I’ve been a student for nearly all of my adult life – and the two short years I took off between my first and second rounds of graduate school, I spent working in campus recreation.
Johnnie Tuitel is an advocate and motivation speaker with cerebral palsy who was traveling to a give a speech in Kansas City to the National Self Advocacy Conference about people with disabilities. Johnnie’s wheelchair had been tagged, taken to be loaded as baggage, and he was already seated when a U.S. Airways gate agent returned with a narrow aisle chair to take Johnnie off the plane. Johnnie said people were pointing and staring at him. He was embarrassed and “humiliated” when U.S. Airways removed him from the flight because he was “too disabled to fly.”
Whether or not to place your loved one in a group home is a tough decision, often talked through with a case worker. In Texas, at a privately owned group home, the case manager exploited and swindled more than a dozen residents with disabilities while he was entrusted with managing their money.
In a culture overwhelmed with images of beauty and perfection, how does the average person achieve the seemingly unobtainable goal of being beautiful? Can every person regardless of his or her genetic predisposition be deemed attractive or good-looking?
With the economy as it is, times are tough for everyone, but there is no excuse for this “class act.”
If the number of American adults diagnosed with arthritis is 51.2 million (Centers for Disease Control) and the number of Americans with disabilities is 54.4 million (U.S. Census), I’m confused.
You know how there are some stories that you use over and over, no matter how old they are, because they illustrate a point so well? For me, one of those stories is that of a university student who wanted to attend hockey games with his fellow students. Essentially the story goes like this…
Indiana state legislators were told this week that some state workers suggested dropping adults with developmental disabilities at homeless shelters if they cannot be cared for at home.