Coronavirus booster shots for the immunocompromised expected to be authorized soon | he Washington Post
Federal health officials are racing to ensure that millions of Americans with weakened immune systems can get additional shots of coronavirus vaccines to protect them against the highly contagious delta variant. The extra shots are expected to be authorized within days or weeks, according to federal officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan has not been announced.
An untold number of Americans have managed to get COVID-19 booster shots even though the U.S. government hasn’t approved them. When the delta variant started spreading, Gina Welch decided not to take any chances: She got a third, booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by going to a clinic and telling them it was her first shot.
The ADA at 31: Access to Housing and Health Care Must Meet the Rise of Disability in the U.S. | Center for American Progress
It has been nearly 50 years since disability activists in San Francisco took over a federal building for 28 days to force the signing of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.1 This legislation established the rights of people with disabilities against discrimination in programs receiving federal funds. By 1990, disability activists were literally crawling up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to demand civil rights legislation for disabled people.2 This resulted in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which celebrated its 31st anniversary in July 2021. Yet even with these laws’ protections, the lack of access and equity for people with disabilities—particularly those who are multiply marginalized—was put in sharp focus by their treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After federal lawsuit, New Jersey will allow voter registration through disability transportation agencies | New Jersey Globe
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it has entered a proposed consent decree with the State of New Jersey, settling a voting rights lawsuit that was filed against the state and state officials in March. The lawsuit specifically charged that the state’s disability transportation programs, including NJ Transit Access Link and the Community Transportation network, had failed to provide voter registration opportunities as required under section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
As many Americans recover from the COVID-19 virus, some continue to experience symptoms long after the virus has left their body. Many of these COVID-19 long-haulers experience tiredness or fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, difficulty concentrating and thinking, heart palpitations, chest pain, amongst others. Even if the COVID illness was mild, a person who contracted it might experience long COVID.
In the United States, 54 million people age 50 and over either have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis. Approximately one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone in her or his remaining lifetime. These injuries can cripple and even kill older Americans, as almost one in three hip-fracture patients and about 20 percent of all fracture patients die within a year. Despite these sobering facts, fewer than 12 percent of all eligible women on Medicare today receive the exam that can detect and help diagnose this debilitating condition.3 In recent years, misaligned payment policy has increasingly restricted access to this essential screening, posing serious health risks to older Americans.
Four years ago, the government set a benchmark calling for every agency to commit to having no less than 12% of its employees made up of people with disabilities. But even that number fell below parity, given that 26% of American adults, or 61 million people, have a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Way to go Target! They always seem to be the pioneers in making products that are inclusive of everywhere and it’s just one more reason to love them! Target Has Released Backpacks For Kids and Adults In Wheelchairs and honestly, it’s about time a large retailer did!
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