 25 years in a wheelchair—the result of a car accident when she was 5 years old—her means of transportation no longer registers as abnormal.

“It’s one of those things I forget—that I’m disabled—until someone tells me I am,” the 30-year-old public-relations executive says.

That reminder came in early April, when she left her office in Boston on a rainy day to meet an Uber she’d ordered on her phone. When the driver pulled up in his Mercedes sedan he took one look at her and said, “No, no, no.” He indicated her wheelchair. “That’s never going to fit in my car.” It would, Parisi replied—it fits easily into the trunk of her own compact car. After an extended argument, she gave up. She ended up getting a ride with a passerby and his teenage daughter.

A twice-weekly Uber customer of two years, Parisi was surprised by the slight. “The first incident was, I thought, a fluke,” she says. Two weeks later, she ordered another car on Uber. The woman behind the wheel again told Parisi her chair wouldn’t fit in the trunk. This time, Parisi didn’t take no for an answer. She says she loaded herself and her chair into the back of the car without help from the driver, only to receive an earful of abuse for the entire trip to the airport.

Parisi says the driver called her an “invalid” and said she “must not be a Christian” and needed to “develop thicker skin.” At the end of her ride, Parisi says the driver asked her if was going to give her a bad review. “I said, ‘It has nothing to do with bad review, it has to do with illegal practice,’” she says. “‘You have to understand what you’re doing is not only mean—it’s against the law.’”

The Americans with Disabilities Act was voted into law in 1990 to ensure equal rights and prevent discrimination of people with disabilities. Under the ADA, transportation providers are required by law to accommodate wheelchair users if the equipment can fit in their car.

But Uber has launched a war to make itself exempt from the anti-discrimination law.

In three ADA-related cases over the past eight months, in California, Texas, and Arizona, Uber has been slammed with lawsuits that allege the company discriminates against blind and wheelchair-using passengers. The suits demand Uber abide by the ADA, but Uber claims that because it’s a technology company, not a transportation service, it doesn’t fall under the ADA’s jurisdiction.

Lawyers for Uber wrote: “Defendants deny that Uber offers a taxi service or that Uber has a fleet of drivers.”
“This was the worst transportation experience of my life,” Parisi wrote in a complaint to Uber after her second ride. “I’m humiliated.” She was refunded and sent away with a $100 gift card, but has no plans to use it until Uber announces some changes. In her interactions, the company was apologetic, she says. But it’s not enough.

She says she told Uber, “You need to do something about this and do it publically. Say, ‘We see this as a problem and we’re not going to fight the public on this and do the right thing.’” Instead “what they’re doing is saying is, ‘We’re not a public service; the ADA does not apply to us.’”

An Uber spokesperson says the app “was built to expand access to safe, reliable transportation options for all, including users with visual impairments and other disabilities,” and the company’s non-discrimination policy “seeks to make transportation options available to all individuals.”

But activists say Uber and other ride-sharing applications like Lyft and SideCar, called Transportation Network Companies, have abused a gray zone they operate in between technology and transportation without clear federal regulation or oversight. The disability-rights movement is urging the courts and lawmakers to end the impunity.

“Uber’s arguments against [following the ADA] are the efforts of a private company to evade regulation, regulation which is there for the public good, regulation that other companies offering similar services for many years have always been required to comply with,” says Marilyn Golden, a senior policy analyst at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund in Berkeley, California.

Uber is currently settling a suit brought by the National Federation of the Blind in California last September. The complaint outlines “systemic civil rights violations” committed by Uber against blind passengers who require guide dogs. It mentions 40 cases in which UberX drivers refused to pick up people with service animals, as well as instances of animal abuse, including one case where a woman’s guide dog was locked in the trunk of a car.

“Uber representatives often respond to these complaints by denying responsibility for the discrimination,” the filing reads. The practice, it continued, was a violation of both the ADA and state law, as Uber functions as a taxi service.

But Uber describes its drivers as independent contractors, and says it therefore is unable to control their actions. In its response to the complaint, lawyers for Uber wrote: “Defendants deny that Uber offers a taxi service or that Uber has a fleet of drivers.” It added that Uber does not have the legal or contractual duty to control compliance with the law.

In December, the U.S. Justice Department weighed in, urging the court in a brief not to throw the case out because the allegation “goes to the very heart of the ADA’s goals.” The judge obliged, denying Uber’s motion to dismiss the case in mid-April, and noting that the plaintiffs had a “plausible claim under the ADA and state law.”

As the DOJ notes, the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations for transportation outlines that the ADA doesn’t just apply to taxi services. The code’s wording says it “ensures that, while a public entity may contract out its service, it may not contract away its ADA responsibilities.”

Uber’s claim that it’s not a taxi company ties into an adjacent legal battle with its drivers that would force it to consider them as employees, rather than independent contractors. There’s a class-action suit playing out in California court. And mandatory driver training or other measures to prevent disability discrimination could imply its drivers are employees and undermine Uber’s ability to argue otherwise.

Instead, there’s a voluntary training where drivers are told they must serve customers with wheelchairs or guide dogs. Uber’s Code of Conduct notes that violating laws pertainig to transporting disabled riders “constitutes a breach of the parties’ licensing agreement.” And an Uber spokesperson says that reported discrimination typically ends with a driver’s suspension or deactivation.

When asked about the training its drivers receive, a spokesperson for Uber used strong wording, saying that the company informs its drivers “about their obligation to comply with ADA requirements.” Regarding whether or not Uber falls under the ADA’s jurisdiction, the spokesperson said that it could not comment “due to pending lawsuits,” and would not disclose the specifics of the suits it has been involved in.

States are also struggling to deal with companies like Uber and Lyft that exist outside the realm of regulation. Over the past few months, an act regulating transportation services has been introduced in at least a dozen state legislatures. But disability activists are concerned about a line it includes that they believe could exempt Uber from the need to comply with the ADA or confuse drivers about their responsibility to take wheelchairs that fit. It says: “If a transportation network company cannot arrange wheelchair-accessible transportation network company service in any instance, it shall direct the passenger to an alternate provider of wheelchair-accessible service, if available.”

In a public Facebook post addressing this bill’s introduction in Texas, Angela Wrigglesworth urged this be changed. “This is unacceptable to push aside legal and moral responsibilities to provide transportation for customers with disabilities,” she wrote. “I have just as much of a desire and a right to ride in a readily available, fare-friendly Uber vehicle as anyone else.”

Lawmakers are also urging for disability-focused regulations to be in place. In Massachusetts, the governor has introduced legislation to regulate Uber and Lyft as transportation services, and state Senator Thomas Kennedy, who is quadriplegic, has promised to submit a measure that would require a certain percent of cars be accessible to mechanized wheelchairs in each fleet.

Lawmakers in Connecticut are also working on regulations. “These companies need to be doing a much better job accommodating the needs of all people,” state Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. told The Boston Globe. “This issue is not going away. It’s a question of fairness and equality.”

Though the ADA doesn’t require drivers to accommodate motorized wheelchairs, ride-sharing programs may be contributing to a decline in the number of ramp vans.

Taxi services provide accessible vans in accordance to piecemeal local ordinances rather than a blanket federal law. With the rise in ride-sharing programs, disability activists note that drivers are leaving behind taxi companies with these ramp-outfitted fleets, and are instead taking their own cars on the road. In San Francisco, a quarter of the ramp taxis are sitting unused because of a lack of drivers.

“I get it, people are using their own cars,” Parisi says. “But even if [Uber] invested in a few—this is a company that just got a valuation of $50 billion—that would be a really great thing for a company to do. That’s a really great business decisions. I don’t think anybody’s asking for a handout.”

Last year, Uber launched UberWAV, which is partnering with drivers in nine cities who own their own wheelchair-ramp vans to serve those in mechanical chairs. Uber also launched a service called UberASSIST at the beginning of the year. It uses drivers who are specially trained to assist seniors and people with disabilities (though not including ramp cars) and is in the midst of setting up across the country. But activists are worried that the separate program for people who should be legally accommodated into the main car fleet under the ADA will segregate disabled users.

Eric Lipp, the executive director of the Open Doors Organization, a disability travel network, said he had the same initial thought. But he was convinced by a need to ensure people with disabilities would get preferred access to the specialized drivers, and has been consulting with Uber to develop the ASSIST program.

“I think that many in the community do not understand that Uber has nothing against access and the ADA,” says Lipp. “The big problem is that until the courts settle whether Uber is a software company or transportation company the disability community will just have to be patient and try to work with Uber, not against them.”

But Golden, with the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, doesn’t think Uber’s going far enough with the ASSIST program. “We would like to see something like a robust version of uberASSIST in locations where it’s not just a reaction to political pressure on Uber, but rather, to expand it to everywhere they operate because it should be done, politics aside,” she says.

When Kristen Parisi was in high school, she says another student in a wheelchair was told by the administrators that he had to arrange his schedule to adapt to parts of the campus that were handicapped-accessible. It was shortly after the ADA was put into law, and Parisi’s dad made the effort to inform this boy’s mother that the school was legally obligated to provide him with full access to any classroom.

“My dad would say, ‘If everybody did that, nothing would change for anybody, don’t you want it to be better for the next person?’” Parisi says of sharing her story. “That was such a lesson—if I can help someone else I’ve got to do it.

Josh Duggar Investigated For Molesting Five Girls Including Family Members As A Teen 19 and counting is that a tv show or his victim count?

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New allegations based on a police report show that Josh Duggar allegedly admitted to sexually molesting at least one girl, and was investigated for molesting five, according to In Touch magazine.

In Touch magazine earlier this week broke the news that “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar, who today is also the executive director for Family Research Council Action, had been turned in to the police by his father, at the age of 17, over a sexual molestation incident.

But now In Touch reports that they have received a police report via a Freedom of Information Act request, and the details are far more reaching.

It’s important to note that this report involves several victims and their privacy and personal lives must be respected, and that these allegations come via In Touch magazine. It also involves the actions of a person who at the time was a minor. The New Civil rights Movement has not independently verified the information from In Touch.

“Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses — including forcible fondling — against five minors,” In Touch reports today. “Some of the alleged offenses investigated were felonies. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were interview [sic] by the Springdale Police department on Dec. 12, 2006.”

The report says that James told police he was alerted in March, 2002 by a female minor that Josh — who turned 14-years-old that month — had been touching her breasts and genitals while she slept. This allegedly happened on multiple occasions. In 2006, Jim Bob told police that in July, 2002 Josh admitted to fondling a minor’s breasts while she slept. “James said that they disciplined (redacted, Josh) after this incident.” The family did not alert authorities.

In Touch adds that Jim Bob Duggar, Josh’ father, and church elders, “decided to send Josh to a ‘program [that] consisted of hard physical work and counseling.'”

He said the program was a “Christian program.” Michelle Duggar later admitted to police that Josh did not receive counseling and instead had been sent during that time to a family friend who was in the home remodeling business.

“The Duggars told police that Josh ‘apologized’ to the female minors and that they had ‘forgiven’ him,” In Touch notes.

The alleged victims all described a consistent scenario of Josh touching their breasts and genitals and later apologizing. They said Jim Bob was aware of the situation and did not go to authorities for more than a year.

The police report, which is 33 pages long, can be seen at In Touch.

TMZ reports the police “are about to destroy all the names and details surrounding ’19 Kids and Counting’ star Josh Duggar’s molestation case … after one of his alleged victims asked a judge to protect her identity.”

Neither TLC, the company that produces “19 Kids and Counting,” nor the Family Research Council, nor Duggar himself have made any public comments on these allegations.

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