For Older Americans, Health Bill Will Bring Savings and ‘Peace of Mind’

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Noah Weiland: For Complete Post, Click Here… Starting in 2025, Medicare recipients with prescription drug coverage will not have to pay more than $2,000 annually for medications, a significant savings for some. After Pete Spring was diagnosed with dementia in 2016, he and his wife emptied their checking account in … Continue reading For Older Americans, Health Bill Will Bring Savings and ‘Peace of Mind’

19 Memes That Might Make You Laugh If You Feel Emotionally ‘Numb’

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Though we typically associate mental illness or grief with feeling “too much,” sometimes it actually makes us feel emotionally “numb.” Instead of feeling big emotional spikes — or any emotions at all — you feel empty, hollow or almost like a zombie. If you can relate, you’re not alone.

Whether you’re struggling with numbness due to trauma, mental illness, grief or something else, sometimes you’ll do anything just to crack a smile. If you’re in one of those moments, we think you’ll love the following memes — after all, a little dark humor can go a long way.

It’s important to remember memes can’t “cure” mental illness or emotional numbness (we wish!), so if you’re really struggling, please reach out to a trusted loved one or health care professional. If you don’t know where to turn, The Mighty community is here for you. We encourage you to post a Thought or Question on The Mighty to get support from people who really “get it.”

If you often feel emotionally “numb,” we hope these memes bring a smile to your face today:

Embarrassing, Uncomfortable and Risky: What Flying Is Like for Passengers Who Use Wheelchairs

By Amanda Morris: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Charles Brown has always loved flying. He loves the steady roar of the engine beneath him as the plane rises high above a shrinking ground, turning houses into small blocks of color and cars into floating specks of light below.

Mr. Brown’s passion evolved from building model airplanes as a child to training in aviation ordnance when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1985. His military career was cut short a year later, when he hit his head diving into a swimming pool and injured his spinal cord, resulting in incomplete paralysis of his arms and legs.

He now uses a wheelchair and, because of his disability, finds flying to be a risk.

“When I fly nowadays, it literally is a moment of, ‘OK, what do I have to do to get through this day without getting injured more?’” Mr. Brown explained.

On his first flight after his injury, Mr. Brown got a concussion during the landing; he couldn’t stay upright, and his head slammed into the seat in front of him. On another flight a few years ago, two airline employees dropped him — it was a hard fall — while lifting him into a special aisle wheelchair. He shattered his tailbone and spent four months in the hospital afterward, battling a life-threatening infection.

There’s also the worry of what will happen to his $41,000 wheelchair when it is loaded and unloaded from the plane. The wheelchair, custom designed to fit Mr. Brown’s body, prevents pressure sores. Without it, he could risk another potentially life-threatening infection.

It’s not uncommon for airlines to lose or damage wheelchairs. In 2021, at least 7,239 wheelchairs or scooters were lost, damaged, delayed or stolen on the country’s largest airlines, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report. That’s about 20 per day.

For Older Americans, Health Bill Will Bring Savings and ‘Peace of Mind’

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Noah Weiland: For Complete Post, Click Here… Starting in 2025, Medicare recipients with prescription drug coverage will not have to pay more than $2,000 annually for medications, a significant savings for some. After Pete Spring was diagnosed with dementia in 2016, he and his wife emptied their checking account in […]

Biden Signs Toxic Burn Pit Bill Into Law

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Measure provides health, disability benefits for veterans.

President Biden signed the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act into law Wednesday, calling it “the most significant law our nation has ever passed to help millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service.”

As a country, “we have many obligations, but only one truly sacred obligation,” Biden said during the signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House. That obligation is “to equip those we send into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families when they come home. Today, we’re one step closer to fulfilling that sacred obligation with the bill I’m about to sign into law.” The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill’s cost at $278.5 billion over 10 years.

Guardianship Rights & Alternatives

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What is Guardianship?

Guardianship is a court order that allows one person to make decisions for another person. There are two types of adult guardianships in Michigan. The first is for persons described as “legally incapacitated individuals” and the other is specifically for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (Michigan law also provides for a “conservatorship” which is like a guardianship except it only gives a person control over another person’s property, assets, and money.)

You have rights if someone asks the court to appoint a guardian. If you are under a guardianship, you also have rights to ask that the guardianship be changed or terminated.

Most people with a disability are able to take care of their own lives without a guardian. Because guardianship deprives people of their rights, it should be used only rarely. Disability Rights Michigan recommends use of alternatives to guardianship, described below.

Locked-in Syndrome and the Misplaced Presumption of Misery

BY JONATHAN MOENS: For Complete Post, Click Here…

Despite near total paralysis, surveys suggest most LIS patients are happy. Researchers want that more widely understood.

IN 1993, JULIO LOPES was sipping a coffee at a bar when he had a stroke. He fell into a coma, and two months later, when he regained consciousness, his body was fully paralyzed.

Doctors said the young man’s future was bleak: Save for his eyes, he would never be able to move again. Lopes would have to live with locked-in syndrome, a rare condition characterized by near-total paralysis of the body and a totally lucid mind. LIS is predominantly caused by strokes in specific brain regions; it can also be caused by traumatic brain injury, tumors, and progressive diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Yet almost 30 years later, Lopes now lives in a small Paris apartment near the Seine. He goes to the theater, watches movies at the cinema, and roams the local park in his wheelchair, accompanied by a caregiver. A small piece of black, red, and green fabric with the word “Portugal” dangles from his wheelchair. On a warm afternoon this past June, his birth country was slated to play against Spain in a soccer match, and he was excited.

Leaders for Inclusion (LFI) Ambassador Application Overview  

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 Application Due Aug 31, 2022
About Leaders for Inclusion (LFI) Program
For Young Adults with Disabilities

Leaders for Inclusion (LFI) is a statewide five-year-long leadership development program funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council.  Program goals are aimed at connecting emerging leaders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to paid leadership opportunities or employment opportunities to grow their leadership skills. The program will provide an in-depth training over a two and a half day retreat and ongoing online education sessions for people with I/DD including those with high and complex support needs, adults, and young adults from racially and ethnically diverse communities in Michigan. The LFI program will support two cohorts of learners per year comprised of 5-10 people with I/DD with a focus on recruiting 18-26-year-olds and people of color.


By YOMI SACHIKO WRONG: For Complete Post, Click Here…

WHEELCHAIRS IN WILD SPACES shouldn’t be an anomaly some thirty years since the Americans with Disabilities Act, but here I am, in front of another gate, asserting my right to exist in nature. The very fact of me seems to rankle the men I am here to meet.

King Estates Open Space Park is a verdant area of native grasses, wildflowers, and spectacular vistas overlooking the San Francisco Bay. During the darkest days of the pandemic, sheltered at home and half-crazed with fear, my daily sojourns here replenished and sustained me. But today I am shut out, blocked from the most usable entrance to the park by a poorly designed and inaccessible chain-link fence. The City of Oakland Department of Parks and Recreation hastily erected the barrier at the request of a few vocal homeowners angry about the recent increase in park use.

New Guidance Helps Schools Support Students with Disabilities and Avoid Disparities In the Use of Discipline

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The U.S. Department of Education announced the release of new guidance from its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to help public elementary and secondary schools fulfill their responsibilities to meet the needs of students with disabilities and avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline. These newly released resources are the most comprehensive guidance on the civil rights of students with disabilities concerning student discipline and build on the Department’s continued efforts to support students and schools through pandemic recovery.

The new resources include:

The guidance makes clear that schools do not need to choose between complying with Section 504 and IDEA and keeping their school community—including students and staff—safe.