United Spinal’s 4th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill will bring disability advocates from across the country to Washington, D.C. on June 7-10 to shape policies that impact the health, independence and quality of life of people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).
Roll on Capitol Hill attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Capitol Hill offices of their representatives and other key legislators to personally discuss legislative issues, including the need for greater access to individually configured wheelchairs known as complex rehab technology as well as accessible transportation, medical supplies, prescription drugs, and Medicaid.
Let’s get to know more about these determined individuals to find out why they decided to attend Roll on Capitol Hill and what they hope to achieve.
39, C5 San Antonio, Texas
I have learned not to be intimidated by politicians. They are flesh and blood just like you and I. I am going back because the fight is not over. Unless we miraculously create a Utopian society, there will always be issues that need correcting.
The biggest issue facing the spinal cord injury community is government policies that hinder those in the system who want to help themselves. People only work part time or don’t get married because the minute anyone has a dollar more than the allotted income, benefits start getting taken away. Instead of helping and giving a hand up for those trying to get out, they punish them.
I want to continue to shed light on a minority that I don’t see a single politician really get behind. The ADA did open up doors for those with disabilities, but it needs to continue to evolve with the times just as our constitution does. Disabled Americans roughly make up 19 percent of the population, according to the 2010 Census Bureau, but have no true representation. My other goals are to help support United Spinal spread the message of their agenda. I want to be one of the voices that parts the clouds of ignorance and shame and shines the light of beauty and possibility.