FDA authorizes extra vaccine doses for immunocompromised patients to bolster protection against the coronavirus | The Washington Post
Regulators took steps Thursday to shore up the defenses of millions of vulnerable Americans against the coronavirus, authorizing extra doses of two widely used vaccines for some people with weakened immune systems. The action by the Food and Drug Administration means that additional shots could be available as soon as this weekend for patients who have received organ transplants or have certain types of cancer or other illnesses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday recommended a third dose of coronavirus vaccines for some immunocompromised individuals following the plan’s unanimous endorsement by an expert advisory panel.
Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission placed its stamp of approval on a Nasdaq initiative that largely sidelines people with disabilities when it comes to boardroom diversity reporting. Arriving less than 2 weeks after the U.S. celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the development can be viewed as something of a kick in the teeth to campaigners, employees and jobseekers advocating for greater workplace disability inclusion.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Justice issued new guidance on July 26 clarifying that “long COVID,” and its potentially debilitating effects, can be a disability under Titles II (applying to state and local government) and III (applying to public accommodations) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This guidance came on the heels of the 31st anniversary of the ADA and “[i]n light of the rise of long COVID as a persistent and significant health issue.”
A policy has not been set. But nursing home residents and health care workers would most likely be first in line. James Ivaliotis receives his second vaccine dose at a longterm care facility in New York in January. The first booster shots would most likely go to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups.
Michael J. Fox Reviews a Thoughtful Memoir on the Challenges of Living With Disability | The New Yok Times
Taking the title of Jan Grue’s memoir, “I Live a Life Like Yours,” literally, I approached it first by creating a mental Venn diagram, testing the veracity of his titular statement. And indeed, many areas in our lives do intersect: We are both married with children and pursue demanding careers. Moreover, we each bear the weight of a devastating diagnosis and a sobering prognosis. Confronting society’s stigmas and the general aversion to anything other than what is considered “normal,” we struggle to balance others’ expectations and presumptions with our own. To slightly different degrees, we have each accepted the necessity of a wheelchair.
‘We are not costumes’: Why Marlee Matlin put her foot down for ‘CODA’ to cast deaf actors | USA Today
Marlee Matlin came to realize there was one downside to starring in the Sundance Film Festival runaway hit “CODA” with a groundbreaking ensemble of predominantly deaf actors (in theaters and on Apple TV+ Friday). Her onscreen husband, played by Troy Kotsur, was so wickedly surprising in American Sign Language improvisation, Matlin feared she’d burst into laughter in a scene when the frisky couple visit a doctor for a shared painful condition.
America is facing a crisis of affordability for one of its most populous and vulnerable generations. Every day, about 10,000 Baby Boomers turn age 65, with all of them expected to reach this age by 2030. Life expectancies continue to rise, with the average ages of women and men now 86.7 and 83.9, respectively. Meanwhile, the average monthly price tag for living in an assisted living community is $4,051, and the average price for receiving in-home care is $4,290. The average Baby Boomer saves approximately $152,000 for retirement and spends $48,885 per year. In my view, all these figures underscore a frightening pattern considering many older Americans need help with personal care in their lifetimes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an outsize effect on people 50 and older: Not only did it impact older adults’ health more severely than younger ones, but it also forced many into early retirement and prompted others to take withdrawals from their savings earlier than they had planned.
In progressive circles, disabled folks are all too often left out of conversations around inclusion and intersectionality. But you can’t achieve comprehensive social justice without disability justice. As noted by Sins Invalid founder Patty Berne in “Skin, Tooth, and Bone — The Basis of Our Movement Is People: A Disability Justice Primer,” we must remember that “a disability justice framework understands that all bodies are unique and essential, that all bodies have strengths and needs that must be met.”
Disability Advocates Fight Ruling Allowing Electric Shock Treatment Back In Mass. Residential School | WBUR
In the early 2000s, Cheryl McCollins enrolled her son Andre, who has autism and other developmental disabilities, in the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts. he never thought that in 2002, her child would be restrained by multiple staffers, tied to a gurney and shocked 31 times. His punishment for misbehaving — staffers’ justification for administering the shocks — left him catatonic.
Minnesota disability agency to boycott State Fair over lack of mask and vaccine mandates | Mennesota Star Tribune
A state agency that advocates for Minnesotans with disabilities has announced plans to boycott the Minnesota State Fair over the absence of mask mandates and other safety measures that would help contain the possible spread of the coronavirus.
On August 10, 2021, the Senate passed the $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. If passed in the House of Representatives, this bill will create historic levels of investment in our national infrastructure and promote an equitable economic recovery that will improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. AAPD is encouraged to see the many ways that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act advances and funds long underfunded accessibility mandates in our nation’s transit systems. The bill also provides critical investments in broadband and digital equity to ensure that all Americans have access to high-speed internet and will work to close the digital divide often experienced by disabled people and other historically marginalized communities.
Miami-based CareMax, a senior healthcare provider with an emphasis on value-based care, penned a partnership with Anthem that will lead to the duo opening 50 medical centers around the country.
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