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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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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 […]

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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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.  […]

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Backlash intensifies over D.C. plan to end disabilities services contract

By PETER JAMISON, THE WASHINGTON POST (JULY 25, 2019)–Backlash intensified this week to the D.C. government’s effort to end a 14-year-old partnership with Georgetown University that provides a range of medical and social services for people with disabilities. The District’s Department on Disability Services has announced that it will end its contract with Georgetown in […]

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Not one 2020 candidate has a website that is accessible to the blind By S.E. SMITH, VOX The first stop to reaching disabled voters is making sure they can access your policy proposals. The growing list of presidential candidates has something in common beyond their Oval Office aspirations: None of them think disabled people should […]

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People With Disabilities Face Challenges Campaigning for Office. This Group Wants to Change That

The American political class has become increasingly diverse in recent years, but people with disabilities remain extremely underrepresented — apart from a few notable politicians, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a paraplegic, and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in a grenade attack while serving in Iraq. By ABIGAIL ABRAMS, TIME […]