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New Mexico
Disabled, with a keyboard.
Interests: history, disability issues, poetry, dogs, writing
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The great threat by the Republican House to repeal the Affordable Care Act has amounted to nothing but a cruel scare tactic. GOP House members, knowing their political party doesn't have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act should the supposed legislation have passed gone on to the Senate,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Your Easy Access
2011 is shaping up to be the year Republicans and Democrats will be tearing at each other to either destroy (R) or barely maintain (D) the healthcare reform program passed into law in 2010. This is why you will now find a special section in the sidebar dedicated to political... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Your Easy Access
There are no death panels.The big lie is back and you'll soon be hearing a lot about how "Obamacare" is about to force you to give up your right to decide on what end-of-life care you want. This is because on January 1m 2911 President Obama will sign a new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Your Easy Access
What’s in a word? Well, if we're talking about nouns we're talking about “naming” words, words that identify things, that identify us. You have a name, mine is Nancy. Some people call me Nancy, others call me Nance, and when I’m writing this blog I am Nan. I particularly love... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Your Easy Access
As I wrote in the Albuquerque, NM edition of, it is possible to return to work part-time and not lose your SSDI benefit. While not all disabled people are able to return to work in any capacity, many are. Now that the annual cost of living increase (COLA) has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Your Easy Access
Making Disability Work by Peter Orszag in the New York Times has been all over the internet and for good reason: Orszag has presented a sane solution to the issue of rising disability clains -- and he doesn't blame the disabled. The article is well worth a thoughtful read, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at Your Easy Access
Oh yes, it definitely can be done. Take a break from your holiday preparations and go out to dinner or lunch with a friend. Decide where you would like to meet your friend and call ahead to be sure the restaurant or café is handicap accessible. And remember: what we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Your Easy Access
Tad DeHaven writes for CATO@LIBERTY and he says of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) that "What was supposed to be a narrowly tailored program to help individuals who could no longer work has blossomed into a gigantic budgetary burden that acts more like an unemployment program. Indeed, the number of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Your Easy Access
The balance of power in the Congress has changed recently with Republicans and anti-government "Tea party" adherents openly proclaiming their dislike of Social Security and Social Security Disability and their determination to cut the programs. Their thinking can be found in this recent dispatch from the CATO Institute: SSDI unsustainable.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at Your Easy Access
At the University of Massachusetts disabled students have someone in their corner. The university's Office of Disability Services ensures that every disabled student will have accessible housing, accessible classroom facilities, and more. While its attention to the needs of disabled students is exemplary, UMass is not alone among American universities... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Your Easy Access
Many disabled people experience spasticity to greater or lesser degree. According to Medline Plus “spasticity generally results from damage to the part of the brain that controls voluntary movement. It may also occur when you have damage to the nerves traveling from brain down to spinal cord.” Doctors know this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at Your Easy Access
All right, sure we're disabled — and the holidays are coming, and they're supposed to be all about cooking and carrying on. After all what's a holiday if you're not driving yourself distracted? Well, a holiday during which you are not driving yourself distracted is the kind of holiday everyone... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Your Easy Access
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Oct 14, 2010