Targets Alfonso Jackson, Secretary of HUD
Nashville- Over 400 ADAPT members ended a day of non-violent civil disobedience at the Nashville Office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Protesters blocked the entrance of the building chanting and expected a long stay after requesting a meeting with the Director. Within one hour, Director William Dirl came out to meet ADAPT. Cassie James, Campaign Coordinator for Access Across America (AAA), presented a letter for Secretary Alfonso Jackson detailing ADAPT’s demands. “See,when you meet with us, we go away,” James said with a smile.
Hundreds of Disability Rights Activists Blockade Traffic Around the State Capital
Nashville, TN: Nearly sixty people were cited and a half dozen were arrested in the first day of direct action in Nashville with hundreds of protesters in wheelchairs blockading the streets around the State Capital demanding a meeting with the Governor of Tennessee, Phil Bredesen. The Governor has said that he refuses to meet with the protesters, who number over four hundred.
Dear Supporters of Disability Rights and Services:
We are asking you today for your financial support for a Disability Activist Legal Defense and Education Fund (DALDEF) for ADAPT activists who have been or will be arrested advocating for the rights of people with disabilities and older Americans to live and receive services in their homes and communities.
July 26th, 2005 marks the 15th anniversary of an important date in history – the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Since the passage of the ADA, people with disabilities report feeling less discrimination. But as far as ADA’s impact on jobs – the National Organization on Disability reports employment of people with disabilities has only risen from 32 to 35 percent in the past four years.
Act Today: Join “Access to Mobility Call-In Day” Thursday, October 6, 2005
On Thursday, October 6, 2005, individuals can join “Access to Mobility Call-In Day” by calling 1-877-224-0041 (TOLL FREE). Ask the CapitolOperator to connect you to your Senators and Representatives to ask them tosupport efforts to improve access to mobility devices for people withdisabilities.
Specifically, the Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid(ITEM) Coalition suggests you request that your Members of Congress:
State governments in the US are currently under intense pressure to limit or reduce Medicaid expenditures. Unless we make our voices heard, there may be serious consequences for Ventilator users — new restrictions that limit their access to community-based care and independent living arrangements. International Ventilator Users Network is urgently concerned about these developments, and seeks your support for a resolution developed by its Consumer Advisory Committee.
People with disabilities in the Gulf Coast areas of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana are experiencing tremendous loss of life and devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Current data indicates that people with disabilities are now most at risk in this situation—and will need recovery assistance for months or years. A disproportionate number of the Hurricane survivors are people with disabilities whose needs for basic necessities are compounded by chronic health conditions and Functional impairments.
For many SCI survivors, recapturing independence is your single most significant achievement. You view any concessions to that independence accepting more help, using more or different equipment as giving up, as failure, as the ultimate defeat. But it’s hard to deny the fatigue and pain that may come from years of pushing a manual chair. Switching to a power chair actually could be the way to maintain that independence…
If you are newly injured and need information about Disability benefits, or if you’re approaching age 65, and looking at retirement, then it might be time to check out Medicare and its many options.
What is Medicare?
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for persons who are disabled and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for at least 24 months, and for persons 65 years of age or older. Medicare has two parts:
Part A covers inpatient hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care, and hospice care. It covers all but the first three pints of blood per year. Medicare will also pay for some home health care services. However, to get these services you must need skilled care and you must be homebound.
This is the second of two brochures about incomplete spinal cord injuries. The first, Incomplete SCIs: The Early Days, discusses some of the issues people with incomplete injuries face soon after injury – especially during Rehabilitation. This brochure discusses issues that may become important later on….
Having a spinal cord injury that is incomplete often means less paralysis, more sensation, and maybe an easier time managing your bowels and bladder. It can also mean more sexual function, and it often means that getting around, taking care of yourself, and doing things will be easier than if your injury had been a complete one. However, having an incomplete spinal cord injury is not a “walk in the park.”