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Background: Rep. Tom Reed has been promoting reducing the number of workers receiving Social Security Disability Insurance by eliminating “partially disabled” from the program. Here is a response from one of Rep. Reed’s constituent at a recent Town Hall Meeting.
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What Is Considered A Disability?
This is comment was written by Denise Mower, a friend of New NY 23 to Rep. Tom Reed, and is printed with permission of the author. Feel free to distribute with this information on the copies.
Tom, (Rep. Tom Reed, NY-23) in your Town Hall meeting, a woman said you should be mindful about reducing Social Security Disability…you responded with “What is considered a disability?”
A disability, in this case, is an inability to hold a job due to your health.
You seem to have a stereotype stuck in your head of what a disabled person “looks like”. Let me enlighten you.
Look at my picture…I look great don’t I?
What you DON’T see in that picture, is my wheelchair my husband is standing beside when he took that picture.
You DON’T see the 18 hours I had to spend flat on my back in bed in my hotel room after that picture was taken.
You DON’T see that the reason I am slender and “look so great” is that I am nauseated most of the time.
You CAN’T feel how my spine is on fire every single minute of every day, from the blown discs all up and down my spine.
You CAN’T feel the muscle pain in my shoulders and neck.
You have never had the feeling of being so tired your legs buckle out from under you.
You DIDN’T have to give up driving a car because your brain doesn’t work as well as it did before you were dealing with the pain, nausea, and crushing fatigue every second of every day.
You DIDN’T experience losing a 30 year, high powered career that paid almost 6 figures…to your body.
So how could you know? Well, how you know is LISTEN TO YOUR DISABLED CONSTITUENTS!
We are the most vulnerable in our society, you should be protecting us, not offering up glib responses at town hall meetings.
Shame on you!