Tag Archives: ARISE

Call-a-Bus Meets Anne Woodlen


We interrupt this series of blogs about Medicaid patients being unable to get home health aides in order to bring you a short history of Call-a-Bus. Call-a-Bus, hereinafter referred to as CAB, is public transportation solely for people who are … Continue reading

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Calling Washington


What Sally Johnston did was create a program whereby the client, i.e., the competent citizen, would hire, train, schedule and supervise the aide.  The program would be embedded in an Independent Living Organization, such as ARISE, which would do the … Continue reading

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From Politics to Sally Johnston


This brings us to the question of politics.  According to Wikipedia, “Politics (from Greek politikos ‘of, for, or relating to citizens’) is the art or science of influencing people on a civic, or individual level, when there are more than 2 people … Continue reading

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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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On Being Loaded


As a society we maintain a fiction that electric wheelchairs enable people with disabilities to be independent.  The fact is that people with disabilities no longer have anyone upon whom they can depend to push their wheelchairs; that’s why we … Continue reading

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Sex, Doctors, “Mental Illness” and Medicaid


“You have enemies?  Good.  That means you’ve stood up for something in your life.”  Winston Churchill The underlined questions are things for which people searched my blog, followed by my answers. Why is sex on the beach bad? I dunno—pretty sandy?  … Continue reading

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How to Act Like an American (Part II)


(Continued from July 18) Here’s what actually happened.  I called the FTA Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at their published phone number.  The number was answered by a machine.  It always is.  Now.  It didn’t used to be.  When I first established … Continue reading

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