1. That’s just retarded.
The Black Eyed Peas’ hit song, otherwise known as “Let’s Get It Started” was originally recorded and released as “Let’s Get Retarded.”
The main issue, which the band has yet to publicly address, lies in the fact that mental retardation is no laughing matter. In fact, the term itself isn’t used as much anymore given how “retarded” has been perceived and appropriated by popular culture. Today, many cognitive and intellectual issues of ability described as a “developmental delay,” an “intellectual disability” or more specifically as part of an “autism spectrum.”
Whatever Fergie croons, whether it be a fun night on the town with or without alcohol, should never be equated to someone else’s daily struggle.
4. ”My love for you is bipolar.”Via: Capitol Music via YouTube
"Someone call the doctor; got a case of love bipolar."
If you listen carefully to the words of Katy Perry’s 2008 hit “Hot N Cold,” there’s a actually a rather ableist comparison between a mental illness filled with bouts of depression, mood swings and manic behavior and the instance of a man’s on-again, off-again commitment to his romantic partner.
Bipolar disorder affects nearly 6 million Americans in a given year, according to the National Institutes of Health. And even though it’s a documented mental health issue, some still use the potentially debilitating condition as a clever punchline. Bipolar disorder recently has functioned as part of Hollywood plots, including Homeland and Silver Linings Playbook.
Writing for The Fix, Nic Sheff said bipolar disorder wasn’t so trendy when he was diagnosed some years back.
"The bipolar character played by Claire Danes in Homeland, on the other hand, always seems to be a crying, bug-eyed, chin-quivering mess—someone who’s constantly freaking out, screaming, ranting or drinking white wine in a bath listening to jazz with candles all around,” he said. ”When I was watching the show with my wife, she kept jokingly asking things like, ‘Is that what you’re going to act like?’ … But the truth is, at least for me, if I stay on my medication, I really won’t act like that.”
It didn’t get a lot of attention, but U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) declared war on public education for students with special needs last month when he introduced the CHOICE Act (S. 1909, “Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education Act”).
He’s actually proposing three voucher programs. One would expand the failed D.C. voucher program. A second would create a new military-kids voucher program.
The third would undermine the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act beyond all recognition, by directing IDEA funds into existing voucher programs for students with special needs, but stripping the funding of any requirement to actually abide by IDEA.
Students with special educational needs have extra-big targets on their backs. In the public schools, they are assured a free and appropriate public education by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since “appropriate” is different for every student with a disability, the plan for each student is specified in a collaboratively-designed Individual Education Plan (IEP) that spells out how the school will meet that student’s unique educational needs. The IEP is a legal contract between parents, the student and the school system that must be enacted by the schools, complete with due process rights.
But… the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does not apply in private voucher schools.
Let me say that again:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does not apply in private voucher schools.
This is true in EVERY voucher program in this country, enacted or proposed, including voucher programs aimed specifically at students with special needs (like the proposals that keep coming back in Wisconsin)!
So students with disabilities surrender all their IDEA rights and protections when they take a private school voucher, and private schools cherry-pick which students with disabilities they wish to serve. That means the public schools, who have to accept and educate everyone according to IDEA, wind up educating the students with greater challenges - with less and less money as the private voucher schools hoover up an increasingly greater share.
Until now, the voucher programs couldn’t access the funds attached to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. While federal IDEA funding has routinely fallen short of necessary levels, at least the dollars have been firmly attached to IDEA being carried out in the schools that take the dollars.
ALEC, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and the usual cast of radical GOP Senators co-sponsoring the bill, want to change all that. They want IDEA money for private schools, but they don’t want the private schools to have to follow IDEA law.
You can see the seeds of this cash grab over at ALEC Exposed, in an ALEC model resolution called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Resolution, from 2003.
Right-Wing bigoted extremist Oklahoma restaurant owner won’t serve ‘freaks,’ ‘f*ggots,’ the disabled, Democrats, Muslims, minorities, and welfare recipients | The Raw Story
A restaurant outside of Oklahoma City is facing criticism after its outspoken owner made a series of inflammatory comments after one of his former customers, who is disabled, complained that he’d been banned from the establishment. Matt Gard claims…
58-year-old Chester Finn is one of the approximately 57 million Americans with a physical or developmental disability. A visually impaired man, Finn spent years working in a so-called “sheltered workshop” — more commonly known today as a “work center,” or a facility that employs large numbers of workers with disabilities — in western New York. He and his fellow workers did a variety of standard factory work, including putting sponges into individual plastic wrappers and sealing them shut, stuffing envelopes, and working in the cafeteria.
But unlike other workers, Finn and the other disabled employees got paid less — sometimes significantly less — than $300 per month.
“I felt that we did hard work,” Finn told ThinkProgress in an interview. “We had to do most things that you do — food servicing, we had to prepare stuff for the individuals. We had to clean up, and we also had to do the dishes and things like that. I felt that they should have been paying us more.”
Even assuming a 20-hour work week, Finn’s pay came out to less than $4 per hour. The federal minimum wage hasn’t been that low (in terms of current dollars) since 1990. But Finn’s wages aren’t against the law.
That’s because a little-known provision called Section 14(c) of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act allows companies that employ workers with disabilities to pay them subminimum wages under a special wage certificate. With income inequality and a national minimum wage hike at the center of President Barack Obama’s 2014 agenda, disability advocates say a change is long overdue.
The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency tasked with advising the government on issues that affect Americans with disabilities, recently sent a letter to President Obama and Labor Secretary Tom Perez urging the White House to expand the scope of its forthcoming Executive Order raising new federal contractors’ minimum wages to $10.10 per hour. “We were disheartened to learn… that the Administration does not have the intention of crafting the planned Executive Order in such a way as to apply the raised minimum wage to people with disabilities who are currently employed by federal contractors who pay them subminimum wages,” read NCD’s letter.
“Because the Executive Order will not raise the wages of these individuals outright, as a result, the Executive Order will only have a negligible, trickle-down effect on employees with disabilities employed by contractors who pay them subminimum wages, as wages paid under this program will simply be calculated in relation to the new minimum wage. This may mean that a worker receiving pennies an hour today may receive a dime as a result of the Executive Order. Surely we can do better than this.”
According to NCD, Americans with disabilities are about three times as likely to live in poverty than non-disabled Americans, and less than one in five disabled people participate in the workforce. That’s compared to over 68 percent labor force participation among people without disabilities. Other organizations such as the Autistic Self Advocacy Network have argued that the Obama administration has the authority to extend the minimum wage Executive Order to workers employed under a 14(c) certificate.
The Fair Labor Standards Act’s 14(c) exemption wasn’t originally meant to be discriminatory, according to advocates. Rather, it was a patrician approach to integrating the disabled into society that reflected the times. “That was a very custodial way of looking at, ‘How could we help include workers with disabilities into the work force?’” explained NCD Co-Vice Chair Lynnae Ruttledge in a phone interview.
But with huge advancements in both how Americans with disabilities are perceived and the accommodations available to them, why has progress on wage equality been so hard to come by? “Oh, because disability is big business,” said Ruttledge. “The only reason that you can’t get traction with this is because there are large publicly funded nonprofit organizations that make an incredible amount of money getting federal contracts and tax exemptions [and then] being able to use the provisions under 14(c) so that some of their workers will be paid less than minimum wage.”
Fox Business host Charles Payne recently told a group of conservatives that Social Security Disability Insurance was turning American men into “modern-day eunuchs.” Speaking to David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend 2013 last week, Payne opined…
A letter filled with hateful language that was sent to a family with an autistic child has shocked an entire community.
Karla Begley, an Ontario resident whose son Max suffers from severe autism, told CityNews she can’t imagine who would write such horrible things about her 13-year-old.
Signed “one pissed off mother” with several exclamation points, the letter blasts Begley for allowing Max to play outside.
"That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!!" the anonymous neighbor writes. "It scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!!"
It gets much worse: After suggesting Begley take Max to the park “when you feel your idiot kid needs fresh air,” the belligerent busybody goes on to attack Max and his mom with increasingly malicious insults.
He is a hindrance to everyone and will always be that way!!!!! Who the hell is going to care for him?????? No employer will hire him, no normal girl is going to marry/love him and you are not going to live forever!! Personally, they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone!!! You had a retarded kid, deal with it…properly!!!!! What right do you have to do this to hard working people!!!!!!!! I HATE people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are entitled to special treatment!!! GOD!!!!!!
US Department Of Education: Schools Must Provide Sports For Students With Disabilities | TPM LiveWire
The Department of Education on Friday said in a statement that students with disabilities must be given an equal opportunity to participate on traditional athletic teams or in their own leagues, the Associated Press reported.
h/t: TPM LiveWire