Archive: Apr 2014

  1. Disabled College Student Attacked on MBTA Train in Boston, Mass.

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    On April 8th, 2014, a college student with a disability was brutally attacked while riding the MBTA train in Boston, Massachusetts.  The student, whose name has not been release to the public, was 21 years old, and living with cerebral palsy.  The student was verbally, then physically assaulted by a 63 years old man named Thomas Kennedy.  Kennedy, who reportedly ranked of alcohol, sat next to the student on the train, and began hurling ethnic and homophobic insults, then progressed to punching and kicking the student.  The student was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment from the injuries he sustained from the violent attack.  The police was able to identify Kennedy as the attacker by using the surveillance cameras that were located inside Downtown Crossing.  At the time of this article, Kennedy was later arrested on the day of the attack, and charged.

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  2. Spotlighting the Romance Novel Series “Wheels of Steel” by Pepper Pace

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    As an avid reader, I have been on the journey to find incredible books that discuss the disability experience in a positive, empowering manner.  Finding such books is why I am starting the “Disability in Literature” series on Ramp Your Voice!  This week, I want to share with you an amazing romance novel series by an incredible author of color who made it her duty to create books that featured disabled characters, and in effect, shatter stereotypes about the disability experience.

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  3. Recognizing April 2014 as Fair Housing Month

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    The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) declares April as Fair Housing Month.  Fair Housing Month is HUD’s way of commemorating the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which was enacted shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, and family status.  More recent protections were added to prevent housing discrimination based on one’s source of income.

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  4. The Call for Congress to Pass the ABLE Act

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    The ABLE Act has the potential to improve the financial and employability statuses of people with disabilities in this country, if enacted.  The Achieve a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act gained the attention of the disability community when it was first introduced into Congress on February 13, 2013.  The ABLE Act was not decided on last year due to the fact that the Congressional session ended before the bill could be considered; however, it has the support of over 400 co-sponsors in the House and Senate.  Having such a large amount of support gives many disability advocates, including yours truly, great hope that the Act will be considered and passed this year.

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