For people with disabilities, talking about our disabilities is complicated. Sometimes, when people ask their perennial questions, or just look at us in a certain way, we can almost hear them say it: “Go on! Do that thing you do, where you remind me how my own little problems aren’t so bad. Do that ‘inspiration’ thing that makes me feel better about myself for admiring you.”
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In ordinary times, people with disabilities are regularly confronted with ableism, or in the words of Disability Rights Lawyer Haben Girma, “the widespread assumption that disabled people are inferior to non-disabled people.” During the coronavirus pandemic, this assumption becomes life threatening. “One of the things I’m most concerned of is discrimination in the medical field,” said Girma during a Time100 Talks segment. “We’ve heard of so many stories of disabled people being denied care because of assumptions of our quality of life.”
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When Michelle Obama speaks, the world listens. Whether she’s asking people to go high when others go low, revealing she, too, has had some low-grade depression during the quarantine, or expressing her love for her husband and daughters—her impact is far-reaching. So when the former first lady chooses to bring up less often discussed topics like menopause and aging on The Michelle Obama Podcast, it’s a pretty big deal. In the episode she is joined by Sharon Malone, M.D., who Obama calls “a wonderful resource—a steadying force—in our group of women friends.” And she acknowledges that the topics at hand are not just for women. “You may want to put this on the speaker and blast it throughout the house so that your husband or your boyfriend, or your brother, they can hear it too,” she says. “I think this one might help open up some eyes, and help you open up a conversation that you’ve been meaning to have. It’s worth it for everybody to hear this kind of stuff.”
Raja Abdullah Almasabi Calls for Greater Protections During Armed Conflict “What are you going to do for us people with disabilities?” This was the question Raja Abdullah Almasabi, a disability rights defender from Yemen, posed to the United Nations Security Council last week. While all council members who spoke committed to protecting people with disabilities, Raja, whom I’ve come to know over the past few months, highlighted a recurring problem with governments around the world: they make promises they never keep.
30 years after the ADA, disability justice activists are rethinking what true equity looks like | The Daily News
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 30 years ago, it was the culmination of decades of activism, sacrifice and struggle by people with disabilities to protect basic rights long denied. The New York Times called the law at the time “the most sweeping anti-discrimination measure since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
That is the conclusion of geriatric medical doctors, aging experts, futurists and industry specialists. Experts say that in the aftermath of the pandemic, everything will change, from the way older folks receive health care to how they travel and shop. Also overturned: their work life and relationships with one another.
Virtual medical visits have been invaluable for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, but older adults may still need help managing them — especially if they are hard of hearing.
The partisan divide on disability rights is bigger now than at any time in recent memory. For 15 years, Ross Ryan traveled an hour from his Oregon home to clean bathrooms, mop floors, and take out trash at noisy car dealerships and cavernous state buildings from 4 p.m. until midnight. His employer paid him about 60 cents per completed task—and it was legal.
The #MeToo era has brought heightened attention to a lot of mis- and under-representation issues in entertainment media, not all of them related to misogyny or racial discrimination. Close on the heels of Disclosure, the recent Netflix documentary about transgender imagery onscreen, there’s now Salome Chasnoff’s Code of the Freaks, which examines “The Story of Hollywood’s Exploitation of Disability.” Though just over an hour long, it covers a lot of ground, encompassing depictions of both physical and intellectual disability, from “monsters” illustrating the notion that “evildoers must be ugly” to more sympathetic portrayals that nonetheless can manage to seem equally condescending.
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