I am all in for my wife, three doggies and Syracuse, N.Y.
My name is Phil Prehn and this blog is an attempt to record my thoughts, a way to force me to think about the things that matter and to correct the typos as I go along. I am an organizer for social change. I believe that people facing exploitation and oppression can work together to win the right to live lives of freedom and independence.
I am currently the Systems Change Advocate for ARISE, the Independent Living Center for people with disabilities in central New York. I organize people with disabilities to advocate with local and state officials to pass legislation and implement changes on issues such as the physical accessibility of public spaces, improving access to health care, increasing the availability of accessible and affordable housing and ensuring that public transit meets the needs of our community.
I am not just an organizer for disability rights, I am also a part of the disability community. For many years I have dealt with the chronic condition known as lymphedema: an abnormal buildup of fluid that causes swelling in both of my legs that developed after recurring cases of cellulitis damaged the lymph vessels in my legs.