Petition to Delta Air Lines
Allow Pit Bull Service/Support Dogs on Delta
This year, Delta banned service animals and emotional support animals that fall into the extremely broad category of Pit Bull. It's ignorant to suggest that well trained American Staffordshire Terriers, or Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, or any other pet that they consider to fall into that umbrella category are a threat. If you google American Staffordshire Terrier, their first temperament quality listed is friendly - They are known to be one of the most obedient, loving, loyal, and attentive dog breeds. The American Kennel Club describes them as smart, confident, and good natured. Bull Terriers fall under this broad category, and they're in the top 10 recommended dogs for families by Pet MD. It's important for people to be able to to travel safely with their support/service animals and for Delta to prohibit this is unacceptable! Sign this petition to tell them to not be dog-prejudice.
Petition to Andrew Cuomo
Tell Gov. Cuomo to Protect NY LHCSAs
I, the undersigned, request that Governor Andrew Cuomo repeal those provisions in the 2018-2019 Enacted Budget that limit the number of Licensed Home Care Service Agency a Managed Long Term Care Plan can contract with. Why should you sign this petition? On October 1, 2018 thousands of elderly and disabled population will be forced to end their relationship with their home care service providers, as a result of The New York State 2018-2019 Enacted Budget that limits the number of LHCSAs that Managed Long Term Care Plan (MLTCP) can contract with. Add your name to ask the Governor to end this. There are currently over 1400 LHCSAs authorized to provide hourly nursing care assistance with activities of daily living and other health and social services to NY’s low-income elderly and disabled populations. Despite LHCSAs’ irreplaceable role in making sure patients’ needs are met by the highest quality care, we are now in a very difficult position. The New York State 2018-2019 Enacted Budget was signed into law by way of a Statute. In that Statute, there is a section that seeks to put 30% Licensed Home Care Service Agency (LHCSA) out of business by limiting the number of LHCSAs that Managed Long Term Care Plan (MLTCP) can contract with. On October 1, 2018, a significant number of LHCSAs will be informed that their contracts with insurance carriers (MLTCP) will be terminated and their patients will be moved. We believe it violates the constitutional rights of the owners of LHCSAs as it seeks to force them out of business without compensation. The Enacted Budget also disrupts the long-term home health care delivery system. Thousands of elderly and disabled Medicaid enrollees will be affected as they will be offered a limited choice of home care providers and little time to shift to another plan/ network if necessary. Healthcare reform by means of cost reduction comes at the cost of the health outcome of the most needed. LHCSA owners are working to stop the law from being implemented. We demand our constitutional right and dignity as business owners. Sign this petition and help protect LHCSAs- we are hardworking small business owners who serve the most vulnerable population in your community: the chronically ill, the disabled, and the elderly.
Petition to Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, John Kasich, Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, Jim Jordan, Marcy Kaptur, Marcia Fudge, Tim Ryan, Joyce Beatty, Steve Chabot, Michael Turner, Brad Wenstrup, Steve Stivers, Dave Joyce, Jim Renacci, Bill Johnson, Robert Latta, Joseph Uecker, Bob Gibbs, Edna Brown, Bob Peterson, Warren Davidson, Keith Faber, Wes Retherford, Bill Coley, John Eklund, Stephen Slesnick, Frank LaRose
Keep CBD Legal in Ohio
Clean Remedies CBD has organized an effort to save Ohio hemp CBD sales. We are fighting to keep hemp derived CBD products legal to sell, purchase and possess in the state of Ohio outside of the state's medical marijuana program. Helping thousands of business selling or carrying hemp based CBD products across the state of Ohio keep their doors open, lights on and food on their table. By Signing this petition you will help: Keep Hemp based CBD products legal in Ohio Support locally owned CBD businesses in Ohio Support the freedom of choice in Ohio commerce Why this is so important: Hundreds, if not thousands of businesses and jobs are at stake Your favorite CBD products could go away The state of Ohio is in violation of the 2014 Farm Bill Background: The Ohio CBD Movement coalition was formed by Clean Remedies CBD, to bring CBD companies, users and advocates together to urge the state of Ohio to redefine the hemp CBD laws and make it assessable to all. The state does not have a defined distinction between CBD derived from industrial hemp and CBD derived from marijuana. In August the Ohio Board of Pharmacy released a statement claiming that the sale and possession of CBD products, regardless if they are derived from hemp or marijuana or considered illegal as "defined" by the States medical marijuana program. However said program does not have a distinction between hemp derived CBD or marijuana derived CBD. Fore more information go to: ohiocbdmovement.org cleanremedies.com
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Charles "Chuck" E. Schumer, Paul D. Ryan, President of the United States, Barack Obama
Give All Disabled Children Medicaid
ALL DISABLED CHILDREN NEED MEDICAID At 4 months old, my daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy consisting of Spastic Quadraplegia with Dystonia. Now, age 6, my daughter needs Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech Therapy. She is responding very well to therapy. Like many families that support disabled children, finances are always a struggle. No matter how hard you work, it's never enough to cover as much therapy as you want to give your child. These therapies are the only way our child will be able to be a fully functioning member of society in the future. The Problem: Medicaid takes the family's income into account when determining eligibility. For those who are neither poor, nor rich, every dollar goes to paying for therapy and equipment. It is a huge, constant struggle on the family and there is NEVER enough money. Every dollar goes to another therapy appt or piece of necessary equipment. The Resolution: For those in the middle, we do not ask for Disability payments, nor SSI payments. We simply need Medicaid to offset what insurance companies won't pay for — the therapy needed beyond the limits of private insurance, the equipment that insurance companies refuse to cover that is necessary for our children. We beg you to join us in fighting for these minimal benefits for our children to give them a fighting chance, and so they don't have to be on Federal Disability and SSI assistance when they turn 18. Help our disabled children become independent. We ask for ALL disabled children, regardless of family income to be eligible for Medicaid at no cost.
Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Sue Serino, Didi Barrett, Carl Heastie, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Aileen Gunther, Angelo Santabarbara, Latoya Joyner, James Skoufis
Bailey’s Law now! Hold criminals accountable for victimizing the developmentally disabled!
Please Support the Passage of #BaileysLaw We cannot allow criminals to get away with the death of their victims. My 19 year old autistic son, Bailey, committed suicide on 7-31-17, my birthday of all days. After nearly 20 years of complete family devotion and cultivating our lives in support, contemplation and preparation of his each new life phase, new stage, new challenge, and new triumph our lives were completely and irrevocably upended in the span of 8 minutes. Bailey had many friends. He was kind, funny, caring, generous, gentle, down to earth, and creative. He was an artist, a lover of history, and had compassion for all living things. He was a teacher his whole life as much as he was a student of it. Bailey made me stronger, made me determined, made me timely, made me adjustable, made me more understanding...and it was Bailey that made me an advocate for kids with special needs for all these years. Of course, his 3 siblings also helped make me, and him, over the years...we all made each other. Our family has always been very tight. Being a single mom the last 16 years enabled me to make my children my world, and show them we are a team. I’ve tried to give them everything I am and everything I have within me, with intention. But despite everything I’d, we’d, put in over the years my son, their brother, is gone...less then 8 minutes after leaving my side. Bailey resorted to suicide 7 days after being a victim of a financial crime, 4 days after I realized he was victimized, and less than 5 hours of being asked to ID one of the perpetrators. He was preyed upon, betrayed, and taken advantage of by a girl he knew for years and had recently befriended him. This girl connected her male friend to my son under the guise of helping them cash a check. From what I’ve been told by State Police, Bailey was hesitant to help them, unsure of whether or not the request was legitimate, and she assured my son that the request was fine and then promised him, I believe, $200 from the proceeds for his assistance. I suspect Bailey provided them with his bank card and his PIN number. On 7-24-17 the male deposited a $1675.00 fraudulent check at an atm in Highland, NY and then immediately withdrew $200 (the amount fronted with a check hold); this was caught on atm bank video. I realized there was a problem on Thursday the 27th when I noted on our joint account both the deposit and withdrawal as well as the $200 withdrawal ultimately being pulled from my separate account. Bailey was learning banking and I would transfer his disability money to the joint account so he would learn about money management, budgeting, grocery shopping, etc. Bailey was devastated over the loss. We connected with local police on the 27th, who then directed us to the nearest state troopers on the 28th, who in turn directed us to State Troopers in Highland on 7-29-17 where we filed a complaint. Later on that Saturday, my youngest son told me he overheard his brother Bailey on the phone after hearing of the banking problem on Thursday, extremely upset over the financial loss and insisting on the return of funds. On Monday, 7-31-17 the investigator came to our house at 12:30 to see if Bailey could ID the male in the bank video. Bailey claimed he did not know the person and by his reaction I believe he didn’t. At 5:16pm he left our home stating he was going for a walk to draw; this was not unlike him as his executive processing speed is slower than many and he’d use walks or drawing to manage stresses. By 5:30 I heard the emergency response sirens and ran down our street, because I never wanted my kids around the chaos when EMS was in the area, and of course I wanted to count the safety of my chicks. The area they were responding to is a nuisance area that has had more than it’s fair share of fires....but there was no fire truck, only medical response. My son had hung himself in the woods less than a block from our home. The next day I was presented with a note he’d written; he clearly believed he’d done something very wrong in trusting the wrong person. No law enforcement involved in this case believes that Bailey had the faculty to understand what was happening, or the complexities that he was a victim, and neither does any of his family nor his longstanding therapist. There is no doubt in my mind that he merely thought he was helping someone. Both accused, at this point, will only be charged minimally; one with grand larceny 4th and the other with Endangering a disabled person 1st, both class E non violent felonies. Theoretically they could each get probation. They have each since been arrested for other crimes; her on drug charges in October 2017 and him for killing a 16 year old with his car after an argument in Yonkers in December 2017. The male is being held without bail in Westchester and has yet to be charged for our case. The female was arrested and arraigned for this case but was granted release on $2000 cash/$4000 bond. I am sickened over what may be obvious to you at this point, that the charges do not reflect their role in the death of my son. People with disabilities, including autism, are among our most vulnerable community members. It seems so unjust that a charge of endangering specifically relates to affecting the mental well-being of a vulnerable person yet they are not charged with the actual consequences of this criminal action. I’m currently working with our local representatives to start the process of pushing for new legislation in the state to hold perpetrators fully accountable for the consequences of their actions. The law for Endangering in NY currently states: “Under our law, a person is guilty of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree when he or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect. The term "knowingly” has its own special meaning in our law. I will now give you the meaning of that term. A person KNOWINGLY acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect when that person is aware that he or she is acting in such manner. Actual harm to the incompetent or physically disabled person need not result.” Currently under our criminal laws culpability for a persons suicide rests on the aspect of “aiding and abetting”, or, in practical terms, specifically aiding, directing or encouraging the suicide. This MUST change. Those that would intentionally cultivate an environment and/or circumstances specifically to use people with disabilities to commit a crime, need to be held accountable for the full range of actual damages they cause, including the death of their victim. We need #BaileysLaw to firmly establish... If a defendant is charged with endangering in the first degree, or another crime related and/or connected to a charge of endangering in the first degree (as in coconspirators/codefendant), whereby the events result in the victim’s suicide within reasonable proximity of the crime, defendants should be criminally charged for the victim’s death. This area of law, as it specifically relates to endangering, also needs to be updated to incorporate the disability standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Social Security Administration in trials. As it stands, the question of a successful trial seems tied to whether or not the victim has an IQ over 40, and can dress and feed oneself. This is an extremely low threshold for a successful trial against a perpetrator charged with endangering and is not in line with current state and federal laws to protect the disabled. There are an enormous number of people with autism, and other disabilities, who have a high IQ and can feed and clothe themselves but cannot fully meet their own needs in a manner that could be characterized as independent living. Bailey’s Law should protect anyone that can be considered a vulnerable person by including the state and federal standards of disability. I urge you to support Bailey’s Law. It will not help my family but it will help many others. PLEASE, sign this petition to help me get it passed! To view or VOTE YES on the #BaileysLaw bill (NY S.8541) you can visit https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s8541 - there is a link at this location for the identical Assembly version as well. To learn more about my beloved Bailey you can visit the guestbook at https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=186269333&referrer=0&preview=True To follow our journey, visit https://m.facebook.com/DearBaileyLoveMom/ & http://BaileysBridges.org/baileyslaw/ Sincerely, Gae Marie Cannon, Poughkeepsie, NY *6-17-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law passed in the NY Senate on 6-11-18 with a vote of 44/17. The bill is now in the NY Assembly (A.10874) and I’m pushing to have it passed before the end of the legislative session on 6-20-18. The Ulster County Court has declined to take on the female’s case (the facilitator of this crime), and referred it back to the Town Court. This means that HER CHARGES WILL BE REDUCED from felony to misdemeanor or less- because Town Courts CANNOT process felonies. It is looking more and more like she will get 3 years of probation... To put this into context- a DWI, WITHOUT LOSS OF LIFE, can result in 3 years probation, over $1000 fine and revocation of drivers license... I am disgusted.... these people KNEW they were committing a crime. KNEW they were targeting someone with a disability, and their actions resulted in the DEATH of their victim...... Please, please share our petition... This is just not right.. Targeting our vulnerable loved ones breaks a sacred social contract in our society and we must prevent this from happening to someone else... 8-15-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law is currently stuck in the Codes Committee of the Assembly but I am pushing forward with public support signatures as well as organizational and legislator support. Our bill now has 4 Assembly sponsors: Didi Barrett, Christine Pellegrino, Angelo Santabarbara, and David McDonough. This is immensely helpful but until this bill passes in the Assembly and is signed by Andrew Cuomo, we cannot stop pushing for more bill support. Our next court hearing for the female’s case is on August 28th. It’s expected she will be offered a plea bargain of a reduced charge (felony Endangering in the 1st to misdemeanor Endangering) with a sentence of 3 years probation. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE FOR AN INTENTIONAL CRIME THAT RESULTED IN DEATH. The male has not yet been brought up to our county for arraignment; he is still pending trial for Murder 2 in Westchester County in an unrelated case. 9-21-18 Update: Our last court appearance for Teator did not go as expected, thankfully. But know I have no idea what’s going to happen. Our next court date is Tuesday, 9-25-18. See update for more details. What you can do to help:1. SHARE the petition and Bailey’s story, in person and online2. Go to our website and print free flyers for local venues and local bulletin boards in your town, and deliver them to all the neighbors on your street 3. Call agencies that support the disabled and/or elderly and ask them to join our coalition of support. You can give them the website address as a contact. 4. Stay informed. The blood and guts of this journey is on our Facebook page Dear Bailey. Thank you so much for your support, your caring messages (yes, I read them all), and I hope you’ll stay with me through this process of fixing the law. With gratitude, Gae Marie
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Paul D. Ryan, Nancy Pelosi
Support legislation to keep dialysis patients insured. Tell Congress to pass H. R. 3976.
Low-income Americans with high-cost chronic conditions, like kidney disease, often require charitable assistance to pay for their health insurance premiums. But some insurance companies are refusing to accept payments from non-profit organizations. This puts low-income and financially struggling patients at risk of losing their insurance. Patient advocates for the American Kidney Fund started a petition to help address this crisis. We are fighting to ensure that all kidney dialysis patients can maintain access to their life-saving treatment. The Access To Marketplace Insurance Act would do just that, and we are calling on Congress to pass it into law. The Access to Marketplace Insurance Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives last October. The bill would require insurance companies to accept payments from nonprofit organizations like the American Kidney Fund that serve people who are living with serious health conditions and need charitable assistance to stay insured. Now Congress must take the next step and pass this legislation to ensure that ALL low-income Americans living with chronic conditions can keep their insurance and get the care they need. Please sign and share this petition calling on Congress to vote on this vital legislation right away.
Petition to Bob Steinburg, Bill Cook, Roy Cooper, Walter B. Jones
"Kendall's Cameras" for Special Needs Classrooms
Our family has been fortunate to have teachers and administrators who truly care about Kendall and to these people we will be eternally grateful. Unfortunately, we have had others who have had a negative impact on our family and will not soon be forgotten by my daughter or our family. Below is our story. During a 3 year span our beautiful daughter was being mistreated by the people who were supposed to be caring for her. These same people grabbed my daughter, pushed my daughter, pulled my daughter across her classroom and humiliated her in the presence of her peers. These same people yelled and screamed at my daughter - face to face! They screamed for her to leave class and sent her out into the hallway alone and confused. They intentionally agitated her by doing things they knew would upset her and trigger undesirable, uncontrollable behavior. They once even confiscated my daughter’s shoes because they feared she “MIGHT throw them”. Although my daughter was clearly distraught, they refused to return her shoes and placed her in a dark corner at the end of a short hallway where she could not see or be seen by any other person. She was berated and belittled because she was unable to control herself in a large, noisy gym with children running around screaming. My daughter has been disciplined for behavior that children without a disability are not punished for. My daughter has been called names by a teacher and been accused of being a manipulator. Kendall has actually been admittedly mocked by a teacher on 2 different occasions. My daughter apologized to an administrator who walked off without even acknowledging my daughter and then yelled back across a hallway that she accepted her apology. She humiliated my daughter in front of other children but also in front of other adults who never said a word in defense of my child. Kendall has been threatened with criminal prosecution and there have been many attempts to intimidate me to make me “fall in line”. There were some positive changes at the end of her time at school and my daughter was able to return to a new school with new teachers. She’s was very successful in the beginning but this was short lived as the damage had already been done. Kendall finds it difficult to trust or form any type of bond with others and although this can be attributed to autism it has become almost impossible after the trauma she has endured. As you can imagine, we were devastated and infuriated when we discovered the things that happened to our once happy child but to also know that others knew and did nothing. They didn’t speak up or step up and in fact, we have seen people promoted, recognized and rewarded and it is inexpiable why some are even still allowed to work with children at all. Now Kendall suffers with extreme anxiety from experiences no child should endure. Unfortunately, this is happening across our county, our state and our country. We need cameras in special needs classrooms to protect our children from those who do not have the necessary mind set, training or desire to truly help our children and support our families. Families should not have to worry about whether or not our children are safe at elementary, middle and high school. We shouldn’t have to prepare for meetings as if we are taking the bar exam. Our children should have full access to programs that are available at school but officials keep them quiet and we have to seek out programs as they aren’t usually readily available. When you take your child to school do you worry about an adult pushing, pulling, grabbing and screaming in our child’s face? This is a daily concern for us. If these things were perpetrated against a non-disabled child it would be considered assayult but for some reason it is acceptable treatment for our children. She has been out of school for over 2 years but she is still waking me at night with the same fears and anxiety. Please read the stories below in our update section and you will clearly see this is an ongoing problem and a few states have already implemented cameras to protect their students along with the teachers and staff who truly care about our kids. Support our efforts by signing and forwarding our petition to your friends and family. Thank you! In 1998, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis estimated that 3 individuals with special needs die every week in US schools and Institutions due to abusive practices like restraint and seclusion. The Hartford Courant, which had requested the study, concluded that the actual toll could be three to ten times higher than estimated.
Petition to Allow special needs student to participate in school sports teams
Special needs sports teams in schools
My sister is disabled and wants to partake in a school sports team unfortunately schools in our district do not have designated teams for disabled/special needs students this petition will help give special needs students a chance to have the same experiences as other students in school.