Disability Discrimination: a Thing of the Past?

Is the social stigma which forced Roosevelt to hide his disability still among us after ninety years?

Hugh Gregory Gallagher, author of FDR’s Splendid Deception tells us that in 1921, Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted polio at the age of 39. Continue reading “Disability Discrimination: a Thing of the Past?”

Flying…on American Airlines, Oh My!

As readers may remember, my previous post concerned the treatment that Dawn Wilcox, a veteran with a disability received on an American Airlines flight. thanks to the gift of a trip to St. Croix from my husband’s mother and stepfather, my husband and I were recently in a position to fly with American Airlines, as well.  Anytime we can exchange northeastern North Carolina winters for sunnier climates, we are there! Continue reading “Flying…on American Airlines, Oh My!”

Dawn Wilcox, American Airlines & Public Opinion

Dawn Wilcox, an American Veteran with a Disability (who happens to use a wheelchair), claims that American Airlines left her to sit in her own waste after failing to get her off the plane in time to use a restroom. American Airlines, for its part maintains that Ms. Wilcox was offered an aisle chair in order to assist her into the plane’s facilities, but that she refused the offer. Continue reading “Dawn Wilcox, American Airlines & Public Opinion”

NDEAM: What’s It Mean?

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) began as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week in October of 1945.  The name for the observance has since been changed to reflect the fact that not all disabilities are physical in nature. The observance that began 65 years ago highlighted the contributions of persons with disabilities, however, it did not discount that persons with disabilities had not been contributing to their communities the many years before the creation of NDEAM. Continue reading “NDEAM: What’s It Mean?”

Vocational Rehabilitation: A Primer

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are an important part of the job search for people with disabilities. Generally, those who are receiving Supplemental Security Income, (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are considered eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation programs. Continue reading “Vocational Rehabilitation: A Primer”