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Candidates and Euthanasia/Disabilities [Sep. 2nd, 2008|04:47 pm]
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riss287
Someone told me today that Obama supported a bill that allowed babies born live from abortions to be euthanized. Does anyone know if this is true? I've been looking around but I can't find either candidates' views about abortion when it concerns disabilities and euthanasia put consicely.

Also, I created a group for Disability History if anyone is interested.

Thanks a lot!
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Urge Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the ADA Restoration Act! [Nov. 14th, 2007|10:58 am]
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amyb0223
[Current Location |At work.]

***URGENT ACTION ALERT***
Urge Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the ADA Restoration Act!

JFA Daily
11/13/07

***URGENT ACTION ALERT***

Urge Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the ADA Restoration Act!!
The grassroots have been making quite a roar in the House since the summer, raising support for ADA Restoration. With the Senate hearing scheduled for this
Thursday on ADA Restoration, it's time to let the Senate hear from the disability community as well about the importance of restoring the promise of the
ADA.
ACTION NEEDED:
Call your Senators and the Senators from the HELP Committee TODAY and urge them to co-sponsor the ADA Restoration Act (S. 1881). For those on the HELP Committee,
also urge them to attend the ADA Restoration hearing on Thursday. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
To identify your st ate's Senators, go to:
www.senate.gov.
A list of the Senate HELP Committee Members is listed below. (Note, some of them may have already signed up as cosponsors. If you call and discover this,
simply thank them for their co-sponsorship and urge them to attend the hearing on Thursday if they are on the HELP Committee).
It's important that this bill show bipartisan support, like the original ADA did, so please help with outreach to the Republican Members of the HELP Committee
in particular.

Senate HELP Committee Members:
Republicans:
Michael B. Enzi (WY), Ranking Member
Judd Gregg (NH)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
Richard Burr (NC)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
Pat Roberts (KS)
Wayne Allard (CO)
Tom Coburn (OK)
Democrats:
Edward M. Kennedy (MA), Chair
Christopher J. Dodd (CT)
Tom Harkin (IA) - original sponsor
Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Patty Murray (WA)
Jack Reed (RI)
Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY)
Barack Obama (IL)
Sherrod Brown (OH)

WHAT TO SAY:
Model Script for Senators on the HELP Committee:

"Hi. My name is_______ and I live in ________. I want Senator______ to cosponsor the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, and I want him/her to attend the Senate
HELP Committee hearing this Thursday at 2:00 pm. Seventeen years ago, the ADA was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, yet people with disabilities
are still being
treated unfairly. People with disabilities are in a no-win situation. Employers can say that I am "too disabled" to perform my job, but "not disabled enough"
to be protected by the ADA if I'm discriminated against. This is wrong! Please restore the ADA and restore my civil rights! Please tell Senator _______
to cosponsor S.1881.

Model Script for Senators (Generic):

"Hi. My name is_______ and I live in ________. I want Senator______ to cosponsor the ADA Restoration Act of 2007. Seventeen years ago, the ADA was passed
with overwhelming bipartisan support, yet people with disabilities are still being treated unfairly. People with disabilities are in a no-win situation.
Employers can say that I am "too disabled" to perform my job, but "not disabled enough" to be protected by the ADA if I'm discriminated against. This is
wrong! Please restore the ADA and restore my civil rights! Please tell Senator _______ to cosponsor S. 1881.

BACKGROUND:
For background information on the need for ADA Restoration and on the bill itself, visit the AAPD
ADA Restoration blog.
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Assisted Living Facility [Aug. 9th, 2007|09:34 am]
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libra_for_life
[Current Location |Miami, Florida]

I do not know if this is allowed or not, and if it isn't, feel free to delete this post.

There is a new Assisted Living Facility that has recently been opened in Miami, Florida.
It is located at 651 NE 83 Street, and it is truly unlike any other ALF in both its excellent services, superior quality, and great location.

If anyone is searching for an ALF in this area, or is interested in finding one, please reply to this post for further contact information.
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Ask Congress to Restore the Americans with Disabilities Act [Jul. 27th, 2007|01:32 am]
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amyb0223
seventeen years ago, on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. The ADA is an important law
that enables more than 54 million Americans with disabilities the chance to participate fully in American life.

However, due to Supreme Court decisions in the years since the ADA was passed, it is no longer clear that people with some kinds of disabilities are "disabled
enough" to be covered by the ADA. People with disabilities like epilepsy, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, hearing loss and mental illness, who manage their
disabilities with medication, prosthetics or hearing aids are no longer protected against discrimination at work. And people who have been fired because
their employer mistakenly thought that they couldn't do the job, or didn't want "people like that" in the workplace, also are not covered.

The ADA Restoration Act of 2007 was just introduced with strong bipartisan support to restore the promise of the ADA and to protect all people with disabilities
from discrimination at work, just as Congress intended. Please help restore the ADA.

Take Action Now:
Contact your member of Congress. and urge them to cosponsor this important legislation.
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Urgent Action Needed by July 26 on ADA Restoration Act of 2007 [Jul. 24th, 2007|01:02 pm]
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amyb0223
Urgent Action Needed by July 26 on ADA Restoration Act of 2007
Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the ADA Restoration Act

ACTION NEEDED:
Call your Representative at 202-224-3121 (
http://www.congress.gov)

and urge him/her to co-sponsor the ADA Restoration Act when it is
introduced on Thursday, July 26.

BACKGROUND:
Seventeen years ago, Congress passed the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) with overwhelming bipartisan support.
However, in recent years, a number of Supreme Court decisions have
significantly reduced the protections available to people with
disabilities in employment settings.

Courts are quick to side with businesses and employers, deciding
against people with disabilities who challenge employment
discrimination 97% of the time, often before the person has even
had a chance to show that the employer treated them unfairly.

Indeed, courts have created an absurd Catch-22 by allowing
employers to say a person is "too disabled" to do the job but not
"disabled enough" to be protected by the ADA. People with
conditions like epilepsy, diabetes, HIV, cancer, hearing loss, and
mental illness that manage their disabilities with medication,
prosthetics, hearing aids, etc. -- or "mitigating measures" -- are
viewed as "too functional" to have a disability and are denied the
ADAs protection from employment discrimination.

People denied a job or fired because an employer mistakenly
believes they cannot perform the job or because the employer does
not want people with disabilities in the workplace are also denied
the ADA's protection from employment discrimination.

ADA RESTORATION ACT TO BE INTRODUCED JULY 26TH

AAPD has been working with a broad coalition of disability
organizations who have helped Representative James Sensenbrenner
(R-WI) draft the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, which would enable
Americans with disabilities utilizing the ADA to focus on the
discrimination that they have experienced rather than having to
first prove that they fall within the scope of the ADA's
protection.

With this bill, the ADA's clear and comprehensive national mandate
for the elimination of discrimination on the basis of disability
will be properly restored. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who
played a leading role in passage of the ADA in 1990, will be an
original co-sponsor, but we need more Representatives to sign onto
the bill when it is introduced to show the bipartisan support and
importance of this measure.

Your help is urgently needed to garner support and passage of the
ADA Restoration Act of 2007. Call your Representative today and
ask him/her to co-sponsor the bill.

Sample Telephone Message for Use BEFORE JULY 26 seeking ORIGINAL
COSPONSORS:

"Hi. My name is_______ and I live in ________. I would like
Representative______ to be an original cosponsor of the ADA
Restoration Act of 2007. Employers can say that I am "too
disabled" to perform my job, but "not disabled enough" to be
protected by the ADA. This is wrong! Restore the ADA and restore
the rights my rights Please be an original cosponsor of the ADA
Restoration Act of 2007. If you would be willing to be an original
cosponsor of the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, please contact
Representative Hoyers or Sensenbrenners offices. "

Sample Telephone Message for use AFTER JULY 26 seeking Cosponsors:

"Hi. My name is_______ and I live in ________. I need
Representative______ to cosponsor the ADA Restoration Act of 2007.
Seventeen years ago, the ADA was passed with overwhelming
bipartisan support, yet people with disabilities are still being
treated unfairly. People with disabilities are in a no-win
situation. Employers can say that I am "too disabled" to perform
my job, but "not disabled enough" to be protected by the ADA. This
is wrong! Restore the ADA and restore my rights Please cosponsor
HR _____."

Source: AAPD
________________________________________________________________
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Study for women with disabilities and their male AB partners [Jun. 20th, 2007|12:27 am]
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abcripcouples


                                           
Are you a Woman with a Disability involved with an Able-bodied man?

Or an Able-bodied man involved with a Woman with a Disability?

Is your Disability Visible to other People when you are out in Public?

If so and you live in surrounding Bay Area of Northern California and have been in a monogamous relationship for at least one year:

You are invited to participate in a Study conducted by a psychology student at California School for Professional Psychology which Explores Your Relationship.

If you are interested Contact through this LJ page.

I am a graduate Student at Alliant International University, where I am getting a doctorate in psychology. I am looking for WOMEN with a VISIBLE PHYSICAL DISABILITIES who are with MEN who are ABLE-BODIED. THE WOMAN HAS TO HAVE HAD A VISIBLE PHYSICAL DISABILITY WHEN SHE FIRST MET THE MAN.

 

**This study has this particular criteria because it is studying certain factors and is not meant to be discriminatory towards anyone that does not meet this criteria. If you are a person or couple that does not meet this criteria  but would like some referrals please contact me.*:

 

 

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Epilepsy Foundation News & Events ...x-posted [Mar. 18th, 2007|08:11 am]
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beaconeer
http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/

Feature

Join the 'National Walk for Epilepsy' on Saturday March 31
NBC's "Heroes" Helps Epilepsy

Join us on the National Mall to highlight the importance of epilepsy awareness and the need to raise funds for more epilepsy research. Walk Chair Greg Grunberg (star of NBC's "Heroes") and thousands of dedicated supporters of people with epilepsy and their families will walk on the Mall at the start of cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C. The National Walk for Epilepsy is presented by the Epilepsy Foundation and Ortho McNeil Neurologics, Inc.

Watch Greg Grunberg's 'National Walk for Epilepsy' Public Service Announcements
Plus, Greg's show has created a special opportunity for "Heroes" fans to bid on autographed collector's edition artwork while supporting the millions of people with epilepsy and their families.

Also, more opportunities to support epilepsy awareness and education are available at our our special eBay auction.


>>Mothers living with epilepsy – Let your voice be heard! The Epilepsy Foundation wants to know your needs and what issues you need to be addressed.

» The Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund works to end epilepsy-related discrimination and injustice through education and increased access to legal services.

» The Epilepsy Foundation is the national voluntary agency solely dedicated to the welfare of over 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families.
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Stories for Change and Disability Rights [Jan. 20th, 2007|04:22 pm]
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zandrea
Hello everyone. My name is Andrea. I am a mother to a Dead child, sister to someone who has Cerebral Palsy and is a FIERCE disability right activist, and I myself have ADHD. Because of my own disability and those of the ones I am closely connected to, I have experienced and witnessed how prejudice, ignorance, and well-intentioned but ill-informed medical care providers impact our wellness and equal access to healthcare.

I am a Student at Antioch University Seattle in a BA completion program with a class assignment that I would love for you to be a part of. My class is centered around how individuals can use their personal stories to create social change.

For my project, I would like to gather stories of experiences of medical care from people in the disabilities community. I plan on creating a booklet or zine of related art, photography, and primarily your stories to then pass on to the University of Washington's department of disability studies. It is my hope that by offering your experiences, future medical care providers will have a better understanding of their impact when working with future patients.

This is a class project. No profit will be made off of any contributions, in fact, I am spending a substantial amount of money to print and create this book as a donation to the UW disability studies department. I would be incredibly thankful for any donated stories, poems, or art related to healthcare and disability

Because of the often sensitive nature of these stories, anonymous contributions would be more than welcome. Please also let me know if you have any additional ideas about this project. Ideally, I would love this to be a community action that includes as many voices as possible. Also, feel free to sped this post widely to anyone else who may be interested.

Thank you for your interest and consideration.

Andrea

zandrea@gmail.com
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(no subject) [Oct. 8th, 2006|10:24 pm]
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owlcatowl
This just in from Liz Carr, co-host of the Ouch Podcast:




Even if you're not into Ouch, please consider supporting it with your electronic signature.

Thanks!
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Scholarships for the disabled [Sep. 14th, 2006|10:00 pm]
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beaconeer
I thought it might be a good idea to compile a database of scholarships for the disabled, focusing on college students but not exclusively so. If you would like to be apart of this, either to supply information or to receive the final file, look up this post title on creactiv_voice for further instructions.
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