August 13, 2013
This week is Disabled Week at the Capitol. The disabled will converge on the Capitol in their wheelchairs expecting to speak to their representatives in their offices about disabled issues. The representatives won’t be in their offices. Disabled people will be greeted by staff members who politely listen. They say,”We understand and will tell the representatives your views. Thank you for dropping by.” People with disabilities have looked forward to talking to representatives for weeks. It’s their moment in the sun. It’s like when I pitch a manuscript to a big time New York literary agent at the writing conference. Disabled people live for these moments, but politicians don’t want to hear about waiting lists for assisted care or pleas not to reduce Medicaid. Representatives see the disabled as unproductive members of society costing the government million of dollars. Medicaid and Medicare are the first programs to be cut. But I would see a politician explain to a disabled child why they have to wait two years for an electric wheelchair or a communication board. Telling a disabled adolescent who wants to move out on their own that they have to wait twenty years to receive independent living depending where they live. Government needs to do more for the disabled not less.