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Disability Rights

183 petitions

Update posted 2 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
2,261 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Harley Draven

Why do People with Disabilities get penalized for getting married?

     Persons with disabilities deserve the “American Dream” as ALL Americans do. According to Amendment 14 (adopted 1868) Citizenship Defined; Sect. 1 Definition of Citizenship “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”.  The Declaration of Independence even states, “All men are created equal”. Yet policies, laws & regulations PROVE otherwise. Marriage is a union of two individuals, it does not hold prejudice, judge or punish the persons who are to be united. Why do Persons with disabilities get penalized when they get married? If a Person with a disability gets married they can lose ALL their benefits; i.e. cash, medical, & food stamps (a benefit in some states). Is not the Social Security Administration Disability Program funded by taxes collected from Americans? Therefore is not a Person without a disability marrying a Person with a disability already supporting their future Spouse? If a person without a disability gets married one is not stripped of their job/career. How is this action of taking away possibly the only income a Person with a disability has American? Does this not go against the very fundamentals that built the foundation of Our country? Like Jefferson so writ in the Declaration of Independence, “ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. Is this not a land of Liberty, Freedom, Democracy, & Justice? Then where is the freedom allowing a Person with a disability to marry? Where is the justice for a Person with a disability? Where is true democracy demonstrated? If they marry, you, the Government of the American People, punish them by stripping them of possibly the only income they can obtain. Prove to ALL Americans with and without a disability that ALL ARE EQUAL by putting into Law that Persons with a disability can marry WITHOUT being stripped of their benefits. Single person with a disability cannot have an asset total more than $2,000; Married total combined asset value cannot be more than $3,000 **These totals include: bank accounts (checking, savings, etc.); vehicles; cash on hand; and any belongings of value. Any monthly income over $85 cuts into Supplemental Security Income (SSI) which is strictly government issued moneys If I got married guaranteed automatic loss of SSI income, Food Stamps & medical If I got married; non-disabled Spouse must turn in pay subs monthly so that the Social Security Administration (SSA) can determine what I’m allowed to receive the following month **There are no worksheets or printable guidelines to assist individuals or couples**

Harley Draven
142 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, President of the United States, Department of Defense

Give Corey the benefits and care he has earned!

My son was assaulted by a soldier breaking his neck. He was hit from behind because he didn’t want to get into the car with them. The Army says this is my son’s fault because if he had gotten in the car when he was told to, he wouldn’t have been hit breaking his neck.  After breaking his neck the soldiers picked Corey up and placed him in the back of a compact car between two other soldiers. They had a Sgt and a paramedic meet them in the parking lot of the barracks where the paramedic evaluated my son and did not call an ambulance for him to stabilize him. It took about 3 hours for them to get Corey to the military hospital where they did not have a neurosurgeon.  The Army refuses to transfer him to a WTU they refuse to start a medboard and they refuse to say this is in the line of duty. SOLDIERS did this to my son. SOLDIERS moved my son around and hauled him around in a car for hours with a broken neck. A Paramedic trained by the army looked at my son, documented that he was barely breathing, paralyzed, had low blood pressure and heart rate, and was in and out of consciousness. This paramedic had a responsibility to call an ambulance to stabilize my son’s spinal cord and administer oxygen, fluids, and medication for his heart rate and blood pressure. A paramedic had the responsibility to transfer my son to a hospital with a neurosurgeon on duty to stabilize my son.  Due to the care and treatment he received at the hands of soldiers and a paramedic on post, my son suffered bleeding into the spinal cord as well as having bone fragments impinging on his spinal cord. He went from paraplegic to quadriplegic all while in he hospital.  Now my son is not eligible for any grants for adaptive technology, home and vehicle modifications, transport to and from therapy, durable medical equipment, or home health care. He is not eligible because the Army refuses to take responsibility for their part in my son’s injuries. I cannot sue because of something called the Fares Doctrine.   My son has suffered enough! For the rest of his life he will have to have someone help him with everyday tasks. He cannot even control his own bowel and bladder function. He is 23 years old.  Help me get the benefits my son deserves!!  I have 5 kids and have worked hard to get where I am. I  am a RN who works at the VA hospital in our area and I am going to lose my job. My FMLA is up this month and I will have to return to work. They won’t even let me work part time so I can care for Corey. Without the benefits being withheld we will lose everything! I can’t leave him by himself and he has to go to therapy. I was told last week to apply for Medicaid. I shouldn’t have to. He is coveeed on my insurance and the army has some responsibility for the extent of his injuries. PLEASE help in any way you can!   To read more of our story or to help share or donate to help with modifications we so desperately need for our home please follow this link https://www.youcaring.com/coreyshackelford-1038083 or you can find my story on Facebook @accountabilityforcorey

Lisa Ensey
302 supporters