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Why Are a Father and Son Trekking the Mississippi River?

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be an endurance athlete? Well, for many people with a disability, they do not have the ability to find out. Many cannot simply go and enter a marathon, but there is an organization trying to change that. Ainsley’s Angels of America seeks to help people with disabilities experience the thrill of running a marathon, and it’s that inspiration that has lead a father son duo to an incredible adventure along the Mississippi River. Son with a Disability is Trekking the Mississippi River with His Dad As a way to cope with the progressive terminal illness of their daughter Ainsley, the Rossiter family started jogging together in local races in 2008. The activity was so therapeutic that the family kept going and by the time Ainsley passed in 2016, she had completed 100 road races. However, her family didn’t stop going after…
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Do Disability Simulations Give People an Improper Understanding of Persons with Disabilities?

Recently, ScienceDaily, a website that covers news regarding scientific research studies, reported on new research on the impact disability simulations have on how people relate to persons with disabilities. Disability simulations are role-playing exercises where people without disabilities experience what it is like to live with a disability. An example would be a person with sight wearing a blindfold to simulate blindness while completing a set of tasks. How Are Disability Simulations Impacting the Way People Relate to Persons with Disabilities? Unfortunately, per the results of the research, disability simulations may be doing more harm than good. According to the ScienceDaily article, following disability simulations people are often left with negative feelings regarding persons with disabilities, including: Fear Pity Apprehension Reportedly, the researchers behind the study believe that the reason for the negative feelings could be a simple one. They think that since the study participants only step into the…
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Could ABLE Act Savings Accounts Soon Be Available to Oklahomans?

Two-thousand dollars, that’s the limit of savings a person on Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) can have. If you put away more than that, or have assets over that amount that aren’t considered exempt, then you could lose your Social Security benefits. That’s a problem that many Oklahomans with disabilities have run into, but there might be a solution on the horizon. Are ABLE Act Savings Accounts Finally Coming to Oklahoma? Do you remember the story of the former student athlete who needed a van to get back and forth to school on time due to his disability? He couldn’t directly save for the van because of federals laws that prevent SSDI beneficiaries from saving over $2,000. He was able to circumvent this by clever thinking but if he had an ABLE savings account, he wouldn’t have needed to jump through so many logistical loops. An ABLE account works similarly…
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Are Disability Hate Crimes on the Rise?

Sadly, federal data indicates that the number of hate crimes occurring in America targeting people with disabilities has increased. According to Disability Scoop, there were 95 hate crime offenses related to disability bias that occurred in America in 2014. This was an increase over the 92 that occurred during 2013. The statistics come from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Disability Scoop reports that during the same time, the overall number of hate crimes documented by the FBI decreased in 2014. The data includes “criminal incidents motivated by a bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or ethnicity.” The data is gathered from law enforcement statistics nationwide. Disability Scoop reported that of the hate crimes reported in 2014, 69 were committed against people with mental disabilities and 26 were aimed at those with physical disabilities. Some jurisdictions have specific laws regarding hate crimes, as those suspected…
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Editorial Claims SSDI Backlog is a “National Disgrace”

Updating a blog post we brought you last week, the Des Moines Register recently had a scathing editorial calling the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) backlog a “national disgrace”. The newspaper recently published a piece in which they reviewed documents showing that a local administrative law judge (ALJ) had such a long backlog of cases that the state had to step in by reassigning many cases to a regional office in Kansas. The Register reported that a record 1 million people are currently waiting for SSDI decisions nationwide, although there are only about 1,500 administrative law judges around the country. This has caused a wait time of around 14 months for hearings, nationally. In the follow-up editorial, the newspaper said the Social Security Administration (SSA) has “been spectacularly unsuccessful in its efforts to reduce the backlog of claims from people seeking disability benefits.” Because of a report a few years…
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