So if you have read any of my previous posts, you most likely know my opinions on overtime pay for direct care staff. Direct care staff go by a number of different names depending on where you are from but the people I’m referring to are the people who, for myself, take care of people in their home. Again, for myself and my own personal needs, these needs range from toiletry needs, feeding, dressing, among other daily tasks. There are two common types of people who do this kind of work, when payment is involved, people either work for agencies or they are independent providers. Continue reading
Back in March of this year I wrote an article about the Obama administration’s failed attempt to enforce wage protection for home health care workers. You can read the article by clicking here. I will quickly summarize what that was about. Some people with disabilities have home health care workers come into their homes to help with various things such as dressing, feeding, bathing and other tasks that are needed. These workers a lot of times work for agencies that bill a funding source and then pay the worker out of that. When the funding source is the government, such as Medicaid, the agencies receive a set, non-negotiable rate. My agency currently gets an hourly rate of $19.04/hr. and pays their employees out of that. The more the agency pays the employee, the lower their profit margin goes. Due to the classification of this type of employee, agencies were not required to pay the employee minimum wage nor overtime compensation and this is what the administration tried to change back in January of this year but got struck down. Problem is, they decided to appeal the ruling and this time the court ruled in favor of the administration. If you haven’t read the previous article I wrote on this, I would encourage you to do so as it will explain some of the impact it will have on the agencies, employees and even the consumers that are being taken care of.
I read an article today that deeply disturbs me about the Obama administration newest attempts to control guns. There’s no surprise here in regards to how he and his administration feels about guns, if there was a magic button that destroyed and banned all guns, it would been pressed about two seconds after his first inauguration. Of course, he would have kept them around him for his protection. But this new attempt is just downright scary. The administration is now trying to get a new regulation enacted that would prevent certain people who receives Social Security from owning guns. Let me explain.
There is a trend happening in an area of Minnesota of going after businesses whose buildings are not accessible according to the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) laws. Now this topic hits home on two different fronts for me. The first hit against me on this is the fact that I am in a wheelchair and I remember when I was a kid, we would have to check whether a place was wheelchair accessible before going. Now it’s not even a thought to me about checking to see if a building is accessible, I just go and assume the place is accessible and I will admit that it is really nice! Whether this should be the way, whether everywhere should be required by law to be accessible is what I am going to debate here.
I have for a long time now felt that my disability has been a gift, I would have to say ever since I was around twenty-two, around the year of 2006. Before this I wouldn’t say I was bitter about being disabled, from what I remember I would every now and then get a little upset but I would have to think that this was a pretty normal thing to happen to a kid and young adult. While up growing I didn’t know hardly anyone else who had a disability so I have no way to gauge the normalcy of my attitude, all I have is some basic common sense psychology. Continue reading
There has been a push lately by the Obama administration to basically screw up the personal care that people with disabilities, like myself, receive. Some people with disabilities have people come into their homes in order to help with a wide range of things. Myself, I need help with things such as dressing, eating, bathing, toilet, transportation along with other things. I love my staff (people who perform the job go by many names, around here they are call staff)! You get a very unique and humbling perspective when you are hungry but have to wait for somebody to come into your home and have them feed you your food that has been sitting in your kitchen the whole time you were hungry. Or having to go to the bathroom and having to wait to use your own bathroom until someone comes into work. My staff is quite literally my life line!
Back in February of 2014, President Obama once again went around congress and with an executive order started the process to raise minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10/hour. Let’s dismiss the argument as to whether this was a smart move or not. Let’s even forget about the fact that the President continuously has gone around congress, rendering the idea of check and balance nothing more than an idea. Remember from grade school the government is made up of three branches and are setup in a fashion so each branch checks the other two branches. Continue reading
You may already be familiar with the story of Garrett Holeve but for those like myself who have never heard of him, here is a little of what he is about in a nutshell. He has been training in martial arts for a number of years now with hopes to become a mix martial arts (MMA) competitor. MMA is the sport where two people get into an arena and basically beat the living crap out of each other until one can’t take anymore pummeling or time runs out. Anyway, Holeve has trained to become a competitor and has fought in two exhibition fights. How well he did is out of my analytical skills as I don’t follow the sport, whenever I see it on TV I just think you need more guts than I have to do that. In August of 2013, Holeve was set to have a fight with David Steffan until the Florida Boxing Commission cancelled the event! Did I forget to mention that Holeve has Down Syndrome and Steffan has cerebral Palsy? Do I have your attention now? Continue reading