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Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Ongoing ADAPT Sit-In Over Nurse Practices Act

Seventeen ADAPT activists began a sit-in at the headquarters of the New York State Nurses Association this past Wednesday and haven’t left yet. ADAPT says it will not leave the NYSNA headquarters until the nurse’s union supports allowing specially-trained personal assistants to take on some tasks currently performed by nurses. The protest was sparked after […]

ADAPT, Not Dead Yet Video on Times Square

ADAPT, Not Dead Yet Video on Times Square

Just in time for New Year’s Eve, the disability-rights groups ADAPT and Not Dead Yet  combined resources to sponsor a video on the Times Square CBS Super Screen. The 10-second video will be shown once an hour for 18 hours a day over three months on the 26-feet wide and 20-feet high Super Screen. The […]

Beware of the Angry Crippled Mentor

Beware of the Angry Crippled Mentor

The way the human brain copes with guilt from disability never ceases to amaze me. They feel bad for us; they walk and we can’t. Yes, it’s a crappy injustice, but you don’t see us bawling over it. Yet for once able-bodied people have gotten it right when it comes to helping out people with […]

Caregiver Exemption to be Eliminated in 2015

The Department of Labor has decided to eliminate the caregiver exemption in 2015, which means all home care workers will receive minimum wage and overtime pay. A 1974 loophole had exempted caregivers from labor protections by classifying them as companions. Brooklyn lawyer T.K. Small is furious with the decision’s impact on consumer directed care. “I […]

News Analysis: Companion Exemption — At What Cost?

In 2011 the Obama administration proposed that the Department of Labor abolish the companionship exemption, which excludes home care workers from minimum wage and overtime protections because they’ve been deemed to be companions for people with disabilities instead of caregivers. The federal change, under review by the Office of Management, would provide wage protections to […]

Suing for accessibility...would you?

Suing for accessibility…would you?

A news item yesterday got me thinking about the world of accessibility and lawsuits. A woman I know with a spinal cord injury has made it her quest to reinforce the ADA by filing lawsuits against establishments in her city. She’s targeting businesses that have clearly violated ADA stipulations left and right, and she’s not […]

Theft - are we too easy of a target?

Theft – are we too easy of a target?

Sometimes I struggle with what to write about for my blog, but today, that is definitely not a problem. Nothing gives you more of an incentive to write then an emotional rise, and nothing fuels the emotions more than having someone steal from you. Today, for the third time in a year, I have caught […]

Personal Attendants: Avoiding the Bad Hires

Personal Attendants: Avoiding the Bad Hires

Over 14 years of interviewing and hiring caregivers I’ve learned to expect the unexpected in terms of responses, appearances and caregiving philosophies. I hired a guy who couldn’t tell his twin sons apart. I worked with a grown man who made custom headdresses for Star Wars action figures and used soap scum to style his […]

Tim Gilmer

Bipedal Service Animals

I used to think a service animal was a bull. Years ago, after moving to a farm with a pasture, my wife and I bought some heifers to raise as breeding stock. Heifers, in case you’re unclear on bovine nomenclature, are the equivalent of female teenagers in the world of beef cows: They are a […]

Service Dogs: Making the Grade

Service Dogs: Making the Grade

The use of service animals has been growing over the last several years, but when it comes to properly qualified, ADA-sanctioned assistance dogs for people with disabilities, not all dogs make the grade. If you notice a lot of tail wagging these days, chalk it up to canine pride as the efforts of elite pack […]