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, 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 […]

Education Technology

Nearly a third of high school students with disabilities experience cyberbullying, report says

By JAMES VAZNIS, BOSTON GLOBE (Published July 21, 2019)–Nearly a third of high school students with disabilities in Greater Boston have experienced cyberbullying over the past year, despite efforts by the state and local districts to curb that kind of harassment, according to an analysis of health survey results by a local foundation. The online […]

News Social Services

Half of those who care for people with disabilities quit. Lawmakers say a $2 raise will help

By JESSIE BALMERT, CINCINATTI ENQUIRER (Published: August 20, 2019) COLUMBUS —Ryan Dougherty works at a Canton hospital collecting sharps from needles and incinerating them. For this work, Dougherty earns $13.31 an hour. But the direct support professionals who help Dougherty, who has a developmental disability, get to work and achieve his professional goals receive $11.12 an hour.  […]