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What would it take for the Toledo area to be named the most disability-friendly community in the United States?

A disability-friendly community asks its citizens to become creative problem-solvers. If some of us have a problem, we all have a problem. When we solve it for some, we can solve it for all. Disability Dialog is your invitation to weigh-in on key topics, and offer your ideas and/or suggestions for solutions—the more creative the better!

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I realize you're not talking here about access to basic medical care per se. That seems to be something not emphasized in the Disability Dialog. That may be because it may not be the most immediate need of the disability community, given that a significant number of people with disabilities qualify for Medicaid and/or Medicare. It is more difficult to make your case for those, however, when your disability is somewhat obscure or invisible - such as high-functioning autism. The Medicare for All Act of 2019 was just re-introduced into the House of Representatives. This link is from the web site of the Congresswoman who introduced it. https://jayapal.house.gov/medicare-for-all/ This bill would allow everyone in the US to have a public health care plan like Medicare. The following is from an email that the advocacy group Single-Payer Action Network of Ohio (SPAN Ohio) just sent out: "Long-term services and supports will be fully covered by the Medicare for All program.The legislation requires that the program presume that recipients of all ages and disabilities will receive long-term services and supports through home and community-based services unless the individual chooses otherwise." This plan would also completely eliminate the issue of people with disabilities having to limit how much they work in order to remain on Medicaid. And a lot of government time and money would be saved because people would no longer have to go through application processes to prove they have a disability in order to get Medicaid. And consider the added financial security for those working as HPC staff. BUT what I would like to see disability advocates do is come out in favor of this kind of bill but pitch it as, "You shouldn't have to have a disability to get public health insurance...the rest of the community shouldn't have to earn access to health care." I see this as opportunity to build relationships between the disability community and those who wouldn't normally consider themselves a part of it, through the disability community offering something that could improve everyone's quality of life. I have participated in discussions where it has been asked how much people not immediately affected by disability care about helping make the community more disability friendly. I would say, a reason why those people may seem not to care is, they are too busy surviving.

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