The pandemic pushed over half of the federal workforce into telework. Disability rights advocates say maintaining more access to telework could make the federal workspace more accessible.
For some adult children who have unpleasant, oppositional aging parents, there is a strong motivation to stay out of their affairs. That’s understandable. No one likes to be yelled at and rejected. You want self-protection. But unwillingness to confront impaired aging parents can carry an extreme price tag.
Disability. It’s been called the silent “D” in diversity, and after a year of talking about how important it is for institutions and businesses to focus on diversity, this month pushes us to highlight those who our society all too often leaves out. July is Disability Pride Month, and it’s not only a time for the disabled community to celebrate who they are, but it’s also a time to better understand how you can become a better ally to our disabled community members.
It will probably be years before we see a wheelchair seat on an airplane. When her wheelchair was severely damaged during her flight on Delta Airlines from Minneapolis to Newark, New Jersey, the model and influencer Bri Scalesse took to TikTok and recorded a video that quickly went viral. “Today my freedom and independence was taken away,” she said. “I don’t know how I’m going to live my life.”
In 2020, voters with disabilities turned out in force in one of the most consequential elections in U.S. history. According to data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 62 percent of disabled voters cast a ballot in the November 2020 election, compared with just about 56 percent of disabled voters who participated in the 2016 presidential election. 2020’s high turnout is demonstrative of disabled voters’ unwavering resolve to make their voices heard and to fully participate in American democracy. While all voters—regardless of disability status—experienced difficulties in registering to vote and casting ballots last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, disabled voters faced particularly significant challenges. Registering or voting in person was especially hazardous for disabled people with certain chronic, preexisting health conditions.1 Some disabled people who rely on transportation assistance faced logistical obstacles as public modes of transportation came to virtual halts nationwide and the sharing of vehicles posed health risks.2 And while vote by mail offered many voters—disabled and not disabled alike—a safe and effective alternative to in-person voting, it posed complications for those with visual and dexterity impairments.
Juvenile doesn’t just want you to get his latest song stuck in your head, he wants you to get stuck in the arm. The New Orleans-based rapper has teamed up with fellow artists Mannie Fresh and Mia X to remake his iconic hit “Back That Thang Up” into a new vaccine anthem titled, “Vax That Thang Up.” Vaccine hesitancy among people of color during the Covid-19 pandemic has been an issue and the trio lay out the reasons to be vaccinated with updated lyrics like Mannie Fresh quipping, “Gurl you can be the queen…after quarantine.”
The approval of Aduhelm to treat Alzheimer’s disease has raised hope among older adults, but many doctors wonder if it is warranted. Dr. Kenneth Koncilja, a geriatrician at the Cleveland Clinic, saw the announcement from the Food and Drug Administration on June 7, on Twitter: The agency had approved Aduhelm (aducanumab), the first drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease to be approved in nearly 20 years.
A Georgia man believes he was turned away from staying at an Alabama motel because of his power-chair. Scott East recorded a video of the interaction with the motel employee after he said he was told he could not stay at the property.
I play a sport called Goalball. Many, even the most avid fans of Team USA, will have never heard of goalball. It is, after all, the only sport on the Paralympic program that doesn’t have an able-bodied counterpart. One can imagine wheelchair basketball or quad rugby, even if you’ve never seen a game. But goalball? The name certainly doesn’t give any hints.
Even as U.S. policy makers and business leaders seek to put the COVID pandemic in the rearview mirror with the help of highly effective vaccines, a fundamental policy and planning gap is looming. Many who survive the initial viral illness suffer debilitating long-term sequelae. Unlike the common cold or even influenza, this virus causes a bewildering array of symptoms that persist long after the acute illness is resolved and can render some affected unable to resume their usual activities. As scientists and clinicians continue to delineate the “long-haul” course of COVID, policy makers and planners must anticipate and prepare for the impact of this new cause of disability, including its implications for federal and private worker’s compensation and disability insurance programs and support services.
Disability in America with Jen Deerinwater, Andraéa LaVant, Reyma McCoy McDeid & Alice Wong \ The Washington Post
Disability activism is as varied and diverse as the disabled community itself. Since the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the movement has increasingly shifted to focus on collective action to make society more accepting, equitable and accessible through policy. In a special series, Washington Post Live looks at the current state of disability activism, the impact of the pandemic and how the next generation is driving change. Join us on Tuesday, July 13 at 2:30pm ET to meet the trailblazers paving the way forward.
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