I haven’t written one of these for Blogging against Disabilism Day in a couple of years and I’m falling down on the job. I apologize to Goldfish for not notifying her in advance that I had an idea to talk about.
I’ve just moved from an area with little transportation (other than some medical and limited specific places ) to an area with full fledged paratransit. I am applying for the service now.
I looked down this morning and saw a paratransit van pulling up to the apartment. I saw my neighbor roll out as fast as he could and onto a ramp. I don’t know where he was going. and I’m glad I don’t know because there’s so many varied answers to that. He could be going to a medical appointment and using paratransit instead of a medical ambulette . he could be going to a job part time, full time. That is the second most popular use for paratransit in this county after medical appointments. He could be going to do social things. Dinner. A movie…meeting friends. Having choice. The idea of leaving. The idea of going where I want to go when I’d like to go there. the idea of choosing between a couple of different social options. I’m going to be really glad the first time I get rolled out that door for something other than a medical appointment. Not BADD at all.
Rumor has it that Buckeye health plan that is one of the plansthat administers MyCareOhio in Lorain County ended its contract with Lifecare of Elyria without replacing that service with another medical transportation ambulette service.If true this leaves any Buckeye subscribers without transport to necessary wound care, or other medical services…This has not yet been confirmed. Working on it…
Well, new home new city. there are a lot of reasons I hate to say goodbye to the neighborhood I lived in. it was peaceful and quiet. liked the deer and the rabbits. My church home was full of wonderful folks. Neighbors with great attitudes. I’ll miss a couple of aides in particular one who worked with me since 2012 and put in two and a half months without pay in 2014 until she got reimbursed due to an insurance screw up. and also a second aide who was a great substitute and stepped in when needed. I’ll miss them both.
..,.but I felt that being in a city with public transportation and half an hour closer to my family was ultimately what was best for me. we’ll see how this goes. It is accessible for people with disabilities
in the media movies television there are many problems with how the disabled are depicted. When positive stories come out [which is good]But the the person with a disability is often put on a pedestal called inspiration porn.[which is bad.] That’s a term used within the community when someone is held up by the able-bodied and said, ” oh they’re so inspirational.” Here is an article by an able ally…who seems to miss the boat just a bit.
There are plenty in the disability community who get enraged when they see only the fittest of special Paralympians shown on television, or an able-bodied actor playing a person in a chair. The full spectrum of disability in media should first include disability, which cripjocks are. They are part of the mosaic. They should be represented. What they should not be represented as is the only face of disability. Or the only good face of disability.
We will have made it when we are all represented. All of us. The cognitively challenged as well as the physically challenged. The tall the short the conventionally beautiful and the not so much. On crutches and off. There has been some progress here, but we still have a way to go. That’s the first part.
the second part is: We are people. We are not alabaster saints or terrible sinners. we are engaging with the world, and we are hidden away. We are workers for money or workers giving of our time. We are loving spouses and parents. And we are those who cannot be that. None of these things or categories need to inspire anybody outside of our own community. Yes, take joy in the successes of your family with disabilities, *just as you do with your able circle of people.* It’s when that story is sent out into the wider world that things can happen…
Third thing, and this is the most important of all we are not here to inspire you. All too often do not have the time or the energy to do that. We are here to live our own lives and tell our own story just as you do. Should we tell you you you are inspiring when you manage not to park in the handicapped space? And specific to one of the author’s points, we aren’t here to stop you from whining about your first world problems…as a tool to distract or amaze so you quit. I think you have the capacity not to do that without any help from us.
When you the able-bodied get to choose the parameters of inspiring, you are holding some of us up to an impossible standard that the able around us might now expect us to meet.
it’s good to see positive stories out there. As long as there is no pedestal in sight.
So much for self directed care under the new Medicaid HMO’s. Apparently, according to an article posted on the Columbus Ohio, NBC Affiliate’s website, Governor Kasich wants to eliminate all independent home health care workers.
Now an easy assumption to make would be that all the independent home health care workers would simply transition into agency or nursing home work, thus leaving the labor pool essentially unaffected.
Not so much. Now that this idea is getting public air, 1. any aide about to retire will simply do so once their position is eliminated. Any aide with a skillset outside the healthcare field will use that skillset to leave the healthcare workforce…some will retrain for a new career starting now rather than take the six to eight dollar an hour paycut that will hit them when they go to work for a home health care agency.
Existing agencies cannot or will not fill the approximately 39,000 patient spots left open if the independent workforce disappeared tomorrow. Some aides would make the transition, but not nearly enough.
I will be affected as well if this comes to pass.
I know some who have had the same independent aides for decades…this would be hardest on them.