So, I let go of Workplace Wednesday a while ago, but as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, comes to a close, perhaps we should (re) visit employment and other programs for individuals with disabilities.
Some may ask, in a down economy, why should we bother to employ individuals with disabilities? There are likely lots of answers, the simplest (I think) is that people with jobs pay taxes—income, social security/medicare, sales tax when they buy things, real estate taxes when they buy a house. That makes a heck of a lot more sense (to me) than having the government meter out a pathetic social support stipend, subsidized housing and food aid.
Recently, Governor Brownback of Kansas, who is fighting a tough re-election battle (go figure), proposed to balance the state budget by cutting aid to individuals with disabilities. Dude told a reporter with muscular dystrophy that a home health aid wasn’t needed, if the reporter’s breathing tube fell out, he should just wheel over to the neighbor’s and have them put it back in. Yeah. Leave it Kansas to toss an airball.
In conclusion, I would remind “able-bodied” America that civil rights standards require that individuals with disabilities are properly supported in facilities of incarceration. So, keep it up, and if you find yourself run over by someone in a wheel chair, well, they cannot be jailed in most jurisdictions, and the rights of pedestrians are ignored most of the time anyway.
Have a nice day!