Archive: Sep 2014

  1. Forming Friendships with Other Disabled People: Why My Friends are Vital to My Well-Being

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    “No one can take the place of a friend, no one.” – Maya Angelou

    In establishing Ramp Your Voice!, an imperative aspect I have enjoyed most is connecting and befriending other disabled people, especially those online.  My interactions grew from creating the RYV! Tumblr and Facebook pages, where I was able to follow other disabled bloggers and disability-focused organizations.  I never expected these online links to yield anything more than possible networking opportunities – I was not prepared for how they would change my life and perspective about the diverse disabled experience.

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  2. Tools You Can Use series: DOJ’s Elder Justice Website

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    When I read the press release about the new Elder Justice website, I knew that I had to feature it as a part of RYV!’s “Tools You Can Use” Series.  Being the caregiver of a member of the Silent Generation (my beloved Grandmother I have mentioned on the blog), and being a helping professional, I knew how dire it is to protect the older members in our society, and to report any forms of abuse or neglect they may endure.  With a plethora of resources out there, it can be overwhelming to figure out what information is appropriate and current to utilize and pass along to those who need it.  The U.S. Justice Department has taken steps to provide an online informational “hub” for older Americans, their families, law enforcement, helping professionals, and other stakeholders who have a vested interest in ensuring that older Americans’ rights and humanness are respected.

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  3. Want to Be a Part of a Disability Rights & Advocacy Organization? Become an Intern at Ramp Your Voice!

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    WINNSBORO, SC (Sept. 16, 2014) – Going into the second year of Ramp Your Voice!, I decided that now is the opportune time to expand my team by seeking the talents and skills of interns.  There is a lot of work that I plan to spearhead within the next year and beyond, and I cannot continue to do this work solo – compiling an energetic team with the skill sets I need has to be a priority.  With the new school year underway, I figured that this is the perfect moment to retain students and professionals who are willing to assist a start-up organization, but are also passionate about propelling the voices of those with disabilities in America and abroad.

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  4. September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

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    September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and I decided to show my support by educating my readers about this disease that affects so many in America, and abroad.  As an African American, I am well aware that sickle cell disease hits our community the hardest, and we have to stand in support of those we know and love who live with the symptoms that affect their well-being each and every day.  The purpose of this article is to provide a mini crash course on the most common sickle cell disease, sickle cell anemia, and all that comes along with having this condition.

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  5. HUD Charges University with Discrimination in Failure to Allow Disabled College Student to House Support Dog

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    A new school year means that disabled college students are adjusting to their new environments, and are making accommodation requests to their school’s disability services department that will allow a smoother transition.  Accommodations can range from needing note-taking assistance, placement in a quieter environment to take tests, and/or being able to use service/support animals on campus.  Such accommodations are protected under several federal mandates, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other pieces of legislation that outlaws discriminatory practices based on disability status(es).

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