Tuesday, October 23, 2007

NPR features ADA Restoration story


National Public Radio (NPR) featured a piece on ADA Restoration yesterday on "All Things Considered," which explains the need for ADA Restoration by telling the story of Stephen Orr, a pharmacist with diabetes who when fired by Wal-Mart, was told he was being fired because he was diabetic. Despite this blatant discrimination on the basis of his disability, when he sued under the ADA, the court sided with Wal-Mart, finding Mr. Orr "not disabled" because he managed his diabetes well with his insulin.

Mr. Orr was one of a panel of five who testified October 4 before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on H.R. 3195, the ADA Restoration Act of 2007.

Listen to the NPR audio file and read the accompanying news story here.

Read Stephen Orr's testimony from the House Judiciary hearing on ADA Restoration.

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Chas said...

Acceptance and Gratitude
Adlai Stevenson sent a prayer as his Christmas card after he was defeated by Eisenhower. One of the people who received the Christmas card was the famed Dr. Howard Rusk, founder of the "Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine" in New York City. Rush had the prayer, which was then known as "The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier," placed in bronze and entitled it "A Creed for the Disabled." This creed has supposily been in the lobby of the Rusk Institute for over thirty years.


I ask God for the strength that I might achieve.

I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things.

I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy.

I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.

I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.

I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

Anonymous said...

Chas:

Sorry, but this prayer strikes me as very much the kind of thing you would expect from someone who has never actually had the experience of being disabled.

There is nothing particularly "en-nobling" or inspirational about a person with a disability who simply proceeds to have a life. All it means is: we're living our lives, just the same as you or any other person, with or without disabilities. It doesn't take special courage. Anyone can do it, once they catch on that disability actually ISN'T a tragedy or even necessarily debilitating--it is only PERCEIVED as a tragedy, which is a very very different thing altogether. Disability doesn't change you. It only changes the way you do things. And, no, there's nothing special in recognizing that fact either. In fact, it's a pretty boring and prosaic thing to realize. And glaringly obvious once you just THINK about it a bit. It's only NON-disabled people who make a fuss over it. Which I personally tend to find a tad patronizing.

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