Archive for the ‘traveling with a disability’ Category

Michelle went to see the play Wicked on Sunday in New York. It was at the Gershwin Theater. This is a wonderful theater for persons with disabilities. If you are looking for easy access, good parking, and family handicapped bathrooms this is the place to go. Not to mention that it’s a great play.

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This is Michelle. In 1998, while a fourth year student at the University of Chicago, she was hit by a car and suffered severe brain trauma. She remained unconscious for almost eight months.

We are an upper middle class family and at the time of Michelle’s accident both my husband and I were working full-time. We paid our taxes, contributed to social security, and made sure that all our family members were covered by good health and car insurance. Yet, only three months after Michelle’s accident our insurance company told us that any further treatment of Michelle was futile and informed us that they would only pay if we would put her into a nursing facility.

Because Michelle was 21 at the time of the accident, she was soon able to qualify for Medicaid and later the Medicaid Waiver. Because of Medicaid she was able to continue to receive rehabilitation services and eventually emerged from the vegetative state. For the past twelve years she has lived at home with us.

We are not asking the government to take over our responsibilities as her parents, even though she was a legal adult at the time of her accident. We devote our lives to giving her the best care possible. Yet without Medicaid and the Medicaid Waiver we would probably have had to put her into a nursing facility.

What happened to Michelle could happen to anyone of us at any time. As the national debate about health care and Medicaid funding rages, we all need to reflect on what is more important. Should we fight for more discretionary spending so we can purchase more technological gadgets and other material things or should we fight to support people like Michelle?

If you think Michelle’s story is worth being part of the national debate please repost and twitter.

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Michelle just got back from Ohio where she went to her college friend JP’s wedding to Kelly. Had a great time.

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Engaging Children With Disabilities In Sport And Physical Activity.

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We tend to think that if you are disabled you were born that way so we are safe. Wrong…

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As more and more of us age making hotels more accessible is good for business.Check out this article.

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