Can you Afford to be Healthy?

Since the Great Depression, there are more people unemployed and as a result, uninsured. According to the Census Bureau, more than 50 million Americans are uninsured. Yet the costs of healthcare and medications continue to rise. People are cutting back on everything, and unfortunately, that includes good health practices, including cost of healthy foods, preventative care, and prescription medications.

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How Far Are You Willing To Go?

The news is full of our “leaders” who want to cut benefits, institutionalize us or ignore our basic human rights altogether.  These stories can really get you down, if you let them. We always hear about the legislation and the negative stories, but you rarely see any of the positive news. Continue reading “How Far Are You Willing To Go?”

The Life of Ed Roberts

“We’ve tried cripples before and it didn’t work.” This was the response from the University of California at Berkeley to Ed Roberts when he applied for admission in 1962. This was not the first rejection that Ed received. In 1961, he was considered so severely disabled, that he was labeled “unemployable.” Roberts was significantly disabled, but he knew he could be an Continue reading “The Life of Ed Roberts”

Review of Disability.gov

When this site was created, it was created with the disabled in mind. The site was created to not only provide any information a person may be seeking, but to also cut down on the amount of calls and prevent unnecessary visits to the physical locations of the disability agencies. Disability.gov provides many resources to the disabled; their families and care givers.

Disability.gov is one of the best resources available for people who are living with a disability or who are looking for more information on services for the disabled. The site is designed to provide information on many different aspects of being disabled. Available, is the option to search resources by state, since the rights, benefits and resources available for the disabled often vary between states. Continue reading “Review of Disability.gov”

Justin Dart, IL Leader

Wherever Justin Dart went, his ‘signature’ hat was sure to be with him. To this day, his hat still attends events in his absence. He was wearing it on the White House lawn the day the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was signed by President Bush and it was atop his head whenever he was out rallying support for disability rights.

Justin Dart (August 29, 1930-June 22, 2002) is known for being the “Father of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the “Godfather of the disability rights movement,” and the “spiritual leader of the IL [independent living] movement.” Continue reading “Justin Dart, IL Leader”