Posts Tagged 'disability rights'

I am who I am

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It seems like yesterday when I was the “different” one. I was the kid who kept asking to play, the kid who kept screaming to let me onto the basketball court. I was the kid with one leg, the one who would make things harder on everyone else.

Posted by Daniel Nong Sep 19, 2014 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

How College Campuses are Becoming Increasingly Accessible

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With classes in full swing on college campuses around the country, students are finding themselves amidst a lot of change: rigid class structures, tuition and textbooks costs, new roommates, and so on.

Posted by Chris Miller Sep 11, 2014 Posted in Disability No Comments

So, what is in a name?

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Over the last few days the issues of derogative names and language have been part of an interesting discussion in our sport world. As a matter of fact it has been going on over the past few months if you include a certain west coast owner of a basketball team and an apologetic horse owner. Today, we are dealing with another professional sport team that is dealing with a similar issue.

Posted by Bob Lujano Jun 19, 2014 Posted in Disability, Obesity No Comments

A Day to Celebrate?

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As we celebrate the man who was instrumental in writing the Civil Rights Act, which was signed in 1964 to benefit all Americans, there is still one group of citizens who are waiting for this act to benefit them. These are the 56 million Americans with disabilities who are still on the waiting list to participate in a US society that they call home.

Posted by Bob Lujano Jan 20, 2014 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

23 Years of ADA- Happy Anniversary!

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Today, as we celebrate the 23 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s important to remember that as we go out to celebrate, to protest, to criticize, to condemn, and to improve, how

Posted by Bob Lujano Jul 26, 2013 Posted in Disability 6 Comments

Moving Forward

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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  ―Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by Jared Rehm Jan 29, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

What To Expect

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I love Election Day. I have always thought that that special Tuesday should be declared a national holiday, allowing all Americans to spend the day wondering who and what inevitable changes will be brought on through our right to vote, and gearing up to do their part in achieving or maintaining all candidates’ promises for themselves and their communities. In light of the reelection of President Obama, the promises he has made to the disability community should be examined to provide an idea of what to expect and to fight for as a community over the next four years.

The President’s first term featured positive change for the community. He championed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which serves to decrease the cost of health care, denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and the dropping of coverage due to health care costs.  He passed a mandate for the creation of 100,000 new jobs for individuals with disabilities in the government over a five-year period, which remains on course. Finally, he has maintained and strengthened his record of supporting and defending the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as enforcement of it. However, as even he has said, there remains a long way to go.

President Obama made countless promises to the disability community throughout both this and the 2008 campaign, from comments made by his proxy Ted Kennedy Jr. at the Disability Forum, to a campaign video directly addressing the disability community, to this inclusive statement made on election night:

“I believe we can keep the promise of our founding — the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or where you love — it doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight — you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”

I hope and challenge you to hold not only the President, but also your other federal, state, and local leaders accountable in insuring that every member of the disability community enjoys the same civil rights as every other member of the American community. Familiarize yourself with relevant issues that have been promised, as well as with any new legislation that arises relating to individuals with disabilities. Consisting of almost 60 million Americans, it makes up one of the largest underserved communities in the country, and deserves to be heard and given the same opportunities as every other individual and community.

For a full outline of President Obama’s position on disability issues, please explore the following links:

http://www.barackobama.com/people-with-disabilities

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/disabilities

Posted by Luke Nov 15, 2012 Posted in Disability No Comments

Opportunity in Disguise I-Montel Williams

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When you hear the name, “Montel Williams” what do you think? A daytime-Emmy award winner? A well renowned talk show host for the past 17 years?

Posted by Jess Jul 21, 2011 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized No Comments

Starbucks Sued for Discrimination

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Elsa Sallard was hired by Starbucks to work as a barista, but was fired soon afterwards. Starbucks is accused of violating federal law by denying reasonable accommodation to the barista with dwarfism and firing her because of her disability.

Posted by Jenny Carlton May 26, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Changing Perceptions: A Response to “Wretches and Jabberers”

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Several weeks ago I wrote an entry about the documentary film Wretches and Jabberers. I unfortunately missed the viewing that I discussed in that entry, but was so excited when it played again last week. This time I made sure to be there!

Posted by Carolyn May 24, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments