Today, Generation Joshua’s Liberty’s Call featured an article I wrote on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The vote is tomorrow, so please take some time to read it and call your Senators today (or early tomorrow-before 11am EST)! 

Here is a snippet of the article. 

For many years, I have known that I would someday be responsible for my sister’s long-term care.  Alyssa and I have always been best buddies… and I knew that one day that would mean living with her, paying her living expenses, figuring out her medical issues, her long-term care, and anything else that might be required.  Sometimes, the thought scares me to death, but it is something I wouldn’t change for the world.

Recent US policy changes have made the thought of long-term care of a special needs person even more intimidating, however.  Both my own family and many friends who live with special needs individuals are noticing not-so-pleasant changes.  New health care laws have caused seizure medications to go up hundreds of dollars, and parents are having to fight for the brand version of those medications (generic brands can cause regression and/or unwanted side effects).  Jobs policies result in high unemployment, putting more and more families out of work.  Facing the world without health insurance is scary for any family, but for a special needs family, it can make daily living (obtaining medications, attending crucial doctor appointments) nearly impossible.
These aren’t just stories. These are the real life issues that my family and friends are facing.