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The Disability Dialogue: Disability and Abuse - Why I Stayed

Disability and Abuse: Why I Stayed

Logoby Alex Jean
Guest Blogger
The Disability Dialogue

1. I am ten years old and can’t cut my food with a knife and fork. My hands are too shaky. I can’t grip the knife. “What are you going to do when you’re on a date with a boy? Ask him to cut your meat?” my mom asks, rolling her eyes. She asks me that all the time. I don’t care. I am ten and boys are irrelevant. I do not realize what I am learning, or maybe I have already learned it.

2. I am seventeen years old and there is chicken on my plate and I am sitting across from my new boyfriend, my first boyfriend, and I start to cry when he asks why I’m not eating.

"Why would I give a shit about a stupid thing like that?" he says when I tell him. He cuts my chicken. I decide that I love him.

CDR Immediate Statement in Response to State of the State

Center for Disability Rights Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Proposals for Community Living

January 22, 2015 -- In yesterday’s joint State of the State / Budget presentation, Governor Cuomo laid out an ambitious social agenda for New York State which included a number of proposals that will increase community integration for disabled people. The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) applauds the Governor’s initiatives, in particular those initiatives relating to independent living and the Community First Choice Option, as well as those relating to assisting the homeless, people affected by poverty, and people affected by violence. CDR will release a detailed analysis of the budget next week, but the following points are immediately worth noting.

The Disability Dialogue: Reasonable Accommodations Not Unreasonable Violence

Leah SmithReasonable Accommodations Not Unreasonable Violence

by Leah Smith
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

Teresa Sheehan, a woman with schizophrenia living in a group home in San Francisco, recently came across the San Francisco Police Department when her group home called the police to have her transported safely to a mental health facility. At the time, Teresa had been off of medications and was not interested in going to any mental health facility, especially with the police. The police arrive and, of course, find Teresa to be noncompliant with their requests. They leave the room, make a plan in the hallway and come back shooting. They shot Teresa five times.

Statement by CDR on January 14, 2015

CDR Applauds Court Decision Striking Down Department of Labor Companionship Rules

January 14, 2015 – The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) celebrates the decision of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia which vacated the Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulation defining “companionship services.”  The Court’s decision means that this rule, which would negatively impact both attendants and people with disabilities, will not go into effect.

Since they were first proposed by DOL, CDR vigorously opposed these rules because they were developed without adequate involvement of the Disability Community and the rule changes were not accompanied by increased Medicaid funding.  In the absence of additional funding, the hours attendants could work would be capped at 40 hours a week to avoid the increased costs.  As a result people with disabilities would lose vital attendant support and be at risk of unwanted institutionalization.

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