Time: Tuesday July 29, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST
Speaker: Samantha Crane, Director of Public Policy
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Too often, people with I/DD are denied health care or forced into guardianship arrangements as a result of their need for decision-making support in health care contexts. Some doctors may not respect decisions that people with I/DD make for themselves based on the assumption that people with I/DD cannot provide “informed consent” to medical treatments ranging from medication to surgery. Other doctors may not want discuss health care with the people who support individuals with I/DD.
This webinar will discuss strategies to provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the support they need in order to make their own health care decisions. These strategies may include informal support arrangements, health care proxies or health care powers of attorney, and promoting legal recognition of supported health care decision-making agreements. This webinar will also cover ASAN’s model legislation on supported health care decision-making agreements, developed in collaboration with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and how this legislation can help promote autonomy for people with I/DD in health care contexts.
Reserve your seat now for this webinar.
Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content
This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)
Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) chaired a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight to push for passage of the bipartisan Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Act. The hearing featured Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a member of the House GOP Leadership, and Sara Wolff, a Northeastern Pennsylvania native, who is a leading voice for those with disabilities and the ABLE Act. The hearing comes as momentum builds for a September passage. The bill now has the support of 75 Senators including Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell. In the House, the ABLE Act has over 360 cosponsors. The legislation allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for their long term care through 529-style, tax-advantaged savings accounts.
San Francisco lawmakers approved a law allowing the forced treatment of mentally disabled patients under certain conditions, drawing swift criticism from patient advocacy groups who say the measure tramples civil rights.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which passes legislation for the California city and county, adopted by a vote of 9-2 a measure known as Laura’s Law.
If given final approval it would allow court-ordered outpatient treatment for people with chronic and severe mental disability deemed a risk to themselves or others or who have been jailed or hospitalized more than once in the prior three years, among other conditions.
San Francisco legislator Mark Farrell, who proposed the legislation to the board, said the program would help vulnerable people “and provide the families the support they deserve”.
Modeled after a similar involuntary treatment law passed in New York in 1999, California lawmakers passed Laura’s Law in 2002 after 19-year-old Laura Wilcox was shot and killed by a mentally disabled patient at a Nevada County behavioral health clinic where she was an intern.
The state law allows family members, police officers or mental health professionals to file petitions requesting the court-mandated treatment of a mentally ill person.
Individual counties can opt out. Laura’s Law has only been fully adopted by three California counties: Nevada, Orange, and Yolo. It is expected to receive final approval from supervisors this week and then be signed into law by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, who has expressed support for the program.
The law’s implementation has been slow and sparse due to the concerns about civil rights, resources and costs.
"This is the wrong direction for any community but especially a progressive community like San Francisco," said Mental Health Association of San Francisco Executive Director Eduardo Vega.
"There’s no real doubt that this is a process that fosters stigma around mental illness," Vega told Reuters after the vote.
The law requires city health officials to offer a mental health patient voluntary treatment before being forced into an involuntary outpatient program.
It also appoints a three-person panel to each case, which includes a forensic psychiatrist who would review the case to determine if a court-mandate is necessary.
…who has scaled the cliffs, and climbed the mountains, and climbed out of the abyss of nothingness, to shout to the world that you exist, that you are real, that you matter. Only to see other autistic people, standing on much higher ground, totally unaware that you’re down there. I’m aware you’re down here, I’ve climbed these cliffs myself, every day, and I love you for the effort it takes despite getting no recognition.
So! My sister has been making these necklaces, and they are now being sold at Neverending Stories in Franklin, PA. They are $10 each. If you come through the area, you should stop in! (The store has new and used books as well as a comics section and a section for local artists to sell goods that are somehow related to books/comics/etc)
If you aren’t going to be in Venango county any time soon and are still interested, either let me know or I believe Neverending Stories are willing to ship. As far as I know, my sister hasn’t gotten her Etsy up yet, but when she does I’ll let you know!
She also does custom necklaces, so don’t worry if you aren’t seeing one you want right off the bat.
Above: 5 different comic book necklaces featuring The Flash, Cat Woman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Batman & Superman.
These are pretty shinies.
Is there a version of “sir” or “ma’am” for people who identify as a nonbinary gender?