The NAB Condemns the Murder of George Floyd and Urges All to Work Toward Inclusion and Justice | NAB
The National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities is comprised of distinguished and culturally diverse community advocates. It stands in solidarity with all who work for justice and inclusion in the United States. We believe that all Americans have the right to thrive in a society that is accessible to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.
The National Hispanic Council on Aging condemns the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing massacre of people of color by the police | NHCOA
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation is dealing with another debilitating epidemic – the epidemic of police killing people of color and the policing of people as a result of the color of their skin! The National Hispanic Council on Aging strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the murder of Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky and the other acts of policing people of color who were engaging in everyday activities such as exercising and bird watching.
Between the pandemic and the killings of George Floyd and others, the mental health of black people is floundering. Employers must address these issues head-on.
As a disability rights organization, ASAN continually affirms both that people with disabilities are members of every marginalized group and that disability rights are civil rights. In doing so, we must also affirm that working within the disability rights movement requires us to join forces with our peers who are also members of other marginalized groups in the fight for justice for all. When oppression affects one of us, it affects us all. Disability rights are civil rights, and civil rights are disability rights.
During the month of May, Anthem and Beacon Health Options launched a series of programs and initiatives as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Anthem Inc. completed its acquisition of Beacon Health Options in March, during which time Anthem Foundation also announced a new partnership with Mental Health America.
As the federal government, public health experts and scientists push toward a coronavirus vaccine, a new survey suggests only about half of Americans say they will get one when it becomes available.The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 49% of Americans overall say they plan to get a vaccination, while 31% of respondents say they are unsure if they will get vaccinated. The survey found 20% of respondents flat out said they will not.
For almost a year, Kelli McNeil has been fundraising for her movie Daruma, a film she calls a “dysfunctional family road trip.” The big twist: the two main characters, Patrick and Robert, are disabled. Patrick is a paraplegic and Robert is a double-arm amputee, but unlike most Hollywood narratives, the disabilities aren’t the focus of the script, nor are they an obstacle to overcome. And, after a nationwide search, McNeil cast two actors with disabilities to play the lead characters.
Google is introducing new technology to simplify smartphones for those with cognitive disabilities and it’s beefing up its map program to make it easier to know if destinations are accessible. The company said this month that it is releasing an app called “Action Blocks” for Android devices that’s designed to make routine smartphone tasks — like calling mom or turning the lights off — less cumbersome.
I advocate for residents in extended care and assisted living residences as the region’s lead long-term care ombudsman via San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (SJBAAA). I also am a Senior Medicare Patrol and State Health Insurance Assistance Program counselor. Information on the many aging and care concerns will be included here.
As the Trump administration and a mix of governors and state legislatures try to suppress voting by mail across the Union, a coalition of disability rights groups and citizens with disabilities is still fighting for full enfranchisement, 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The latest battleground is New York State, where the group has filed suit in the Southern District of New York against the state’s Board of Elections (BOE) for discrimination against New Yorkers with disabilities.
When a young, admired, and beloved disability activist named Stacey Park Milbern passed away last week, I found myself once again going through one of the defining experiences of the disability community. I mourned for a person I had never met. The more I read Stacey’s writing, and other disabled people’s memories of her, the more sad it felt that such a young, energetic advocate was gone. Although I didn’t know Stacey and had never even communicated with her, I was moved by how other disabled people were moved by her death, as they shared with each other how her life had enriched theirs.
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