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Some people piss and moan about disabled people because they have to work for a living.
originally posted by: Tardacus
In my experience most people in the U.S. treat the disabled with scepticism. unless a person has a visible disability
( missing arms or legs) people tend to question whether the person really is disabled or just cheating the system.
the way I figure it is it`s not my place to judge whether they are disabled or not, the government doctors examined them and decided that they are disabled,that`s good enough for me.
Brexit hasn't changed anything yet, same Tory government in power, just vote someone else at the next general election...vote anyone other than Tory and disabled provisions won't be cut.
Brexit has # all to do with it to be honest as far as I see things.
I travel around and distribute flyers to grocery stores asking them to provide better shopping carts for disabled patrons so that they may participate in shopping.
This one in particular. I convinced the US DoD to purchase one cart for every single commissary on every military instillation. I've been chipping away at local stores like Albertson's and RainTree. So far so good.
So, for example, if you are "emotionally disabled" then you can bring your pig onto an airplane and claim it is a "service animal," without which you will be emotionally disturbed--and this is allowed, because we wouldn't want to discriminate against the disabled.
originally posted by: FlyInTheOintment
My question to you guys, is how is the situation similar, or different, in the USA? So many of you value the idea of 'less government, more freedoms' - does that affect your view of the welfare state in a positive, or negative light, with specific regard to the disabled? Would you say that disabled people in the USA are well-treated in general, are they afforded a reasonable, fair income, or are they scraping by in poverty? I am genuinely curious, because I've seen a couple of very negative threads recently regarding the welfare state in the US, and I wonder whether there is a more tolerant, understanding view of the genuinely disabled than seems to exist at first glance..
Thanks in advance for any input, anecdotes, stats, etc. Welcome to the conversation!
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
If I'm not mistaken, there are multiple troughs from which the chronically/permanently disabled can receive money here in the U.S. One is the Social Security program, into which we all pay when we are working a job. The second can be regular welfare, which if I'm not mistaken would/could include money every first of the month, along with access to other funds for food, children (WIC program [women, infants and children]), and I'm quite sure that there would be state and local help as well. I'm sure I'm missing some, and may be mistaken on others, but that's kind of the gist of it.
originally posted by: FlyInTheOintment
a reply to: SlapMonkey
I share your anger towards the fakers & the takers - they really do cause untold misery, in terms of the effect they have on the rest of the populace who are genuinely in need. People look at their brazen arrogance & thievery, and tend to colour every claimant with the same brush, even if the resentment is somewhat subconscious in many cases.
I wonder - do you have the effect known here in the UK as a 'postcode lottery', over there, with regards to what support a disabled person would be entitled to? As in, do people living in different parts of the country receive varying amounts of support depending on where they live, by 'random chance' effects? I suppose if there are devolved state programs & federal programs, and various other sources of support, it could become a bit unbalanced depending on where one lived? That would be really unfortunate.
originally posted by: Aazadan
No. Money received from one program, means that other programs pay out less. Disability is the last to pay out. If you get SSI for example, you will get less SSDI as a result. Regular welfare does not pay people who are disabled or without a job. The philosophy of the program and how it works in practice is that it's designed to pay for children that people can't afford. If you don't have children, there is no help available.