Yes, the U.S. federal government has shut down as a result of Congress failing to pass a budget and is in danger of defaulting on its debt when it runs out of cash on October 17, unless Republicans do what they say they won’t do: raise the debt ceiling.
The shutdown has meant that 94 percent of the E.P.A.’s employees are on a leave of absence, delaying the implementation of new rules to penalize polluters. Individuals with disabilities could find their lives disrupted when funds for†programs and services from Medicaid are delayed.
But not all that’s going on right now is doom and gloom. Here are some recent good deeds to make you feel better about life.
1. Man Finds 8,000 Euros, Gives It to Police
A few weeks ago, a man from the Muslim minority in Xanthi in northern Greece found 8,000 euros (around $10,800) in a bag; he turned it in to police.
The man who had lost the money reported the incident shortly afterwards and thanked the other man for turning it in. “The Greek-Muslim does not appear to be rich, as he is one of the Greeks who is highly affected by the financial crisis. However, he did not even think of keeping the money for himself,” comments GreekReporter.com.
2. Worker Reinstated After Suspension for Helping Elderly Woman With Disabilities
On seeing an elderly woman in a wheelchair fall onto the tracks at Southend Central Station in Essex (U.K.) some weeks ago, Alan Chittock rushed to assist her. Because he had not acted in accordance with the policies of train company C2C, he was suspended and faced losing his job.
3. Center for Individuals with Disabilities Saved at 11th Hour
The Space Centre, in Ashton, Preston in the U.K. is a specialized facility providing a multisensory environment (a ball pool, indoor swings and more) that can soothe and help children and adults with disabilities. About 200 groups use the center but it faced closing due to a lack of funding and, according to the BBC, financial mismanagement — staff had discovered that “£800,000 in grants never actually existed.”
A national charity, Manchester-based Creative Support, has pledged to support the center, a real boon to individuals in need of such a place (I suspect my severely autistic teenage son Charlie would enjoy it!) and their families and others who care for them.
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