We all know about Brexit…. Disability Rights might be on the line in the United Kingdom since the EU has been a strong influence when it relates to safeguarding rights for people with disabilities. The EU has played a key role in legislation that was put into place in the United Kingdom.

The legislations that were put in place with the influence of the European Union which helped to put these safeguards into place to protect people with disabilities within England.

These safe guards are put into place for a reason and if those who play key roles in government are wanting to pull laws and acts that are meant to help people will cause outrage in which it is needed especially when everyone deserves to have the ability to live their life the best they can.

This is where advocates need to step up fight to protect those who depend on these laws so they can be treated with respect and protecting them from being taken advantage of.

Tune in tonight we discuss this further… Tune in at http://tobtr.com/s/10167523.

Have you ever seen yourself being represented in tv or film? I know as a person with Autism I can say that I haven’t seen myself being represented in a film or television since people with Autism are cast as able body people since Autism is an invisible disability and the only series that will have an actor with Autism is a Netflix series which is set to debut this month sometime.

My biggest concern is for those who are under represented in television and film is it fair to portray something that may not be accurate or hire someone who doesn’t have a disability to protay a role that is accurate in it of itself with giving someone a role who actually has the disability to give an accurate point of view and not just allowing a big name to have the role instead.

When casting directors do this it really hinders those from actually seeing themselves accurately portrayed in film and television.

If this continues it will only continue to limit those who want to be in the industry from getting roles that they can provide in film and television.

Mark your calendars for next year’s ReelAbilities Disabilities Film Festival which is being held March 8-14th of 2018.

This will be our third year being sponsors of ReelAbilities which we are looking forward to continuing to support this amazing film festival.

We’ve had some great experiences while being there not only as sponsors but also as press.

We managed to see amazing films that spark so much conversation and really shows how we all can relate back to film festivals that are shown there no matter what your abilities are.

Speechless has raised the bar so high for new series to bring up the discussion of disabilities as well as bringing diverse casting as well. Atypical is a series that focuses on an 18 year old who with Autism it will be a coming of age story which it will be headed to Netflix.

The series will be an 8 episode series when it debuts on Netflix later this summer. The series will be a half hour show and it will feature a character named Sam and the series will be from Sam’s prospective and those who watch the series will see Sam looking to gain independence and also love. Sam will be played by a teen who’s on the spectrum as well.

This is awesome news especially as a young   woman who has grown up with Autism. There isn’t enough series that feature Autism. If it wasn’t for Speechless this series may not have came to be.
The series will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning August 11th.

I’m definitely planning on watching this series and I’m looking forward to see how successful this series will be.

Glee’s Lauren Potter won an award from ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. It was awesome that Lauren was honored at the festival. Opening night film is called Sanctuary which is a comedy and the film is amazing. This was the U.S debut at ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. 

It was an exciting and the film festival is still going on until the 8th of March. If you are in the New York City area definitely check it out and attend one of their films. You won’t be disappointed! 

The second day of the festival consisted of one film early in the day that is called Time to Love: Backstage Tale. It was a great film and it depicted how a teens acted in a play and the process that was attached. 

Then later on there was a Reel Exchange: Press Conference which introduced a their sister film festival in Russia which was filled with a lot of great information about how the film festival is working on advocating for people with disabilities. It’s such a great thing and I’m speaking as a person who has a disability herself. There’s still more work that has to be done no matter where you are in the world. After the press conference there was Shabbat Film, Dinner and conversation which featured a film called The Forgotten. 

There’s always times in your life where you might feel like giving up. It is very easy to just give up and just feeling lower than you even if it may think you may not have a voice especially when dealing with a the current issues which are currently going on. You can bring to light issues you feel strongly about no matter if it is on a local level.

There is a great need for all of us to be heard and not forgotten about when dealing with current issues that have been on the news. There is a need for more advocates to speak about education, disabilities issues and so many other issues which are very rarely focused on.

We can be heard by contacting local officials and senators. This is one way to hold them accountable and knowing that they can’t keep ignoring their constituents. Their is a bigger need for us to hold those in office accountable.  If we choose to not have a voice and just give up that only means that we will be stuck in situations that we won’t like nor would be acceptable as a whole.  We can stand together and keep raising our voices on issues that we are faced with.

 

 

 

 

SSI Payments Set to Increase in 2018

Posted: October 14, 2017 by AMCPress And Co in Disability News
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This past week reports have came out about the latest COLA increase this is great news for everyone who receives SSI since there hasn’t been an increase in COLA since 2016. 

This is the largest jump since 2012 to include a year too year COLA increase which monthly benefits went up by 3.6 percent. 

The Social Security Administration stated that in 2018 payments will increase to an additional two percent in 2018. The higher payments are triggered by the automatic cost of living adjustment or also known as COLA which is triggered by law whenever inflation rises which helps increase SSI benefits. 

Over 8 million SSI beneficiaries will receive larger payments starting December 29th. The raise will take effect the beginning of January for more than 61 million Americans who are receiving social security will see this raise take effect. 

Social Security officials stated the benefits hike will raise the maximum federal SSI payment for individuals to $750 per month previously it was $735 as of this year. 

Officials also stated that couples will see the highest federal payments will be $1,125 per month up from $1,103. 

Some States also kick in additional money for SSI beneficiaries so actual payments could be higher which is great news. 

Lending a Helping Hand 

Posted: October 2, 2017 by AMCPress And Co in Current Events
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We can all think about ways to help others out during different times of need especially when nature disasters occur.

Here’s a few ways that you can lend a hand during times of needs. You can look into organizations that are reputable in nature to make sure that any donations you make go to the appropriate parties.

Lin Manuel Miranda has posted about an organization that is involved in helping those effected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria.  Please do your part to help those effected.  You can learn more about the Hispanic Federation at https://t.co/pxx7qvHPdf.

 

There’s a need for those in politics to take a step back and realize that if help goes come into those who were effected by Hurricane Maria those in office will be causing major humanitarian crisis.

There’s also two islands that are apart of Puerto Rico that haven’t even been discussed on mainstream media and they were also effected by the Hurricane Maria as well. There’s no excuse for the lack of coverage when there’s families in the United States mainland that are concerned for their family members.

If the government officials don’t step up it will lead to more loss of life which could be prevented by giving those who are effected by Hurricane Maria access to basic necessities so they can live.

Here’s a full list of organizations that helping those effected by donating to the following organizations:

Global Giving has a $2 million goal for victims of Hurricane Maria.

Save the Children

Catholic Relief Services

Americares

Direct Relief

International Medical Corps

United For Puerto Rico

UNICEF

International Medical Corps

Huge cause for Concern 

Posted: September 21, 2017 by AMCPress And Co in Disability News
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I would like to preface this by stating that this new bill hasn’t been voted on yet. It’s something that needs to spoken about more. 

Few days ago we spoke about this on The Satirically Challenged Show this new bill will ultimately effect public areas if it goes through. The bill is in the process to be voted on by U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. 

I wonder if those in office understand that the ADA isn’t something that you can just weaken without consequences for many people who depend on having access to accessibile areas. 

The ADA makes provides laws that require accessibile entrances to restaurants, hospitals and hotels. This new bill would weaken the laws that are meant to provide access to those with disabilities. 

Will those in office be held accountable if the ADA is in weakened state? 

This change would ultimately show that United States is willing to go back to the dark ages. The one thing that we can do is call our local officials about this since the ADA shouldn’t be weakened. 

This was first brought to our attention for The Human Rights Watch article which helped to inspire this article since this topic needs to brought up more especially on mainstream media. This isn’t something we should let slip away. U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on it soon. 

This is something that we shouldn’t remain silent about especially with knowing the consequences of this new bill if it goes through. 

This is something that more organizations should be discussed on mainstream media. We can still lend your voice to this latest bill that still has to be voted on. 

United Kingdom Un-Civilized?

Posted: September 11, 2017 by AMCPress And Co in Disability News
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UN recently reported that the United Kingdom is officially an un-civilised country per the UN’s disability report. This isn’t shocking to me at all. The report has stated that the mark of civilized society is how it treats its most vulnerable citizens.  In the past few weeks the United Kingdom has had not just one judgement against the United Kingdom but two. The first ruling came out of Geneva and the second ruling has come straight out of a a London courtroom.

Two weeks ago the United Nations inquiry into the disability rights in the United Kingdom in which ruled that the government is failing in its duties in which included everything down from education, housing and work amongst other things. At this current time there is an overwhelming amount of evidence of a ranger of regressive policy changes that cuts multi-billion pound cuts to disability services in which these programs are meant to help with the people of the United Kingdom that are in need of those services. In the report that the current regressive behaviors are being described the treatment of persons with disability in the United Kingdom as a “human catastrophe”. 

The current actions that the United Kingdom can very well prevented. The activists in the United Kingdom should be speaking out about the current situations that are going on in the United Kingdom since everyone deserves to have the chance to have accessibility to services and not have to worry about being discriminated because they don’t fit to the social norm.

United Kingdom government officials have to step up to protect their citizens. The government needs to see the injustices that they are doing to their own people. The services that they are cutting are vital to the community and those depend on to get services that they will need to live the best life possible.

The government officials need to seriously think of a better way to help make improve services and yet give opportunities for growth of the citizens in the United Kingdom. Tune in tonight at 10pm EST to find out more. Listen in at http://tobtr.com/s/10201757.

R.J Mitte Will Be Headed to NEPA

Posted: August 30, 2017 by AMCPress And Co in Disability News
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We all know R.J Mitte from Breaking Bad as Walter Flynn White Jr. R.J Mitte is an actor, model and advocate. 

R.J Mitte will be headed to Northeastern Pennsylvania to speak as the keynote speaker for the 16th Annual U.S Conference on disaAbility which this year’s conference will be held in Scranton, Pennsylvania at the University of Scranton.  

The town hall event will bring professionals and students a better prospective of the challenges people face as well as showing how services can adapt to the needs of the individuals who are utilizing the services in smaller communities and providing more opportunities for services in larger communities. 

This event will be held on September 28th. If you are in the area don’t miss out on this event since there so much the area can learn from this event. This event will be open to the public as well. The programs that Northeastern Pennsylvania offers definitely needs improvements especially when it relates to OVR or other programs to help those achieve their goals. 

I had the opportunity to see R.J Mitte at ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival when he was apart of a panel. I highly recommend you attend this event. 

News has just came out about how the Feds are stepping into clarify news for special need trusts. The special needs trust will have new level of flexibility and federal officials are ensuring that state Medicaid directors understand the impactications. 

Under the new law that was passed last year, individuals with disabilities can for the first time establish trusts and be able to save money. 

The law that was put into play was made to make saving money easier for those who have disabilities can create a trust for themselves. Previously, the trusts had to be created by third party. 

Federal Medicaid official are offering guidance on what the changes mean for state programs. 

Brian Neale wrote in a letter “A trust established on or after December 13, 2016, by an individual with a disability under age 65 for his or her own benefit can qualify as a special needs trust, conferring the same benefits as a special needs trust set up by a parent, grandparent, legal guardian or court.”

Brian Neale is the director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. He penned the letter this month. Neale also stated in the letter that the other defining features of special needs trust remain unchanged. 

The qualifications as a special needs trust. Brian Neale stated that the trust must contain the assets of an individual with disabilities must be under the age of 65. The trusts have been created to benefit the individuals with disabilities. One of the provisions include that any remaining assets be repaid back to the state upon a person’s death up to the value that the state will provide to medical assistance. 

In many cases many individuals with disabilities will be faced with a cap on their assets to meet to continue to qualify to for Medicaid and other government programs. 

There’s only a few ways that individual with disabilities can be accure more assets without losing eligibility to Medicaid and other government programs. 

Allowing individuals with disabilities to form trust for themselves will give them the supports to gain independence. 

These trust will give more opportunities to individuals with disabilities for the chance to live an independent life without fear of losing their benefits. 

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