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Friday, November 11, 2022

Fun Stuff 2023

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November 11,
Website Launched To Find Accessible Nature Spots In South Jersey

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) protects, advocates for and advances the rights of persons with disabilities in pursuit of a society in which persons with disabilities exercise self-determination and choice and are treated with dignity and respect. Readers can learn more at www.disabilityrightsnj.org.

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Things to ponder 2023

Things to ponder 2023
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February 2,
If buildings can be grandfathered, so they do not have to be ADA-compliant. I want the right so I do not have to use the Annkissam App to keep track of my PCA hours.

January 11,
Are you officially over the hill when you send off your Cologuard box? Now they lowered the age to 45, so…

December 18,
Here is part of an email I received Friday, the 16th, at 2:24 pm, and the subject line is: IMPORTANT: Participant Background Check Preference Due 12/20/2022. Whoever came up with this timeline is real, Ebenezer Geezer!!!


November 7,
VIA: @DAWNcil
“Never assume a person who has difficulty communicating has nothing to say.”
-Stacy Sekinger

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

The Disability Movement Then, Now and Future 2023

The Disability Movement Then, Now and Future 2023
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November 8,
New Voting Laws Add Difficulties for People With Disabilities
Restrictions in several states on mail-in voting are sending more people with disabilities to the polls. What they find isn’t always easy to navigate.

November 3,
No matter how much I have read about Ableism, I still do not have a clear understanding of what it means. Maybe it is a generation thing, really at this point I can only speak for my age group and try to keep myself informed of how the disability movement is changing in today’s world.
Working Definition of Ableism - January 2022 Update
Previous definitions and additional context can be found here (2021), here (2020), and here (2019).

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Monday, October 24, 2022

Interesting Disability Articles 2023

Interesting Disability Articles 2021
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October 26,
Museums are increasingly making accessibility a priority, but without a clear blueprint for how to advance it, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some suggestions for finding your entry point.

Over the past decade, conversations about accessibility have increased within the museum field, and many organizations including AAM have identified it as a priority. There is not, however, a straightforward and approachable blueprint for increasing accessibility, meaning the museum workers tasked with doing so are often left wondering, “How do I get started?”

Heather Pressman and Danielle Schulz wrote The Art of Access: A Practical Guide for Museum Accessibility to answer this question and support museum practitioners on their accessibility journeys, regardless of the size, budget, or scope of their museum, by providing a range of starting points. Here we share three main guiding principles that every museum, regardless of size or focus, should keep at the forefront. Additionally, we highlight the work of three museums—The Henry Ford, the Intrepid Museum, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art—to shine a light on exciting ways accessibility and inclusion have been integrated into programs and evaluated.

October 24,
VIA: @AndrewPulrang
The Squeaky Wheel Shows How Disability Humor Work

After months of preparation and content creation by founder and Editor-in-Chief Steven Verdile, The Squeaky Wheel went live in June 2021. Its look and feel are similar to that of The Onion, but with a disability perspective. The Squeaky Wheel has a news website format. Its headlines are funny in themselves, with the jokes further fleshed out by short articles, supplemented with clean, professional, entirely anonymous stock images. Everything is presented as perfectly normal, told with a straight face. The disability-based anger, confusion, and humor are all implied.


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Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Disability Movement Under The Biden Administration 2023

The Disability Movement Under The Biden Administration
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October 20,
Congress has again failed people with disabilities — we need bipartisan legislation now

When the Senate unveiled its reconciliation package in August, service providers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) were stunned to see additional funding for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program was excluded — even despite the fact that HCBS funding was proposed by the White House and faced no opposition from Senate Democrats.

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Friday, October 14, 2022

Other Artist to Check Out 2023

Other Artist to Check Out 2023
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November 16,
Ridge Ruxton School's Action Art Adventure Week, see daily update on Art @ Ridge Ruxton School

October 14,
The Dallas Museum of Art Is Offering High-Tech Glasses So Color-Blind Viewers Can See Art in Vivid Color

Ever sit back and wonder, is your red the same as my red? What is really the difference between red and green?

For those with color vision deficiency, also known as color blindness or CVD, certain hues are difficult or impossible to discern. The condition affects approximately one in 12 men and one in 200 women. Now, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is teaming up with EnChroma, a company that specializes in the production of glasses with lenses that adjust to change color perception, to give color blind visitors a chance to experience the full spectrum of some of the museum’s most vibrant paintings.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Apple Crash Detection and Cerebral Palsy

Apple Crash Detection and Cerebral Palsy
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The other day, I saw the commercial for Apple Crash Detection and my warped mind starts thinking about how offer my CP could trigger the alarm? I was not far off since the has been false alarms caused by roller coasters, this has not only happened on the iPhone, but also the iWatch. One would be surprised by how much force a CP fling, or backhand has. The iWatch might be fines waiting to happen! People underestimate the potential energy in a CP body until they are on the wrong end of it. If I could find a way to harness the power in my body, I bet I could live off the grid.

I would turn the crash detection feature off, I can imagine the alarm going off and someone calls to see if I need help, then they would really send the rescue trucks. This has happened many times with tele-marketers, they would call me and start asking if I needed help, because of the way I sounded. Thank God, no police, or EMS ever showed up. Although, I would hope this would be the case if someone really needed help.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Resources for Artists with Disabilities 2023

Resources for Artists with Disabilities 2023
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October 5,
Critical Design Lab

The Critical Design Lab is a multi-disciplinary and multi-institution arts and design collaborative rooted in disability culture. Our collaborative draws on the methods of disability justice, critical and interrogative design, intersectional feminist design theory, and crip technoscience to address thorny questions about accessibility. We are artists, designers, critical makers, storytellers, filmmakers, activists, and scholars. Members begin in one-year cohorts before joining our member network.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Federal Government Resources 2023

Federal Government Resources
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January 5,
Get a Discount on Amazon Prime - EBT & Medicaid Cardholders
Save 50% on Amazon Prime for qualifying EBT and government assistance recipients. It is a bit tricky finding the right link to validate your benefits, but here is a starting point.


October 4,
VIA: @ADANational
The ADA, Addiction, and Recovery
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. This includes people with addiction to alcohol and people in recovery from opioid and substance use disorders. This is a very complex subject due to developing court cases.



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Monday, October 3, 2022

Artists Opportunities 2022

Artists Opportunities
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November 23,
JURIED ART CONTEST FOR ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES

“Express Yourself”

IN THE SPIRIT OF ELLENE “BRIT” CHRISTIANSEN https://britmemorial.com/

October 3,
VIA:@AccessVSA

Join us Wednesday, October 12 for a new Access/VSA Webinar: Inclusivity with Intention, presented by the @kencen School and Community Programs Department.

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Monday, September 12, 2022

SSI Extra Payment September 2022

SSI Extra Payment September 2022
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For the past few months, I have been seeing popup headlines that say extra $1600 for SSI recipients. I never click the links since I never seemed to receive notices or remember hearing about this in the news. I figure it was another false flag, I finally research the extra payments since it is supposed to happen in September.

From my understanding, this is not an extra payment, we will be getting our October checks before the first due to October 1st falling on the weekend. With this occurrence, we are receiving two checks in one month due to the calendar, not because the Feds voted to give us an extra payment. This is very confusing and could cause budget problems for countless Americans that do not have a rainy-day fund.

When I hard we would get an extra check this month, I already had that sucker spent thinking it was acting as another stimulus check. If I followed my impulse, I would be freaking out by the 3rd of October wondering whare my regular check is and how will I pay bills?

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Disability Movement in MD 2022

Disability Movement in MD 2022
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September 6,
Janice's fundraiser for Women Embracing Abilities Now

About Fundraiser: Women Embracing Abilities Now (W.E.A.N.) is reaching out to family, friends, and allies for help. W.E.A.N. is a non-profit mentoring program for women and young ladies with disabilities and is under the umbrella of The League for People with Disabilities, a nonprofit organization serving the Baltimore community since 1927. W.E.A.N. and The League’s similar missions of empowering individuals with disabilities make a perfect partnership. Through this partnership, The League gives W.E.A.N. in-kind donations such as rent-free use of their facility; time, and services of their administration staff; and free advertising. The League’s facility is filled to capacity with all of its wonderful services and programs and cannot provide W.E.A.N. help with storage space. HERE IS WHERE W.E.A.N. NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT! For years W.E.A.N. has had a very generous donor who paid our monthly storage fee but unfortunately, this donor can no longer help us. W.E.A.N.’s storage contains program...

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Disabilities in Films and Other Media 2022

Disabilities in Films and Other Media 2022
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September 1,
Netflix Partners With RespectAbility on New Program for Disabled Children’s Content Writers and Animators

RespectAbility has teamed up with Netflix to create a new Children’s Lab for disabled TV creators, which will provide education and training for disabled writers, animators, and creative executives looking to focus on preschool and children’s content.

The training program, funded by Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity, will include a five-week course featuring programming by New York-based production partners 9 Story Media Group and Silvergate Media. As part of the lab, participants will each be assigned a mentor as they join in-person and virtual workshops, trainings, panel conversations, networking events, and a talent showcase with table reads of each writer’s project performed by disabled actors. The Children’s Content Lab will also provide a week of career development training with industry experts.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Medicare Scam?

Medicare Scam?
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Is anyone aware, if there is a new Medicare Scam? People keep calling me about mailing a swab test kit to detect heart decease. They are saying this mail test kit is a new benefit of being on Medicare. I keep blocking the number, but a different person calls me back from another number. There is no way this can be this can be legit.

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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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August 25,
California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars

Before California makes everyone use electric vehicles, shouldn’t they fix the power grid first?

August 16,
One might start to question; how I can advocate for others since I could not make myself heard in order to save our marriage. After a 20-year friendship, courtship and marriage my wife and I have parted ways. We both made mistakes, no one is perfect. It is better to live apart, before the damage was too great before someone becomes resentful.

Now maybe the task is to show people, it is also possible to start new chapters in life and just because you do not agree with others. One can still respect each other and find commend ground.


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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