8 results for month: 05/2014


My Mother

My Mother - hard head, hard work and strong family John B. Susa, Ph.D. After only two years of school my mother’s parents were told to take her out of school because of her ‘Testa Dura” (hard head).  In other words, she was unable to learn the basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills expected of her, at the rate of her peers. In northern Italy, girls who had a hard time learning worked on the farm or as servants in the city.  The three Rs were not necessary survival skills until we moved to the US when I was six years old. Although learning came easily for me, it was a grueling struggle for my mother.  As we were diffusing into the ...

BEING A MOM IS SPECIAL

BEING A MOM IS SPECIAL By Molly Saunders, Frederick, MD My daughter Elizabeth was born on July 20th, 2004 at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, MD.  I stayed in the hospital for three days to recover from a caesarean birth, while Elizabeth who weighed 5 lbs 8-1/2 ounces had to stay in the hospital for an additional five days.  She was in an incubator and needed to be watched closely due to a medical condition related to my use of prescribed medications during my pregnancy.  I was very concerned about her health and it was hard to go home without her. When I took Elizabeth home, I felt excited and prepared.  I had family support and ...

An Ark within the ARC

An Ark within the ARC By Lindsay B. TASP Member  It has been told that a man named Noah built a huge ark to protect animals and his family from the great flood. Fortunately, the ARC of Hamilton County had been my ark as well as the ark for many other people. The ARC of Hamilton County has been a light for people in Hamilton County whose voice may have never been heard, let alone being noticed. The ARC has helped citizens of Hamilton County be responsible, productive citizens. They treat us like people. I know this because I am not only a board member, I am also a client. I have a ten year old girl, Julianna; a 13 year old baby, Sara Ann; ...

Response from National Council on Disability Chairman Jonathan Young to August 22 Washington Times Editorial on Federal Hiring of Americans with Disabilities

Response from National Council on Disability Chairman Jonathan Young to August 22 Washington Times Editorial on Federal Hiring of Americans with Disabilities The Aug 22, 201? Washington Times editorial, (Holder’s “severe mental deficiency”) categorizing the Department of Justice (DOJ) initiative to hire more Americans with disabilities as “crazy” illustrates a profound mischaracterization both of disability and the Executive Order the Times finds objectionable. In the editorial, the Times takes issue with a July 31 policy memo issued by the DOJ which seeks to improve agency “hiring of persons with targeted disabilities.” According ...

National Council on Disability Applauds Supreme Court Ruling to Affirm the Individual Mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ADA)

National Council on Disability Applauds Supreme Court Ruling to Affirm the Individual Mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ADA) as a victory for Americans with disabilities. On Thursday June 28, the court voted 5-4 to uphold the constitutionality of the individual mandate provisions of the ACA. "For millions of Americans with disabilities who rely on home and community based services to live, learn and earn in America, the ruling today by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act is arguably the most significant decision since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act twenty-two years ago," said Jonathan Young, NCD Chairman. "By affirming ...

How Can We Ensure The Rights of Parents With Disabilities?

How Can We Ensure The Rights of Parents With Disabilities? by Kristina Chew , originally published on Care2.com   NEWS FROM OUR AUSTRALIA COUNTERPART  What could be worse than to have your child taken away by someone who tells you that you, the parent, are not capable or raising her or him? What could be worse than to have your child taken away by someone who tells you that you, the parent, are not capable or raising her or him? Just such a forced removal of a child happens at an "alarming rate" to parents with intellectual disabilities in Australia, the country's ABC News reports. Human rights and disability rights advocates assert that ...

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