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18
Aug
14

Sick Sick World — the facts

One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability.  The results are staggering.  The facts are saddening.  The pain is maddening.  This piece is really only to introduce you all to the world as a whole and how disability affects everyone everywhere.

Facts on Disability World Wide    mad mad world

  • According to UNICEF, 30 per cent of street youths are disabled.disabilities
  • In most OECD countries, women report higher incidents of disability than men.
  • Around 10 per cent of the world’s population, or 650 million people, live with a disability. They are the world’s largest minority.
  • Eighty per cent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Comparative studies on disability legislation shows that only 45 countries have anti-discrimination and other disability-specific laws.
  • mad world smokingWomen with disabilities are recognized to be multiply disadvantaged, experiencing exclusion on account of their gender and their disability.
  • This figure is increasing through population growth, medical advances and the ageing process, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • In countries with life expectancies over 70 years, individuals spend on average about 8 years, or 11.5 per cent of their life span, living with disabilities.
  • The World Bank estimates that 20 per cent of the world’s poorest people are disabled, and tend to be regarded in their own communities as the most disadvantaged.
  • In the United Kingdom, 75 per cent of the companies of the FTSE 100 Index on the London Stock Exchange do not meet basic levels of web accessibility, thus missing out on more than $147 million in revenue.
  • Mortality for children with disabilities may be as high as 80 per cent in countries where under-five mortality as a whole has decreased below 20 per cent, says the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, adding that in some cases it seems as if children are being “weeded out”.
  • Women and girls with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to abuse. A small 2004 survey inmad world Orissa, India, found that virtually all of the women and girls with disabilities were beaten at home, 25 per cent of women with intellectual disabilities had been raped and 6 per cent of disabled women had been forcibly sterilized.
  • Disability rates are significantly higher among groups with lower educational attainment in the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), says the OECD Secretariat. On average, 19 per cent of less educated people have disabilities, compared to 11 per cent among the better educated.
  • Disabled child of warFor every child killed in warfare, three are injured and permanently disabled.
  • In some countries, up to a quarter of disabilities result from injuries and violence, says WHO.
  • Research indicates that violence against children with disabilities occurs at annual rates at least 1.7 times greater than for their non-disabled peers.
  • Persons with disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence or rape, according to a 2004 British study, and less likely to obtain police intervention, legal protection or preventive care.

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11
Mar
10

Violence against the disabled raises its ugly head again

photo of snake head

Raising its ugly head

The topic of violence against persons with disabilities unfortunately popped up on the news again.  Seems that CNN caught hold of this British video clip of a disturbing attack on a wheelchair user. This topic seems to be hot and actually barely touches the surface of a level of hatred in humanity – the dark side.  The psychological idea that persons who are disabled are to be hidden away, removed from society, or placed in nursing homes seems prevalent in the world we live it.  Shame on humanity!

This brings us back to our earlier piece, Crimes Against Those who are Disabled.

What is further disgusting to me is the sexual violence perpetrated on women who have intellectual disabilities.  I remember years ago watching some film which feature a young woman with a developmental disability who was basically raped at home, and kept for that purpose.  Does that sicken you as well?

Related links:

Sexuality and Disability

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Journal of Contemporary Justice:  Article on abuse against the elderly

08
Mar
10

New Job for the disabled: suicide bomber?

Picture of suicide bomber

I recently read a story that prompted me to think about the health of American society.  It seems that 80% of suicide bombers in Afghanistan are disabled.  Now why would the life of someone who is disabled be so tragically deficient as to feel that suicide is an improvement?  Could it be that that since they are disabled that (1) the disabled have no social status, (2) they can’t get jobs, (3) that they are perceived as pariah, and (4) they earn money for their families which they can’t earn any other way since no one hires the disabled (worth more dead syndrome)?

Suicide is painless, it brings on sudden changes,” this is a line from that famous introduction to Mash.  I never really understood the theme music for the show.  I suppose it could be that war is hell and for the mash unit, it was a hell to endure.   I recently met a vet from the Korean War, and he had suffered a spinal cord injury from his stint in Korea.  Certain bitterness was etched on his brow, but he wasn’t strapping bombs on himself.  Yet, if we were at war within our own borders, would he too strap on a bomb to take out his societies enemies?

Mankind marks itself with how it handles its disabled.  Horrendous mistreatments of persons who have a disfigurement or physical or psychological disability readily identify societies that mistreat others including their own citizens.  Look at Hitler’s Third Reich.  His regime systematically eliminated the enemies of state (political refuse), enemies of culture (non-Christian), and enemies of state prosperity (the disabled).  People who are not productive should be vaporized if they can’t help your nation compete in the global economy?

In the United States I have seen several very nazi signs that cloud the great reputation of the country.  The mentally ill were turned out of state-run institutions and left on the street, this was a harbinger of trouble.  Now politically minded folks will blame Reagan’s political decision, but since that time no other president or congress has done much to change the historical villainy.  Especially intriguing to me is how we sent thousands of soldiers off to Vietnam, and many returned with psychological disabilities.  Were these treated?  Well, the point is that we all know that many of our street people are these very souls, wandering around in a world that abandoned them spiritually, emotionally and left them to rot undercard board sleeping bags.

Now the state of affairs for our mentally ill community is amazing forgotten.  The well, the rich and the middle class, have built for themselves a wall of detachment from the issue.  Self absorbed in their own lives and the day’s entertainment, they have carefully erected near perfect barriers from watching the mentally ill, walking the streets like zombies.  The figures are amazing.  In 1960, the state ran about 175 psychiatric beds per 100,000 persons.  Since the Reagan era, the count dropped to 15.

What was and what  is the cost to society?  The estimate cost savings from not treating the mentally ill is huge.  Staffing mental institutions and the overhead, the inventory, the plant and facilities is in the billions.  But, what is the cost to society of having people not treated?  How can you measure those costs?

Could we like the Nazis be planning on creating a new industry of euthanasia.  We could staff those institutions with the unemployed.  The baby boom could provide a whole new industry – one of death and destruction.   Instead of watching them raise the cost of insurance and for taking care of their increasing medical expenses, we could provide ss style injections—like putting down the dog.  Heck you get disabled when you get older.  Maybe once we get good at it, we could eliminate the youth with disabilities, and those with incurable cancer, too.

Hey, maybe the president could create a new military force exempt from the prohibitions for the disabled.  Then they could have something to die for.  Strap on a bomb and wait for deployment into the heart of the state’s enemies.  Then the disabled would have status.  Then they could be held on high as heroes to the populace?  Boom, baby, boom, and maybe, perchance, you then live in heaven with 21 virgins!

From News Sites:

Suicide Bomber In A Wheelchair

British disability activists say change in UK assisted suicide law “abandons hope”

Mash Theme Song Lyrics

Euthanasia: The Dutch Experience

The Wise Sloth: my prediction on the legalization of euthanasia

Solid Article covering History of Suicide Bombing or terrorism

Don’t Trust Anyone older Than 30 – about, for and by baby boomers

01
Feb
10

Keeping it Unreal; Steve Mehlman gets lame

About three hours ago, at about 1am 02/01/2010, Steve Mehlman of the UDW Homecare Providers Union published an article online in the California Progress Report – the article “How Low We’ve Sunk.”

http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/?q=print/7404

Let me first disclaim before I get into Mehlem’s posture; it ain’t hard to knock a government bureaucrat, specific under the veil of ambiguity by only referring to that person as an “agent from the Department of Health Care Services” not to mention if one used blinders while playing loose with the facts.  Truth be told the civil servant is an easy target for an array of reasons, most of them stemming from the reality that with few exceptions, social problems, the same social problems ‘agents’ tackle are still around.  Unless one has a crystal ball, what a difference that “agent” made is anyone’s guess.  Further, government workers don’t have the best reputation for reflecting efficiency.  With that said, let’s bring some light into Mehlman’s rant of a DCHS ‘raid.’  According to this article the DCHS has oversight to at least “400,000 homecare providers” and the state (California) is worried about fraud, regardless that fraud percent being “as high as 25 percent” or “no more than one to two percent” within the county system.  If anyone every wanted a lesson as to what propaganda reads like, and I’m talkin equivocated well past “Totally Against Graffiti; because there is a Difference Between Art and Graffiti” (CBS/Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors) – then Mehlman’s article is for you.

We do get from this article that an “agent” contacted Nancy Jo Riley, a homecare provider from San Diego, with regard to the care of a “quadriplegic Vietnam veteran” and from this contact a meeting was arranged, under ‘threats.’  What nature of such threat, is not disclosed – fine.  We get from the article that Nancy Jo Riley and her client were subjected to an interview, to include a “long series of “humiliating” questions.”  What nature of the questions, are not disclosed – fine.  Further, we get from the article, that Nancy Jo Riley’s civil rights were violated, her “Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.” Again, the nature of this allegation is not disclosed by the author – fine.  I’d be even willing to give Nancy Jo Riley and her unnamed client the benefit of doubt and guess that the unnamed agent was insensitive as well to include mismanaging the case, as Assembly Member Noreen Evans (D-&th) puts it, “possibly” the home visit unwarranted and premature.  Here is where this short article by Mehlman went, in conclusion, with this one case:

“We raid the homes of our most vulnerable citizens; we brand thousands of low-wage homecare providers as “fraud criminals”; we waste tens of millions of dollars to investigate widespread fraud that doesn’t exist.  All the while, white collar crimnals and crooked government contractors run free.”

Yes sir, branded them there ‘low-wage homecare’ providers, “thousands” of them “crimnals.”  Speaking of sinking low; is Mehlman, labor’s fat speak (union) just bloviating, or does Arnold’s men terrorize the disabled services?  Will this incident result in a lawsuit against the state, or should Mehlman get a clue, use spell checker, and leave journalism to more objective souls? Hit me up, and tell me what’s up with this crazy world.

28
Jan
10

Disabled get cut first in CA

picture of axeSince California leads the nation in both positive and negative terms, the populace that are disabled are most likely to have cuts in their disability services, civil rights and incomes.  When the state had the budget crisis last year, the first place the state cut was the monies they provided to those who are permanently disabled.  The crisis has not abated, so now government offices are soon to feel the sharpened axe of budget cuts.  Could more disability services at colleges be headed for the chopping block shortly?  Well, we will have to see.

Well here is a bit of news that confirms this trend:

The City of Los Angeles Department on Disability and the Commission on Disability may be eliminated as it now exists, by this March.  The following came off a fact sheet.  You might like to know that these organizations are funded by te city of Los Angeles.

“CALL FOR SUPPORT: Department on Disability at Risk of Being Dismantled by March 2010”

We are requesting that the disability community, its advocates, and community-based organizations attend the Los Angeles City Council Committee Meeting (in large numbers) to voice your concerns and support for the Department, immediately.  Time is of the essence and these are critical issues, which will negatively impact the disability community!

Monday, February 1, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEETING

Los Angeles City Hall, 10th Floor, Room 1010

200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For further information about the DEPARTMENT ON DISABILITY, please call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (213) 202-2764 voice, (213) 202-2755 TTY, or visit our website at www.Disability.LACity.org.

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COMMISSION ON DISABILITY

On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, the Commission on Disability work together with the Office of the Mayor and Department on Disability to

respond to the needs and concerns of an estimated 1.3 million residents with disabilities in Los Angeles. The Commission advocates for people with disabilities and serves in an advisory capacity to the Department. The Commission holds its regular meeting on the first Wednesday of each month; annually presents a public hearing on current critical issues; identifies priority issues to be addressed; and makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for the benefit of the disability community. For more information about the Commission on Disability, call the Department on Disability (213) 202-2764 voice, or (213) 202-2755 TTY, or visit

http://www.Disability.LACity.org.

201 North Figueroa Street, Suite 100

213.202.2764 Voice

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Los Angeles, California 90012§ 213.202.2755 TTY § 213.202.2715 Fax § http://www.Disability.LACity.org
– F A C T S H E E T –

THE DEPARTMENT IS VITAL BECAUSE DOD:

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ENFORCES THE CITY’S AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE EFFORTS;

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OVERSEES THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CITY AIDS COORDINATOR TO EXPAND THE AVAILABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF HIV TESTING, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT;

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WORKS TO COORDINATE FIRST RESPONDER EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES;

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PROVIDES EXPERT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE TO CITY DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS (PUBLIC AND PRIVATE); AND

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IS THE CITY’S PRIMARY RESOURCE TO LINK THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES; SUCH AS DOD’S ANNUAL EVENT, “ACCESSIBLE CITY EXPO,” ATTENDED BY OVER 5,000 PEOPLE. THE COMMISSION IS VITAL BECAUSE COD:

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HOLDS MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES TO BRING THEIR CONCERNS TO THE CITY, AND IN ADDITION, HEARINGS ARE CONDUCTED ON ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY;

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PROVIDES OVERSIGHT FOR THE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS;

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PROVIDES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF PARATRANSIT SERVICES (e.g., ACCESS SERVICES, INC.) AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICES;

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PROVIDES OVERSIGHT FOR LAUSD SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND ADVOCATES FOR PARENTS WITH DISABLED CHILDREN; AND

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PROVIDES EXPERT ADVICE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES FOR INTERACTING WITH THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY.

26
Jan
10

Crimes against Persons who are Disabled

Recently one of our students here at the ATLC reported to me an incident of an attempted aggravated assault.  The person in question was pushed into a street with oncoming traffic at a major road, and had to use some James Bond moves to stop the attack.  The perpetrator responded, after taking a thrust into his sternum, “man, blind people aren’t supposed to defend themselves.”  I questioned the student, who has multiple disabilities, which includes blindness, and they said that they were happy to have learned Tai Chi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai_chi_chuan).  In my experience, many disabled folks not only have to deal with being labelled defective or worse, they also are seen as targets for thieves and bullies in society.

In this BBC article, you can see that no matter how civilized our society or the British society may be, the fact remains, that the disabled are often mistreated. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7123039.stm

Civilrights.org has a pretty good article about Hate Crimes Against Disabled Persons on their web site:  http://www.civilrights.org/publications/hatecrimes/disabilities.html One point the article makes is that persons with disabilities often do not pursue legal recourse and do not participate in the criminal justice process, and therefore these criminals are not prosecuted.  “The victim may be ashamed, afraid of retaliation, or afraid of not being believed. The victim may be reliant on a caregiver or other third party to report the crime, who fails to do so. Or, the crime may be reported, but there may be no reporting of the victim’s disability, especially in cases where the victim has an invisible disability that they themselves do not divulge.”

Do you have a disability and have you been a victim of crime and not reported it?

Another student who is blind reports that 6 years ago she went to a nail salon and the owner’s husband  drove her home after she was serviced.  The man when he got her out of his car, forcefully drug her from the street to the door to her house, but on the way he carelessly drug her over the storm drain at the curb where her foot went into the hole and wrenched her shoe off and damaged her ankle, foot and tendons.  She asked after this moment “Why  didn’t you stop me at the hole so I wouldn’t get hurt?” He denied he had done anything wrong, left her at the door bleeding and in pain, and drove off.  When we interviewed this student she said they wish they had made a police report as the injury was severe to her ankle and that she the bleed all over her  carpet once she  got into her house.  Quite the traumatic event!Picture of Jail Cell




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