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A Colorado lawmaker is proposing a bill to legalize assisted suicide in our state. Sadly, this practice targets the terminally ill, the disabled, and elderly with death as opposed to medical care.
Colorado should not turn doctors into killers!
When other nations have legalized assisted suicide, that has quickly turned into euthanasia. This is already happening in the Netherlands and Belgium where the mentally ill are being euthanized and even children.
In Oregon, depressed people have died by assisted suicide, and patients, who were denied medical treatment, were steered to assisted suicide by the state health plan. Oregon resident Jeanette Hall, who was terminally ill and wanted assisted suicide, is alive today because her doctor convinced her to try medical treatment.
We must stand up for life in Colorado and true dignity for the elderly, ill and disabled means rejecting assisted suicide!
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Britain does not appear to care enough about older people and treat them with dignity when they become frail, according to a government watch dog in a damning verdict on the state of services for the elderly.
Andrea Sutcliffe from the Care quality commission describes her own sense of “utter distress” at the "shocking awful" conditions that her team of inspectors found in the worst care homes.
In an interview with the a national newspaper she warned that pensioners with dementia were being left in pain because of a worrying shortage of qualified nurses at one in five homes in England. She added that whiles there were some brilliant care homes with dedicated staff, the standards across the country was far too variable.
Inspectors were forced to close one home recently after finding distressed residents crying out for help and even uncovered cases in which care workers were found to have criminal convictions.
Decent care for the elderly is a basic human right.
For many (TOO MANY) years now, Jeddidiah Luke Crowsey would have been dead, if he had not fought with all his strength to stay alive. He ran out of strength, and his government continues to deny him help. He cannot cope if his health gets ANY worse. If he does not get help BEFORE it gets ANY worse, nothing that can be done will matter. He suffers from THE REAL VERSION of those "anxiety attacks" that cop-out nobodies like to lie about. AND BECAUSE SO MANY LIED PREVIOUSLY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A SYSTEM THERE WAS TO SAVE LIVES he is denied help. That and his AGE. He has been told MORE than twice in denial letters, that the government officials with authority to save his life "Feel at his age, with his problems you could work enough hours to support yourself."
Their opinion does not change reality and now, in reality, Luke lives EVERY DAY with breath just low enough to suffocate on GOOD days, and lives in suffering fear of anxiety attacks that could take the last of his very limited precious oxygen, because they keep denying him.
Luke was afraid to make this petition. To stop talking in the third person finally, I only didn't want to make this petition because I was afraid that ASKING for help, instead of someone else asking FOR me, would make me look like another person taking advantage of the system, and if that happened, I would AGAIN be denied, and still die. I was hoping one day, someone would make this petition FOR me, because I lived in constant fear that doing it myself would have the world ignore it, the same way I'm ignored now.
But my illnesses are not fake. My terror is not fake. And I am so afraid of dieing, I finally went against my fears, just because this is the last chance I may have. I'm too scared not to try. That fear is my honesty. I don't want to die. Signing THIS petition ONLY MEANS you are PUBLICLY PUTTING YOUR FOOT DOWN that you
"WILL NOT LET YOUR GOVERNMENT TAKE YOUR TAX DOLLARS AND LET YOUR GOOD FRIENDS DIE!" So please, tell American government they DO NOT get to let me die. THE PEOPLE DO. So I'm begging the people. My favorite hobby is video games and good samaritan work, but I dont do much of those things any more, because I can barely breath. SOMEONE TELL THE USA GOVERNMENT THAT THEIR OPINIONS OF ME DON'T MATTER, and that their people WONT TOLERATE them letting me die.
EVERYONE who knows me personally, knows how loving and sick I am. (AND MACHO.) I never would petition this, if it did NOT mean, I would MORE THNA LIKELY quickly die, if I dont get help. Living WITHOUT the help is such suffering, is that any better?
Help take away Jeddidiah Luke Crowsey's suffering. Tell your government they do not get to let him die.
Tell American Government that the people make the choices, and NOT them ALL alone. Tell them YOU DON'T WANT them to LET Luke die, (THEY ARE DOING THAT!) and that's WHAT MATTERS. Because if a miracle OR some kind of intervention by POWERFUL PEOPLE is not done SOON, Luke may not have much longer. The worst part is, surviving like this is so much worse than death. I am in horrible terrible suffering. They won't let me stop suffering. I don't want to die, and I don't want to suffer.... They keep letting it happen.
Tell the American Government that the people do not like them letting those who are legitimately in need of help, to suffer. Tell them. If enough of you don't, they will continue to let me suffer to DEATH. I cannot combat this forever. I am so afraid.... I REFUSE to go to a street corner and beg for money for my meds. And the amount of time I can walk and talk is too limited to provide for myself. I'm ashamed, but more terrified than ashamed now, so I am too afraid not to ask for help. I will not beg on street corners for other people's hard earned pocket cash. But I will ask for help from a system MADE TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED IT.
I need it, and they are refusing the necessity, and I AM CONTINUING TO SUFFER as long as THEY make the decisions, AND NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! SHOW THEM THAT YOU PEOPLE OWN THIS COUNTRY, NOT JUST THE RICH AND POWERFUL! Tell them the masses don't like me being let to die. AND THE MASSES OF AMERICANS OWN THIS COUNTRY, NOT JUST THOSE WHO ARE VOTED INTO GOVERNMENT! This is YOUR country, DON'T LET THEM LET ME DIE.
Our Disabled and Elderly Residents Need Transportation to Doctor Appointments.
We are Asking The City of Roseville Transportation Department to Establish a New Bus Route in Sabre City Estates.
BACKGROUND: The Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program helps Albertans with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness to maintain their independence at home, in lodges or group homes by providing financial assistance to buy medical equipment and supplies.
It has been brought to our attention that AADL has a policy that prohibits clients from getting supplies from an approved vendor on the client's authorization date (usually the first of the month every 2 months) because vendors are not able to bill until the authorization date of the 1st of the order date.
Secondly the calendar year for Alberta Aids to Daily Living start on July 1 of each year (Canada Day). All vendors including government are closed for this holiday, which means a client will need to wait until the next business day to receive medical supplies.
Social Security has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards.
Compassionate Allowance and Expeditious Processing to hearing is requested, as it has been repeatedly documented in medical records (most recently June 11, 2014 @ National Jewish) "...the patient does not appear to be able to return to National Jewish Health for follow up unless his insurance and /or finance status changes. It appears that there may be some increased sarcoid disease activity, and I will defer to you Dr. Maier, changes in systemic medical therapy. I understand, and the patient and his wife are aware, that prednisone therapy would likely aggravate the diabetes, which they are currently having difficulty controlling, and that other second-line immunosuppressive therapies have potential side effects and would require routine monitoring, which may be more challenging for the patient with his current financial status"
On June 11, 2014, a report from an Echocardiogram, performed at National Jewish Health stated "When compared to the report of the previous study of 07/23/2013. Estimated right atrial pressure has decreased from 8 to 3, however, estimated right ventricular systolic pressure has increased from 25 to 53 mmHg.
According to Social Security Listing of Impairments Adult Listings (Part A) Respiratory System
"3.09 Cor pulmonale secondary to chronic pulmonary vascular hypertension. Clinical evidence of cor pulmonale (documented according to 3.00G) with:
A. Mean pulmonary artery pressure greater than 40 mm Hg;"
Michael Husted applied for Social Security Disability benefits in January 2013, having been employed and having paid into Social Security all his working years of employment, until he was advised to quit working by multiple treating physicians. The above adult listing of impairments is but one category that Michael Husted's impairments fall into. Michael Husted suffers from numerous impairments, rendering him disabled an unable to participate in sustainable and gainful employment, including but not limited to: non-sustained ventricular tachycardia, systematic sarcoidosis, including cardiac and pulmonary sarcoidodis, implantation of AICD )pacemaker/defibrillator for high risk of sudden cardiac death), obstructive sleep apnea, syncope and near syncope, variant angina, autonomic dysfunction, Barrett's Esophagus, Osteoarthritis, Diverticulosis, Stricture, Obtrusion and Obstruction in Left Descending Artery, Coronary Heart Disease, Gastroporesis, Uncontrolled Type II Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy, Sarcoid Acne, Dyspnea, Fatigue, Edema, Orthostatic Hypotension, Murmur, Arrhythmia, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Obesity, Gastrointestinal Reflux, Hiatal Hernia,
Michael still awaits a hearing date and will lose access to health care services at National Jewish Health on July 23 2014, despite his worsening conditions.
The owner of one of Teesside's biggest taxi firms has told BBC Tees they will no longer be picking up disabled passengers after they were told they can't charge extra for what they tell us is a 'specialist service'.
One disabled man recently had to push his wife's wheelchair 3 miles on Boxing Night. The owner of Boro Taxis stated it is not their fault it's the councils.
We need to stop discrimination.
On the 16th November 2013 I was asked to leave the Newcastle Mall by security who at one stage were ready to use force. The reason, I was approaching people who were illegally using the parking bays marked for disabled people and asking them peacefully as to why they would use the parking when they did not have a legal disk displayed and no apparent disability.
It is an ongoing problem and I have approached many people doing this before. This petition is for Newcastle Mall to look into the situation and enforce a stricter policy on their parking bays for disabled people.
Throughout History The Disabled have been Targeted, Scapegoated for crimes, including crimes linked to Pornography, thrown and arrested Involuntarily by the corrupt Dept Of Justices around the World, thrown into prisons and forced to sign things they don't want to sign, on top of that they also have also had stolen aides to personal items.
I believe that all X-Armed forces personnel are not treated with the respect they deserve after serving our country, they need support to reintegrate into society after spending time within the service, food, lodging, clothing, toiletries, day to day items to keep them going, perhaps counselling to come to terms with what they have seen and been through, trauma, stress, disability, loss of loved ones, friends, all of this is part of integration and we need to help those who have helped us, not forgetting their families who also need support in these times of hardship and change.
Jack Chapman is an 11 year old wheelchair dependent child from Cardiff after attending gabalfa school for many years he is now in his final year and was due to attend whitchurch high school with many of his friends this September.
BUT the funding for whitchurch high school to make the improvements needed for disabled pupils has been denied.
I am proposing a plan to obtain disabled accessible seating in the student section of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Currently, physically disabled students must sit in the accessible seating section for non student fans, including the fans of the opposing team.
A student section at a sporting event is one of the most visible and most vocal sections of the sports crowd. The student section is the most important part of the fan base and provides a significant advantage to the home team. Excluding students from participating in the student section is detrimental to the student's social growth and well being. Similar to students of different race, religion and political beliefs, disabled students suffer significant discrimination in many forms. By not including physically disabled students with their peers, is just one more form of discrimination.
It is time to stop companies from hiding behind Section 44 of the WCB act when it comes to their permanently injured employees. It's time for them to step up and pay the compensation that injured workers deserve.
We can't allow WCB to cut off workers just because they are permanently disabled or deny workers compensation just because they want to protect employers and keep rates low.
"God hates Goths" may well be a joke site, but there is still some risk of someone taking it seriously and/or using those sorts of hate language when around the people whom it could offend.
There is a disclaimer about how it is a satire at one place in the site, but I think that they should really put a disclaimer of some sort on every page, ideally at the top of every page. That way, anyone who happens to get on to any of its pages will know that this is a satirical joke and they should not take it seriously.
"The greatest threat to today's society is the rise of the gothic subculture. Goth is a sinister and violent subculture obsessed with Satanism, Wicca, Vampirism, BDSM, rape, child abuse, Hitler, bondage, sick sexual perversions, serial killers, death, drugs, self mutilation and other sick practices to vile to mention. Goth's are the Devil's Children. In my opinion, Goths are more dangerous to children than pedophiles"
“So let's be straight here. Goths are the lowest form of human trash that has ever crawled upon this good clean earth. 'Garbage people' I call them, and I can assure you that is what they are. Freaks who worship the Devil, who take drugs and molest children, who have pre-marrital sex, who whore themselves, who are obsessed with Vampirism, and abuse handicapped kids, who promote cross-dressing and underaged homosexuality, who behave like wild violent animals that need to be put down, who cut themselves and try to get others to self harm, degrade themselves and attempt suicide and think it is acceptable behaviour. I rate them as detestable as those worthless cerebal palsy retarded creatures they plant at the entrance to Walmart, to welcome shoppers.” "Duuu... welllcuummm... too... wullmart... Duuuuu...". “Because let's face facts here, they are equally as pathetic and repulsive.”
“See, we are at war here. War against the Hell that Earth is becoming. Crack addicted children on the streets, the whores, vampires, Goths, the mentally handicapped, retarded demons with spina bifida and cerebal palsy, mongeloids that behave like wild animals that are prone to sexually gratifying themselves in public, pathetic excuses for humans with brains like dogs, and homosexuals. What kind of a world is this ? That fags can marry and spread their disease ridden seed ? That is why send Aids to cure their kind. Why even now God is preparing for war. Why he sent the Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and why he will send many many more atrocities upon this pathetic World. Because we have turned from him, and like a good father he will scold us for it.”
“God is angry with us. Furious that we let open Satanists walk freely among us when the Bible teaches we should be burning them, and we WILL be punished for disobeying our God. He will send calamity after calamity upon you heathens, and he will mock you when you die. Halleluja!”
“These are signs that the end is near, my friends. Just look at the state of our World, that we are over-run with satanic pieces of trash like you. But make no mistake, we will fight this evil head-on by any means at our disposal, with the direct blessing of God himself. Our God, who drowned the wicked world in the great flood, and spared but one man who was worthy. Our God, who cleansed the cities at Sodom and Gomorrah with fire from the skies, wiping out fags and adulterers and idolators. We are all ready and willing to die for our God. I find it quite pathetic that you are all so blind.”
“Goths in my opinion are more dangerous to Children than pedophiles, and need serious psychiatric help. The sooner Goths realise what they have is nothing short of mental illness, the better for everyone concerned.”
“What we can offer you here is ten year of experience in educating young people, such as yourself, about the dangers of the Gothic subculture, and the role that heavy satanic music plays in destroying lives (and brain-cells).”
“If you want to go on being lead around by your nose-rings, then ignore the message of salvation this website offers you. If you want to seek repentance and a new lease of life, that only Jesus Christ can offer you, now is your chance for recovery.” “Our own Rev RG Green estimates that 99.999% of ALL women born today are heading straight to Hell!” “The truth is that so many women are turning away from God, and ignoring important Bible teachings about how they should act, how they should dress, how they should know their places!”
“Though the fact of the matter is that while Bible teaches us MAN will be reunited with his maker. NOWHERE in the Bible does it say that women go to Heaven! In fact we do not even know if women have souls to save! While the Bible teaches God gave MAN an immortal soul, and made woman FOR him, NOWHERE in the Bible does it talk about God giving dogs, cats OR WOMEN a soul!”
“Many people write to me to complain about my Churches views on Handicapped children. They tell me I must be 'wrong in the head' to think this way. That retards are just 'people too'! Do you know that many of these worthless freaks actually believe God created these ugly limbless monsters? I find that highly insulting even to suggest such blasphemy. So I have decided to create this 'God Hates Retards' section, so that people can understand that I am merely trying to educate them into the Bible truths about these vile and repulsive dumb animals. If every filthy retard dropped down dead tomorrow Jesus would weep tears of joy! When a retard dies, God laughs!” The group who supposedly run this site - Parents Against Goth" - claim to be peaceful. I ask you, does any of this hatred sound peaceful to you?
Goths are not always evil; it's just that they have a bad name. I have met at least one of them in my life. Nighttime is not always bad. Remember, Jesus was born in the night. Anyone who has ever worked with someone who has a learning disability will know what great stuff they are capable of. The use of the word "retard" against them is both hateful and ignorant. Women DO have souls. Nowhere in the Bible does it actually say that they don't, and they are God's people, too. "He made them all, both male and female". Look at all of the great, charitable and helpful people in history that were women.
Please remember that, if God does exist (which I believe He does), He is probably a god of love, not hate. Although God may hate some actions/thoughts, such as those of homosexuals, it is not all that likely that He actually hates the people themselves.
God Hates Goths
WE must abolish , forever, the demeaning Social Services System that works against most clients and grant the poor and disadvantaged citizens a G.I.A. starting at $18,000 for an individual + 30 % top up for those deemed Disabled ( either physically or psychologically ) and a Living Allowance to our Children ( from birth to Grade 12/13 ) of $3600 per year.
All medication costs above $150 per month would be covered by Gov't - Provincial & Federal 50:50.
We are seeking help from Amber Valley residents and surrounding areas to support us in our campaign to start up a Shopmobility/Information Service for disabled/older people in the Alfreton area.
We are asking people to sign the epetition and comment below so that we can prove to potential funders that this service is needed. We
need as many signatures as we can get.
Many thanks in advance for supporting our campaign
To whom it may concern,
My name is Mike Freedman. I am a husband, and a father of two girls under the age of 7. Through a series of events, I became disabled with nerve damage in my lower back and left leg. I am consequently left unable to walk a single step or stand. The intense pain I feel every minute of every day is only mildly kept down by a host of drugs, most of which are morphine based.
Due to my disability and its nature, I have been privileged to have been loaned a car under the Uk’s Motability scheme. Thanks to this my life and thus my family’s life, has been greatly improved. I am able to get to appointments, get hospital attention when I need it, see my friends, visit my family and basically – have a life.
As it is the end of the car’s lease, it has to go back. It is normal procedure, however, that towards the end of the lease you ensure that another Motability car lease is in place to enable continuity of service. We, however were told a few months ago by Motability that although they would allow me to have another car, they would not let my wife drive it due to Motability not willing to insure her. So far, despite our best efforts, we have been unable to reinstate my wife. My wife is my main carer and driver and we so desperately need her back with a car as life without this necessity is unthinkable.
We are looking for support from the community in the hope of getting Motability and their insurers RSA to revoke their decision. We are looking to get as many signatures / emails as possible. Every single offer of support is exactly what we urgently need as the car is due to go back this Friday (27/07).
Thanking you in advance,
It is disgusting to see what some people say about disabled people and I believe it should be illegal.
For example, this is a link to an image someone made.
It is unbelievable what some people say and no one has done anything to stop it. Making bullying towards disabled people illegal will show that it is wrong.
Too many people think it is okay to use Disabled parking bays to access ATM's, then when challenged hurl abuse.
These bays are for the disabled, not cash points.
The people listed here are those brave and heroic men and women who have achieved a lot of success in their lives despite the hindrances they have faced.
They have amazed the world with their courage, determination, strength and amazing will.
They have made a difference in the lives of a lot of people.
AMPUTEES: Heather Mills, Aimee Mullins, Bethany Hamilton.
WHEEL CHAIR USERS: Hzhak Perlman, Christopher Reeve, Stephen Hawking.
BLIND:Louis Braille, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli
HEARING IMPAIRMENT: Marlee Matlin, Hellen Keller, Foxy Brown.
CEREBRAL PALSY: Erick Gores, Christy Brown, Anne McDonald.
EPILEPSY: Sir Isaac Newton, Alexander the great, Pythagoras, Martin Luther, Richard Burton.
SPEECH DIFFERENCES AND STUTTER: Moses from the Bible, Winston Churchill, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein.
MOOD DISORDER: Abraham Lincoln, Billy Joel, Carrie Fisher.
CLEFT: Jesse Jackson, Peyton Manning, Wendy Harmes
POLIO: Donald Sutherland, Franklin Roosevelt.
The list can go on forever, but those are just a few examples.
I used the above names as examples because they are famous all over the world and most, if not all of us are familiar with them.
But, maybe in your own family, village or community, you know of a person who is trying to rise against all odds. They may not be well known as the ones listed above, but the important thing is that they are making an effort to overcome their everyday difficulties.
The sooner we get rid of the word 'disable', the better we will help them become the highest, fullest expression of themselves.
Join this movement to give them the will to go on.
World, help me shed light on this worthy course for a better tomorrow.
Kenya National Youth Association (KeNYA) is a national voluntary, nonpartisan, and membership-based empowerment organization whose mission is to “Serve the Nation and empower the in and out of school youth with skills and know-how as well as teach and engage them in creativity, innovation, volunteerism and civic education in the areas of democracy, human rights, entrepreneurship, independence, peace and non-violent conflict resolution, and to combat negative ethnicity in rural-urban Kenya’’.
Under the Kenya Democracy Project(KDP),a program Promoting Peace, Community Service, Interdependence & Non-violent Conflict Resolutions, KeNYA and partners are implementing a Civic and Voter Education Project /Every VOTE Count Project (GOTV Campaign) with an overarching and overriding goal of educating the youth about the Constitution, Voter Registration, and Voting Rights. We believe that for Kenya to avoid violence, the votes of every voter must be counted, and that the process must be free and fair.
Furthermore, the citizenry including the Kenyan Diaspora, must be fully educated about the elections, and the electoral laws and rules that will govern the Electoral Process for Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial, Parliamentary, and Women/County Representative seats.
Effectively, KeNYA has embarked on the 12 Month (January 1-December 31 2012 Period) Every VOTE Count Project 2012 (GOTV Campaign), where we shall educate everyone about the electoral process, without bias, partisanship, or inclination, beginning with a Petition:
‘We, the Undersigned members of Kenya National Youth Association (KeNYA), partners, and the stakeholders, call upon the free and patriotic citizens of the Republic of Kenya, the Government, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), to conduct a FREE and FAIR Elections in 2012 General Elections, free of violence, with sufficient CIVIC EDUCATION, and where EVERY VOTE will be COUNTED, including that of the YOUTH, WOMEN, DISABLED, and most important, that of the Kenya Diaspora, in the eyes of the Civil Society, Local and International OBSERVERS’’
For partnership, membership, or volunteerism, contact:
Kenya National Youth Association (KeNYA)
P. O. Box 5956-00200, Nairobi-KENYA
Tel. + 254 722 233 234
There is too much discrimination against people with disabilities in South Africa. The latest incident is against a blind lady, Ms Sanet Gouws who was told that she had to leave the MacDonald's premises in Mayville, Pretoria because she had her registered guide dog with her. Despite showing the animal's harness, papers and special tags, Ms Gouws was requested to either leave or have her milkshake outside. The outside area provided to shading and was not comfortable.
You can read the full article: http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Vrou-se-oe-is-nie-welkom-20111227
Although it is against the policies of MacDonald's or other restaurants to allow animals inside the restaurant, special circumstances allow guide animals to enter the premises according to SA legislation.
The UK Government plans to making drastic changes to the Disability Living Allowance including taking away many of the current travel concessions thus leaving many disabled UK Citizen's housebound.
Whilst we at the National Liberal Party would understand a "means" test to assist in stopping benefit fraud, we oppose the changes being put forward by the UK Government and would ask you to support us on getting these changes stopped.
ARE YOU LIKE ME?
My name is Shaun Fallows and I’m a disabled volunteer in Wigan. Many times I have been struggling to get adapted taxis at certain times of day and night which has affected my social life as I have had to stop going out.
I would like to start a campaign to see a greater number of accessible vehicles in Wigan Borough. No donations needed but please support my online petition. Without everyone together it won’t change.
The proposed cuts to the 'Supporting People' funding for A2Dominion Sheltered Housing sites within the borough will adversly affect the physical, mental and practical support for the elderly and vulnerable residents resulting in the loss of their Sheltered Housing officer (Warden).
The residents currently believe that their well-being, safety on site, site management (housing stock), mental and physical health are greatly cared for under scheme as it currently stands. That the Care Line system is not adequate to replace this, that the quality of support will diminish rapidly and be another faceless representation of community care.
The consultation deadline is 31 October 2011 so this is URGENT please. The council must receive our views so you can sign this petition and /or write to Representations, Supporting People Team, Third Floor Orange, Perceval House, Uxbridge Road,Ealing,London W5 2HL or by e-mail:email@example.com.
THANK YOU, we really need and value your help.
A call to expand centennial park playground.
The Cooma Monaro Shire has seen a variety of families and visitors arriving in Cooma over the years creating a variety of needs. Building an extra playground attached to the current one in centennial park as well as improving on the current equipment will help the community greatly in meeting these needs.
Centennial Park is an important part of the community being a central location that all tourist and locals enjoy
Installing new equipment for the disabled community and improving the quality of the existing facilities will allow all children the ability to play and grow as equals
The entire community should be able to enjoy what we have to provide in the park.
This call to expand and improve the existing facilities in the park and for the local businesses and local shire to get involved.
There are so many children in Cooma that go without being able to play with other children and people passing through this small town.
There is always a need to cater for these children, some of whom are disabled. The proof lies with local groups that help with children's therapy. In Cooma that is MEIS.
Private Alex Stringer who lost three limbs whilst serving in Afghanistan has been told by Thurrock Council that there is a five-year waiting list for a more suitable home.
So as asylum seekers live the life of Riley in million pound luxury mansions, Stringer, his fiancee and two daughters Millie and Harlie-Rose are dumped on the sixth floor. A flat so tiny, Stringer is unable to use his wheelchair. And some people have the nerve to say 'immigration is good for Britain'.
What an insult to our brave lads. Shame on you.
Earlier this year Reading Borough Council instigated a number of changes to disabled parking bays and the times during which they can be accessed.
These changes include restricting access to the majority of the on road bays immediately surrounding the town centre so that they may only be accessed from 11am to 4pm and again after 7pm.
The roads most affected are St Mary's Butts, West Street and Friar Street
This has made it unreasonably difficult for many disabled people to access the shops and other facilities in the town.
A council representative has claimed that the the majority of people are happy with the changes, this is obviously true as the majority of people are not disabled and have little or no understanding of the real life ramifications of these changes for disabled people.
Examples of things that are now virtually impossible for many disabled people to do include:
A drink out with work friends/ family after work,
A meal before seeing a show at the local theatre
Early morning shopping to beat the crowds
Staying in town after shopping to eat out
Getting to one of the opticians who has served the community for many years
Getting to a number of well known high street shops
The current proposals to resolve the access issues appears to be to force all blue badge holders into wheelchairs of some form (Shop mobility) regardless of their individual needs and to expect the local shops/traders to cover the cost.
With economic downturn comes cuts, and the proposals leave disabled people reliant upon the funding of retailers/traders and upon charities. If they decide to remove the funding in the future, disabled people will be yet again unable to use the town and its facilities
The only long term way to ensure access to the town for disabled people during the same periods as able bodied people is to provide appropriately placed kerbside parking that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The UK Disabled Community needs to send a clear and unequivocal message in one unified voice to call on the Coalition Government to see us all as equal members of society and not treat us as a tool to steal our disability benefits and services to bail out the Country in this time of Financial Crisis.
Can we set a precedence to get 1 million signatures so that the Coalition Government will have no option but to take note of us and not just ignore or deflect our arguments & comments and to stop building this climate of hate against disabled people.
Please leave a question for your Local MP to pose to the Coalition Government, which we will add to the Petition when we deliver it to No.10.