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  • (#DIW Podcast) ABLE Act Update and Crabs in a Barrel | Day In Washington
    be deposited into the account per year up to a total of 100 000 before the individual loses some of their SSI Another key advantage of the ABLE Act is that people with disabilities need never fear that they would lose their Medicaid For many that is the only way they can afford their health and personal care services So now let me get to the compromises Although the monetary limitations mentioned above are also compromises the largest and the compromise that bothers me the most is the fact that the ABLE act limits its eligibility to people with significant disabilities who got their disability before turning 26 As of March more than half of the states are now starting to put regulations in place to create these accounts Which is good news I have to admit some disappointment that the Able Act will not do everything that we all once hoped In a world where X percentage of families with a member with a disability live in poverty we already see growing economic disparities As it stands this bill would seem to benefit mostly those who can afford to use these accounts Also although the age limit may be helpful for individuals who are born with disabilities there are many who acquire significant disabilities after 26 that can have devastating effects on their families and their children And now this option is no longer available to them I understand that this bill had and still has an expensive price tag and decisions had to be made But this disturbs me in that I wonder if we are sacrificing one part of the community for another When it came to ENDA the Employment Non Discrimination Act and there was a push to remove Trans individuals from the protection of the legislation I was proud to see many members of the LGBT community and folks I worked with and lobbied with absolutely withdraw support All of us or none of us Obviously there are significant pros and cons of this kind of attitude but I can t help but wonder if this highlights one of the larger issues within the disability community In the rush for legislation in the rush for bills that will pass do we end up breaking down into groups based on disability Based on class Or color Do we end up clambering over one another pulling each other down like crabs in a barrel Or is this what disability compromise should be After all most disability organizations and lobbying are STILL operating mostly on a by disability basis aren t they Perhaps I m the idealist I guess I wished to see an Able Act and a community that said All of us or none of us As always I encourage you to read and come to your own opinion Links are available in the comments This is Day Al Mohamed hoping you continue to be well and be informed Day in Washington is a product of

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  • (#DIW Podcast) Girl Scouts Refuse to Provide Interpreter Services for #Deaf Member | Day In Washington
    level That s because Megan lost at the local district court level The court said that as a matter of law Girl Scouts is not principally engaged in the business of providing education healthcare housing social services or parks and recreation All items that they would receive federal financial assistance for and therefore which fall under the purview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Thereby making it mandatory that they provide interpreter services Just for a bit of background the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 It stablishes a federal program that basically is supposed to improve the lot of individuals with disabilities and among its purposes are let me quote here to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment economic self sufficiency independence and inclusion and integration into society So the idea being that if there s an entity who receives federal funding then that entity should do everything in their power to be inclusive and not discriminate against anyone with a disability So at the district court level the court said and I vehemently disagree with them Girl Scouts doesn t do that Rubbish says I When you look at the mission statement at what Girl Scouts does I find it hard to believe that education or recreation are not parts of their mission or a large enough part that which could be said that they are principally engaged in it that being the key phrasing And this is such a contentious issue that at the appellate level the US Department of Justice has actually stepped in and supports Megan s definition and how she s looking at it basically saying Yes the Girl Scouts should fall under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 AND because they received funding from both Housing and Urban Development HUD and the US Department of Justice for those years then they should have provided sign language interpretation for Megan They give her equal access to the crucial educational social and leadership development programs that are offered to her peers and she should allowed full communication among her peers and her troop leaders Pretty good to see the Department of Justice weighing in like that As for what s going to happen in the future that s for the appellate court to decide All I know is that Juliette Gordon Low the deaf founder of Girl Scouts would probably be very disappointed in them As always I encourage you to read and come to your own opinion Links are available in the comments This is Day Al Mohamed hoping you continue to be well and be informed Day in Washington is a product of the Lead On Network Comments and opinions expressed in this podcast should in no way be considered representative of opinions statements or policies of any organizations affiliations employers or agencies connected with the host Audio production provided by Chris Wright Music is If by Force courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network and Twenty Twelve Records RESOURCES 7th Circuit Court

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  • (#DIW Podcast) People with #Disabilities in the #Military | Day In Washington
    by Colonel Gregory D Gadson Colonel Gadson is a double amputee Perhaps even more impressive is Marine Corporal Garret S Jones recovery and redeployment to a combat zone after losing a leg With those preliminary programs already in place and courageous soldiers continuing on in their chosen duty it was perhaps not surprising to hear Secretary Panetta s response audio https www youtube com watch v 3StRu10qjIQ 1 29 to 1 55 On July 30 th of this year Representative Mark Takano filed H R 5296 a bill to require a demonstration program on the accession as Air Force officers of candidates with auditory impairments It mirrors a December 2013 bill from Senator Harkin A promising project If an individual with a disability is qualified and capable of meeting the responsibilities and selective criteria that may be necessary for certain jobs and positions then why not However I doubt the issue is quite so simple I say this because all one has to do is do an internet search to find the discussion on military forums and the response is much more negative A previous test project used hearing military staff wearing headphones and was less than successful In addition several military personnel pointed to Project 100 000 as an example that proves how people with disabilities are unsuitable for the Armed Forces Project 100 000 was a 1960s program by the United States Department of Defense DoD to recruit soldiers that would previously have been below military mental or medical standards Done in part as a response to the escalating conflict in Vietnam and part response to Johnson s War on Poverty it would give training and opportunity to the uneducated and the poor These New Standards Men still went through the same training and had to achieve the same performance standards Project 100 000 has received significant criticism over the years and reports and studies have shown higher mortality rates higher transfers arrests and death for those soldiers some articles even referring to them as cannon fodder and also significantly poorer outcomes for them as returning veterans Even considering all of that the reality is just as the case with women we already have people with disabilities in the military and some even in war zones Some are individuals with learning disabilities some with mental health conditions or attention deficit disorder or autism as well as several amputees I even know of a naval officer recently retired with cerebral palsy and 20 years of service And this isn t just an American phenomenon In 2011 the Israeli Defense Forces were creating an official policy of integrating people who are disabled prior to military service into the armed forces People with disabilities given the examples above are already there They are already serving in the offices and on the ships in the medical tents and out in the trenches The Army and indeed the other branches want to keep their investment in these soldiers the disability isn t a

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  • (#DIW Podcast) I Dream of Missouri – A #Disability Response to the Events of #Ferguson | Day In Washington
    t exist To the President to Governor Jay Nixon to legislators and policymakers I say This isn t a politically expedient issue It was the issue of expediency that in part caused the tangled ugly events of this week Matters of race and disparity and inequality and injustice aren t expedient and they deserve more than recognition of it as the heartbreak of a single family This is more than the initial incident the death of Michael Brown But to speak of it only as a single heartbreak is to invalidate the feelings of fear and anger of an entire community Their response tells us about the heartbreak of a community It tells us about the feelings of helplessness in the face of perceived injustice and of the oppression protest This is a community who didn t trust and didn t have faith in the system This is a community that saw no other way Mr President Governor Jay Nixon legislators and policymakers this is about responsibility and accountability This is a failure of the system YOU represent The system failed It failed Michael Brown It failed Eric Garner 43 who had asthma was pulled to the sidewalk onto his chest and restrained in a chokehold by an officer a chokehold that killed him It failed Ethan Saylor 26 who had Down syndrome went to see a movie and when he refused to leave was wrestled to the floor by deputies held down and handcuffed with such force that he suffered a fracture in his throat cartilage that killed him It failed Keith Vidal 18 who had schizophrenia was tasered then shot and killed when his family called law enforcement for help calming their son down In many ways the disability community has much in common with the African American community and it is in part why I did this podcast This is more than disability or race or even law enforcement responses It is the disenfranchisement of communities who are seen as other It is the harsh line of not being seen as a member of the community being being seen as a danger to the community based on who and what you are and that perception is on our televisions in our governmental offices and in our own biased responses when faced with events such as those that have taken place in Ferguson Missouri I am thankful to see so many people at vigils tonight around the country I am thankful for a more peaceful night in Missouri I am thankful for those journalists and citizen journalists on the ground who did not flinch in telling their story I am thankful for those who reached out seeking a peaceful dialogue And I am thankful for those who are angry and are demanding change My beloved Missouri is hurting not just because a young man was killed but because we othered our own people dehumanized them took away their voice took away their feeling of security in their own

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  • I Wish You Were Dead – The 2013 National Disability Day of Mourning | Day In Washington
    special needs children as though a lack of services is a justification for murder It became about them and George was erased from his own murder I wish you were dead On March 1 2013 the Autistic Self Advocacy Network Not Dead Yet and the National Council on Independent Living held the second annual National Disability Day of Mourning to remember people with disabilities who had lost their lives at the hands of their family members or caregivers Disability is either inspirational or a soul crushing burden and those with disabilities are either world champions or helpless hopeless millstones There is nothing in between And the killing of people with disabilities is euthanasia merciful and understandable The heartbreak is that this Day of Mourning is needed to remind the world that people with disabilities lives have value I wish you were dead No one should ever have to hear that No one in their last moments in this world should ever have to suffer such a betrayal And no one should be erased For these people with disabilities the tragedy wasn t their life but their death All their future promise and love stolen from the world Forever This essay is cross posted at the Lead On Update Tags asan autism caregiver Crime day of mourning disability George Hodgins not dead yet stress Post navigation Women in Combat Today People with Disabilities in the Military Tomorrow Day in Washington is Closed 1 comment for I Wish You Were Dead The 2013 National Disability Day of Mourning Pingback National Disability Day of Mourning Remembering Lives Taken Day Williams Al Mohamed Comments are closed About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in

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  • Women in Combat Today, People with Disabilities in the Military Tomorrow? | Day In Washington
    serve my country and experience that camaraderie and I can t owed to the fact that I m deaf And he isn t alone There s even a Facebook Page for people with disabilities who want to join the military Even considering all of that the reality is just as the case with women we already have people with disabilities in the military and some even in war zones Some are individuals with learning disabilities some with mental health conditions or attention deficit disorder or autism I even know of a naval officer recently retired with cerebral palsy and 20 years of service The Army s Continue on Active Duty COAD program is putting military men with clear visible disabilities back into combat and retaining and retraining others for other forms of active duty As of June last year sixty nine amputees have returned to active duty Also of note Fort Belvoir Virginia a 100 year old 47 000 man and woman garrison is now commanded by Colonel Gregory D Gadson Colonel Gadson is a double amputee At a ceremony where Gadson was presented with command of the garrison by Lieutenant General Michael Ferriter from Army Installation Management Command Ferriter said He Gadson has shown that it isn t about what you cannot do it s about what you can do He s able to lead and get right to things that need to happen If that is the case then qualified people with disabilities should be allowed to enlist in the military and operate in active non combat duty roles I add the caveat of qualified in recognition of the responsibilities and selective criteria that may be necessary for certain jobs and positions This shouldn t be a heavy lift In fact when considering how to do this on a large scale there is precedent In 2011 the Israeli Defense Forces were creating an official policy of integrating people who are disabled prior to military service into the armed forces People with disabilities given the examples above and just as women are already there They are serving in the offices and on the ships in the medical tents and out in the trenches The Army and indeed the other branches want to keep their investment in these soldiers the disability isn t a barrier at least not compared to the skills and value these individuals bring Imagine what additional skills and talents would be available to the United States Armed Forces if they had access to the 50 million Americans with disabilities Resources http www heritage com articles 2011 05 29 opinion doc4ddfc35e4d3d5849675217 txt http www army mil article 82502 Double amputee takes command of Fort Belvoir http www armytimes com news 2011 08 ap army deaf man fighting for chance to join 082111 http www ted com talks keith nolan deaf in the military html http www cbsnews com 8301 18563 162 57565479 panetta to lift ban on women in combat http www armyg1 army mil docs COAR

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  • rights | Day In Washington | Page 2
    United States became the first country to adopt national civil rights legislation unequivocally banning discrimination against people with Read more Americans with Disabilities Act 21 years later by Senator Tom Harkin by Day Al Mohamed July 26 2011 Comments Off on Americans with Disabilities Act 21 years later by Senator Tom Harkin Article excerpt from The Hill s Congress Blog link below Today we mark the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act landmark bipartisan legislation that has played a huge role in making our country more accessible in Read more White House Statement on a United Effort to Address Bullying by Day Al Mohamed March 10 2011 Comments Off on White House Statement on a United Effort to Address Bullying I know I know it is a forwarded note but considering all of the recent attention on the issue of bullying I thought this might be pertinent There are a lot of resources and groups mentioned and considering the number of Read more February Disability Issues Budget Delta Settlement and FCC by Day Al Mohamed February 23 2011 Comments Off on February Disability Issues Budget Delta Settlement and FCC Just a quick February update There s been quite lot going on Below are a few areas I d like to lightly touch on with some informational links before going into them in more depth during the next few weeks I also Read more Top 10 Disability Events of 2010 by Day Al Mohamed January 3 2011 Comments Off on Top 10 Disability Events of 2010 It s that time of year again As we move forward into 2011 and say goodbye to 2010 lets take a few moments to review the array of disability events policies and changes that took place Below is my Top

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  • rights | Day In Washington | Page 3
    Mohamed April 7 2010 3 Comments Over and over in the news and on the blogs we constantly are bombarded with information about how inaccessible the world is and even how hostile it can be towards people with disabilities I ve posted about hate crimes and health Read more Service Animals Too Much of a Good Thing by Day Al Mohamed February 13 2010 7 Comments Written by Tiffany Huggard Lee for Day in Washington The use of service animals has been increasing and as a result service animals have been in the news a lot lately Sometimes this is a good thing such as when the Read more Hate Crimes Prevention Legislation Passes by Day Al Mohamed July 24 2009 Comments Off on Hate Crimes Prevention Legislation Passes On Thursday July 23 the Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 was passed by the Senate Why this is important is because included in this bill was the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act which would take Read more Day in Washington 31 Election Day and the Disability Vote by Day Al Mohamed November 5 2008 2 Comments Day in Washington The Disability Policy Podcast explores and discusses various aspects of disability policy Each episode will cover a specific issue within disability and or a disability related news article These 5 10 minute podcasts offer an easy to understand introduction to Read more Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 About Day in Washington is a nationally syndicated disability policy blog podcast This site offers information and analysis of disability policy and politics from those who are in the midst of it Text of podcasts is available in the blog post If you have difficulty downloading the audio please right click and save it to your computer for

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