Biden Administration Announces Taryn Williams as the nominee for Assistant Secretary of Disability and Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor
Broadway star Ali Stroker says she always felt like her “most powerful self” when onstage, and now as the co-author of a new book for kids, she’s trying to empower others. Stroker teamed up with her friend and middle grade author Stacy Davidowitz and set out to create a familiar character: a young girl in a wheelchair named Nat who wants to perform in a local musical.
Disability EmpowHer Network’s Pen Pal Program Is Reminding Disabled Girls of Their Power | Teen Vogue
When I was growing up, I had no disabled women to look up to. This lack of role models made me feel very alone in my experiences — but the next generation of disabled girls and women won’t have to feel how I did. The Disability EmpowHer Network’s Letters from a Role Model program is working to connect disabled girls with successful adult counterparts to give them the example of a thriving disabled adult that I and so many like me never got.
New report offers guidance for pediatricians on how to prevent abuse of children with disabilities | STAT
Children with disabilities are at least three times more likely to experience abuse and neglect compared to their peers, and a new American Academy of Pediatrics report underscores the role of pediatricians in preventing maltreatment and offers guidance on how they can support families.
Beginning April 19, President Biden wants all Americans age 18 and over to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. That means the priority the government has placed on getting shots in the arms of older adults is ending. As of April 13, more than 79 percent of adults age 65 and over had received at least one vaccine dose and nearly 63 percent were fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among adults ages 50 to 64, just over 53 percent had gotten at least one dose and nearly 29 percent were fully vaccinated.
PA Dept. of Aging encourages seniors to contact local Area Agency on Aging to help schedule COVID-19 vaccinations | Fox43
In addition to working with vaccine providers to schedule appointments for older adults, AAAs may be able to help with arranging transportation if that is needed.
Long COVID Sufferers Are Seeking Disability Benefits. Will They Change the System? | U. S. News & World Report
People who are ill and unable to work long after a positive test for COVID-19 could help overhaul the delivery of disability benefits in the U.S.
Lawmakers are advancing a bill that would ban a physician from aborting a woman’s pregnancy if that physician believes the woman is ending her pregnancy because of a prenatal diagnosis of a disability. Robbie Gaffney speaks with a disability rights advocate. To hear the conversation, press the play button at the top of this article. A transcription of the conversation is also available below.
She’s a queen at dispelling harmful assumptions about people with disabilities | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Amanda McCoy was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy, a group of disorders that affect movement and muscle tone or posture. Caused by a brain injury immediately before, during or after birth, it can limit a person’s ability to walk or stand up straight, affect his or her speech and wreak havoc on fine motor function. Physical symptoms may also be accompanied by intellectual disabilities.
Kimi Dyment is a 16-year old high school sophomore who gives excellent hugs, loves Star Wars, and is proudly autistic. Her family actively encourages her to pursue her passions and build independence. Recently Kimi’s mom learned about a national nonprofit called Disability EmpowHer Network that connects girls with disabilities together with successful disabled women for mentorship and support.
Advocates remain concerned about permanence, long-term funding and staffing
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