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Your Disabled Voting Experience

November 13, 2012

Ivan went to vote, and he didn’t have any trouble. He asked our support person to take him since he didn’t want to have to look for parking twice (he had class later, so he would have to look for parking on campus when he arrived at school. That can be a challenge for sure, depending on what time of day it is.) He was thrilled to vote and had no problem whatsoever. It is very unfortunate that despite the ADA law there are still many polling places that are inaccessible to disabled voters, and we’re not just talking physical disabilities. Many polling places are school gymnasiums or other large, echoey places. Ours had only five booths so it didn’t get overcrowded, but there were some visual distractions. We have been in such environments before, many times. We heard from other advocates about less than optimal conditions at polling stations.

What was YOUR voting experience like, as a person with a disability?

ETA: this is a little bit late, I had written most of it a week ago but had to put finishing touches on it and categorize it. We’re funny like that.

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This from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN): Tell NCD About Your Voting Experience. Today is election day in the U.S. and the National Council on Disability (NCD) is collecting input on the experiences of disabled voters.

Here is the announcement:

Have you cast your vote in the current election?

The National Council on Disability, in collaboration with the National Disability Rights Network and EIN SOF Communications, is collecting information about the voting experiences of people with disabilities. In early 2013, they will release a report based on their findings.

Although it violates state and federal laws, many polling places across the country are inaccessible to people with disabilities. According to a Government Accounting Office report found in 2008, only 27% of polling places were fully accessible. This means that many disabled people are denied their fundamental right to vote in federal, state, and local elections.

To help the NCD…

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To All American Veterans

November 11, 2012

To All American Veterans:

I am writing this now in honor of Veterans’ Day. Thank you for your service to America, from the bottom of my heart. Please know that you are deeply appreciated, even if you don’t hear it all that often. It is because of your sacrifices that we civilians continue to enjoy the freedoms we have in this country. Freedom isn’t actually free, the costs are your blood, sweat, and sometimes your fellow soldiers’ lives. Whether or not I we agree with a particular war, you veterans did what the government asked of you. Welcome home. Our job as civilians is to try and help make your transition to civilian life a little bit easier, in whatever way we can.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. God Bless you all.

Hooah! Semper Fi! Anchors Aweigh! Aim High! Semper Paratus!


Reblogged from Many Of Us

November 7, 2012

This is so awesome! We thank every veteran we come across, if they are not socially inaccessible at the time (engaged in other conversations or things like that.)

Veterans, thank you so much for all of your sacrifices.

Welcome home.

Andrea the Integral
For all of us

Many of us's blog

–Author Unknown

(Please read to the end, then click on the website — this is wonderful!)

The elderly parking lot attendant wasn’t in a good mood! Neither was Sam Bierstock. It was around 1 a.m., and Bierstock, a Delray Beach, FL, eye doctor, business consultant, corporate speaker, and musician was bone tired after appearing at an event.

He pulled up in his car, and the parking attendant began to speak. “I took two bullets for this country, and look what I’m doing,” he said bitterly.

At first, Bierstock didn’t know what to say to the World War II veteran. But he rolled down his window and told the man, “Really, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you.”

Then the old soldier began to cry.

“That really got to me,” Bierstock says.

Cut to today.

Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach…

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