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Do They Get It?

This morning, while being on the second round of thousands of rounds, fighting to get my foodstamps in New Jersey, I noticed that a man came into social services, with a wheel chair. He had all his paper work with him and he asked the intake counselor for an application for foodstamps. She looks at him and tells him that "We are not taking applications today because we are fixing a computer error that's resulted in thousands of others, plus all of these people in the office not getting get their January foodstamps yet". Then she says to him ""You have to come back tomorrow".

I'm looking at her thinking, " Are you serious lady?! Your asking someone with a wheel chair, to come back tomorrow? Just like they can get anybody to take them? Social services couldn't make an acception for those who have transportation issues or conditions where complications could exist? Really?!" So this person would have to an able bodied person, come in on their behalf, with a vehicle, to pick up their application, have them sign it and bring it back. Meanwhile, they and their family can starve while you keep everything on a time schedule. This is sad.

Four hours in, after my case was settled for tomorrow, I left and walked over to the fellow in the wheel chair while he was waiting for his transportation to come and pick him up. Then I introduced myself to him. We talked and got to know each other. He told me that he has two operations coming up that he was worried about, from other complications. That meant that he had no way to get back there to file an foodstamp application for next week. He said that he felt invisible to them. He also told me that his condition and his diseases were both easier for him to deal with than these people were.

Just like I told this fellow, if this happens to you, where Social Services, makes your life harder and harder for those of you with mobility and transportation issues, complain to their supervisor. Note that they have carriers to set up your transportation and bill it to your Medicaid or your other insurance when needed. This also includes rides to and form government entities, and your work place as well.

Always advocate for yourself.

Questions and comments are welcome.

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  1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Daniel Andrei Garcia
    #2 Susan. I could only imagine the difficulties facing a lot of people right now. Here in the Philippines we don't have food stamps and it's very rare for people to be able to afford wheel chairs. Most of them just stay inside their homes while their family try their best to eke out a living. The average daily income of people here in our particular city and "barangay" - or locale - is $2 a day. That's enough to buy 1 kilogram of rice and a few morsels of tuyo or dried fish. I hope that the people in social services listen to you and address those transportation concerns soon.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you. I'm going back today because the processed too much money into my account this morning. Way over the benefit amount. I got to take care of it right away so that the rest of the month and year isn't ruined for me for SNAPS benefits. It's things like this that cause the national deficite to rise as well....Wow, most are poor where you are at. Are they doing anything in Philippine government for the rights of the disabled?
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      1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
        Daniel Andrei Garcia
        The theoretical and legal framework is there. Republic Act 7277 http://www.chanrobles.com/republicactno7277.htm#.UOc9OeSE36U
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        1. pftsusan
          pftsusan
          Danny, I just read the link and those laws are not enforced or in effect for those with disabilities in the Philliphines or does that go accordingly from town to town? IMO those laws can be a little bit more open.
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          1. pftsusan
            pftsusan
            In my case, round three of my foodstamps was finally settled on Sat. morning where the State of NJ didn't lose money over a mistake.
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  2. Susan Keeping
    Susan Keeping
    Another great post, I look forward to reading your blog.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you. I was missing you.
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  3. Carolyn
    Vote #4! Very good information Susan!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Carolyn.
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  4. Lil Nana
    Lil Nana
    #7 How sad, where was her brain?
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Sometimes the foodstamps counselors are unaware of that Social Services can send them home with a ride and they are all part of Social Services. The left hand never wants to know what the right hand is doing sort of thing.
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