There should have been a feature film, or a primetime TV series. Maybe one day there will be. But this year, the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act – a landmark piece of legislation outlawing discrimination by service providers and mandating “reasonable adjustments” by employers – passed quietly. The BBC screened The Disability Paradox, a thoughtful and introspective documentary by the Northern Irish film-maker Chris Lynch. On Netflix, Crip Camp documented the disability rights movement in the US. But the high drama of the parallel struggle in Britain, which saw hundreds of activists chaining themselves to buses and blocking streets, is still waiting for such high-profile treatment.
Covid-19 is devastating communities of color. Can vaccines counter racial inequity? | The Washngton Post
Haywood County, a majority-Black community not far from Memphis, has one health department, one nursing home and no hospitals. The fatality rate of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is 50 percent higher than the state average.
CVS Health and Walgreens are starting to give Covid-19 vaccinations to residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, making them among the first Americans to receive the shots. The two companies struck deals with the federal government to run the on-site clinics. Residents of long-term care facilities account for nearly 40% of all U.S. Covid deaths, even though less than 1% of the U.S. population lives in them, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project as of Dec. 10.
We are heading into peak holiday season, but it might not feel as festive with COVID as a possible unwanted houseguest. In this week’s blog we give you some ideas of how to celebrate and stay safe during the pandemic.
Vaccines are rolling out to health workers now and will reach the arms of the rest of us by spring. Here’s what you need to know.
A profitable ‘death trap’: Sequel youth facilities raked in millions while accused of abusing children | NBC Nightly News
Sequel Youth & Family Services collected hundreds of millions in tax dollars to care for vulnerable children, despite abuse and negligence allegations.
Co-Founding the ACLU, Fighting for Labor Rights and Other Helen Keller Accomplishments Students Don’t Learn in School | Time
While the world marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3, the history of people with disabilities is still not fully taught in schools. In the U.S., if American schoolchildren learn about any person with disabilities, they learn that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once had polio and used a wheelchair in office, and they learn about Deafblind activist Helen Keller.
Parents buying toys for children with disabilities this Christmas are likely to have to think twice before completing their purchase. The toy market for children with special needs is fraught on two levels. Firstly, in relation to imagination-sparking and role-playing toys like dolls and action figures, disability depictions have historically not been easy to come by.
The two leading coronavirus vaccines seemed to work well in elderly trial volunteers. “I just can’t understand why people are afraid,” one 95-year-old said.
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