Monday, April 29, 2013

Arizona Haven for Deaf Faces Discrimination Charges - NYTimes.com

 Bloggers Pre-Presentation Note: Some days I am so ashamed to even want to be included in the Disability Community being I was born with hidden Disabilities and at stories such as this with the "Entitlement Mentality" wantonly running amok in the Disability Community I remember why I am a Disability Advocate for the Disabled, Non Disabled and yes for The Laws all of us in the Disabled and Non Disabled must respect and live under. This "Entitlement Mentality" in our Community must be dealt with and put aside if we are ever going to have true Unity in our Communities around our nation. Nobody has the right to feel "Exclusive" in any way if they are receiving any kind of aide on the Tax Payer Incentives!

Arizona Haven for Deaf Faces Discrimination Charges - NYTimes.com

 I lived in HUD housing for 8 years in Columbia Missouri that had 196 units in 14 floors and we had a large variety of the Disabled Community in our building and I remember 2 Deaf individuals and I never heard them complain about being the only Deaf Citizens in the building and they got along with everybody and everybody with them as well and were a welcome part of that community of that Vertical Neighborhood. I had quite a few friends who also lived in apartments that were already equipped for the Deaf and saw apartments that were not set up for the Deaf set up by the maintenance engineers of the building according to ADA and HUD guidelines. This included the Flashing Door Light Signals, Smoke/Fire Alarms and more. I am sorry I just do not get this wanting to be exclusive on one hand while wanting to be included on the other hand. It is so confusing. Even the Sight Impaired and fully Legally Blind did not complain in that building eitrher nor the Wheelchair users. The only real gripes were if an Elevator was broken or down for maintenance. I fully support equal access and accommodations for all citizens Disabled or not and if anybody expects while living in Tax Payer Funded Housing to be able to live in an exclusive environment that is not going to happen under ADA. Now if the Deaf Community pooled it's funding or went after loans to develop Deaf Housing Communities only Then ADA might not apply being these communities would be "Private" in nature as long as they used NO Tax Payer Incentives. Even in the article listed above the Autism Group is going after "Private Funding" instead of using Tax Payer Incentives because they know and acknowledge the ADA and the law on how Tax Payer Incentives can and cannot be used. I truly love ALL of my Disabled Brothers and Sisters and I understand there are other issues in the Deaf Community besides just not being able to hear as others do. Much love for our people and all people whether Disabled or not.

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