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Philadelphia: Massive protests erupt against Trump’s appearance at “Republican Retreat,” January 26, 2017.

Protesters took the Philadelphia Center City streets on Jan 26 in two large demonstrations as Trump and the GOP met to plan their attacks on the working class in the coming year.

Photos by Joe Piette

No one thinks twice anymore about the absurdity of basketball players making tens of millions of dollars a year in salary and corporate endorsements, playing in taxpayer-funded arenas for teams owned by billionaires, while child-care workers earn minimum wage and disabled vets try to survive on $12,000 a year in social security payments. That’s just the way the system works, we’re told. There are no alternatives.
—  Bernie Sanders, Our Revolution
Should It Be Legal to Pay Disabled Workers Subminimum Wages?

Lawren Barber-Wood. December 9, 2016.

I. Section 14© and Who It Affects

In America, the current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Most states, though, have higher minimum wages, like Alaska, where the minimum wage is $9.75 an hour. Most American workers are paid whichever wage is higher where they live, but there are some exceptions; minors, waitstaff, and disabled workers can all legally be paid below minimum wage. Minors can only be paid below minimum wage for ninety days, though, and waitstaff can only be paid subminimum wages if they’re tipped. Even then, there are limitations on this; “if an employee’s tips plus cash wages do not add up to at least minimum wage… the employer is required to [pay enough to] make the employee whole” (Simpson).  In regards to disabled workers, on the other hand, there is no limit to how low they can be paid or for how long they can be paid these low wages. This is because of a seventy-five year old addition to the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, called Section 14©.

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Requiring Social Workers to have a driver’s license and car for so many jobs only further demonstrates the need for affordable, accessible public transportation. While it’s great that so many Social Workers are able to do this, should they really be treated as chauffeurs in addition to the other requirements of their job? It’s also discriminatory against Social Workers who aren’t able to drive due to disability/impairment. In my view, we should be considering solutions on a larger scale, including the expansion of Paratransit and public transportation, as well as making both more affordable and accessible. Here in Buffalo, we are pouring so much money into bike lanes and the harbor (which is a good thing), but what about transportation options for the disabled, low income, and intersections of these populations? Alterations in policy can effect some of the greatest positive changes in a society.

good things from work

i dont want to go back to my previous posts on this theme to find out what number i was on, but periodically i will post snippets of positivity about the amazing young people i work with

there’s one girl i work with a lot who has autism and down syndrome and she loves art. she can take to just about anything with direction and she really throws herself in headfirst, but she has her personal style that she will go to if there’s not a specific project going on. with paint, pens, pencils, oil or soft pastels, crayons or anything else, she draws hundreds and hundreds of intersecting lines. she chooses the colours specifically and she covers the whole paper very deliberately and gets the lines to overlap and intersect in so many different ways. it’s different every time but it’s always her. 

when i started she was using mainly black, at the minute she’s having a blue phase. she goes to art lessons on a monday evening and the tutor was trying to copy her style, which she was delighted with, but even when she was trying the tutor couldnt get as many different shapes and intersections. apart from the finished product, the energy that she throws into all of her art is what i love. she hyper focuses and the passion for it just radiates off her

there’s a young man who attends a different service within the same building, so i dont work with him directly but he often uses the music room at the same time as we use it with the kids. he writes his own songs but what he does best, i think, is just sits at the keyboard and improvises. he’ll lead the kids in the room through a sort of song on a specific theme, he lets the kids pick the theme even, like one time it was space. and he just goes through chords and sings completely off the cuff and encourages and directs the kids on their instruments. one time i was supporting an autistic boy who has such a natural ear for music, and he was just messing with a chaos pad along with the song and it really sounded amazing. ive never had a ‘typical’ music session sound so good or have that vibe of complete unembarrassed unrestrained creativity and feeling the music

all of this is positive and good and enriching to the world in a very real way and it’s because these people have disabilities, not in spite of it


Photos from the conference & presentation!!!

Guys, I had an absolute blast these past 2 days at the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s 2015 Summer Institute!  

If you’re wondering, I wore the zebra top for the day of the presentation - I was channeling the FLOTUS hard with that outfit, lol.  

I’m eager to do more presentations on this topic, & expand on several more that I can do within it.  This is not the last you’ve seen of me in advocating for disabled females & sharing our stories.  

I love what I do as a disabled woman, social worker, & advocate.  ~ Vy

P.S.:  And a special thank you for all of those who wished me luck!  You good vibes helped me knock this out of the ballpark! 

When you realize that you have the credentials to work from home as a care worker for people with disabilities (mental or physical) essentially as a live in nurse.

When you realize you’d be focusing on 1-3 people max.

When you realize that means no more working for a soul sucking private health care corporation.

When you realize it means keeping low risk people out of hospitals.

When you realize that to top it all off you’re paid boat loads of money from the government because paying you is still cheaper than up keeping more hospital space.

anonymous asked:

Hipsters,jocks,regular people,nerds,outdoor people,busy workers, unemployed people,disabled,abled,etc. - Every boy is gorgeous,amazing and talented! Love you all!



Employment discrimination against people with disabilities is real

A study by researchers at Rutgers University and Syracuse University has concluded that people with at least one disability are more likely to face employment discrimination than those without. Researchers sent out near-identical job applications, but revealed in one that the candidate had disabilities that wouldn’t affect job performance. Candidates with a disability were 26% less likely to be considered — and it got even worse for workers with disability who had more job experience.

Would it surprise you to learn that in the U.S. there are still businesses with no wheelchair ramps? Academic buildings with whole floors inaccessible? Ridiculously high rates of homelessness amongst the mentally ill? And tons of working disabled people who have to live in fear, knowing that it’s commonplace to get fired under contrived means, just because they require small adjustments to work as efficiently and comfortably as their peers? Think about this before you complain about empty handicapped parking spaces or laugh at professional Signers during events. Think about the phone call I had this evening from a potential employer. I was treated as a good candidate at first, but then a surprise: even though I could easily use public transportation and taxis to get around, the organization wants me to drive a vehicle in order to ‘network at a moment’s notice.’ Something they failed to mention on the listing. This is a legitimate and legal way to deny a disabled person a job under the premise that I could not 'perform the duties assigned.’ He says he might call again later in the week. I’m not holding my breath.
—  As if I could find parking in the city, anyway

anonymous asked:

Thanks for the tips yesterday! I only have one more question (and I forgot to ask it until now, sorry haha). My interview is in a few hours and I was wondering if I should disclose I'm autistic during the interview? Or if I should tell them after if I'm hired. The place I'm applying for seems accommodating (there are a few other workers there with disabilities), but even still when I look it up most people recommend against saying so until after and just listing some traits.

If the place is very open about accommodating people with disabilities, or if they’re subsidized specifically for having disabled workers, it could work in your favour to disclose it during the interview - especially if you can work it into a Positive Job Quality (for example “Part of being autistic for me is that it makes me very detail-oriented and good at keeping things organized”), but if it’s the kind of place that has a history of needing to be strong-armed into following laws hiring and accommodating disabled people then it’d probably be better to withhold that information for the time being.

-Brother Cat

A Schizophrenic Woman and Autistic Man Meet on a Dating Site...

They don’t know about each other’s diagnoses but they meet in person.  Again, and again, and again.

Months pass, a year.  Filled with arguing and breakdowns but also some of the finest romance around.

At one point, she is in the midst of a psychotic episode when he takes her to the hospital and tells her to go inside.  She refuses, walking away and he following her until finally he exclaims to her, “I love you!” and she cries because she knows she loves him too.

More months go by, they aren’t quite at the two-year anniversary.  He has her spoiled but they are still adapting to each other.  He is a hard worker, she is disabled.  They see each other’s therapists and learn to handle each other.  

There become more ups than downs.

He begins dropping hints to proposal.  

She begins searching wedding dresses.

They make plans to go try some on together but that date has not yet come.

Because I am she, and he is my beloved boyfriend.  We are devoted to each other despite our hardships.  Most would call us crazy for trying to make our relationship work, some would say we’re doing it backwards, going to therapists before we’re even married.  

But our feelings are genuine and we want no one else at our side.

I love him, and he loves me.

Yes, our mental disorders make life that much harder, but we are learning to grow around them together.  Together, we are finding happiness where many would fail to see it.

To be continued…

(I think I’ll send more in once it happens)

anonymous asked:

In what way are disabled people not oppressed? We get less pay, we get aborted, people consider us gross, and make fun of us all the time, and we get exceptionally bullied compared to "normal" people, are you disabled? how dare you say disabled people aren't oppressed, that's 100% not okay

It is 100% okay to say disabled people are not oppressed if it’s true and it is. So that’s how I dare say it. 

Based on the examples you gave me to try and prove disabled people are oppressed, it’s clear you don’t really understand what oppression is. Oppression is not someone being mean to you, it’s unjust or cruel treatment from an authority. 

Disabled people are not paid less. They earn less overall based on the jobs they do and the hours worked. If a disabled person is truly being paid less hourly wages for the exact same job with the exact same hours at the exact same position than a co-worker just because they are disabled, that’s illegal. So that means they could take legal action. What would be oppression is if that kind of treatment were legal.

People bullying you, mocking you or just being plain mean isn’t oppression - it’s just people being mean. And it’s certainly not all people. It’s just some people. 

And, unfortunately, abortion is legal so a lot of people get aborted. Not just disabled people. I agree it’s terrible that anyone would abort someone just for being disabled but when abortion is legal and considered women’s rights and medical treatment, people can get abortions for whatever reason they want. 

And the fact that you think you must be disabled to know if someone is oppressed shows you really don’t know what you’re talking about. If you have to be a part of the demographic to know how they are treated, how do you know you’re treated worse than the demographic you’re not a part of? Wouldn’t you have to not be disabled to know how people who aren’t disabled are treated? How can you know if you are not one of them?

It’s perfectly acceptable to tell people they are not oppressed if it’s the truth. What’s not okay is going around claiming to be oppressed when you have no idea what oppression is. Oppression is a serious thing and there are people in the world who actually are suffering oppression so someone being mean to you and you not getting everything the way you want it is not oppression in any way, shape or form. 

Reasons to label Will Graham

I don’t usually talk about this in public because I do not really enjoy people on the internet yelling at me, but:

I really dislike the Hannibal fandom’s thing where people go “Why try to label Will’s neurology? HE’S INDESCRIBABLE BY PSYCHIATRY etc etc.” Yes, psych labels tend to be really fraught, and can be used to hurt people, and tend to have horrifying histories, but but but

There’s a patterns in the fandom, ways people talk about Will. They seem to think that someone having painful, inexpressible empathy, constant violent intrusive thoughts, a bone-deep fear of interacting with other people, consistent inability to translate feelings into coherent thought, and strange, dangerous susceptibility to manipulation is…unrealistic. And then they go and ask questions like Can a person like that ever really consent? Can a person like that ever really have wants? 

So yeah, that’s why I refer to Will as autistic/DD/disabled. I am most definitely deliberately using a politically-charged label. Because fandom is already talking about disabled people when they talk about Will Graham a certain way, and they shouldn’t get to remain ignorant about it

Today is exactly THREE years since I graduated with my MSW!!!

Wow… where the heck has time gone?

My social work partner in crime forever-let-it-burn.  (And yes, I’ve been cropping him out of this picture for 3 years.  It’s a good pic of me… what can I say?  Lol.  Love you, dear, lol.)  We’re the baddest social workers you’ll ever meet… the world can’t handle when we get together.  :)

Look at how excited we looked.. ready to tackle the world… & still kicking ass 3 years later.  #SocialWorkers

Shout-out to service workers.

I know y’all have to deal with some of the worst humanity has to offer, and all while keeping a smile on your face.

Shout-out to service workers with physical disabilities who have to stand all day even when it hurts to get up, who are constantly riding the edges of a storm with nominal or no accommodation.

Shout-out to female service workers who have to be “nice” to creeps even when they’re screaming inside.

Shout-out to service workers who have tattoos, who dye their hair, who get piercings.

Shout-out to service workers who are introverts.

Shout-out to service workers. All of you.

To any non-service workers: if you don’t tip, fucking start. They deserve it.