In this weak economy, many are finding it hard to survive day to day, and most are realizing they didn’t need half of what they thought they needed. Some, have been through this type of recession before, perhaps even The Depression, and are frugal survivors. Then, there are a select group of people that will always find it hard to survive no matter the circumstances, the elderly and disabled. Our country pledges to not discriminate because of age, sex, disability, color, religion…etc., but yet our disabled and elderly are some of the poorest people living in our country. Because this group of people rely largely upon social security funds, they become the hardest hit when things go wrong. Never mind the bills we incur day to day, what happens when the car breaks down, or the power gets shut off for this group?
Most of this prejudice is due mostly to our mental image of the word “Handicapped.” One of the more obvious reasons are the signs we see every day of a wheelchair being associated to the word. However, there is a whole class of handicapped and disabled people that do not need wheelchairs, yet our minds never wrap around this. People are approached and blatantly asked “Why are you parking in a handicapped spot when you walk just fine?” These type of people never consider that people have weak hearts, mental handicaps, or even can still walk but a limited distance. Another difference further is the disabled are allotted certain extra funds that the elderly are not entitled to due mostly in part to the idea that elderly are “retired” versus disabled have never worked or can never work, therefore unable to also earn a pension or retirement. Some of these differences are Medicaid, to pick up the monthly Medicare payments, and some extra help for prescriptions. The disabled are some of the most discriminated against groups amongst us, next to race, with almost 60% of legal cases being found as “no reasonable cause.” http://www.eeoc.gov/stats/enforcement.html
In short, considering these people are one of the most discriminated against, and the most effected by the economy's ups and downs, where can they go for help? Some of you reading this may be handicapped or elderly and not know where to go, so this list of resources and links have been compiled to help you. If you cannot find a particular service you need please contact 211 in Las Vegas for further assistance.
If you ever need legal assistance or been discriminated against call or visit:
Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center
401 S Third
If you need transportation assistance:
EOB of Clark County, Senior & Handicapped
If you need help with housekeeping, bathing, trips to store, respite care:
1) Nevada Association for the Handicapped (NAH)
2) Southern Nevada Personal Assistance Program
4) Caring Nurses INC.
For more caring services available in Las Vegas check out this link: