Disability Rights

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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States, Tennessee State Senate, Tennessee State House, Donald Trump, Orrin Hatch, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Richard Shelby, Texas Governor, Texas State Senate, Georgia State House, Georgia Governor, Georgia State Senate, Johnny Isakson, New York State House, New York State Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, New Jersey State House, New Jersey Governor, Charles Schumer, Cory Booker, California Governor, California State House, Arizona Governor, Arizona State House, Jeff Flake, Arkansas Governor, Mississippi State House, Mike Moon, Michigan State House, Michigan State Senate, Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, Missouri Governor, Al Franken, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate, Amy Klobuchar

Remove the Marriage penalty against couples with Disabilities

People with disabilities may have to do things differently than non disabled people, and may look and act differently, but we are alike in so many ways . We all want to have love and our own families.  We want to experience life and how it feels to fall in love . We want to experience how it feels to love someone who loves us in return. Finding love with someone that understands our medical needs can be challenging at times but not impossible. But a lot people with disabilities depend on financial support from the supplemental security for income and getting married makes things more challenging for people with disabilities because they would lose so much by getting married .Like for a couple who are both disabled and both receive help from one of the government programs, they will receive 25% less income (than two individuals living together or separately) if they get married . There is another problem that both disabled and non disabled couples are fighting to change and that is the fact that people are not always allowed to see their loved ones in the hospital for surgery if we are not legally related to the patient .  If you get married in order to have those rights, if you are also disabled, you could be giving up necessary financial help.  When rules prevent people with disabilities from having normal couple and life relationships, those rules need to be changed. We just want to have the same rights as our other non disabled friends and family. Please take a look at this petition and Please consider signing and sharing this petition . This is a problem that needs to be corrected. We can't do this alone . We need all the support we can get . Thank you

Lara Pfeiler
2,362 supporters
This petition won 6 days ago

Petition to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors, Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP, Shari B. Robertson, CCC-SLP, Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP, Charles E. Bishop, AuD, PhD, CCC-A, Katheryn L. Boada, CCC-SLP, Arlene Carney, CCC-A, Mel Cohen, CCC-SLP, Robert C. Fifer, PhD, AuD, CCC-A, Perry F. Flynn, MEd, CCC-SLP, Melanie W. Hudson, MA, CCC-SLP, Marie Ireland, CCC-SLP, Barbara Jacobson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Janet Koehnke, PhD, CCC-A, Nadine Martin, PhD, CCC‐SLP, Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, Sonja Pruitt-Lord, PhD, CCC-SLP, Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP

ASHA: Oppose Guns in Schools and Support Gun Reform Now

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, as educators and students use their voices to protect our schools, many school speech language pathologists and audiologists stand by and join these efforts. Many SLPs and audiologists (some of us parents of children who attend school) are concerned and disheartened by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's recent post on gun control and arming teachers in schools. In a recent Facebook post, ASHA alluded to concern for gun violence in schools, but stopped short of opposing arming teachers in schools or support for gun reform. While there are SLPs and audiologists along the entire political spectrum, this is ultimately a safety issue: Guns have no place in our schools. Since Columbine, there have been 25 fatal school shootings in the United States, with a total of 122 people killed, including children as young as six years old.  ASHA’s mission statement reads: Empowering speech language pathologists and advocating for members and those they serve. ASHA’s post falls short at a time when there is anguish and fear on the part of school SLPs and the children we serve, who are subjected to multiple lockdown drills per year. These drills can be very scary and confusing for children, especially children with disabilities, yet it has become a necessity, because of access to assault weapons in the United States. Gun control means safer schools. So what is ASHA truly advocating for? We cannot think of a single issue that takes precedence over people's lives, including speech language pathologists, audiologists, educators and staff, and the children we show up for everyday. Gun violence impacts speech language pathologists, not in theory, but in reality. Sharonda Singleton was a speech language pathologist who was murdered in the Charleston church massacre on June, 17, 2015. Kortney Spencer, a school SLP, was injured at the beginning of the school year when she was shot in the leg at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on the concertgoers. There is no reason to believe they would have been any safer at school.  ASHA, please join other professional organizations who have spoken out in support of gun control and opposition to arming teachers, including National Education Association, National PTA, and National Association of School Psychologists, among others. ASHA’s statement needs to be unequivocally about protecting all of our members from disastrous policies and inaction that allow shootings like this to happen again and again. We need to hear that you oppose arming teachers and that you support gun control. ASHA code of ethics asks us to honor the responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of those we serve. We are doing our part to do so, ASHA. Now it’s your turn to do yours.  

SLPs for Safe Schools
2,540 supporters