the ADA explained


In this week’s amp’d podcast, Peggy and I take on a law that affects every person with limb loss/difference every day: The Americans With Disabilities Act. The post arose out of questions sent to us by one of our listeners, a bilateral amputee who sometimes uses a wheelchair at college.

In this discussion, we provide a summary of how the ADA protects all people with disabilities (including amputees), take a close look at those portions of the law that have the biggest day-to-day impact on us, and share information about which governmental agencies you should contact if you believe an ADA violation has occurred.

Nearly as important, Peggy and I take a small step towards podcast professionalism with the inclusion of (gasp) intro and outro music on the podcast. The composer of this stunning piece is none other than Max McGill, whose creative juices are apparently in full flow coming off a week spent in early January recording his band’s new EP (stay tuned for more on that in the future). Enjoy!

thanks to my missing limb …

A few days later than I’d like, here’s a quick update about the latest amp’d podcast. In the pod that went live this past Monday, Peggy and I shift away from our more technical discussions about health care reform and advocacy that have formed the basis for many of our recent talks. Instead, we tackle a more free-form topic: those aspects of limb loss that have made us thankful.

It’s a wide-ranging discussion that includes our respective Top 5’s, Peggy and me battling to the death about (un)watchable kids’ shows, and – at the end – unveiling some new tools now on the amp’d website.

Check it out this weekend to fill the hours between now and kickoff Sunday evening!

learn to fly

Check out the latest amp’d podcast to get a soup-to-nuts guide on how to navigate America’s airports if you have limb loss. From booking a flight to navigating security to boarding the plane to arriving at your destination, my talk with Peggy Chenoweth (aka The Amputee Mommy) covers it all.

In conjunction with the podcast, we have also added a new page to our virtual toolkit – Air Travel/TSA – that includes a comprehensive, downloadable tool to make air travel less frightening and easier to handle. It’s a great resource to use both at the planning stages and to have as a safety net while at the airport.

Als0 – a reminder: please reach out to your legislators and share your concerns about what would happen if prosthetics were no longer an essential health benefit or insurers were again allowed to assert pre-existing condition exclusions. Whatever you think of the current healthcare law, the fact that amputees (1) are not subject to annual or lifetime caps for prosthetics and (2) can switch from one policy to another without fear of pre-existing condition exclusions being asserted against them helps improve their access to medically necessary prosthetic care and treatment.

Visit the amp’d website’s Amputee Activism section to learn more about this issue and to access a model letter you can customize and email to your legislators today!