Mike Ervin

Mike Ervin is a Chicago-based writer and a disability-rights activist with ADAPT (www.adapt.org). He can be reached at prmproj@progressive.org.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:46am
Obama’s Proposal Hurts People with Disabilities
In his budget proposal, President Obama is betraying the poorest Americans with disabilities. By supporting the so-called chained CPI, which alters the way the consumer price index is calculated, Obama would increase the cost of living for people who rely on Social Security and other government programs. It leaves those who have the least with even less.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 9:20am
Why the Payroll Tax Deal Is Bad for People With Disabilities
Hold the applause: Extending the payroll tax cuts is a bad deal for nearly 9 million disabled Americans who rely on Social Security Disability Insurance for survival.
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Monday, June 22, 2009 - 10:07am
10th Anniversary of Freedom for People with Disabilities
June 22 marks the 10th anniversary of a landmark ruling for people with disabilities. The case, which reinforced the Americans with Disabilities Act, was called Olmstead v. LC and EW. LC was Lois Curtis and EW was Elaine Wilson. These two women had spent most of their lives in state mental institutions. They wanted to live in more integrated community settings, and their doctors said they didn?t need to be institutionalized. But their home state of Georgia provided no community options for them, and so they languished in the institutions.
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Friday, February 20, 2009 - 12:29pm
Jerry Lewis Doesn’t Deserve a Humanitarian Award at the Oscars
The Oscars are about to insult people with disabilities. At the Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 22, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Jerry Lewis. Lewis is notorious for making disparaging remarks about others, particularly gay people and women. But he has said equally degrading things about people with disabilities.
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