ASSISTANCE TO DISABLED AMERICANS
THE PRESCRIPTION FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
Ted Shlechter – 502.387.9459
MIKE CASSARO’S PRESCRIPTION FOR POSITIVE CHANGE IN
REAL ASSISTANCE TO DISABLED AMERICANS
(Prospect, KY). April marks a very important month in
the civil rights movement.
In April of 1977, the
Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Joseph Califano, Jr. had
signed meaningful regulations for Section 504, a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against
individuals with disabilities.
Secretary Califano only signed this regulation after a group of
disabled people took over the offices of his
“As the father of a
wheel-chair bound teenager, I appreciate the importance of Secretary Califano’s
actions,” notes Mike
“Without meaningful regulations for Section 504, disabled children,
including my son, would not have had equal access to
This regulation has NOT
enabled Americans with disabilities (who represent this country’s largest
minority group) to receive economic justice. Only 24.3 percent of the approximately
13.5 million non-institutionalized disabled Americans are in the labor force.
According to experts on the
disabled, this alarming unemployment rate is primarily a consequence of Social
Security regulations, which penalize disabled Americans for working. These Americans are at-risk of losing
money for taking a job. In
addition, employment puts Americans with disabilities at-risk of losing their
guaranteed government healthcare coverage.
Mike Cassaro wants to
reform the social security disability system so that Americans with disabilities
would be financially able to obtain meaningful employment. He also does not want the disabled to
rely on the “token jobs” that the Bush administration has created with its
The Association of
Protection and Advocacy Systems has found that one out of three people with
disabilities has encountered job discrimination. Furthermore, recent decisions
of the federal court systems have weakened or stripped protections from disabled
Mike Cassaro, as your U.S. Senator, would only support
federal judges who value laws that protect Americans with disabilities. “Protecting these American citizens is
not a Democratic or Republican issue. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
received widespread bi-partisan support,” notes Mike Cassaro. “In spite of such
support, Mitch McConnell has continuously voted for federal judges who did not
respect the ADA. Mitch McConnell is
manifesting an utter lack of appreciation for American citizens with
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