…that while it is Disability Awareness Month, there are scads of other causes claiming it for themselves. Oh, well, it’s not the first thing I was gullible about, nor the last, I’m sure…
I stumbled on the topic when I received a letter from Caroline Lahrmann, about the Arc of Ohio Attack on Choice From Caroline Lahrmann:
In their recent newsletter:
the Arc of Ohio attacks the ICF system, and by extension the vulnerable people who rely upon it. The national Arc is behind a proposal for a new federal bill that will effectively eliminate nursing homes and the ICF program. It has a friendly sounding name, the HCBS Access Act, but do not let the name fool you. It is meant to remove choice from people with disabilities and the elderly. It amends the Social Security Act as follows:
1. Establishes in federal law an “individualized” assessment to determine the services an eligible person will receive.
2. The bill requires that the assessment is administered with the presumption that “each eligible individual, regardless of type or level of disability or service need, can be served in the individual’s own home and community.” The bill ends choice of care for the elderly and individuals with disabilities by forcing everyone into community settings and financially disincentivizing states to offer nursing homes and ICFs. It is deeply concerning that the Arc of Ohio would lash out at the DD community in this way. Providers of all kinds and families have faced a stressful year and should be congratulated for rising to the occasion. Proposing such divisive legislation is concerning at anytime, but especially now. 3. Establishes a new service for nursing home and ICF residents called “transition services” — meaning transitions to community settings.
4. Provides for a federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) of 100% for home and community based services, but not for nursing homes or ICFs. (The FMAP is the amount that states are reimbursed by the federal government for Medicaid services.)
The bill ends choice of care for the elderly and individuals with disabilities by forcing everyone into community settings and financially disincentivizing states to offer nursing homes and ICFs. It is deeply concerning that the Arc of Ohio would lash out at the DD community in this way. Providers of all kinds and families have faced a stressful year and should be congratulated for rising to the occasion. Proposing such divisive legislation is concerning at anytime, but especially now.
Caroline Lahrmann Disability Advocacy Alliance, ========================== Sorry, I can’t translate all the letters for you. Been struggling between classic and guttenberg for 3 hours…Yes, I have a 49 year old daughter in a skilled and loving state institution very happy where she is. Couldn’t get along in the community …So I admit I’m biased. Reports of resident abuse in community group homes in 49 states, where staff are undedr paid and not well trained.
Sorry, I referred a friend to this spot for a reblog of Jerry Coyne’s post about Amanda Gorman’s poetic work but there wasn’t a reblog button, only a confusing warning about copyright, so you’ll have to find it yourself. It seems there’s some prejudice against non-black translators of her work.
I don’t know what to make of this, so I’d like to hear from you. I know the topic is not literally about racism, but it could be about prejudice. How do prejudice and discrimination interface? I’m referring to the topic introduced in the newyorker.com, “How polyamorous and polygamists Are Challenging Family Norms.”
Whew! If it’s not one thing it’s another. I know I have a teeny bit of prejudice against exclusive hedonists and criminals and prejudiced people,, but the idea of welcoming multi-wife enclaves into our neighborhoods makes me almost blow my cool. Why? And would that make my feelings into prejudice, if it isn’t already? Is my tensed stomach at the idea a sign of prejudice?
True I can support gays and transgenders and almost drag queens and maybe careful and strong self-disciplined drug users, and am not too judgmental about the polyamorous, but something about polygamy feels like it’s stirring my prejudice. —I guess that means I…what? I don’t know what. There is a difference between what could be changed and what cannot. I understand that sexual gender and orientation cannot basically be changed (after the change). Race cannot normally be changed (although I want to read that novel where two twins of color decide differently–one to pass, the other not.)
Although they (we) would protest, political partisans could theoretically change, as possibly misogynists could. Is it still prejudice even if one can choose the category?. If I turned away a neighbor polygamous wife who asks for a cup of flour at my door, I guess that would be prejudice. But if I turned away a similar request from a wife and child beater, then what? And does it make any difference what I call my attitude and behavior towards different groups of different folks?
Fear’s ghost wanders through some of these topics. I know my deeply held longing for one on one bonding with another is threatened by the idea of polygamy, as unconscious fear underlies my feelings toward black men. But I don’t encounter many if any situations where prejudice is elicited. I vote right and act right, even if my fears are not completely eradicated.
Since I very much want North Americans to like each other once more, and because I was raised not to namecall, and due to the influence of a college half-semester on LOGIC at UF years ago, and because of wanting to avoid feeling more shame, I pledge to longer reblog or reference any post utilizing the logical errors of MISUSE OF EMOTIONAL LANGUAGE or POISONING THE WELLS, which includes sarcasm. Call me on it if you catch me, and catch me if you can.
Prejudice is the attitude that one group of people is in some way inferior to another. KINDS OF PREJUDICE INCLUDE: 1. Racism – people of color or ethnicity are treated as inferior 2. Sexism – Gender prejudice…Belief that one sex is inferior 3. Ageism – People too old or too young are treated as inferior 4. Classicism – One economic class is seen as inferior to another 5. Homophobia – Belief that LGBTIs are inferior 6. Nationalism – The belief that citizens of one’s own country are superior to all others 7. Religious prejudice – The only prejudice I found written out contained nothing negative cited. 8. Xenophobia – Fear of foreigners 9. Ableism – Those with physical or mental disorders dismissed as inferior 10. Immigrant, Refugees and Gypsy populations – Seen as inferior since “not from here.” Gypsies are one of the most persecuted minority groups worldwide. 11. Political Identity – The belief that members of one’s own political party are superior to all others
Out of curiosity you may want to check yourself for any problems with this topic. For myself, today, I have most difficulty with political prejudice. For example, I feel disrespect for Republicans, and while I have no conscious prejudice against black women, culture has shaped me to have a deep seated fear of black men due in part to a plethora of years of news stories about their criminal activity. Little did I realize that their aggressiveness was exaggerated by the prejudiced media and police of the time.. So one feeds the other. Fear of the unknown is a factor, also. I’ve known personally several wonderful black women, but no wonderful black men, personally…so far. I realize that the men part of black men may also relate to an underlying fear of all men. Much of this information is from the far-reaching blog theclassroom.com/the.different-types-of-prejudice-12081909.html which contains The Different Types of Prejudice by Parker Janney.
I do so want to focus on unite and forgive, but then I see someone railing against everyone being able to vote, and I get upset. What balls to say this in our democracy! I wonder if they’ll try and take away womens’ right to vote, too. Retrograde and blatantly unAmerican. This isn’t freedom of speech; it’s blasphemy!