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Are Doctors or Hospitals Required to Provide LIVE Interpreters for Deaf Patients?

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Matthew Dietz I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug. Modern Hippocratic Oath You can’t always get what you want  You can’t always get what you want  You can’t always get what you… Read More »

Katy Daniel-Rivera wins $75,000 jury verdict from Keiser University

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

On April 19, 2017, a jury of eight people, none of whom were deaf or knew anyone who was deaf, awarded Katy Daniel-Rivera $ 75,000 and found that she was subject to intentional discrimination based on disability because she was not provided the opportunity to enter into Keiser University’s Radiologic Technology program.

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SETTLEMENT UPDATE – Fired Because of Cancer

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

In August 2015, DIG represented Gregorio Reyes in a case where he claimed that he was terminated because he had cancer. This month, IDEX Corporation agreed to pay $380,000 to Mr. Reyes and furnish significant relief to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed on his behalf by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The View from Here – April 2017

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Justine Chichester The last time I drove a car was September 20, 2014. I remember that day like it was yesterday, and yet with everything that’s happened over the past couple of years, it seems like a lifetime ago. Of all the things my injury has taken from me, my ability to walk,… Read More »

The View from Here

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

While I was in the hospital, I wanted nothing more than to be home. Once I was home, I felt derailed. Sidelined from life. The transition from the hospital back home was not easy for me. I felt homebound and unsure how to get back to my life as I once knew it. Everyday tasks that used to be so easy for me, were now so difficult.

4-F – Disabled and Unfit for Military Service

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

Can you be drafted in the military if you have a disability?

What constitutes a disability that would make you ineligible to be drafted?

DIG Builds Partnerships

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

In 2016 DIG Builds Partnerships at the INTERSECTION of Domestic Violence and Disability In 2016, one of DIG’s greatest accomplishments was becoming part of the solution for the serious problem of access to domestic violence and sexual assault services for persons with disabilities.  We did this by spending the year building partnerships with three… Read More »

Medical Marijuana – Effects on Your Home and Job

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Matthew Dietz On November 8th, over 71% of Florida voters approved Amendment 2, which explicitly allowed medical marijuana to be provided as a treatment for patients with the following disabilities: “cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),… Read More »

What is Substantial gainful Activity or SGA according to The Social Security Administration?

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Lesly Lopez  To be eligible for disability benefits, a person must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). A person who is earning more than a certain monthly amount (net of impairment related work expenses) is ordinarily considered to be engaging in SGA. The amount of monthly earnings considered as SGA… Read More »

Highlights of the Year (2016)

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By:Lisa Goodman Food….how could that relate to this month’s topic, “highlights of the year” Here’s how- At DIG we celebrate the highlights with food!   All jokes aside the highlights of this year has been in the cases we were successful in and the positive changes that were made as a result. Unfortunately, confidentiality… Read More »

What makes me happy?

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Lisa Goodman   This month’s topic for the blog is “what makes me happy” and nothing makes me more happy than writing this article while doing what makes me happy- being on vacation. I’m sure being on vacation makes most of you reading this article happy. How could it not?? It’s so nice… Read More »

Happiness

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn By: Lorinda Gonzalez Being happy seems so simple, yet can be a daily challenge if you seek it in the wrong places.  Our society teaches us that to be happy you have to work… Read More »

A Landlord Cannot Force you to Declaw your Emotional Support Cat or Charge you a Cleaning Deposit for your Emotional Support Dog!

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

            For a person with depression and anxiety, an emotional support animal provides the impetus to wake up in the morning and go to school or work.  For Austin Cline, a student at Hillsborough Community College, Luna, his dog, gives him the ability to leave his parents house, go to college and then go… Read More »

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Making your home and property accessible for persons with disabilities following a hurricane

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

In times of disasters, most people focus on rebuilding, increasing accessibility for persons with disabilities does not register as important or necessary. However, not only are accessible alterations required by law, they are frequently covered by most insurance policies as compliance with code or ordinance of law.

Deaf Inmates Will Receive Services in Miami-Dade Jails

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

As a result of non-compliance with disability rights laws, Deaf prisoners are not provided adequate access to communication with their family and lawyers, adequate medical services, and may be assaulted and victimized without recourse.

Litigation Article: Can a Woman with No Arms Ride a Roller Coaster?

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

Jessica Cox filed an administrative complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations claiming that she was excluded from every single ride at Universal Studios Orlando because she was born without arms, and she was not able to continually grasp the restraints with at least one hand. Jessica believed that the restrictions on all of the rides were not based on actual risks, but instead, based upon stereotypes of what she can or cannot do.

No Wheelchair Users Allowed in a Miami Beach Condo!

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

Turns out that the least of Abbot House Condominium’s worries should have been whether Rachel Siler would not be able to get around in her wheelchair and would injure herself. Maybe instead o… Source: No Wheelchair Users Allowed in a Miami Beach Condo!

No Wheelchair Users Allowed in a Miami Beach Condo!

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

Turns out that the least of Abbot House Condominium’s worries should have been whether Rachel Siler would not be able to get around in her wheelchair and would injure herself. Maybe instead of assuming she was an invalid who sleeps with her personal assistant, the Condominium Board should have started with the premise that she had a job, a life, and a passion for helping others. The real liability was the failure to acknowledge Rachel Siler as the die-hard disability advocate who works to help others destroy attitudinal barriers and harmful stereotypes.

Benefits from SSA for People with Disabilities

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

  The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify… Read More »

Work Incentives Protecting Health Coverage for People with Disabilities

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

by Lesley Lopez                       Many SSA beneficiaries are afraid of losing their health insurance coverage because of employment, however, SSA provides protections to SSA beneficiaries to be able to work and keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Extended Medicare Coverage for Working People with Disabilities. Beneficiaries receiving SSDI As long as your disabling condition… Read More »