Disabled Service Dogs, and Two Other Disabled News Stories

On this, the first edition of the latest disabled news stories for the HHC.com website there are three stories which have caught my eye and may well be of interest to you too.  The first is with regards to disabled service dogs which can carry out simple to moderate tasks designed to make life easier for disabled people.  The second is a damning report by the National Council on Disability: Living, Learning and Earning with outlines the widespread discrimination which disabled parents face.  Finally the last story is a shot one which outlines the disgusting act of stealing a disabled mobility scooter from not just a disabled person, but a veteran too.

Disabled Services Dogs by Canine Angels in Orange County, California


Canine Angels is a disabled service dogs organization which provides free service dogs for disabled youths aged from 5-25.  These service dogs can open doors, pull wheelchairs, pick up objects of the ground, operate elevators and much much more.  As you can imagine they’ve of great assistance to a disabled person and almost as importantly they provide constant companionship.  Who wouldn’t want a dog like that to help you?!

I think what’s really special about Canine Angels is their charity work in providing the service dogs for disabled people which would usually cost easily thousands of dollars.  They make a real difference in people’s lives and very recently an event to raise money for the organization took place and was a great success.  The event was a 20 dollar per head walk with the dogs through a park with gift bags and a t-shirt for those who took part.

Although I think the main focus should always be on finding a cure to the array of spinal cord injury issues which affect so many of us there’s no doubt that until the front pages proclaim “The Cure is Here!” (some people may be let down if they don’t specify what!) these are exactly the kinds of initiatives which make a real difference in people’s lives.

I only wish there was more of this type of assistance, particularly from the government, in sponsoring and supporting these kinds of life changing and incredibly useful programs.

Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children


I took the title for this subsection (Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children) directly from the government’s webpage on this matter.  The Rocking the Cradle report is a relatively short study conducted by the National Council on Disability which highlights the problems which disabled parents face where dealing with the government, courts, authority and the suggestion is schools and social services too.  Some disabled parents may face physical difficulties but that’s nothing compared to the numerous non-disabled parents who are drug users, alcoholics and worse.  If I could choose between a caring disabled mother and an alcoholic mother I know which one I’d choose in a heartbeat.

Unfortunately the facts are that disabled people are one of the last groups to get equal (let alone positive) treatment, with different ethnic and religious groups actually getting preferential treatment would you believe.  The reason for this is pretty simple in my opinion and it’s that religious and ethnic groups are more vocal and more willing to stand up to or even threaten the government to ensure and enshrine their rights.

One startling thing which the Rocking the Cradle investigation highlights is that the majority of able bodied parents also believe that disabled people are unfit to be parents.  This is perpetuated even more by professionals who harbor similar beliefs about disabled parents being unable to properly look after their children.  What is the point of the ADA if not to stop this kind of discrimination?  I can’t go and say that black parents are unfit to be parents, so why is it acceptable in our society for me to say that disabled parents are unfit to be parents?  It isn’t, and it shouldn’t be and it has to stop.

Thief Steals Mobility Scooter from a Disabled Veteran


To be fair, I doubt the thief knew that he was stealing a mobility scooter from a man who happened to be both disabled and a veteran.  To be fair he probably thought he was stealing it from an obese person or just an elderly person – perhaps an obese elderly person.  But he didn’t stealing it from those two groups of people.  He stole a mobility scooter from someone who had served his country and was now living with a disability.  He stole from someone who’s given so much and received so little and reward and I’m not going to sit here and say I feel hatred for the thief, I feel pity for him more than anything.

You can read the full story here.

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