disabledtalk:

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — It was moving day Monday for a newlywed mentally disabled couple who launched a court fight to be able to live together.

Paul Forziano and his wife, Hava, who fell in love seven years ago and were married in April, welcomed visitors including their parents, attorneys and reporters into their new second-floor apartment in a large house run by an agency that operates several group homes in Riverhead, on eastern Long Island.

"Happy, not sad," said Hava Forziano, who has limited verbal skills. “We can be together all the time now,” added her husband.

The couple and their parents filed a civil rights lawsuit this year, seeking to compel the group homes where they had lived separately until Monday to accommodate their wishes to live together as a married couple. Although the newlyweds were able to find a place to live, their attorney said Monday that the court fight will go on.

"You don’t know what’s going to happen in the future," said attorney Martin Coleman. “People like Paul and Hava have to have the ability to move around if they want to. There’s only a limited number of providers. We need to be sure they’re not closed out of places.

The federal civil rights lawsuit contends Paul Forziano’s facility refused to allow the couple to live together because people requiring the services of a group home are by definition incapable of living as married people, and it says his wife’s home refused because it believes she doesn’t have the mental capacity to consent to sex.

Legal experts are watching the case closely as a test of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which says, in part, that “a public entity shall make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures … to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability.” The group homes are licensed as nonprofits by the state and receive Medicaid funding on behalf of their clients.

The facility where the former Hava Samuels lived has declined to comment because of the pending litigation. The group home operators where Paul Forziano lived said they didn’t have facilities available for a married couple.

Also named in the lawsuit is the state Office of Persons With Developmental Disabilities, which the couple claims sided with the agencies in refusing to accommodate their wishes and has not done enough to find a solution. The office has declined to comment.

Gus Lagoumis, director of programming at East End Disability Associates – operators of the facility the newlyweds now call home – said his agency has no objections to mentally disabled people living as married couples.

"Gone are the days where parents are told a kid has a disability, institutionalize them and forget they ever existed," he said. “Now we have people growing up in the community and they want to do things just like everybody else does and getting married and possibly getting divorced is one of the things that goes on in a community."

Paul’s mother, Roseann Forziano, said her son and his new wife likely would still be looking for a new place had it not been for the legal action.

"I don’t think it would have happened without a lawsuit." she said. “All of a sudden once you file a lawsuit there’s a whole lot of cooperation. I don’t want that to have to be the norm."

This is complete bullshit. They are in love (hence the reason they got married). I see no earthly reason why they should not be allowed to live together. Who is this marriage and cohabitation hurting? NO ONE. But it’s making people nervous, because adults with developmental disabilities shouldn’t behave like normal adults because, like the rest of us on disability, they are less than human. FUCK YOU NEW YORK STATE.



bellatrixissexy:

bemusedlybespectacled:

sherlockian-spy:

justrudeandginger:

wish-upon-a-celldweller:

azspot:

Rob Tornoe

and everyone should have proper ID anyway. What stops someone from flying into a country, voting to sway an election and leaving? Its doesnt cost a lot, everyone should have proper identification anyway. It works like this in EVERY country not just the US.

not everyone drives. not everyone goes to college. Yes, the ID itself is only 15 bucks or so, but the car+insurance+driver’s ed or the 20,000+ college tuition that’s required for those IDs isn’t cheap.

All I had to show was my voter’s registration card. As for IDs…. you can go to your local DMV and get just an ID. That’s what mine is, I don’t drive or anything.

I went to the DMV to pick up my non-driver’s ID early on a Thursday morning. I got there at nine or so in the morning and left a bit afternoon, so I was essentially standing in line for three hours. And that DMV was one that was open most days, so there wasn’t a lot of build-up. I could have gone to the one that was closer, but open only two days a week. I’d hate to be someone who can’t afford to miss work in order to get an ID that is demonstrably unnecessary and in fact hurts minorities and trans people.

Yeah. Like, the only reason I was able to vote the other day was because I had my social and my Hollins ID and because I was no longer homeless. If I was still homeless, I’d not be able to vote because I’d lack proof of residency. 

Because having an ID doesn’t hurt the poor and the homeless at all in a country where it is your civil duty, nay RIGHT to vote.

bellatrixissexy:

bemusedlybespectacled:

sherlockian-spy:

justrudeandginger:

wish-upon-a-celldweller:

azspot:

and everyone should have proper ID anyway. What stops someone from flying into a country, voting to sway an election and leaving? Its doesnt cost a lot, everyone should have proper identification anyway. It works like this in EVERY country not just the US.

not everyone drives. not everyone goes to college. Yes, the ID itself is only 15 bucks or so, but the car+insurance+driver’s ed or the 20,000+ college tuition that’s required for those IDs isn’t cheap.

All I had to show was my voter’s registration card. As for IDs…. you can go to your local DMV and get just an ID. That’s what mine is, I don’t drive or anything.

I went to the DMV to pick up my non-driver’s ID early on a Thursday morning. I got there at nine or so in the morning and left a bit afternoon, so I was essentially standing in line for three hours. And that DMV was one that was open most days, so there wasn’t a lot of build-up. I could have gone to the one that was closer, but open only two days a week. I’d hate to be someone who can’t afford to miss work in order to get an ID that is demonstrably unnecessary and in fact hurts minorities and trans people.

Yeah. Like, the only reason I was able to vote the other day was because I had my social and my Hollins ID and because I was no longer homeless. If I was still homeless, I’d not be able to vote because I’d lack proof of residency. 

Because having an ID doesn’t hurt the poor and the homeless at all in a country where it is your civil duty, nay RIGHT to vote.



On Thursday, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall (R) spoke at a press conference against state funding for Planned Parenthood. He blasted the organization for supporting a women’s right to choose, saying that God punishes women who have had abortions by giving them disabled children:

The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.

“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”

I have no words right now because at the moment I am too busy screaming obscenities at my computer screen.

EDIT: Turns out I do have words.  FUCK YOU YOU ABLEIST PIECE OF SHIT.  Not that it’s any of your business but my mother never had an abortion yet here I am disabilities (yes PLURAL) and all.  GO DIE IN A FIRE.  Better yet, come back and talk to me when you get your MD.



Adventures in paratransit

disabledtalk:

Submitting this on behalf of and by request of Anna Johnson of Glens Falls, NY.

RAGE.

Background: I am on disability. As such, I use the Medicab service to get to doctor appointments and such. I go to Planned Parenthood for my women’s care services.

Today I called them to set up a ride for tomorrow. I have an appointment at Planned Parenthood because of some ongoing problems, and the nurse who saw me there last week wanted me to see their doctor, who only comes in a few days a week. So, appointment, 10:15 am. Schedule cab ride there and cab ride home. I’ve never had a problem with that before.

I call, and when asked, I say that I need to set up a ride for tomorrow. They ask me where. I say, “Planned Parenthood,” and give the street address.

“I’m sorry, we don’t do calls to Planned Parenthood. We don’t do abortions,” says the guy on the other end.

At that point my jaw hit the floor.

“This is an appointment with a doctor,” I said, steam coming out of my ears.

“What’s the doctor’s name?” he asks.

I tell him.

“I’ll have to check with my supervisor,” he says.

I wait a few moments. He comes back and says, “It’s okay since it’s just a doctor’s appointment.”

I manage to be civil, and finally hang up.

Still. Whiskey. Tango. Fuck. First, that he assumed that I would be having an abortion simply on the grounds that I was going to Planned Parenthood (I live in a not-too-wealthy, somewhat rural area - a lot of women depend on PP for well-woman care). Second, so what if it was an abortion? They should still provide transportation for women who need it!

Asscactus. I have not the words.



The Able-Bodied Shuffle

  • No SRS, ableism
  • Non-disabled person: Oh you poor, poor disabled person, you must be so miserable! After all, you can't do the same things that WE can. It's so tragic!
  • Disabled person: Oh no no no, it's okay, really, as long as our needs are accommodated we can do just as much as --
  • Non-disabled person: ACCOMMODATIONS!? FUCK THOSE
  • Disabled person: !?
  • Non-disabled person: WHY SHOULD WE BE EXPECTED TO BEND OVER BACKWARDS FOR YOU
  • Disabled person: Wait, weren't you just saying --
  • Non-disabled person: DON'T YOU KNOW THE NEEDS OF THE MANY OUTWEIGH THE NEEDS OF THE FEW
  • Disabled person:
  • Non-disabled person:
  • Disabled person:
  • Non-disabled person: But it's okay, I totally know how awful your life must be.
  • Disabled person: Please go hurdle yourself into space.


mentalillnessmouse:

[Image: 18-piece green-colored background with a common house mouse. Top text reads: “mental illness does not mean I am going to hurt people”  Bottom text reads: “But your stupid questions are making me reconsider”]

mentalillnessmouse:

[Image: 18-piece green-colored background with a common house mouse. Top text reads: “mental illness does not mean I am going to hurt people”  Bottom text reads: “But your stupid questions are making me reconsider”]



unheardofsongs:


House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) says students should just get 3 jobs to pay for college instead of using Pell Grants
Tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations? That’s a-ok! Why are students complaining? Working 3 jobs to pay back student loans is the American dream.

nevermind doing this AND using a pell grant! i guess i should’ve just gotten another several jobs. cause there are so many of those to go around, obviously.

Um yeah silly me seeing as my profession will be as a RESEARCHER in PHYSICS at a university as a PROFESSOR I’ll have time to find 2 other jobs.  NO PROBLEM.
Oh and HOW DARE I go to school as someone on disability.  I’m such a drain on the system.  I should have been secretly wealthy or waited until I wasn’t disabled.

unheardofsongs:

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) says students should just get 3 jobs to pay for college instead of using Pell Grants

Tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations? That’s a-ok! Why are students complaining? Working 3 jobs to pay back student loans is the American dream.

nevermind doing this AND using a pell grant! i guess i should’ve just gotten another several jobs. cause there are so many of those to go around, obviously.

Um yeah silly me seeing as my profession will be as a RESEARCHER in PHYSICS at a university as a PROFESSOR I’ll have time to find 2 other jobs.  NO PROBLEM.

Oh and HOW DARE I go to school as someone on disability.  I’m such a drain on the system.  I should have been secretly wealthy or waited until I wasn’t disabled.



(tw ableism, institutionalized ableism, racism) Suspensions Are Higher for Disabled Students, Federal Data Indicates

disabledtalk:

(tw ableism, institutionalized ableism, racism) Suspensions Are Higher for Disabled Students, Federal Data Indicates

Students with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be suspended from school as nondisabled students, with the highest rates among black children with disabilities.

According to a new analysis of Department of Education data, 13 percent of disabled students in kindergarten through 12th grade were suspended during the 2009-10 school year, compared with 7 percent of students without disabilities. Among black children with disabilities, which included those with learning difficulties, the rate was much higher: one out of every four was suspended at least once that school year.

The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles, conducted the study of data from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, which originally released the raw statistics in March.

Policy makers and civil rights leaders worry about out-of-school suspensions because they often presage dropouts and can raise a child’s risk of future incarceration. Districts with high suspension rates also tend to be correlated with lower student achievement as measured by test scores.

The analysis, which reviewed data at the state and district levels, found that in 10 states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware and Illinois, more than a quarter of black students with disabilities were suspended in 2009-10. In Illinois, the rate was close to 42 percent, compared with about 8 percent for white students. New York and Florida were not included because of problems with their data.

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wylie99998:

One of the most dominant forms of discrimination is that of able bodyism. People with disabilities are pretty much never shown in the media, and when they are they are met with pity or even revulsion. Even worse disabled people have become the target of eugenics movements. I support the right to…

Never mind that people with psychiatric disabilities are always the bogeyman who commits unspeakable crimes because of their illness.  We (almost?) never see a representation of someone who is bipolar or schizophrenic, etc (those seem to be the most popular, but I do remember hearing a few Borderlines in there too) who isn’t a serial killer.

On the eugenics point: you can’t screen for psychiatric disabilities and A LOT OF US HAVE THEM.  So what’s the solution to that?  You gonna round us up and euthanize us for the “good of society?”



(IN)VISABLE DISABILITY / “PASSING”

logicgates:

The other day I was boarding a plane and I couldn’t lift my luggage into the overhead compartment. A flight attendant came over to help me after a few fruitless minutes of me attempting to lift my suitcase above my head only to repeatedly drop it on my face. 

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