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 […]

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Will Presidential Candidates Remember the Voting Power of People With Disabilities?

By ROBYN POWELL, REWIRE NEWS Candidates must make disability rights a priority in their platform, but they must also hire disabled campaign staff and ensure accessibility at campaign events and on social media. Although the 2020 general election is more than 600 days away, campaign season is undoubtedly upon us. Just this week, Sen. Bernie […]

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Microsoft’s Emotional New Super Bowl Ad Promotes the Adaptive Controller

By STEFANIE FOGEL, VARIETY.COM “When everybody plays, we all win,” is the message behind Microsoft’s emotional new Super Bowl commercial, its first in four years. The video debuted on Thursday and features a number of children with disabilities who talk about how Microsoft’s new Xbox Adaptive Controller helps them play video games. The tech giant […]