The Disability Dialogue: Fix Cracks Not Crips

Leah Smith

Fix Cracks Not Crips

By Leah Smith
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

I sometimes feel like I’m a broken record, repeating over and over that just because a body is disabled, it does not mean it needs to be fixed.

To be fair, this is a complex and deeply held belief that has been engrained in to the social consciousness of society. Me saying the contrary, or even screaming it, is not going to change how engrained this idea is. However, I believe it’s worth evaluating on our own terms and in our own lives.

In Zoltan Istvan’s recent article, “In the Transhumanist Age, We Should be Repairing Disabilities, Not Sidewalks,” Istvan argues just that- instead of spending money toward repairing sidewalks that might be problematic for people using mobility devices, we should, instead, spend that money on fixing the person with the disability. He continues by stating, “In short, let the sidewalks remain in disrepair. Instead… let's work to repair physically disabled human beings, and make them mobile and able-bodied again.”

The Disability Dialogue: Why the DOL Changes to Home Healthcare Provide the Perfect Opportunity for the Disability and LGBT Communities to Work Together

DomWhy the DOL Changes to Home Healthcare Provide the Perfect Opportunity for the Disability and LGBT Communities to Work Together

By Dominick Evans
Guest Blogger
The Disability Dialogue

Fighting for your rights when you are a person that is intersectional, and living within more than one minority community, ensures there are extra challenges and barriers placed in your way. I happen to be one of those people, as I exist within both the disability community and the LGBT community. I have spent years discussing how important it is for minority communities to work together, to fight systemic oppression. I think most minority communities would be surprised to know how much we actually have in common, when it comes to oppression and discrimination. There is strength in numbers, so why aren't we working together?

The Disability Dialogue: Can We Break the Cycle of Broken Elevators?

Emily LadauCan We Break the Cycle of Broken Elevators?

By Emily Ladau
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

Four minutes. She could feel the seconds ticking away – or was that the rhythm of her pounding heart? People rushed past, all a blur, no one knowing that although the open air was all around, she was trapped. Two minutes. Her panic began to fade to a numb resignation as she realized the possibility that he might never return to the spot where she remained, coming to rescue her before it was too late. But just as she prepared to release her last shreds of hope, there he was – her hero, clothed in a deep red that made her feel finally at ease, as she knew he was in control of the situation. He held in his hands the bridge that would free her, the bridge that would lead her through the door to her destiny, just before it closed forever. She was saved!

ADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living File Amicus Brief in Department of Labor Case

April 6, 2015 – Today ADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) filed an Amicus Brief in Home Care Association, et al v. David Weil, et al, the Department of Labor case regarding the companionship rule changes. The brief filed by ADAPT and NCIL details the detrimental effects the companionship rule changes will have on attendants and people with disabilities. Click here to read the brief.



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Money Follows the Person Program at CDR

Susan StahlMFP Reimagined

By Susan Stahl
MFP Coordinator

The idea of the Money Follows the Person began in the minds of people in the grass roots organization ADAPT as a way the states could end the institutional bias that keeps people institutionalized throughout the country. The Federal Government used ADAPT’s vision to start the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration Grant. MFP is a federal program created as part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2006, and further extended as part of the Affordable Care Act to assist states with shifting their Medicaid long-term care service and support system to support people with disabilities living in the community. The program seeks to increase the use of home and community based services (HCBS) and to reduce the number of people in nursing facilities if they can and want to live in the community. There are MFP contractors throughout New York State.

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