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Able Accounts Allow You to Work and Keep Receiving Your Benefits

The United States is the land of opportunities for everybody. People can get their college degree or start their own business or climb the corporate ladder or write a book that sells millions of copies. The opportunities are endless for all people. If you are a person with a disability, you have money from the government for your personal assistants…

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Mental Health Month – Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness

By: Marie Miguel Mental illness is experienced by one in five adults every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It includes bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression, the latter being the leading cause of disability in the world. And yet, one of the biggest challenges we face with mental illness is the stigmatization surrounding it. As a society,…

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Surprised By a New PCA

What if your case manager just changed your primary personal care assistant (PCA) agency on you without telling you, what would you do? If you are not familiar with me, I live on my own in a building called Katharine Manor Apartments. I hire my own aides and pay them. So, I don’t have a case manager, but a lot…

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Utah is Paving the Way With Therapy

I ran upon an article about giving funding for therapy to children with Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida in Utah. If the bill passes into law, it would be the first law in the country that would allow money for therapy. I think that this is awesome in so many ways. Cost for Therapy First, therapy sometimes would cost $50…

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What is Walmart Doing to Their Greeters?

What is Walmart doing? I ask the question again - what the heck is Walmart doing? They are doing away with greeters around the country. I personally know one of the greeters who was let go after twenty years. You are asking what are greeters? They are employees who are by the doors welcoming people in and saying come back…

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Social Security Can a Blessing for People With Disabilities

When my father passed away in 1991, I became eligible for Social Security disability insurance after being an SSI recipient. It did not take away the pain of his loss but it helped me to function more easily in the world without him. If a parent is disabled their children may receive Social Security benefits until they reach the age…

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Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Gave Rights for Education

My name is Anthony Fiorani and I have Cerebral Palsy. I received my law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  My practice areas included employment discrimination educational due process as well as wills and estates. I also served as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration. Today we are going to talk about section 504 on the…

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Life Before The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was the result of a movement by the disabled population in the mid-eighties. I did some research about this because I grew up in the 70’s and the 80’s. When I was a child back then, I didn’t know what was going on politically. I was just being a kid who was…

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Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Today we are going to be diving into the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 more. It is interesting that after the First World War, the soldiers were coming back home injured. Back in 1917 and 1918 Congress had to create two acts to help the men out. To me, this sounded like our country was really helping the people who had…

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I co-wrote a book entitled “They said We Couldn’t” with my friend Lisa Cesal about our lives with Cerebral Palsy. We want to spread the message that people who have Cerebral Palsy can do anything they want in life.

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