Certified hearing dog!

Toby is now officially my Certified Hearing Dog! Pilot/Hearing Dogs tested him and after months of training, he passed like a champ!


American Dream Video Contest

American Dream Video Contest.

Autism Speaks Blog

Check out this blog to learn more about Autism:  http://blog.autismspeaks.org/2010/05/29/itow_procor/

Support closed captioning accessibility

Today is NAD Virtual Legislative Day in support of Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 3101)! This important bill would:
• Require all captioned TV programs on the Internet to be shown with captions
• Require that closed captioned (CC) buttons must be on TV remote controls
• Require that any device, even devices smaller than 13 inches, that shows TV must be able to display captions
• Provide special communication access equipment for people who are deaf-blind.
You can contribute towards a greater cause by setting aside some time to take action today! During your break, lunch or when you get home today, call and/or write to your Representative.

Throughout the day, the NAD Board of Directors will be on Captol Hill in Washington, DC, meeting with key Representatives to advocate for this important legislation. Your calls, letters, faxes, and emails will help our efforts to push for the passage of this bill.

We have provided links on the NAD website to help you contact your Representative, along with a sample message. Check out our blog and vlog at: http://www.nad.org/blogs/lkatz-hernandez/support-hr-3101-april-15

After you contact your Representative, contact the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. His name is Rick Boucher. His contact information is also provided in the blog.

When you’re done, please post on your social media outlet such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. with the following message:

“I took action to support HR3101! Pls help us support accessible technology TODAY – find out how at: http://bit.ly/dwAdb4”

Your calls, letters, faxes, and emails will help efforts to push for the passage of this bill. Together, we can help pass this important bill!

Thank you for your support!

The National Association of the Deaf
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3819
United States

66 is aged?

Since I’m a writer, I do research. The Internet is one tool but I still use the old-fashioned method of talking to others in person and on the phone.

I was writing an article for Demand Studios  to answer the question, “What happens to my Social Security disability payment when I reach retirement age?” Since I’m on SSD, I had a general knowledge that it “became” retirement. I took the assignment to learn the facts.

Research on the website, www.ssa.gov didn’t reveal any hard facts on this subject and I called.

I have heard horror stories about dealing with SSD and the people managing it but I’m here to tell you my experience has been consistently positive. The woman I spoke with gave me a clear answer and then we both laughed – outright  chuckling – together.

She said, “Once a person on SSD reaches retirement age, we no longer consider them disabled but aged.”

I repeated her words back to her confirming I heard correctly and added, “So when I’m 66, my MS will be gone, according to the government? I will just be aged?”

“Well, that’s what the government says about someone on SSD. When they reach retirement age, we consider them only aged, not disabled. Nothing changes in  your payments and you will get a letter explaining,” she replied.

I eagerly await 66 so I can celebrate no longer being disabled. But I know better and MS is here to stay. This must be proof again that the government truly is not capable of running healthcare.

I hope you are smiling!

MS Awareness Day 2010

Help further Ohio’s fight against MS

Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 9:31 AM EDT
Suburban News Publications
Too many tumbles, sore muscles, bruises, scrapes and broken bones. All this happens to me and I never dreamt of being in the Olympics.

I’ve never been graceful, even as a girl, but active; always walking, hiking, biking, skating, swimming, camping or anything outdoors.

Since multiple sclerosis came fully into my life in 1987, most of those activities are in the past. Yes, I can walk; but using a cane, walker, or the aid of a friend’s arm. In the last three weeks, I have fallen — twice forward and once backward. Did I trip? Maybe. It all happens so fast that the cause is no longer an issue; the question is, can I get back up without major injury?

It has to stop. Next time I might not get up.

MS has a way of stopping people from moving. But I refuse to let it keep me from living. As an ambassador for the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society, I encourage others with MS to keep moving — safely. I better start living my advice before I have to eat my words.

March is MS Awareness Month in Ohio. Today, March 24 is MS Advocacy Day, and I will join other volunteers representing the Ohio Buckeye Chapter at the Riffe Center where we will talk with our legislators. We want them to see the face of MS and learn how it affects the 20,000-plus people in Ohio. Children as young as 3 are being diagnosed with MS.

We will ask Ohio legislators not to dissolve the Medicaid Buy In for Workers with Disability Advisory Board. There are more than 3,000 Ohioans in the program and the work has just begun. This board is 100 percent voluntary and costs the state zero dollars. People with MS need this voice.

Imagine you are in a nursing home where you may need therapy, medical transportation, oxygen, over-the-counter medicine, a wheelchair or repairs. These are ancillary services Medicaid once paid for. With a law passed in 2009, the nursing home has to absorb these costs.

Government thinks it will force nursing homes to cut costs. This law did not change nursing home residents’ rights to these services.

Facts tell us Ohio has a high prevalence rate of MS. The National MS Society funds more than $8.7 million in critical MS research at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Ohio State University. Since the MS Society was founded in 1946, it has spent more than $700 million on MS-related research projects.

Since 1993, four disease modifying treatments are in use as a result of this research. We have more potential therapies in the pipeline than at any other time in history.

I have been blessed in meeting and getting to know many of the behind-the-scenes people in our Ohio Chapter and the national office. Everyone I have the pleasure to know is on a mission to end MS, to the point their jobs will become obsolete. I firmly believe this is their goal.

Thank you Tony, Holly, April, Matt, Guyla, Kincaid, Ana, Jennifer, Wendy, David, Greg, Janet, Nancy, Joyce, Renee and everyone for helping us fight the battle.

You can help by sponsoring one of the fundraising events. For more information, call 1-800-344-4867 or visit MSohiobuckeye.org.

Liz Thompson is a former SNP reporter and Grove City resident. She can be reached at LizT@columbus.rr.com.

TIME SENSITIVE: Jobs for People with Disabilities


APRIL 26, 2010


The federal government is holding a special hiring event for people with disabilities.


Review the Hiring Event information, as well as the Individuals with Disabilities page, or Veterans page
on USAJOBS.gov. You must submit your resume to the following email address:
no later than
March 24, 2010. Documentation supporting your disability (e.g., proof of disability and job
readiness certification letters) and/or veteran’s status (e.g., VA letter and DD-214) can be provided with
your resume, or at the time you are interviewed. [Note: To ensure the hiring process moves quickly and
 to expedite the agency’s ability to make tentative offers, you are strongly encouraged to submit your
supporting documentation along with your resume.]

Disabled veterans with less than a 30% rating or with non-service connected disabilities are encouraged
 to submit their resumes, along with proof of disability and job readiness
If you need assistance submitting your resume or have any questions regarding this Event, including the type

of documentation required please forward your inquiry to the following email address: Hiringevent@opm.gov.


You will receive notification that your resume has been received. Agencies will review your resume and

any supporting documentation provided. You may be invited to attend the Hiring Event via email for an

interview with one or more agencies and for one or more available positions. Applicants who are scheduled

for interviews must bring the required documentation to the Hiring Event, if not previously provided.

Continue to check this site for updates.


Click here to visit the FAQs section.

The following agencies will participate in this event. Go here, for a copy of this list with active

hyperlinks you can use to see the job opportunities at each agency and their locations.

Agency for International Development
Agriculture, Department of

Food Safety and Inspection Service
Foreign Agricultural Service

Commerce, Department of
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Consumer Products Safety Commission
Defense, Department of

Air Force
Army Materiel Command
Defense Information Systems Agency
Defense Intelligence Agency
Defense Logistics Agency
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Naval Air Systems Command
Naval Facilities Engineering Command
United States Marine Corps & USMC Wounded Warrior Program

Education, Department of
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Housing Finance Agency
General Services Administration
Health and Human Services, Department of

National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health

Homeland Security, Department of

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
Office of Health Affairs

Interior, Department of

Fish and Wildlife Service

Justice, Department of
Labor, Department of

Office of Administrative Law Judges
Office of Employment and Training Administration
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness


National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Security Administration
National Transportation Safety Board
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Personnel Management
Securities and Exchange Commission
Smithsonian Institution
Social Security Administration
Transportation, Department of

Federal Aviation Administration

Treasury, Department of

Bureau of the Public Debt
Departmental Offices
Internal Revenue Service

Veterans Affairs, Department of

Office of Inspector General