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USA: Disabled people arrested at Washington protest

Posted 04/5-11 at 19.15

Disabled protestors - wheelchair users in blue tee shirtsComing to Washington DC from 25 different states, 300 members of ADAPT, the militant disability rights group, occupied the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building. There were chants of, "I'd rather be in jail than in a nursing home." About 100 people were arrested.

The demonstrators were protesting against the budget proposal of Rep. Paul Ryan and other Republicans, that would cut Medicaid funding by more than $700 billion and shift control of the program to the states.

Under the Ryan's proposal, ADAPT say it's likely that more disabled people would be unable to live independently and instead would end up in nursing homes and other institutions.


For more on the work ADAPT has done over the last 25 years, see: http://www.adapt25.org/



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Comment added 01/10-13 at 22.42 by: author (Joe)

1) Prescription Costs is something often orklvooeed and I spent an unnecessary fortune!Obviously, first check whether you qualify under income rules. If you get an income based benefit (eg income related ESA or income support) then you should get free prescriptions.If your earnings are low you may also qualify and can check via form HC2.If you don't qualify for free prescriptions under income rules you should also check whether you qualify under the rather arcane medical exemption rule. There is a bizarre list of conditions which get free prescriptions including for instance epilepsy, thyroidism and Addison's disease (among others). If you have one of these ALL your prescriptions are free. Go figure!Finally the prepayment certificate is great for those who have more than 3 items in 3 months or 13 in 12 and do NOT qualify for free prescriptions.It is a one off payment of roughly 100 per year (or you could split it into four 3 monthly certificates if finances required it). That then covers ALL your prescriptions for that period. Personally I literally saved hundreds of pounds via this.2) I echo the above commenter regarding looking up disability aids but would add a recommendation to get an appointment with an OT. I really didn't want to do this, but it was the most helpful thing that happened. She had tons of suggestions to make life easier round the home, some of which worked brilliantly and some of which in the end didn't, but were worth a go. A word of warning. Don't necessarily expect them to provide the equipment they suggest (cuts and all that), but regard it more as a tailored individual disability specialist who can give you great advice rather than you having to look things up online with no idea of what to look for.I have heard conflicting reports from other people though so I suppose it depends a lot on the quality and helpfulness of the OT you get!3) As a general comment: don't be afraid to experiment. You may have to do things differently now but that is ok! Just because at first you can't do something you used to be able to do doesn't necessarily mean you have to give it up long term. I wasted a couple of years not doing a few of my hobbies because I didn't realise that I could in fact adapt and develop new techniques and it was "ok" to do so. For instance despite extreme shakiness and visual disturbances I have managed to find a way to do cross stitch even though at first I had to give it up. It took a lot of trial and error but it was possible after all.There is probably more, but this is getting way too long, lol

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