Category Archives: Disability

Ed Roberts, first severely disabled student admitted to UC Berkeley

This is the time of the year to celebrate Ed Roberts’s birthday. Ed was admitted to UC Berkeley after one of the faculty members said, “We tried cripples before and it didn’t work.” Schoolwork wasn’t a struggle, but keeping up … Continue reading

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Bloviating Buchanan Rises Again: or is it could it be DANA CARVEY’S GRUMPY OLD MAN?

http://www.bradenton.com/2015/09/13/5987577_buchanan-talks-social-security.html?rh=1 Braden dodges questions then wonders why people don’t believe politicians. But Buchanan was more prepared to talk about the Iran deal and why he is opposed. Having taken a symbolic vote against the Iran deal on Friday, Buchanan explained … Continue reading

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Almost-not-fake brain tissue helps understand this most mysterious organ

By Olivia LaRosa We know more about space than we know about our own bodies. What happens within our skin is the biggest mystery of all. Everyone is different, and that means that some groups of people are less resistant … Continue reading

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Senator Rand Paul’s appalling views on disabled people clash with the facts 6 ways

This opinion about the disabled is disgraceful and embarrassing. Rand Paul wants to divide Social Security recipients by demonizing Americans living with disabilities – “You know, over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. Join the club.” … Continue reading

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Election 2014 Comments: Social Security

by Olivia LaRosa, October 6, 2014 As we are nearing this 2014 “off-year” election, I decided that I would take some time from my busy schedule to respond to right-wing candidates and their supporters in the hopes of straightening out … Continue reading

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Reminiscence is good for us, they say

It was a nightmare growing up with a depressive mean alcoholic mother and a depressive father. Then, when I was 8, mother married a sociopathic monster, a con-man so low he rustled cattle. He would wake my younger sister and … Continue reading

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SSDI approval rates lowest in 5 years

The approval rate for people seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits has dropped to its lowest level in five years, according to Allsup, the nation’s premier disability representation company ®. “It’s becoming increasingly difficult for people with disabilities to receive … Continue reading

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