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Thursday, March 24, 2022

What About People With Disabilities During War Times

What About People With Disabilities During War Times
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This is unbelievable that I would be thinking or having to write about this in 2020. Everyday life is a struggle for anyone with a Disability, or medical condition although we might make it look routine. There is no way to fathom what it would be like in the mist of senseless war as for the people in Ukraine.

When Russia started bombing the cities, most people ran to the subways for shelter. There have been reports that the subways are not accessible, so the civilians with disabilities are sitting at home, hoping not to be hit by a missile. Why should any family member be forced to decide to leave their loved ones for their own safety, or sit at home with no food, water and power hoping not to be killed.

In these conditions, one could pass away from the lack of nutrition, medicine or even worse no power for medical equipment and for what?


March 25,
VIA: Milan Šveřepa
Testimonies from family members of people with intellectual disabilities during the first months of the Russian war on Ukraine.

Some of what we hear from families

“Children are locked between four walls, do not have proper communication. After the explosions, many people have a fear of going out in the streets. All our achievements have come to nothing.”

“The biggest problem we have is for one of our families with two children with intellectual disabilities. They are now homeless after a rocket explosion. This family left for the village in the region. There is nowhere to go back, the house is destroyed.”

“All other members of our organization live at home. During alarms, they hide in basements or at home in bathrooms. It probably sounds scary, but everyone is already tired of being afraid. We lived a day, and thank God.”

“Sorry for being a little chaotic, the constant sirens make it impossible to concentrate.”

“We are a transit stop for people with disabilities and children with disabilities traveling abroad. They stay with us from 1 to 7 days. We have 20-40 such families a week.”


Feb 25,
Through this conflict in Ukraine, what happens to persons with disabilities?

“War undermines the lives, health and safety of all human beings, but for approximately three million persons with disabilities and their families living in Ukraine, the situation is much worse. As a person with disability advocating for rights of refugees with disabilities for many years, I am deeply concerned about my sisters and brothers in Ukraine who are facing multiple barriers to access safe evacuation and humanitarian assistance,” said Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the European Disability Forum (EDF). “War can be the cause of violations of human rights including the rights of persons with disabilities and must end immediately. In the meanwhile, all involved parties must fully respect their international obligations to ensure protection and safety for persons with disabilities.”

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Security Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution 2475 (2019), Ground-Breaking Text on Protection of Persons with Disabilities in Conflict

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Friday, February 25, 2022

The Road to WW III?

The Road to WW III?
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March 15,
A new stamp honors the Ukrainian soldiers who profanely told off a Russian warship

Ukraine introduced the design for a new postage stamp that memorializes a now-famous battle cry rallying the country in its fight against the Russian invasion.

The stamp — called "Russian warship, go f*** yourself!" — references an interaction on Snake Island.

March 14,
There is never a good reason to start a war, but if it saves lives in Ukraine, it is worth the risk. All these political games being played by the U.S. and other countries is the same as watching someone getting their ass kicked and asking if I should call the police?

March 4,
VIA: @InclusionEurope
War on Ukraine: Protect people with intellectual disabilities and families

The situation is complex and different in different places. In Kyiv, fighting, frequent alarms, should be covering in shelters or basements day and night.

Most mothers are powerless and simply stay in apartments with adult children with intellectual disabilities during airstrikes.


These words have been in the news and used by “world leaders” lately, but what do they really mean?



The Road to WW III?

One must wonder why NATO is not going into Ukraine to help fight against Putin’s war. Is it unlawful for them to put boots on the ground since Ukraine is not an official member of NATO? it feels as if everyone is saying they want to help, standing at the borders and just watching this tragedy happen.

Putin is a mad man, he is not only killing innocent people and destroying decades, if not centuries of history and art. He is also oppressing his own citizens' by locking them up for protesting this war. War is always driven by one man’s quest for power, not the good of the people.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

LG Remote Case

Silicone Case for LG TV remotes
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The Silicone Case for LG TV remotes, or the Remote condom! This newer version is really like a condom then the first one since it slips down on the remote compared to the first case. The previous version was an open face and had the tendency to pop off and loosen its fit

This case has a grid face and fits around each button for a more secure fit. This case might be meant to protect from cracking in falls, but it also keeps the battery cover on. I also like the silicone, because the remote cannot slip off the bed or when sitting on hard surfaces. When you have one figure to push buttons, I cannot hold the remote as they are designed for. I am sure there are cases for other remotes too, one just must know what to look for.

Oh yes, some also glow in the dark!!!

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Monday, February 7, 2022

Things To Ponder 2022

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March 3,
Protection and safety of persons with disabilities in Ukraine

There are 2.7 million persons with disabilities registered in Ukraine. Our contacts in the country have confirmed that the situation for persons with disabilities is appalling. For example, shelters in Kiev are inaccessible, so people with disabilities are forced to stay at home, not knowing where they can go to be safe.

Feb. 28,
Ukraine invasion by Russia: disability rights in times of unrest

As Ukraine is invaded by Russian forces, our writer, reviewer and Disability Horizons TV presenter, Zec Richardson, discusses the often forgotten issue in times of war – how disabled people are affected and their disability rights.


Feb. 15,
I wonder if; Bitcoin counts as income against SSI, or other disability benefits?

Feb 7,
If you have a Podcast; you can say oops, sorry my bad for using racer slurs and missing leading information. Whereas books can be banned or burned for questioning one’s political and religious beliefs.

Spotify won't be 'silencing' Joe Rogan amid controversy: CEO
Tennessee school board bans Holocaust graphic novel ‘Maus’ – author Art Spiegelman condemns the move as ‘Orwellian’
Tennessee pastor leads burning of Harry Potter and Twilight novels

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Cerebral Palsy (CP) Facts and Resources 2022

Cerebral Palsy (CP) Facts and Resources
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Dec.8
New research project: The patient-provider experiences of people with CP who use AAC

We are interested in learning more about the experiences of people who have cerebral palsy (CP) and who use AAC to communicate with medical professionals. The results of this research will be discussed at the AAC Consumer and Technology Forum at ATIA 2022, and will be used to improve service delivery and AAC technology development for persons with CP.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Office Failures Part 2

Office Failures Part 2
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This is a follow up to a blog I posted last week about my Office 365 Apps freezing on launch. While it did turn out to be an issue with the current Mac OS, because when I upgraded to OS Monterey the problems were solved.

I do find it puzzling that the desktop App of Word does not have the same “Editor” feature as the online version does. The online version of Word has more tools for refinements. In addition, to Text Prediction so I be using that one unless I have browser failures!

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Office Failures

Office Failures
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I hope others are not having the same problems, but when I updated to the latest Office 365 Apps and latest Mac OS my Office Apps started to crash. I even spent at least an hour chatting with Microsoft Support, and they could not solve the problem, “it must be an OS issue.” Good thing a new Mac OS comes out next week!

I started to use the online version of Word and really, I like the Editor tool online better than in the desktop version. I wish I had this tool during my college years when it really counted. although I am sure my Art History and Journalism Professors would still use their red markers. Also, I would not have made the friends that I did with the fellow students that used to go insane, helping to edit my papers.

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