Friday, April 29, 2005
In his televised press conference last night, President Bush outlined parts of his plan for changes to Social Security. His remarks made distinctions between treatment of seniors and treatment of people with disabilities. He stated: "As we fix Social Security, some things won't change: Seniors and people with disabilities will get their checks; all Americans born before 1950 will receive the full benefits." There is an important distinction here. He did NOT say that people with disabilities will receive their FULL BENEFITS (as he did for seniors); he only stated that people with disabilities will get their CHECKS.
Similar distinctions were made when he appointed the Commission to Strengthen Social Security in 2001. Two of his principles for the Commission were: Modernization must not change Social Security benefits for retirees or near-retirees.
Modernization must preserve Social Security?s disability and survivors insurance programs.
The principles did NOT protect BENEFITS for people with disabilities; the principles just protected the disability and survivors PROGRAMS. And, in fact, the Commission?s final proposals in 2001 included cuts in benefits for people with disabilities.
These distinctions in how the President talks about seniors versus people with disabilities are significant. Especially given the final recommendations of the 2001 Commission, we cannot afford to assume that people with disabilities will be protected in the Bush plan. We need to remain vigilant and continue to educate Members of Congress and the public about the importance of Social Security to people with disabilities and to oppose privatization of Social Security.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2005
And there's another disability-themed movie to watch for: It's All Gone, Pete Tong is a 2004 English film getting its US release in the coming weeks. It's about a club DJ who becomes deaf. (Haven't seen it yet myself, of course, but there are reviews out that make it sound worth a peek.)
Sunday, April 24, 2005
"Because the parents and their disabled child incur harm as a unit, it is appropriate to combine family members into a single social group for purposes of asylum and withholding [of removal]."
Read the whole decision here.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
I came across this today--I hope this isn't old news here (didn't see it in the archives). A lab at Cornell is working on ways to make the colors on maps readable via sound: The blog Curb Cut Design linked to this story. Says the engineering graduate student who's working on the project, "Sometimes I just want to know where is the land and where is the sea."
Friday, April 15, 2005
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
When: Wednesday, April 20th at 7PM
Where:Independence Brew Pub, 1150 Filbert Street
I'll be there, and so should you. RSVP now, you won't be sorry.
Hello! In case you missed it, our spring semester course Disability Studies 430: Disability and Social Policy, an important part of the new Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies, was featured in this week’s Temple Times, and on the Temple University main webpage. Mike
http://www.temple.edu & http://www.temple.edu/temple_times/4-7-05/eidelman.html For more information on our Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies, see http://www.temple.edu/education/curric_dept/ds.html