Tag Archives: Americans with Disabilities Act

Annie Enters Politics


So Peter Cahan and I sat in the office of Beata Karpinska, ARISE’s director of advocacy, and had this conference call with attorney David Knight in the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Civil Rights.  I told David story after story of … Continue reading

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Some of Us Don’t Even Have Feet


Letter to the Editor, Post-Standard (continued) Do you know who comes to the [Public Transportation Advisory Committee] meeting?  Linda McKeown, director of Call-a-Bus.  Fifteen disabled people sit there and try to make some sense out of the system, and Linda … Continue reading

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I Am Her Job


Continuation of letter to Centro Operations Director: I repeatedly asked [the call-taker in Centro Operations] for the information [about when my ride would arrive].  She refused to give it, repeatedly demanding to know if I wanted to cancel.  I said, “I’ve … Continue reading

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Transportation: From Medicaid to Centro


The only significant consequence of my meeting with County Legislator Kathy Rapp was that my vendor stopped carrying me.  He started kicking my rides back to Medicaid dispatch and saying that he couldn’t provide service in the time frame requested, … Continue reading

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Resume of an Activist


Anne C Woodlen Syracuse NY 13210                                                          “Perhaps when we face our maker, we will not be asked, ‘How many positions did you hold,’ but rather, ‘How many people did you help?’” ―Thomas S. Monson In 2001 I began the work … Continue reading

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The Franks, and No More Jazz


Centro bus company has gotten a bazillion dollars of the taxpayers’ money to build the Hub–an unpleasant new bus center erected downtown that preempted the Red Cross blood collection station.  And how is Centro serving those taxpayers? Well, it for darn sure … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Love America


(Continued from 7/6/11) Throughout all this, I took antidepressants every day for twenty-six years.  In 2001, I stopped and began to get my brain back but it was too late for my body to recover:  the side effects of medications … Continue reading

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