Petition to Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, Mick Mulvaney, Carolyn W. Colvin, Dr. Beverly A. H. Buscemi
Help Paralyzed Woman Receive All Benefits to Keep Independence
I was 7 years old when I was paralyzed in a car accident. Through recovery and rehab, I fought and continue to fight to lead a normal, independent life, pursuing the same life goals any young woman wants; graduate, go to college, find love, marry, buy a home, have a family and have a career. Nine years ago I had no option but to undergo several risky operations that failed, which left me in a much worse situation. I deal daily with chronic pain, a surgical opening, and surgical hardware exposed. I am in a painful and risky situation that makes it difficult to have any kind of quality life and prevents me from working like I did before the surgeries. However, through it all, I persist to not lose hope or my independence, continuing to live on my own and fight to be the productive member of society I strive to be. I graduated with great grades, worked, paid my own way through college, but my savings quickly diminished, making me unable to complete my degree and SSI not enough to pay the bills. I still only have SSI as an income and it's not enough, I take out of my savings every month to pay living expenses. I soon won't have savings to keep renting or to buy a home; the hope I had for my savings to go towards. And until my doctors can form the best surgical plan, my only option to work would be from home. With this limitation, it's hard to find a trustworthy and well paying job. SSI also retracts from my already unsubstantial check when I make a certain amount of money working. I'm asking for your signature to plea with my government officials to help inform me of all programs and benefits I qualify for that would help me financially, and help me to enroll for such benefits. This will get me to a place in my life where I can provide for myself, be able to afford my home, car and education. I don't want to just collect a check, live off of Social Security. I'm not asking for handouts, just help from every avenue I qualify for that get me on the best path to a better income to and the life I've fought for. I need benefits to help pay for my care as well; I don't want to end up in a care facility, my health worsen, or give up on my dreams after all my hard work. Please help me have a voice to those who can make a difference, who can direct me to assistance, programs and fiannces, providing me enough of an income to live independently with my disability and it's restrictions. Everyone deserves independence. Please help me get the income that saves me mine. Thank you.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Charles Schumer, Paul 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 Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Mr. Narendra Modi, Maneka Gandhi, Suresh Prabhu
Implement disabled friendly measures in Indian railways
I've been groped and manhandled three separate times by porters. They were helping me board the train because Indian trains are not wheelchair accessible. I am a disabled woman living in Mumbai who loves to travel. I have had to wear a diaper because I couldn’t use the train bathroom. And when I needed to change that diaper, I had no privacy and had to wait for hours for the lights to go off at night The railways treat the disabled as a piece of luggage. This needs to stop! Sign my petition and join me in asking the railway minister and the Prime Minister to implement disabled friendly measures in Indian railways. According to The Disability Rights bill, there need to be facilities available for those with disabilities. The Railway Ministry has been talking of making trains disabled friendly but in reality, we are still humiliated every single time because of poor implementation. My fight is to ensure human dignity for the disabled. I am asking the authorities for some basic things everyone takes for granted- Accessible bathrooms with proper space inside the bathroom, clean and higher toilets, low sinks so we can easily wash our hands. Accessible coaches for the disabled in all trains, ideally one for each class. Enough space between berths so it is easy to fit a standard size wheelchair between the berths and we can shift onto our seats when needed. Curtains around the berths for when we need to change. Often, I've needed to change my clothes and the berths are too small for me to role around to change my clothes, as well as have no privacy. Proper infrastructure to cross railroads if needed to change platforms. Beside these infrastructure related demands, I also want an attitudinal shift in the way the disabled are treated: Sensitise people to let those with disabilities board first as the general public normally does not care about our well being. Everyone is in a rush to get to their seats. Sensitise abled-bodied persons to not board the handicapped compartment, especially in local trains. We often see that in the local train, those who are not disabled will climb in. That isn't fair. Train the drivers and TCs to halt the train till a handicapped passenger has finished boarding, especially for local trains. The local train only stops for two minutes and with all the crowd, it is very difficult to board. I want to sit down with PM Narendra Modi or the Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu and talk to them about the difficulties faced by those whom are disabled. Sign my petition and ask PM Modi and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to implement measures to make the Indian railways disabled friendly.
Petition to LTG Kenneth R. Dahl, Commanding General, IMCOM, Thom Tillis
Don't take respite care away for military families with special needs children
The U.S. armed forces have an amazing program called the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). The EMFP helps families with special needs children gain access to respite care professionals. The program has helped alleviate some of the stress and strain for parenting a special needs child by allowing parents to take time to clear their minds, recharge, and be the best parents they can be for their child. But this program is now under budgetary threat. Losing access to this program would force families into the financially difficult position of relying on civilian programs and providers. But the unique circumstances of military families make relying on civilian programs and support providers that much more precarious. Sometimes, military families are living on bases in rural areas where it is difficult to find service providers for our special needs children. Additionally, military families often rotate from base to base every 3 to 5 years -- forcing a family to essentially “start-over” with each new assignment. I don’t say this to complain. This is what we sign up for and we are proud to serve our country. But our families need the support this military program provides. Budget cuts have slowly eroded the program’s availability across the armed forces for all but the most severely disabled children. And now these budget cuts are due to hit Army families in June 2017 -- despite that fact the the Army has the largest number of families with children on the autism spectrum. We are begging Congress to please not balance the budget on the backs of the families who need this respite care program the most. Please sign and share this petition. It’s important to let Congress know that military families need all the support they can get -- and military families with special needs children require this support so much more!
Petition to Sherrod Brown, Robert Casey, Bill Cassidy, Mike Crapo, Pat Toomey, Rob Portman, DIane Feinstein, Sam Johnson, Tom Rice, David Schweikert, Vern Buchanan, Mike Kelly, Jim Renacci, Jason Smith, John Larson, Bill Pascrell, Joseph Crowley, Linda Sanchez, Anna Eshoo
Reform Social Security Disability in America
Social Security’s disability determination program's been broken for decades. Everyone knows somebody who’s endured this tragedy. I wrote a bipartisan bill to fix the problem called the Eastman Disability Reform Act—the most substantial disability reform in the history of Social Security. This Act restores the public's trust in the agency and Congress, while this petition is asking the 16 members of both the Social Security subcommittees in the House and Senate to take action. Between 800,000 and 1.2 million people file disability appeals yearly—over half of them later win, taking up to 3 years. During this time, many of these honest Americans declare bankruptcy and become homeless. Tragically, 1 in 6 men (and 1 in 7 women) die within 5 years of receiving disability benefits. The rejection of all disability claims is mandated by the agency at a level of 85% (or more) of all applications. This objective's cryptically disguised as the National Agree Rate. The agency has been operating without accountability or impunity for two decades, while 10,000 died awaiting benefits this year! The SSD trust fund will be exhausted in 2023, according to a 2017 Congressional Budget Office report. "Baby Boomers" born between 1946 and 1964 have been postponing retirement, with many becoming disabled; causing extra strain to the SSD determination process. The agency is reluctant to add staff because they project this shortfall ending in 2025...two years after the disability trust fund's exhausted! A former college roommate (who was born legally blind) was denied in 1994 when he applied at 18. He had to appeal and has the same "horror story" echoed by so many today. I have 8 qualifying conditions and am currently in my second year of appeal. This issue has occurred with the agencies knowledge for two decades, and, without congressional intervention. We must improve the access and availability of medical records used for determinations by ensuring they're in a usable file format all applicants can securely access. Sending .TIFF picture format files to applicants with encryption software which must be installed on a Windows computer with an optical drive makes it impossible for many to see the records in their agency file. Agency contracted physicians examining claimants will finally see relief from extreme patient caseloads. This will allow for vastly better patient evaluations and less unecessary appeals. Please help a million honest people each year who cannot work and have paid into disability their entire career. We must end the "disability impossibility" so future generations don't assume it's an acceptable part of being disabled in America. Click here to download a summary and full text of the bill. Click here to ask your Senator to support this bill. Click here to ask your House member to support this bill.
Petition to Shawn Connolly, Montclair State University, Montclair State, Montclair State University "University Facilities", Margaree Coleman-Carter
Lowering Soap Dispensers in Montclair State University Bathrooms
Anybody living with a disability can attest that going to the bathroom can be a struggle with limited accessible stalls, tight hard to maneuver hallways, out of use accessible stalls, etc. Think about a typical bathroom; there typically is about a 1:7 ratio of accessible bathrooms for people with disabilities to stalls that are designed for non-disabled peers. Lack of access doesn't just stop with specific bathroom stalls being used or out of use. Montclair State University bathroom soap dispensers are an inch too high against the mirror causing it to be inaccessible for some disabled individuals. By lowering soap dispensers one inch, bathroom soap dispensers will become accessible, making bathrooms at MSU more accessible. By signing this petition you fight for equal access for disabled and non disabled students attending Montclair State University.
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
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
Petition to Gary Farmer
Stop state of Florida DMV from targeting disabled individuals for license suspension
Florida's new license system now requires you have to appear at a DMV office for the initial renewal. The DMV has been targeting individuals with visible disabilities even if they have a clean driving record and threatening to suspend your license. Five years ago I got nerve damage to my right lower arm but I have been driving that way for five years without any issues. When I went to renew my license this week the clerk immediately said she had concerns about my ability to drive safely and started talking about suspending my license. At first they tried to bully me into surrendering my license voluntarily. When I objected to this they told me I would have to take the skills test that same day. I later found out even if you have to retake the test you are supposed to be given a minimum of five days notice. They also have to allow for adaptions when you take the test under ADA rules. I believe the DMV is discriminating against disabled individuals and basing their decisions solely on the fact the person has a disability regardless of how safe their driving record is. Taking away a disabled person's ability to drive should be done only when absolutely necessary and with due process. For many people, losing the ability to drive means losing their independence or even employment if they work. At the very least, DMV should be made to follow their own protocol and should be made to allow the disabled person to have a fair chance to retain or get a driver's license. So far I have talked to two other people who have had similar experiences at Florida DMV. I believe targeting people based solely on their disability rather than driving record is a violation of ADA. Florida DMV workers currently have carte blanc to intimidate people and label them as "unsafe" drivers. I appeal to Mr. Farmer and other members of the Florida legislature to introduce a bill that would at least give disabled people due process rights and protect them from this type of harassment. I understand there are some unsafe drivers on the road that need to stop driving; However Florida DMV has to stop this current witch hunt. There needs to be a balance between the duty of the state to remove unsafe drivers and the rights of disabled Florida citizens to be subject to harassment and unwarranted threats to lose their license.