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Disability Rights

343 petitions

Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to Charlie Baker, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State House

Disability for Firefighters with Parkinson's Disease due to toxins on the job. (MA H.1455)

  A fire can expose firefighters to millions of chemicals and toxins. We have become aware of the massive risks these toxins pose for first responders, who breathe them in, ingest them, and absorb them through the skin while putting their lives on the line. Most states have adopted “cancer presumptive laws,” meaning that if a firefighter gets cancer on the job, they are automatically awarded accidental disability to see them through their illness. But the increased rate of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a degenerative brain disorder, in firefighters has mostly been ignored. I am a firefighter who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I am not alone -- while the rate of PD in the general population is 3 out of 1000, it is 30 out of 1000 for firefighters. I am young to be experiencing this disease, but that’s often how it works for emergency responders, and there is mounting evidence that our exposure to burning chemicals is the culprit. I have 12 years left until I reach retirement, and, unfortunately, I am not sure I'll be able to keep working that long. My state of Massachusetts has great presumptive laws for firefighters, not only for cancer, but for heart and lung disease as well. It is now time for our legislators to include Parkinson’s Disease among these illnesses. We cannot ignore the connection between toxic chemical exposure and PD anymore. While PD usually develops slowly among the general population, symptoms often hit firefighters fast, seemingly out of nowhere. Research now suggests that toxin-induced PD has a more rapid onset than genetic PD, another indicator that we are, indeed, contracting this illness on the job. For those of us struggling with Parkinson’s, walking, talking, grasping and even blinking become increasingly difficult tasks to accomplish. Needless to say, continuing to work as firefighters while battling this disease is most often not possible. Indiana recently became the first state to include Parkinson’s in its presumptive law. This has provided unimaginable relief to many firefighters, who were running out of sick time, and facing unemployment and massive medical bills due to their debilitating disease. We now must band together and demand that more states recognize the link between firefighting and PD, and include PD among the illnesses covered by their presumptive laws. Please sign this petition to include Parkinson's in Massachusetts’ presumptive law, which would allow firefighters with Parkinson's to retire on full accidental disability.

Greg Heath
53,269 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

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
2,213 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Richard Burr, President of the United States, Donald Trump, Thom Tillis

Approve my Social Security Disability

I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT JOURNEY IN MY LIFE.  YOUR SUPPORT, PRAYERS, ADVICE,  AND FRIENDSHIPS HAVE PUSHED ME THROUGH THIS PAST Year.  (I changed my main photo because some said it was too brutal to look at) MY STORY: Raleigh News and Observer article Three years ago, I was in a car wreck that left me with a traumatic brain injury. I now suffer from seizures: I simply black out, with no warning, several times a week. Because of this, I can never drive again; I can’t work. I can’t even shower alone, and I’m running out of hope. Before my injury, I was an electrician by trade. I always worked and supported my three children. I tried going back to work after the wreck, but my seizures forced me to stop. My multiple attempts to get on disability have been denied even though my medical history is well documented by hospitals, neurologists, doctors,  and psychiatrists.  I have given the Social Security office all the medical and financial records they have asked for. I have had a couple doctor's notes since 2014 that said I could not work because of my condition.  The health coverage I have from the county is not enough. It doesn’t pay for rehab or the weeks I’ve spent in the hospital due to further brain injury caused by falls during seizures. I have lost everything I worked for all of my life.  I feel so helpless. We’re looking at homelessness as a very real possibility, and all because the Social Security contract I entered into when I started paying in at 16 years old, has failed me. Please, I am not looking for handouts. Simply for the money I have paid into the system in my time of great need. Please call on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to grant me disability insurance, so that I may have a fighting chance to get better. I know I am not alone in this. I’ve talked to so many people going through similar hardships. My condition is getting progressively worse. I want so badly to live to raise my children to adulthood, to be a good role model for them, and teach them that it is possible to overcome any obstacle in this country.  I can only do that with some help. Please help me call on the SSA to grant me disability insurance. I have earned it, and I would not take it if I didn’t really need it.  Thank you for your time, God Bless, Christopher E Layne My life as I know it (click here) Every signature under here is probably going through the same hell or loves someone going through the same thing, fighting for their lives. Something has to change fast. One wrong fall and I will not be here any longer to see my chosen grow. Please help me by signing this petition.  It truly could mean life or death. A message from my daughter  

chris layne
72,392 supporters