Being both physically disabled and Autistic, it is no small task discovering adaptive hobbies marking every one of the following categories: accessible, mainstream-available, mainstream-loved, and also a Special Interest. The least necessary are the ones having to do with the mainstream, but they are icing due to increased overall social enjoyment and my ability to access them. In the rare freaking coincidence this happens, the brain sirens are a-ringin’. I want to share my love for whatever it is with the world.Read More
Dear Conservative Friends,
I’m here because I’d like to start a dialogue with you. I am tired of the fighting across what seems to be a Grand Canyon of a divide. While I have a few of what you would consider socially liberal opinions and facets of my identity, I don’t subscribe to a political affiliation. I would rather work cooperatively. Too many lives are being lost, societies all over the world are in steep decline, and when we look deep into our souls, I don’t think we actually want different things. I think we need to do a better job at communicating as if we were friends, a less dysfunctional family, and finding a way to let people get on with their lives when they do things that upset us.
There are going to be a lot of blurred lines, and some that aren’t. We are going to have to compromise. What is most important is that we are going to have to learn to respect and love each other. Love is the most important thing in this world.Read More
Hello, Sparkly Society. It’s been a while since we have done a Disability News! Welcome back. If you’re reading this on our blog, yes, common sense has finally kicked in, and this is the accessibility Frill-Ability has needed. (It took me a while. I am sorry.) Our long podcasting break has been due to my own health and disability. On Tuesday, September 19, I had my final Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery. I’m an electricity producing cyborg now, very exciting stuff.
Despite being holed up in bed, the following story quite literally ejected me out of my little pillow-fort two weeks ago in rage. Even if “everything turns out fine” and “it will never get passed” like people say when issues do not affect them, the ramifications of the following are very serious.
We have covered articles about Medicaid cuts. This is worse. Congress is trying to rip apart ADA, specifically Title III. The article reporting on the issue is entitled, “The Quiet Attack on the ADA Making Its Way through Congress” by Eliza Schultz, Rebecca Cokley, and Rebecca Vallas of the Center for American Progress.
Frill-Ability has been absent for quite some time because honestly, I couldn’t find the enthusiasm to write with the seemingly infinite amount of human rights issues plaguing the world and the United States. I thought to myself, what kind of real difference could I make? A huge issue that I might be facing and many others already are is the loss of insurance. This is a death sentence for the disabled and chronically ill community.
One skill I do have is the power of research, and now is a time that we need to take advantage of our community’s amazing resources. We just don’t always know they are there. For example, there are free or low-cost clinics all over the nation who assist low-income and uninsured populations. (even veterinary care! ...coming soon...) I have tasked myself with eventually creating a master list for at least one or two per state, so that you can come here and find what you need.Read More