Ed Roberts – disability rights advocte

Ableism – the oppression and discrimination against people with disabilities – has always been with us. Despite centuries of isolation, segregation, violence, incarceration, and institutionalization, people with disabilities have always existed and have always resisted.

 

Google Honors, Ed Roberts

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-honors-disability-rights-activist-ed-roberts/

 

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Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Harvard Law breaks down the ‘Bipartisan Budget’ & Social Security/Social Security Disability benefits

Here is a simplified explanation of the SS/SSD benefits to be cut:

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2015/10/28/how-does-the-bipartisan-budget-budget-bill-change-social-security-disability-benefits/

Here email link for President Obama:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Bipartisan Budget Deal goes to President Obama – one step closer to chopping services USA elderly & disabled citizens

Here is the NBC article and video encapsulating this ‘Bipartisan Budget’ – a report failing to include the drastic cuts to the seniors and the disabled.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-approves-two-year-budget-deal-sends-bill-obama-n454311

President Obama will or will not sign off on this ‘Bipartisan Budget.’

I sent an email using this link; I had to use my voice in some capacity advocating for fiscal civil rights for the aged and disabled.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Do you look handicapped today?

Thursdays are primarily my ‘low energy day’ of the week.

Tuesday’s are a nose-to-nose at the wire second place.

Low energy or not, Thursday, Tuesday, December 26th –

rheumatoid arthritis and all her sister diseases are with me

and cosmetics do not change the complexion of disability

anymore than a blue placard or license-plate.

This Army vet publicized her hate note and her response-

yeah, now you really wanna read the article, I did!

Good stuff ~

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

National Service Dog Month Tribute~

Service Dogs have had quite a time this past year;

they’ve continued their commitment

toward assisting a multiple array of people in need,

providing easement of,

greater independence for

their humans’ lives

despite two-legged see-saw publicity.

Service dogs serve – thank you canine companions!

(And forgive humans for all the negative press, your hearts exude unconditional love while people keep learning to do so)

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Its-National-Service-Dog-Month-326726021.html

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

“One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Nothing says freedom better than our own voices~

Celebrate the ADA 25th Anniversary!

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-07-13/the-americans-with-disabilities-act-25-years-later

During a final exam in my senior year in college, the professor asked if I needed extra time to write my essay.

Initially, I felt insulted.

I didn’t need extra time.

I didn’t need an extra advantage.

I asked him, ‘why do you ask?’

“Because your arthritic hands may be slowing you down. You’d have every right to take extra time, Vikki.”

As I neared the blue book essay conclusion within the time frame I answered, ‘I can do it.’

I finished the timed exam and passed with an A.

The professor clearly proved ahead of his time.

I however, clearly proved too ingrained in my educational conditioning – be normal.

Decades flew past until I realized the integrity and depth my professor’s simple question. And my fixed perspective, my fixed mindset.

The ADA assists all disabled through all life’s developments, challenges and goals and dreams.

Structured, organized special education didn’t exist during my educational career.

I encourage all students requiring extra time, extra books, extra anything to utilize their greatest tool, their voices.

Ask for assistance.

The ADA has given opportunities for you and all disabled a gift, a life lesson crossing all cultural, social, economic boundaries –

the gift of learning to ask for what you need.

Asking is a life lesson for everyone.

Good luck and have fun! If you’re not having fun, try harder 😉

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

“One can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

Disabled and legitimate service animals find redemption in NY~

Housing for the disabled is difficult, to say the least. Waiting lists in my area can run up to six years.

What happens when a service animal joins the home-sweet-home equation?

Destitution. Rejection. Hassle, hassle, hassle with no true dwelling to call home.

A Co-Op in the Bronx, NY had rejected potential residents despite their clear need for service animal assistance.

What happens when a Co-Op rejects disabled with legitimate service animal needs?

They get hassled right back. Read to discover court imposed consequences for inexcusable discrimination.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/co-op-city-implement-policy-service-animals-article-1.2246071

Living Life to the Best of Your Possibility

‘One can judge a  nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable’ ~ Aristotle

Victoria Kaloss

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