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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Trump’s Budget Cuts Independent Living

Last week, the President released his budget proposal for FY 2019 (PDF). Unsurprisingly, the budget proposes steep cuts to the programs people with disabilities rely on, including the Independent Living Program! First and foremost, the budget proposes cutting the Independent Living line item by $5 million, to a total of $96 million. While the Health and Human Service…
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Freedom Friday: The Disability Community Condemns House Passage Of H.R. 620

The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (HR 620), sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), passed in the US House of Representative yesterday, Thursday, February 15, 2018.  Votes: 225 Yea, 192 Nay. The bill was passed by 213 Republicans and 12 Democrats.  Collin Peterson D-MN, voted Yea, Kevin Cramer R-ND, voted Yea. HR 620…
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What’s Wrong Wednesday: Congress Makes Progress In Destroying The Americans With Disabilities Act

Congress took significant steps in its efforts to destroy the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).  The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (HR 620), sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), if passed, would completely undermine the intent of the ADA and significantly harm the rights of people with disabilities.  The House Judiciary Committee voted the ADA Education…
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Motivational Monday: Three Tasks In Our Lifetime That Truly Matter

“There are three tasks that matter in this lifetime,” according to Harry Roberts, a Yurok Indian-trained shaman, naturalist, cowboy, and Irish curmudgeon.  “The first task, though not the most important task, is to quiet the busyness in your mind. The second is to find your song. And the third task is to sing your song.”…
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Freedom Friday: We’re Not Getting Out By Christmas; Deal With It!

Admiral Jim Stockdale, was the highest ranking United States military officer in the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner-of-war camp during the height of the Vietnam War. Tortured over 20 times during his eight-year imprisonment from 1965 to 1973, Stockdale lived out the war without any prisoner’s rights, no set release date, and no certainty as to whether…
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