The Lack Of Compassion for The Disabled in Dearborn Heights.

Did anyone notice when they went and voted on Tuesday that the both for the disabled wasn’t there. The precinct I voted at did not have one and talking with several others they did not have one at theirs either. This is a violation of the law and just out right discrimination one place said that they were told If you get someone who needed to use it to call and they would send someone over to set it up. Why would a disabled person have to wait God knows how long to vote? Why can’t Dearborn Heights do better by its disabled? From senior centers with no handicap bathrooms, not one park with a bathroom for the handicapped. Look at any counter at city hall can someone in a wheel chair reach those NO. It was just two or three years ago that the city made a cut out at city hall for the disabled. No Dearborn Heights isn’t a friendly city towards the disabled not at all and that really is a shame.

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27 thoughts on “The Lack Of Compassion for The Disabled in Dearborn Heights.”

  1. kATHY IF EVER YOU SEE THEM NOT UP ASK TO TALK TO THE CHAIRPERSON AT THAT SITE THE CONTROL BOX IS SOMEWHAT HEAVY AND UNFORTUNATELY SOME OF OUR ELECTION WORKERS CANNOT PUT THEM UP MAYBE WE NEED TO TALK TO SOME OF THE YOUTH OF OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT VOLUTEERING TO DO THIS IT TAKES TEN MINUTES MAX TO DO IT

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  2. Why people use this site to complain about Kathy INSTEAD OF THE POINT RAISED is beyond me. If you don’t have anything to say about the subject at hand, GO AWAY! Kathy, like Janet, is the ONLY person who has given us this open venue to vent our likes and dislikes against the city. You can disagree with both of them but for heavan’s sake, be respectful. If you can’t be respectful, GO AWAY!

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  3. Linda,

    Thank you for providing us with this information; it is very enlightening. Paletko has very clearly shown his contempt for the Disability Commission and everyone it represents through his inaction and inability to comply with the law. Perhaps someone could explain to me why Dan Paletko (I hesitate to use the honorific, “mayor”, because he does not deserve that level of respect) and his lackeys feel they are above the law?

    I know that some department heads have been interested in getting their office areas revamped so that services could be better provided to people who are handicapped and yet nothing seems to transpire. Where did the $70,000 go? Maybe it was used to put more gas in the ATTM’s car when she wanted to go work out at the Raquet Club? In any event, it does not seem to have been used for its intended purpose which could cause the federal government to come down hard on the city. I think Paletko is a lawyer’s dream; every action he takes has “lawsuit” written all over it.

    I hope people who complain about Kathy raising this issue on the blog realize how wrong they are. You probably also don’t care when a woman, or an African American, or an Arab is discriminated against because you say “I’m not one of them”. Moral implications aside, the reality is that you could become a member of this group. If you can’t be concerned just because it’s the right thing to do, think about what it would mean if you, or someone you love, were to become handicapped and denied full participation in the world around you. I know that life isn’t always fair, but we ought to strive for fairness in the actions we take as human beings.

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  4. First: Eddie can’t stop reading the blog (or b*tching). Why? He has an adDICKtive personality and just can’t stop……
    Second: Does anyone realize that the lawsuit filed on behalf of the disabled in our city by the past chairman of the Disability Commission was for NO MONEY??? It was filed to make the city aware that they are abusing their citizen’s rights as well as visitors to the city, not following the law, ignoring the issues, and generally disregarding the people with disabilities and the ADA Regulations.
    As you can tell by our Mayor’s attitude at many of the televised council meetings, if he doesn’t want to do, answer, pay attention, or cooperate, he just doesn’t.
    The aggravation and harrassment that L Butler has had to suffer because of filing the suit will have absolutely no monetary gain for her. The efforts she has put in to help the city were ignored. She saved the city from many lawsuits from people who had complaints and/or injuries because the city was not operating within the law for the disabled. Even I was injured once because of something the city did not take care of, and there was no lawsuit.
    Third: To Wrong Again, either you are dreaming or you have no idea what accessibility means.
    Have you ever heard the adage, “Walk a mile in my shoes”?
    And Fourth: To One More Anonymous, thank you, but please don’t get me started on the city clerk…

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  5. Eddie G.,

    Hope you haven’t yet stopped reading the blog. Hope you can understand all that was said by Linda Butler. Me thinks you owe Kathy an apology!

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  6. there is not a curb cut at city hall for people in walkers or chairs to cross the median in the parking lot. they refuse to do it. they put a handicap parking spot in the employees parking lot instead. Not every one has a permit. At the JFK Library on Vanborn there is a dangerous situation there where you have to travel through the parking lot in your wheel chair because there is not a curb cut accross from the new parking lot on the side of the building. A car backing out of a parking space cannot see a person in a wheel chair going behind them. What is another law suit to Dearborn Heights they are used to them . I hear they pay out more money to their lawyers a week then to their employees. Is that where our money goes? I think all the nasty people writing on the blog might work for the Mayor. Little minny me’s.. They don’t matter they are small people with small minds and have nothing to contribute to society……………
    Blackdog

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  7. My name is Linda Butler and I was Chairman of the Disability Commission in Dearborn Heights until December of 2011. I decided to step down because of lack of support from the current administration (Mayor Daniel P.). I have filed a law suit against the mayor and the city of Dearborn Heights for being non compliant with the laws of the ADA. We were in mediation for one year with the city and Department heads, which the Mayor never attended one meeting. Nothing transpired from those meetings so the complaint went back to the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. The Disability Commission finally got a handicap bathroom in City Hall in 2009. It took 2 years for us to get that. Dearborn Heights rents Parkland Park from Wayne County where they have the Chili cook off every year and Senior Picnic’s and other city functions DO NOT HAVE HANDICAP BATHROOMS. They do not have a sidewalk or any means to get around the grounds. Some of The Court Rooms are not handicap accessible. There is not a HANDICAP BATHROOM at the Berwyn Center. That is where they have community plays and dances and party’s and senior events. I am a senior and in a wheel chair and I never have been able to attend these affairs. These rights have been taken away from me because of the administrations neglect of the citizens in Dearborn Heights that are disabled. Vanhouten Park is handicap accessible only because the Disability Commission inspected it before it was opened and I am the one who inspected it with 2 other commissioners. The Eton Center just got a handicap bathroom 2 years ago. these things should have been compleated by 1990. You do have to have a booth set up for the handicap at every election. these are just a few of the violations in the city. The Department of Justice is comming so keep watching. The sad part about all of this is the City can get grants for the changes it takes to make the city handicap accessible so it costs the city nothing. A grant was given to put a handicap bathroom in at the Berwyn last year for $ 70 thousand. The bathroom was never installed so where did that money go Ron Amen? You were in charge of that. To the handicap person that go to Vanhouten Park, keep going cause that will be the only place you will go for awhile. Don’t be so rude to Kathy. She is doing her job and quite well. I was the one who didn’t relay the right info at the time. The Disability has inspected this whole City right down to timing the lights on ford road. Not just for wheel chairs but for the blind and deaf. We work with the Dearborn Commission as well. so if you have any issues get in touch with me. Kathy is a truthful kind and caring person. Even the detroit news makes a mistake but they print the retraction on the back page. Kathy stands right up front and admits her mistake and appoligizes. Half of you don’t have the guts to sign your name after you have judged her. What cowards you are.
    Linda Butler

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  8. Edddie:

    Why do you keep reading the blog? Your negativity is overwhelming. Please do all of us a favor and start your own blog so we can say nasty things to you! Could be quite entertaining! In the meantime the rest of us can at least appreciate Kathy for bringing issues out for an open discussion, without anyone trying to intimidate.

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  9. I agree with all that you have said. I only wish you had been more forceful in your condemnation of the current City Clerk. To conduct the most basic of the people’s work – elections, in such a disrespectful manner says a lot about the kind of person he is. I think his real goal is to run for mayor and could, in my opinion, be even worse than the one we have. He tries to hide his true nature behind a false front.

    You mentioned in your post that problems are already popping up; I only hope that whatever they are the result isn’t another lawsuit for the city. We already have enough people on the payroll who can do that.

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  10. WOW Eddie we’re talking about the mistreatment of the disabled in our city and you call it new things to complain about. This is even low for you my goodness do you have no shame. A segment of our fellow residents are being over looked and you can find nothing to say except attack me get with the program Eddie.

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  11. Hey, anonymous one, let me ask you about your disability. Is it just that you are so perfect you don’t need services for the disabled that, by the way, are required BY LAW? Or is it that you are just insensitive to others? Did you have any idea that these things Kathy Is talking about have been required BY LAW, signed in by Presidents, so that makes it a FEDERAL LAW, and have been required since the early 1990’s? Obviously, in your quest to criticize Kathy you have put your proverbial foot in your mouth.
    Are you aware that Dearborn Heights has a Disability Commission that was set up when Mayor R. Canfield was in office and, according to its Bylaws and Mission Statement which was written by the city administrators and lawyers, is supposed to work with the city to remove obstacles for the disabled so that they may be included in any activities that others can be? These are laws, not just whims or whiny complaints.
    Let me be clear. The Disability Commission has tried to work with the city to remove some of the obstacles. Even though the Administration has not been cooperative, has disregarded and disrespected the disabled, the Commission still works diligently to do its job.
    If you think this is all crap, let me ask you: If a law is broken, isn’t there something done to resolve the situation? Why does Dearborn Hts not have to answer to the complaints of its citizens? These are Federal Laws that must be followed.
    You say the city can’t afford to accommodate its disabled? Did you know that the remedies to the complaints have been mostly covered by grants? Hasn’t cost the city a dime.
    I, as well as others, feel it is the mayor who has thrown the obstacles in, disregarded what he knows is the Law, and just like he does with the city council, ignores and disrespects the rules and, in this case, means the disabled citizens.
    As far as the voting requirements, there are many more that have not been mentioned here, and the city has not followed the laws set up for disabled voters.
    Five years ago the Disability Commission had a study on the voting set ups, met with Judy D, the reigning city clerk at the time, and problems were solved. Now we have a new clerk, he is just like the administration, only does what he thinks he has to, disregards the Federal Laws, and the problems are popping up.
    So anonymous, what is your take on this?
    Oh, and just to make a statement here, my name is Donna, I have been on the Disability Commission for many years, have held office of Vice Chair or Secretary or both for all those years and I am well aware of what the situation is.

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  12. Fact: After the 2000 Presidential election, Congress passed this election reform statute requiring every polling place have at least one accessible voting machine by 2006 “in a manner that provides the same opportunity for access and participation as for other voters.”
    Fact: It is a fundamental right of people with disabilities to vote. It is a covered activity pursuant to Title II of the ADA, and must be readily accessible to and useable by people with disabilities.
    These are just notes from the HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT OF 2002.
    These are facts. Readily accessible does not mean let me make you wait until a phone call is made to treat you in a way other voters are not treated. These are laws, Federal laws, explained in great detail in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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  13. According to the former head of the disabilities Commision here in drbnhgts she told me that there were no handicapped assessable bathrooms at any of our parks. Considering she was the head of that commission for years and is handicapped her self I would as would any educated person take her word for it. Not shooting off my big mouth just passing on the information that I’ve been given. If I make you sick feel free not to come back again.

    At any rate thank you for coming and expressing your self so elegantly I look forward to your future comments.

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  14. Kathy
    Once again, you spout off your big mouth witthout knowing the facts…..its what you do best. The bathrooms at Vanhouten Park are handicap accessable..I am handicap an have used them……you make me sick

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  15. Maybe this is something our legislature should address because, right now, a special booth is not required.

    Accessibility Voting…

    Federal and state law requires every city and township to provide accessible registration and voting locations for voters who are disabled.

    If you require voting assistance, ask the election workers for help; a reason for the needed assistance does not have to be stated. Two inspectors will assist you in the voting station. An elector who is blind, disabled, or unable to read or write may be assisted with his or her ballot by any person of the voter’s choice, except the following: the voter’s employer or agent of that employer, or an officer or agent of a union to which the voter belongs.

    For more information, contact your city or township clerk. Hearing-impaired residents may contact the Bureau of Elections at (517) 241-4320 (TTY).

    http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1633_11619-123989–,00.html#1

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  16. BRAVO KATHY BRAVO AND AGAIAN THE LABEL FOLKS SHE IS MORE AMERICAN THAN SOMEOF YOU SHE JUST FOUND TRUE LOVE AND A GOOD HUSBAND AND FATHER WHO HAPPEND TO BE OF MIDDLEASTERN HERITAGE …..

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  17. Kathy it too was up and funcntioning you just need to make mention of it because they hasd it close to the kitchen as some of the outlets were being used for the booth lighting

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  18. Who is the she and for the record it’s more than Arab Americans who don’t take care if their property. 99% of the Arab American population in our city make what ever area they move into look much better then it did. That’s my observation any how. If you happen to be living next to some that are not taking care of their property call the city and give the address very simple.

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  19. SHE SHOULD SAY SOMETHING ABOUT ARABS THAT DONT TAKE CARE OF THERE HOMES. THEY CAN AFFORD EXPENSE CARS AND SUVs AND A LOT OF CEMENT FOR A PATIO BUT THEY CAN NOT CUT OR FERTIIZE THERE LAWNS OR CUT THERE SHRUBS AROUND THERE HOUSE. THEY MAKE THIS CITY LOOK LIKE SH&T.

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