Tag Archives: Disabled

A High-rise in Dubai; a Fire in Syracuse


Yesterday there was another McCarthy Manor fire, this time two apartments directly below me. http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/04/crews_responding_to_fire_at_apartment_complex_near_syracuse_hospitals.html What was not reported in the newspaper article is that this eight-story building, located at 501 S. Crouse Ave., is home to 176 people, more … Continue reading

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Dana, Bed Bugs and Related Management


Dana Natale, manager, McCarthy Manor Ms Natale was an exemplary manager. Her job put her in the middle between HUD, with its enormous load of regulations and ever-increasing number of forms to be filled out, and 176 tenants, almost all … Continue reading

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Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression


When I was 14 years old, on a Friday afternoon I went to Nelda Jane’s house for the weekend.  She wanted to go horseback riding and swimming; I wanted to go to sleep or sit under a tree and read.  … Continue reading

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Syracuse Police Bully Two Elderly Disabled Citizens


My aide and I were returning from the drugstore and coming down Crouse Avenue around 4:45 p.m., Monday 30 July 2012, when we saw police cars and a gathering of people at the corner of Crouse and Madison.  My aide … Continue reading

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What is a Disability?


A disability is any condition that prevents you from performing activities of daily living, and from which there is no reasonable expectation of recovery. ADLs—activities of daily living—are the normal things people do in the course of a day:  walk, … Continue reading

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“It Never Gets Any Easier, Does It?”


I wake up in the morning and there it is, reverberating around the inside of my skull:  “It never gets any easier, does it?”  The words spoken to me yesterday by a man with a big Labrador dog lying across … Continue reading

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Welfare Isn’t Welfare Anymore


Temporary Assistance is the term used in New York State for public assistance (welfare) programs. Temporary Assistance provides families and individuals with short-term help while they work toward self-sufficiency. In New York State there are three financial assistance programs: Family Assistance … Continue reading

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