Posts Tagged ‘Disability News’

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. 

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

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.

27th Anniversary of the ADA

Posted: July 26, 2017 by AMCPress And Co in Activism, Disability News
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Today marks the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA is a civil law that helps protect against discrimination and ensures opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations.

These laws help to give those with disabilities access to accommodations to better access to services for example being in school and needing access to additional time on taking test or someone who can help read the test out to you to better ensure you understand what the questions are on the test.

There was also some reversions which extends the ADA as well as protecting those in the workplace which is needed to prevent discrimination or not having access to assistive technologies which could help an employee who has different needs.

Numerous groups as well as senators are celebrating the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities. You can find out more about the ADA at

Uber is back in the news yet again which isn’t surprising to me at all especially when Uber has been known to discriminate against their passages especially those who have mobility issues. 

Uber allegedly had placed service animals within the trunks of their cars. Uber is known for their being a ride share program which is very different from Via which can be found in New York City. 

Uber is facing lawsuit along with many disability advocates speaking out against Uber and their alleged actions against their passengers 

Uber should be held to the same standards like cab companies and follow Americans with Disabilities Act. Something will need to change with Uber since what the company is doing is illegal and can’t go unspoken about.