Arc of SW Georgia, One Voice Georgia plan American Disability Act celebration | KPVI
The Arc of Southwest Georgia is joining One Voice Georgia for Disability Rights for the celebration of the 31st anniversary of the American Disability Act (ADA), and the organizations are inviting all of southwest Georgia to join in. One Voice Georgia will bring together community members, with and without disabilities, from across the state to move with a unified voice in support of inclusion and empowerment.
Britney Spears’ Reproductive Freedom is a Disability Rights Issue | ACLU
Spears’ experience is part of a long history of people with disabilities — most often people of color — being robbed of the right to control their reproductive destinies.
What Is Ableism | United Nations
What is ableism? from United Nations Human Rights on Vimeo.
Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Highlights a Long-Standing Problem Around Disability and Mental Illness | Shape
Disability advocates argue that while the circumstances surrounding Spears’ conservatorship are “horrific,” they’re more common than you think.
Air Pollution’s Invisible Toll on Your Health | The New York Times
Children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with pre-existing heart or lung disease are the most vulnerable. President Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan calling for huge investments in clean energy, public transportation and electric vehicles would do a lot more than slow the rate of devastating climate change. It would also protect the health of every American, especially young children and older adults, by reducing the harmful effects of the invisible air pollutants inhaled year after year.
Federal Autism Committee To Reconvene After Going Dark For 2 Years | Disability Scoop
For the first time in years, a federal panel tasked with guiding the nation’s priorities on autism is set to meet. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee will hold a virtual meeting July 21 and 22. The panel is comprised of government officials and members of the autism community and is charged with advising the secretary of health and human services and coordinating federal activities related to the developmental disability. The group last met in July 2019.
Some disabled Californians feel abandoned by Newsom’s Golden State Stimulus | Cal Matters
Gov. Gavin Newsom sent $600 Golden State Stimulus checks to some Californians with disabilities, but passed over others. As the Legislature negotiates with Newsom over his proposal to expand the program, Californians who receive Social Security Disability Insurance say they’re fed up with being overlooked during the pandemic.
Why Disability Sports Should Erase Native Mascots | Native News Online
Native American mascots contribute to the oppression of Native Americans throughout our country, and they create an externality on all oppressed minorities by encouraging a culture of stereotyping. Frequently, with Native American mascots, these mascots lead people to think of us as inherently threatening. This creates barriers to people’s perceptions of our employability in certain jobs, potential threats in situations of personal safety, and many other problems. According to the CDC, Native Americans are killed by police at a higher rate per capita than African Americans, though these police killings rarely make the largest corporate news outlets. Use of Native American mascots creates problems for us.
Outdoor seating shouldn’t be unfettered greed with disability access issues | Philadelphia Inquirer
I won’t oppose making these outdoor spaces permanent—but only if you can get a wheelchair through on any given night.
Younger US Adults Less Likely to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine, CDC Study Reveals | Voice of America
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that younger Americans are less likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 than older Americans. The federal health agency issued a report Monday revealing that just 38% of adults between 18 and 29 years of age had received at least one dose of a vaccine by May 22, compared to 80% of adults older than 65.
Delta Covid-19 Variant Could Be Dominant in U.S. in Two to Three Weeks, Study Says | Wall Street Journal
Vaccination is critical to slowing variants of concern, public-health officials say. The highly transmissible Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus is spreading so rapidly in the U.S. that it could become the dominant strain in the next two to three weeks, researchers said, adding urgency to the nationwide vaccination drive.
In 11 U.S. states, the rate of vaccination in those over 65 lags the national level | The New York Times
There are 11 states in the United States where at least 20 percent of older adults still haven’t received a Covid shot, potentially putting the recovery there at risk. People 65 and older were given top priority for vaccinations because they are far more vulnerable to serious illness and death from the coronavirus than younger people are. Those 65 and older have the highest rate of vaccination among all age groups, with 87 percent having received at least one dose, compared with 60 percent for people ages 18 to 64, and 31 percent for those 12 to 17.
Disability Rights Ohio concerned about budget item seeking oversight | Ohio Capital Journal
A nonprofit watchdog advocating for the rights of Ohioans with disabilities is concerned about a budget proposal from the state senate to ramp up oversight of its own activities. Disability Rights Ohio has been the state’s designated Protection and Advocacy system since 2012, tasked with helping oversee the care of individuals with disabilities and informing them of their personal rights.
Q&A: A Different Approach to Disability | Open Society Foundations
In October 2020, Gerard Quinn—a rights advocate, researcher, and law professor—was appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of People with Disabilities. As Special Rapporteur, Gerard plays a lead role in educating governments about what they can do to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities. He spoke to Open Society’s Alison Hillman about how he hoped to use his office to advocate for a more inclusive, more equal world.
PRIDE Month and Independence Day
This week we wrap up the celebration of Pride month and recognize the important contributions and presence of the LGBTQIA+ Community. It is appropriate that we move from Pride into celebrating Independence Day ands Disability Awareness Month. This is not just for the enjoyment of fellowship and barbecues, but the reminder that we all have a part to play for justice and equality. When we work for inclusion for one group it is part of the ultimate freedom for us all.
Happy PRIDE and Happy Independence Day
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