October 23, 2012

I am a big Packers and Badgers football fan.  There is nothing that I enjoy more than being at a game on game day.  The atmosphere of sitting outside in the bowle eating a brat is what I call heaven.  I used go one Packers game a year.  The Packers had a lottery for wheelchair tickets.  It worked well.  I always went to a game.  But people in wheelchairs have to buy Packers season tickets in order to attend to Packers games.  Not many disabled people can afford  Packers season tickets.  Wisconsin athletic Department makes wheelchair football fans buy regular tickets and then the person has to trade the tickets for wheelchair tickets on game day.  It doesn’t make any sense.  What is a Wisconsin wheelchair football fan supposed to do? 

One of the reasons why Medicare and Medicaid are going broke is the high cost for medical equipment like custom made electric wheelchairs. Custom power wheelchairs can cost thirty-thousand dollars depending on a physically disabled person’s needs.  Every five years the electric wheelchairs need to be replaced.  Other specialized equipment like communicative devices can cost twenty thousand dollars.  There are two million disabled people in the United States.  Medical equipment manufacturers can overcharge Medicaid and  Medicare for their products because of the limited demand for their products.  Prices of the specialized products need to be streamlined.  This would reduce the burden on the entitlement programs and save the entitlements for the future.  A politician didn’t write this.  A cerebral palsy author did.  Maybe I should be President.


My publisher, P…

October 1, 2012

My publisher, Publish America is emailing me with enticing emails like book reviews in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Each day there are more intriguing emails from Publish America like an ebook agent wanting to represent me and a major newspaper wanting to write an article about me.  What author wouldn’t want that?  But the catch is that I have to pay Publish America money to have these enticing things.  I even have spent my hardest earned money to buy my books to put in local bookstores.  I purchased ebooks from Publish America that cost me two hundred dollars to put on Amazon.com.  I don’t have much money.  No disabled organization will help with money to advance my writing career.  I have looked into getting a grant, but I would need six hundred dollars to apply for a grant.  I wonder sometimes why I try hard to become successful when the system won’t help me.  But a friend  said people haven’t heard the last of Steven.  I will make it happen.