You should have. I have been harassing you about it for over a day. Here is information:
Here is the petition again:
If you have not signed it, please do so now. His hearing is in fifteen hours and twenty minutes. If you can, contact the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles at this number:
Or this email address:
Thank you for your time.
The Twitter hashtag for this debacle is #HelpWarren. Sign this petition for the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Georgia Arc Network,
We’ve got great news!
The Arc has created the National Council of Self Advocates (NSCA) <http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2660> to facilitate greater involvement by self-advocates in leadership roles and advocacy. We value the input that self-advocates from our chapter network can provide towards informing the work that The Arc does.
Three self-advocates who serve on The Arc’s National Board of Directors, Barbara Coppens (CT), Joe Meadours (CA), and Kurt Rutzen (MN), are already guiding the development of this Council, but they need some help to make it a truly powerful national initiative. You may have caught a glimpse of their vision and enthusiasm at The Arc’s 2011 National Convention in Denver or during a webinar they presented in early January 2012.
The next steps are selection of the Advisory Group members (guiding the direction of the Council) and recruiting members to participate in the Council.
That’s where you come in! You are receiving this email because you indicated in the Chapter Profile that your chapter “hosts, sponsors or supports a self advocacy group”. We intend for the Advisory Group to consist of one representative from each state. We want to offer you the opportunity to nominate someone from your local self advocacy group to serve in this leadership role. Please complete this online application form <http://fs16.formsite.com/u024508129ncearc/form62/index.html> by May 20th. Advisory Group members must be members of a chapter of The Arc and should commit to participating in free monthly conference calls. The Advisory Group will play a key role in developing the activities and goals of the National Council of Self Advocates (NCSA) of The Arc. They will shape the future of involvement of self-advocates at all levels of The Arc. Those interested in serving should have demonstrated leadership experience with a desire to uphold the NCSA’s Purpose Statement:
To ensure that individuals with I/DD have a clear voice in creating lives that allow them meaningful choices for a promising future. Including:
Ø Opportunities to be leaders in their communities,
Ø Sharing the values of self determination and building skills for a brighter tomorrow,
Ø Living and participating in society with the same rights and responsibilities as our neighbors,
Ø Educating the community about Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The National Council of Self Advocates (NCSA) Membershiprecruitment began in March during Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. Information will continue to be in Fusion (our chapter e-newsletter) and on our website about how to become a member of the National Council of Self Advocates. You‘ll receive more emails soon detailing how you can help your members join the Council. (Free membership is open only to those self advocates who are members of The Arc.) Already nearly 100 individuals have joined NCSA! Our goal is to involve 1000 self advocates from our more than 700 chapters.
If you believe you are not the right person at your chapter to be receiving this – please forward to the Executive Director. Or, feel free to contact Laurie Ertz, Director, Chapter Excellence Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or # 202-534-3708 if you have any questions.
Thank you for your commitment to the involvement of self-advocates in the future of The Arc as together we build a stronger federation and accomplish our mission. Consider nominating one (1) self-advocate from your chapter to serve on the NCSA Advisory Group. NOMINATE by May 20, 2012 <http://fs16.formsite.com/u024508129ncearc/form62/index.html>
The email I copied was to us in Georgia, but it applies to people across the country. If you are or know someone with an intellectual disability, look into it.
Find him on Facebook and Twitter. Write him letters. Call his office. Be brief, succinct, and civil. Tell him his constituents disapprove of torture. He needs a lecture.
Don’t even bother trying to assert the validity of your opinion when on the other hand you can readily admit that you are mentally ill; a person of impaired neuro-ability and severely maladjusted perception.
You fools don’t approve of white people having a say on PoC affairs, cis people speaking…
My dad is a middle-aged autistic man, a white collar professional respected in his field. Dad worked since his teens. He has a 401k. Mom is allistic but neuroatypical. She has a house. She put years of work and money into the one she sold to buy it. She would like it to appreciate. Their two daughters are in high school and college. They would like us to gain financial independence.
I read this and laughed. I would love to see you approach my father as he watches his retirement fund on his smartphone. Try explaining your ideas to him. Try telling him that the economy is none of his concern. I would especially enjoy it if you caught him on a day when stocks fell. I do not know what he would say, but his wit has such a fine-ground edge that people would tell the story for years.
We live in the world. We work. We vote. I sat down and researched the candidates down to school board in the last election. I am constantly nagging my elected officials. Someone you respect is probably one of us ‘retards.’ Statistically speaking, someone you know certainly is.
The average member of my almost entirely neuroatypical family is more financially and personally successful than the typical American. When people who are different play to our strengths and have decent educational opportunities, we do well in life. My dyslexic, autistic, depression-prone, ADD/ADHD family tree is living proof. Disabled people can live well. Poverty and unemployment in the disability community stem from lack of the aforementioned opportunities, low expectations, lack of creativity on the part of caregivers and educators, bad laws, good laws left unenforced, intersectional oppression.
We are members of mainstream society. Where it touches us, it is our business. We are your coworkers, friends, bosses, neighbors, classmates, dog park acquaintances, interns, relatives, teachers, students. At least one of us attends your house of worship if you have one. We support your favorite charity. We attend neighborhood association meetings. We eat at your favorite restaurant. We are on sports teams, in dance and theatre collectives and musical ensembles, in your town. We are not going away.
We had already planned to focus a week on education, disability, and ableism. Unfortunately, this coincided with fresh news about just how much a problem ableism and education are. Please be warned that the video included in this article is extremely difficult to watch, and very triggering. The…
Is euthanasia considered ableist?
It is when applied to people with intellectual disabilities. The Arc is against it because of fears that people would be pressured into it even if they did not understand or want it. Consent is an issue. Worries about being burdensome might have the same effect on people with physical disabilities. Doctors making judgements about quality of life could push people to die. You will probably find multiple opinions and reasons for them in equal number. This is a controversial topic.
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Is this off-center, guys? I’m bad at judging that sorta thing.
So am I. Either way, it looks great.
Reports of such incidents should be “minuscule,” said Maureen Fitzgerald, director of disability rights at the Arc, which advocates for people with disabilities. Fitzgerald said when abuses occur, it’s usually because workers aren’t properly trained.
“They are put in situations where they’re not trained, they don’t have the support they need and things get out of control because they don’t know how to manage the kids, and they do whatever they can to keep everybody calm and safe … and that’s when people start getting hurt,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald’s organization is among several disability organizations seeking passage of a bill by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, that would prohibit the use of seclusion and allow restraints only in emergency situations and until the danger of serious bodily injury has passed. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., has a similar bill in the House. Legislation to address the issue sponsored by Miller passed in 2010 but failed to get out of the Senate.
The image is a poster for The Lorax, which will be shown at Studio Movie Grill in Alpharetta, GA this Saturday at 11 am. Children with special needs and their siblings have free admission. Tickets for others cost five dollars. The address is 2280 Holcomb Bridge Rd.