[Jobs] Washington seminar/resolution idea

Ericka dotwriter1 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 19:27:55 UTC 2018

Thanks for the name of that program. It comes back to me now. ABLE accounts. Wisconsin is very much like Minnesota! And you’re right on how crappy Paratransit is. We’re more of a commodity being transferred like Cole on a train than human beings. 

Yeah in Madison you can get around on the buses but it’s nothing like Minneapolis where they, every 15 minutes most of the time. The roads are really crazy – – during the week you have to take two buses for example to go to a certain area and then on the weekends once a certain wrote gets to a transfer point it just turns into a different route so you don’t have to get off the bus. Compared to the small community I grew up in though this is a huge improvement! It was either walk, beg a ride from someone you knew or wait for the one cab which mostly took the cognitively challenged folks to the sheltered workshop and back. And that’s only in the city of 10,000 people. Getting out of the coty was and still is impossible unless you have family to drive back and forth.
What I lived in Kenosha, community of 100,000 people the bus transit was even worse than Paratransit.  I left because there were no jobs and there is no way to get to a job reliably. You could barely get to the doctor reliably! I relied on church friends, my in-laws at the time, or a county run service called volunteer transportation. They were door to door and much more reliable because they were senior citizens volunteering their time. They just got paid for the mileage I think. You had to qualify for it but it was much more reliable than Paratransit which would double book and not tell you. They just wouldn’t show up. If you’re considered disabled enough in Wisconsin you can be part of a Medicare/Medicaid HMO plan which does include transportation. However your average blind person with only that disability would never qualify for anything. If you can take care of yourself at home alone and transit and reading handwriting are your only problem is you’ll never qualify. I’ve tried! I have epilepsy and blindness but apparently they don’t see having a seizure on the bus or in the middle of crossing a street with five lanes of traffic a particularly dangerous situation. 

Ericka Short
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