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US Airlines with least complaints from disabled passengers

posted Nov 23, 2013, 11:31 AM by Leader Working NMSS   [ updated Nov 23, 2013, 11:33 AM ]

According to the Air Travel Consumer Report for 2012, which uses official data from the US Department of Transportation, Southwest Airlines had the fewest number of complaints from disabled passengers among all US airlines.  Despite poor reports in the past, Delta Airlines has made significant improvements and came in second to Southwest in least number of complaints.  American Airlines came in third.

Montgomery County, MD has Special Hiring Authority for People with Severe Disabilities

posted Jul 9, 2013, 1:34 PM by Leader Working NMSS

On June 25th, 2013, Montgomery County Council passed a special hiring authority for people with severe disabilities in the County government. This is a non-competitive appointment of qualified persons with disabilities. To promote a more inclusive workforce, in recent months the County has also implemented Quest, Project Search, Customized Employment Program and a competitive hiring preference for veterans and people with disabilities.  For more information contact: Betsy Tolbert Luecking, Program Manager II, Commission on Veterans Affairs & Commission on People with Disabilities, Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services:

Enhancement for Disability Parking Enforcement; Respect the Space.

posted Jul 9, 2013, 1:07 PM by Leader Working NMSS

A new County-wide initiative entitled, “Respect the Space,” was designed to raise awareness about the proper use of accessible parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities. The initiative was suggested by the County’s Commission on People with Disabilities. The members were concerned about non-disabled people parking in reserved accessible spaces and the abuse of disability parking placards.  The County increased its enforcement of illegal parking in accessible spaces, but needed the assistance of the MVA to better enforce placard abuses. MVA Administrators joined Montgomery County Executive and Montgomery County Police Chief to announce changes to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MVA) vehicle registration database to provide law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Maryland with information regarding disability parking privileges. With this state-wide expansion of informational access, Maryland law enforcement agencies have a new, state-of-the-art tool against the illegal use of disability parking placards.  For more information about the Respect the Space initiative, go to the County’s website and click on the Respect the Space icon on the homepage.

Just published! Something on our Minds from "We Write For The Fight!" MS Connection Self-Advocacy Group

posted Jul 9, 2013, 12:25 PM by Leader Working NMSS

Congratulations to the "We Write For The Fight!" MS Connection Self-Advocacy Group! 

30 authors, poets, just plain everyday people who put pen to paper or fingertips to keyboards, donated poetry, short stories and reflections to produce this literary fundraiser for the National MS Society. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go directly to the NMSS! 

Something on our Minds ~ An Anthology to Benefit the NMSS Vol. I

Paperback edition:

Kindle edition:

The NMSS receives a higher donation from paperback purchases made via the createspace link below, but you will need a createspace acct. No one wants another login/pswd, but with a CS acct you'll donate more, and you'll be set to purchase future releases.

"Something on our Minds" by Tracy A Todd & Sean J. Mahoney

Book Description: 
Something on our Minds is a collection of prose and poetry by people living with MS, their caregivers, and relations. Guaranteed to be compelling, tragic and entertaining. 100 % of proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).

Lifeline and Link Up: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Consumers

posted Oct 4, 2011, 11:01 PM by Leader Working NMSS

10/04/2011  Brought to you by the US Federal government, the Lifeline program provides discounts on monthly telephone charges, and Link Up provides a discount on the cost of commencing telephone service for qualifying low-income households. Lifeline and Link Up are supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF).


For more information visit this link: 

Low-cost Internet services, computers to low-income families

posted Oct 4, 2011, 10:56 PM by Leader Working NMSS

10/04/2011  Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan, unveiled March 16, 2010, is a FCC (Federal Communications Commission) plan which deals with improving broadband Internet access throughout the United States.  Part of the plan, Comcast's program Internet Essentials, began at the start of the school year and is available in 39 states, offers Internet service for a monthly fee of $9.95 plus tax to families that have at least one child in the National School Free Lunch Program.   AT&T's plan offers similar services through the nonprofit organization, One Economy, which has enabled eligible families to receive free and affordable broadband access, plus the related training that enable them to improve their lives.


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Unemployeed disabled are tuition exempt at Montgomery College

posted Oct 4, 2011, 10:54 PM by Leader Working NMSS

10/04/2011  "Any resident of Maryland who is retired from the workforce by reason of total and permanent disability as defined by the Social Security or Railroad Retirement Act, and who enrolls in any class at Montgomery College, which is eligible under Md. (Educ.) Code Ann. Section 16-305 for State support, which has at least 10 regularly enrolled students, shall be exempt from the payment of tuition, but not required fees." (MC BOT Policy 43003, Modification No. 057)


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President declares October 2011 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

posted Oct 4, 2011, 6:44 PM by Leader Working NMSS   [ updated Oct 4, 2011, 6:48 PM ]

10/03/2011    Now, Therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2011 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I urge all Americans to embrace the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our workplaces and communities and to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for all people.  

Tax Credits for Persons with Disability

posted Apr 16, 2011, 11:09 PM by Leader Working NMSS   [ updated Apr 16, 2011, 11:19 PM ]

03/10/2011  Taxpayers with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities may qualify for a number of IRS tax credits and benefits. Learn about tax credits and other benefits including Impairment-Related Work Expenses, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled.

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Compassionate Allowances Outreach Hearing

posted Mar 11, 2011, 6:22 PM by Leader Working NMSS   [ updated Apr 18, 2011, 10:16 PM ]

03/10/2011  On March 16, 2011, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, will hold the seventh Compassionate Allowances Outreach Hearing in Baltimore, MD. The subject of the hearing is autoimmune disease.  Compassionate Allowances are a way of providing benefits quickly to people whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet SSA’s disability standards.

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