disability rights

16 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, Donald Trump

Keep Rosa Maria Hernandez in the United States!

On October 26th, Rosa Maria Hernandez (a 10-year-old disabled girl) was detained by the United States Border Patrol when passing through a U.S. border checkpoint on her way to emergency surgery. After the surgery, she was brought to a federal detention center in San Antonio, Texas. Ten days later on November 3rd, she was finally reunited with her family.  However, Rosa Maria still faces the looming possibility of deportation, despite the fact that she has lived in the United States for nearly her whole life. Sign this petition to keep Rosa Maria in the United States, and prevent her deportation! Rosa Maria's parents brought her to the U.S. from Mexico at three months old because they were faced with a lack of proper health care for children with disabilities. She has lived with family members who are legal citizens of the United States, including a cousin, and grandfather who has attempted to become her legal guardian to no avail. With the possibility of deportation, Rosa Maria's health could be in jeopardy. Furthermore, the psychological impact of being separated from her caregivers is tremendous on any child, even those without a disability. It is essential we protect Rosa Maria from deportation for these reasons. Authorities have the ability to close Rosa Maria’s deportation case; You can use your voice to advocate for Rosa Maria and other disabled persons of migrant status who put themselves at risk by speaking up. Sign this petition to keep Rosa Maria in the United States with her extended family (who are citizens) and share it with people you know! The key to helping is never being silent.    

Falum Gibson
32,116 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau

The Arthritis Society To Be Canadian Government Funded

When was the last time you were in pain? Did the pain go away? Was it fixed with treatment, rest or medication? Did the pain get in your way of working? Daily living? Stop you from activities and hobbies you once loved? Your parenting? Your love life?  Have you been promised that pain will never go away? Does the pain cost you thousands of dollars to treat? Was it accompanied by crippling fatigue? Was this pain and fatigue caused by an Autoimmune disease attacking healthy cells in your body, affecting organs such as your lungs, heart and brain? Does the disease come with complications that often lead to severe illnesses, conditions, surgeries, an opioid dependency, permanent disability or in some cases acts as a silent killer. Do you know what 4.6 million Canadians are suffering from and is the number one cause of disability in Canada, affecting 1 in 5 working age adults? Do you know of it from a stigma behind the disease that puts off diagnoses, treatments, awareness, funding and leaves the those suffering with the monstrous condition in the dark. My name is Eileen Davidson, I am a 31 year old mother from Vancouver British Columbia. I am one of those Canadians that have been promised that life of pain and fatigue. My 4 year old son Jacob has just entered kindergarten. I am taking the opportunity of having a little more time on my hands to start this petition. Over the past two and a half years I have been a stay at home single mother after saying goodbye to my 9 year long beloved career as an esthetician but not by choice. This chronic and incurable disease placed me on that disability list at the young and usually able age of 29. I have a disease which is well known, but commonly misunderstood placing an overbearing stigma which can lead to difficulty for the many living with this atrocious debility, including myself. I live with an invisible illness when looking at me I look like a young and vibrant mother, but underneath those looks that can be deceiving I live with an incurable and disabling illness.  My villain is Arthritis. Autoimmune Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis and degenerative Osteoarthritis to be exact. Chances are you've heard of any of these, you may know someone with a form of Arthritis or you yourself may have one of the over 100 types including Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. It wasn't until I was diagnosed did I know that someone my age could get a form of Arthritis as is common among many. As a Mother and someone with this monstrous disease my heart sank when I found out children as young as an infant can be diagnosed, 3 in 1000 children in Canada. I can't stand the thought of my child or any child experiencing a lifetime of the pain, fatigue and side effects from living with this chronic debilitating illness. In my time living with Arthritis I have been left with more questions than answers. How do you expose a stigma and change the mind of people who haven't been introduced to the hell of Arthritis. To understand that the disease is much more than just achy joints in the elderly? How do we get better treatment and support for those suffering from the disease? How come I have such a major and common disease, but never see anything for it? I've been left with so many questions I decided to become an Ambassador with The Arthritis Society and blogger with the purpose: to raise awareness and help for a better future for the lives of those suffering in silence from the caustic impact illness has on one's life. I am asking for help after noticing what the charity and myself as a patient is lacking. With so many other charities out there, how do we get anyone to pick The Arthritis Society for its time in the spotlight? Why is The Arthritis Society, the largest charity for Arthritis in Canada not Government Funded when Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in this country? I come to you as someone with two forms of this disease. Someone who had my life disrupted, placed on disability, promised a life of pain and fatigue. I am asking you to help me make Arthritis have the moment it needs, for so many people across Canada. Please help me banish the stigma that is debilitating Arthritis and improve treatments, support, research and advocacy. Sign my petition today to get The Arthritis Society funded my the Canadian Government.    Thank you for signing my petition. Please share as well Sincerely, Eileen Davidson

Eileen Davidson
338 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to YouTube , Google, Inc, Google, YouTube, Susan Wojcicki

Reinstate The Chadd Sinclair Youtube Channel!

I have started this petition to get my youtube channel Chadd Sinclairback from youtube which was terminated recently. URL: My name is Chadd Sinclair, I suffer from ptsd, anxiety and severe depression.When I came across youtube and creating videos it literally helped me over come my problems. So for the last 4 years I have spent every day and night creating and uploading videos to youtube, which include my skateboard career, videos of friends and family, videos of my dog, videos of my vacations and community events/ skateboarding contests, daily vlogs, unboxings and giving back to the community and recently creating tutorials teaching kids on how to skateboard. I have uploaded a total of 1674 videos which I have put my heart, soul as well lots of time and effort into these. Youtube not only help me cope with my issues by getting me out of the house to film various videos but it actually helped me bond with other people through out the world. I have many fans which I like to consider not fans but actually my friends. Recently my channel has been terminated with no reason at all other then not following the community guidelines. I have followed all the community guidelines for the past 4 years and continued to do so and have no Idea why my channel has been terminated. When I have contacted youtube about this they can't give me a specific reason for termination, If I had a chance to fix what ever problem caused this I would have right away, the last thing I wanted is for my videos to be deleted. Also there policy states you should get a warning then next step would be a 30 day suspension then after you will get terminated while I didn't get any of that but termination. Even when I asked just to get my videos back youtube stated this was not possible at all and even getting my account back was not possible. When I found out my channel was terminated with all my videos I was devastated, all my videos of everything gone it actually made me cry and felt utterly hopeless and useless. It actually caused me major depression again and I felt like giving up on everything. All my cherished memories, all that hard work, All those videos of all the great times I had with friends or family of events, my skateboarding career, my vacations all gone. My life was based on youtube and youtube was my life. My friends and family and everyone who supported me are completely frustrated and confused about my channel being terminated since I always followed community guidelines. This petition isn't just about me, but for everyone who's YouTube account was terminated without a response and had all of their videos removed with no option to save them to their computer. Youtube doesn't realize that us youtubers base our lives off of filming and creating videos which take tons of time, hard work and effort. We literally put our love and soul into our work. It give's us a way to interact with other people from all around the world. Also helps us with our problems like it did with me and my anxiety/ severe depression and ptsd and making friends. If this happened to me it can easily happen to you! So please bring back my channel and give others the hope to get there channels back as well!    

chadd sinclair
120 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Shri U K Bandyopadhyay (Security Officer), Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 6, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -8, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 7, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -5, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -4, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 3, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 2, Shri Rahul Naferia, Shri A.K.S. Billawaria, Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Sh. Vishal Gagan, Sh. K.V.S. Rao, Dr. Vinod Aggarwal, B.S. Bhullar, J.S. Rawat, JDG, G. T. Selvan, K. P. Srivastav, Lalit Gupta, Shri. Jyoti Narayan

Enforce Disabled Friendly Screening Procedures at Indian Airports Security Check Points

I fly frequently for work, both domestically and internationally from several Indian airports. Each time I pass through the security check points at the airports, I am treated like a criminal because I use a prosthetic limb (artificial leg) for my mobility.  I am asked and many a times even forced to strip and to remove my prosthetic. The security staff then picks up my prosthetic limb and puts it on the x-ray machine as if it is a piece of luggage, while I am left immobile and in a state of agony praying that I receive my prosthetic undamaged. The international norms for checking prosthetic do not require amputees to strip, to remove their prosthetic/artificial limb; nor do they require wheel-chair users to stand up & to not use their own wheel chairs. Shouldn't that be equally easy to implement in India as well? I understand that the security staff/CISF is simply following the dictates of BCAS, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.  I therefore, protest against the human rights violation by BCAS not only on my behalf but also on the behalf of my fellow beings/PwDs, Persons with disabilities- for enforcing the most inhumane and insensitive screening procedures that PwDs are forced to go through at the cost of their physical safety, privacy, dignity and emotional trauma, at the Indian airports. The dictate of BCAS to the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) at Indian Airports to regard persons with disabilities including amputees like me who use/wear prosthetics such as artificial limb/limbs, a bigger security risk; to ask them to strip and remove their prosthetic and, to make the wheel chair users stand up for thorough checking & not use their wheel chairs - as they all may be carriers of explosives and weapons - is a violation of their human rights of life, liberty, fairness, respect, equality and dignity. The entire screening procedure for the persons with disabilities and medical conditions, and the insensitivity of the rustic security staff (CISF) at the Indian airports towards them need a makeover.  We are living in a human world.  These procedures and the rustic security staff got to have a humane face.  They need to be sensitized and humanized.  I am asking that CISF treats people with disabilities (including those with medical conditions and limited mobility) with dignity, respect, care & courtesy. I am not asking that the national security & the security of fliers be compromised. I am only asking BCAS to: 1) Enforce mine's and my team's manual- "Screening Guidelines to be followed by CISF Security Staff for Passengers with Disabilities at Indian Airports" and include the manual in the Standard Operating Procedure.  Doing so will go a long way in sensitising CISF. The manual abides by the world class screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions. It also abides by the language of CRPD and it was composed under the guidance of leading disability experts of India. I had personally handed over the manual to Mr. Ajay Kumar and Mr. O.P. Singh, senior CISF officers, in June, 2014. The manual was approved by the office of CISF in New-Delhi. However BCAS has not incorporated it in its SOP. 2) Install full body scanners (like in U.S.) at Indian airports. The scanners will ensure highest level of security while safeguarding the privacy, safety and dignity of persons with disabilities. 3) Enforce zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, discrimination and infringement of the privacy, dignity, respect and human rights of PwDs. My sister Smiti Bhatia and I have written several letters and emails to BCAS and CISF officials, PM Modi, Ashok Gajapathi and several others.  However we have not received any response from them. I am asking for a meeting with PM Shri Narendra Modi, Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, and the Director General of BCAS Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to discuss with them the difficulties faced by Persons with Disabilities and how we can resolve them.   Sign my petition to ask PM Modi, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to implement policies and procedures that will make security screening at Indian airports hassle free for Persons with Disabilities. Petitioner, Rajesh Bhatia      

Rajesh Bhatia
1,667 supporters