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  • By Bryan Dooley
  • Posted June 5, 2017
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Observations From Below: Covfefe

I’ll be open to you all and to say that Health Care advocacy has taken a lot out of me. It’s drained my fortitude and changed my perspective in certain ways. I used to think that Medicaid would be safe from any reductions that might be proposed. The one thing that President Trump said about […]
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  • By liipfertlaw
  • Posted May 25, 2017
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OBSERVATIONS FROM BELOW: THIS IS YOUR LAST BREATH

I have loved TED Talks since college. TED Talks “began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues.” When I was first introduced to them, one of my favorites was given by the female comedian with a disability, […]
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  • By Bryan Dooley
  • Posted April 25, 2017
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Observations From Below: March Madness (part 1)

For the people who grew up in NC, like I did, March is typically an exciting and busy month. March of 2017 was no exception. Although for me it didn’t include as much basketball watching as it normally does, I had an inordinate amount of duties to fulfill in the realm of advocacy. It’s funny […]
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  • By Bryan Dooley
  • Posted March 13, 2017
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Observations From Below: Time Keeps on Slipping…..Into the Future

In my short time as a disability advocate, I’ve had the honor of sitting on several boards. One thing I’ve learned from sitting on these boards, is that sometimes it takes participating in a project for me to feel like a real part of the organization. In my time with the Adaptables Center for Independent […]
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  • By Bryan Dooley
  • Posted February 27, 2017
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National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Alert

I have received a time-sensitive alert from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. We’ve heard Congress may couple repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with Medicaid block grants/per capita caps in a proposal as early as this week. As you know, individuals with disabilities and their families depend on the protections and […]
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  • By Bryan Dooley
  • Posted February 1, 2017
  • In AAPD, DEI, disability rights, working with disabilities
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Rage Against the Machines

Sometimes in my life, I’ve noticed that the simplest experience offers the most profound lesson.  I recently went grocery shopping over the New Year’s holiday, and like many people I used the self-checkout machine.  I was wearing my wrist braces from my physical therapist, which caused me a bit of trouble scanning my items to purchase.  I […]
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  • By Bryan Dooley
  • Posted January 18, 2017
  • In caregivers, determination, disability
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Observation Gifts

I always frustrate my family around Christmas time.   I never know what to ask for, and I always say I’m content with what I have.  That is true. But it doesn’t help the people who want to buy me gifts.  I normally wind up getting a lot of gift cards from my family members, but my mom always comes up with interesting gifts that I […]
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  • By Bryan Dooley
  • Posted January 1, 2017
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Speechless: Primetime Programs Increase Focus on Disabilities

New personal care assistants (PCA’s) always bring new experiences.  One of the things I’m now doing is listening to NPR.  Last week they had a TV critic explaining why he thinks today’s television is so great, and I agreed with him.  In full disclosure, I go through periods where I don’t watch much TV.  But […]
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  • By Bryan Dooley
  • Posted December 20, 2016
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OBSERVATIONS FROM BELOW: LESSONS FROM THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS

It might have been because I was putting in a lot of hours to Disability Rights NC last week, but I had an interesting experience.  I recently watched the old animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie this past week for the first time in several years.  One thing I happened to notice is that many […]
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  • By Bryan Dooley
  • Posted November 18, 2016
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NDEAM -The Celebration Continues

“This act does something important for American business, though — and remember this: You’ve called for new sources of workers. Well, many of our fellow citizens with disabilities are unemployed. They want to work, and they can work, and this is a tremendous pool of people. And remember, this is a tremendous pool of people […]
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