The proposal contains important elements that could improve the lives of many disabled Americans. But the thrust of the overall proposal seems so wrongheaded that passing it as is may do more harm than good in the long run.
Though Keller worked for 44 years with the American Foundation for the Blind, her social concern was far from limited to people with disabilities. “My work for the blind … has never occupied a center in my personality,” she wrote. “My sympathies are with all who struggle for justice.”
Many Americans who require the daily assistance of others to live in our homes and communities must turn to Medicaid for help covering the cost of that care. But first we usually have to impoverish ourselves just to become eligible.
For the first time in many years, the White House is taking the side of people with disabilities. In his economic stimulus package that became law, President Obama included several provisions that will have a positive effect for this community.
Though I’m legally blind, I love watching “Saturday Night Live,” the show that so deftly satirizes politics and culture. But I was appalled when SNL veered from satire into cruelty in a skit ridiculing New York Gov. David Paterson’s blindness.
There are 51 million Americans with disabilities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In this presidential campaign, the candidates have an opportunity to pay more than lip service to our issues. I hope they will seize it.