Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Opinion Vote 2020


I can never remember a time when I was not political. Politics has always mattered. This year, however, it matters even more. While I understand and respect that everyone has a choice, I feel compelled to share my truth about why I wholeheartedly support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be the next President and […]

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Coronavirus Strains Safety Net for People With Disabilities

About one in four Americans has some form of disability, making them more vulnerable to Covid-19 BY ELIZABETH KOH, STAFF WRITER, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (Published: April 20, 2020) Damian Gregory worries about the things that have quickly become normal to worry about in the coronavirus era: Is there Clorox at the grocery store this […]

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Disability advocates warn some states are preparing to ration ventilators, other scarce COVID-19 treatments

By PETER WEBER. THE WEEK Published March 27, 2020 When Italy’s COVID-19 crisis started in earnest, doctors described the difficult life-or-death decisions they were forced to make about which patients to try and save with scarce resources in terms of wartime triage. Now that the U.S. faces the real risk of a similar tsunami of […]

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5 Things To Know About Coronavirus And People With Disabilities

By ANDREW PULRANG, CONTRIBUTOR, (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 […]

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

ROBYN POWELL, 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
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‘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 […]

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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 […]

Advocacy Americans With Disabilities Act

GOING DEEPER:The Disability Integration Act The act seeks to add community supports and services to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The Disability Integration Act was reintroduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a companion bill in the House was introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) for the 2019-2020 Congress. To learn more […]