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?”

Autism Controversy

My topic begins with a show I watched recently on the Dr. Oz show. The topic was Autism. It was interesting—the audience represented parents who had children who were diagnosed on the Autism spectrum (ASD). The panel of professionals included Autism specialists, advocates and pediatricians.

There was a big controversy on the show, as we all have probably heard about in the news, with the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. There is a question as to whether or not the vaccine is directly related to the onset of autism. Some parents were clear on their stance–that it was related, and that the vaccine caused autism. Continue reading “Autism Controversy”

Disability Terminology

People first language. We all know about it and use it regularly, right? It’s respectful and saying “person with a disability” is much better than using handicapped, right? After all, the word handicapped comes from the having a cap in hand to beg for change or a handout or charity, and nobody wants to be associated with that image. This word, “handicapped”, has the power to inspire anger and insult because of where it originated, or at least how we were told it originated.  Continue reading “Disability Terminology”

911 for Section 511

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a piece of legislation that has not been reauthorized since 1998.  WIA establishes the U.S. Vocational Rehabilitation Program as well as coordinating funds for job training.  Currently, the senate committee, Health Education Labor and Pension (HELP) has introduced legislation to reauthorize WIA.  This is seen as an opportunity to improve employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities.  Continue reading “911 for Section 511”

The Olmstead Decision

The Olmstead Decision is one of the most important Supreme Court decisions regarding people with disabilities.  This decision orders States to comply with the American with Disabilities Act to provide services for people with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Continue reading “The Olmstead Decision”