At NMPASI, we take some pride in our autonomy. I think it’s something of an art-form to operate in political circles with political beings inside and out of our office without ever becoming political, at least as an organization. ...continue reading "November 18, 2014: An electorate that discriminates. Jim Rayphand"
IN America, we as a people represented by the U.S. Congress have agreed that people with disabilities have the power to contribute to the American economy. In 1973 the U.S. Congress stated: “Disabilities are a natural part of the human experience.”
This year for National Disability Employment Awareness Month or NDEAM, our theme is Expect, Employ, and Empower! ...continue reading "October 21, 2014: National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Thomas M. Thornburgh"
WE need to talk. And please don’t make this any harder than it has to be…this really is not very easy for me.
We’ve been through so much together and, truth be told, I never would have made it this far without you. Who could forget college? I mean breakfast, lunch and dinner together for all those days, weeks and even months at a time sometimes? I swear, if not for you and, of course, Mac Aroni, I really could not have sustained myself all those years ago. You literally were my life-saver — always ready and waiting to jump into the fire for me…for richer or for poorer; in sickness and in health. Just the thought of all those steamy days and nights in kitchen after kitchen…well, it kinda makes me wanna cry.
...continue reading "October 09, 2014: Dear Soba (a.k.a. Instant Noodles) Jim Rayphand"
June 05, 2014: Much for many. THOMAS M. THORNBURGH
THE recent passing of our Mayor Donald P. Flores is truly a loss for all of us. I remember him to be a man of the people, who did much for many.
...continue reading "June 05, 2014: Much for many. THOMAS M. THORNBURGH"
What is autism? According to www.autismsocietyofamerica.org, “autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a ‘spectrum disorder’ that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism.”
...continue reading "Aril 23, 2014: ‘Light it up blue’. THOMAS M. THORNBURGH"
I HAVE been watching a lot of late night TV lately and I started to notice that several commercials have began using the phrases, “That’s insane!” Or “it’s crazy!”
...continue reading "February 25, 2014: That’s ‘insane’! GREG BORJA"
ABOUT a month ago, you may have heard a story about a girl who was saved from drowning at the beach by some guys. Well, I was lucky enough to see the whole ordeal as it went down. ...continue reading "December 05, 2013: East bay heroes with abilities!. Thomas M. Thornburgh"
Special to the Saipan Tribune
I enjoyed what is likely to be the shortest tenure of any federal officer ever to don the label of “a Fed” recently. ...continue reading "April 30, 2012: Federal SSI. JIM RAYPHAND"
ADVOCACY at the Northern Marianas Protection & Advocacy Systems, Inc. is something of a paradox, treading a fine line between a hammer and the delicate tongue of diplomacy — ever looking for the sweet-spot between our statutory standing and personal finesse.
...continue reading "January 29, 2012: Collaborative advocacy. JIM RAYPHAND"