Coronavirus News Social Services

5 Things To Know About Coronavirus And People With Disabilities

By ANDREW PULRANG, CONTRIBUTOR, FORBES.com (Published March 8, 2020) The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has everyone spooked, and hopefully, taking steps to control the outbreak and prepare to get through whatever may come of it. But one group faces additional risks and consequences, as well as anxieties: people with disabilities and or chronic illnesses. Here are […]

Education Learning Disabilities

Two boys with the same disability tried to get help. The rich student got it quickly. The poor student did not.

Two boys with learning disabilities grew up just blocks apart in New York City. Public schools couldn’t teach them. So their parents battled to place them in private schools, on the taxpayers’ dime. By Mike Elsen-Rooney, The Teacher Project, USA TODAY Updated 1:37 p.m. EST Feb. 10, 2020 This story was produced by the Teacher Project, […]

Vote 2020

Warren holds Twitter town hall with disabled activists

By ZACK BUDRYK, THE HILL (Published January 7, 2020)–Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) on Tuesday held a Twitter town hall with disabled activists in the #CripTheVote hashtag, which was created in 2015 to discuss the intersection of policy and disability issues. During the discussion, Warren confirmed her 2020 campaign includes disabled staffers, telling […]

Social Services Vote 2020

Buttigieg’s Plan for Parents With Disabilities Is a Blueprint for Other 2020 Candidates

ROBYN POWELL, REWIRE.NEWS.com Buttigieg’s plan covers a range of issues facing disabled people. But unlike other platforms released to date, his plan also includes the rights of parents with disabilities. (Published: November 5, 2019) South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg released a 19-page plan on Saturday aimed at “systematically dismantling institutions that discriminate against people […]

Karen Clay operates a medical ventilator to help her son Michael Phillips, 36, breathe. Michael has spinal muscular atrophy and is confined to his bed. He can breathe only with the aid of a machine. Here, they are photographed at their Tampa home July 19, 2017. ALESSANDRA DA PRA Tampa Bay Times
Advocacy Healthcare News Social Services

‘Medicaid is a lifeline, but the Medicaid waiver is life.’ People fear losing benefits.

By ELIZABETH KOH, HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU (Published September 24, 2019) For almost every waking hour of his day, 33-year-old Jason Hahr needs someone else to do what his own body cannot. Hahr has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which means he needs a personal care assistant to physically help him perform the basic activities of daily […]

Advocacy Television

How a ‘Sesame Street’ Muppet became embroiled in a controversy over autism

Autistic self-advocates are changing discussions that, they say, have historically been “about us, without us.” (Published September 19, 2019) An autistic “Sesame Street” muppet is caught in a conflict between the most prominent autism organization in the United States advocating for early intervention, and autistic adults who see the condition as a difference, not a […]

Economy Housing

Once a safeguard against homelessness, disability payments can’t keep up with the rent

Rent for a studio apartment in King County has gone up by $645 since 2014. Supplemental Security Income has gone up by just $50. By DAVID KROMAN, CROSSCUT.COM (Published: September 4, 2019) The calls for housing started three, maybe four, years ago, arriving only sporadically to start. Before then, said Robin Tatsuda with the Arc […]