The Sign on my chair tomorrow
December 2, 2008 10:11pm CST
I just sent my assistant to the grocery for poster board. I want her to make me this sign when she returns. I should have grabbed the poster board earlier, but I forget! TAX PAYERS: Today, December 3rd is International Day of Disabled Persons. I just wanted you to know that I live on my own in the community with support services and have a job. If I lived in a nursing home it would cost $87,500 according to a 2004 Kiplinger’s Personal finance report (the latest data I have). Paying for my 2008 community based services save the state (and tax payers)$24,086 a year, every year. If I live the standard 80 year life expectancy of a Massachusetts woman according to the Massachusetts Department of public health, that will equal a tax payer savings of $1,204,300! Support community based services now and free the 8,200 Massachusetts residents waiting for community services that current reside in nursing homes!
• Cambridge, England
3 Dec 08
Yes, a nice sign. Here in the UK disabled people are supposed to have 'equality'. It is forbidden to discriminate against them in the work environment (in other words, all employers are supposed to put in ramps and have facilities that allow most disabilities to be treated as 'normal' people ... I'd just like people to pause here and wonder what a 'disability' really is! Sure, if you are in a wheelchair, you are 'disabled' ... what about the people who are physically normal and mentally capable but just can't seem to hold down a job. It seems that society pities and is prepared to help some people because they have one kind of disfunction yet it will readily condemn others with another kind. It doesn't seem to ask WHY you don't fit in if it's not visible. WHY people don't fit into society is the biggest problem with society ... it's very often not the fault of the individual.