Disability Rights Organizations Join the National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day | AAPD
Today, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) will participate in the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Day of Action in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Following the record-breaking turnout in the 2020 elections, state legislatures across America have released an offensive onslaught of undemocratic legislation designed to specifically suppress the vote of voters with disabilities, voters of color, and youth voters.
Death of a Braille Writer, the Brailler is Born: Why David Abraham’s Perkins Brailler was innovative | YuTube
Employee with disability eager to work, has come a long way | The State
James Minier, 27, is like a lot of young men his age. He likes to play video games and watch sports on television, especially hockey and mixed martial arts. He likes a good laugh and enjoys his mom’s cooking, especially bacon macaroni and cheese.And his work is important to him.
What Your Disabled Friends Want You To Know About ‘Going Back To Normal’ Post-Vaccine \ The Huffington Post
Here are some basic steps you can take to help keep disabled neighbors and loved ones safe as the country opens back up, beyond getting your COVID-19 vaccination.
Black disabled mothers deserve to be seen, especially on Mother’s Day | Prism
Ableism, misogynoir, and toxic narratives about parenthood can threaten Black disabled mothers’ parental rights.
NCIL Opposes Paralympic Torch Ceremony at Yamayuri-en | Natinal Council on Independent Living
The plan for the lighting ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympic Torch was recently announced, and NCIL was appalled to learn that the torch will pass through the Yamayuri-en institution as an example of “inclusive society.” Yamayuri-en is an institution for people with intellectual disabilities. It is also the institution where 19 people were brutally murdered and 26 more were injured by a former staff member in 2016. Yamayuri-en is an institution. It is a place of segregation. It is the site of tragedy. It is not an example of “inclusive society.”The Independent Living movement in Japan is protesting the lighting ceremony. They are making it clear that institutions are places of segregation, not inclusion. And they are also bringing attention to the abuses disabled people who are institutionalized face, at Yamayuri-en and all institutions.
How pandemic responses neglected disabled people’s rights | The Conversation
The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on disabled people, who make up six out of ten COVID-19 related deaths in the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics. So far no other country has published the same data, making it difficult to assess the global impact, particularly in low and middle-income countries where 80% of the world’s disabled population live.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Launches Nevada Doula Program To Improve Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes | Yahoo! Finance
In partnership with Reno Doula Project, Anthem is focused on improving Nevada’s maternal and infant health rankings by offering specialty support services to Medicaid members
Court: Employee who self-diagnosed disability isn’t protected under ADA | HR Morning
When an employee discloses a disability, typically that triggers employers’ ADA responsibilities. But what happens when that worker wasn’t officially diagnosed with their alleged disability?
National Disability Institute Adds Wil Lewis, Experian Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, to Its Board of Directors | PR Newswire
National Disability Institute (NDI) today announced that Wil Lewis, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Experian North America, has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. In his position at Experian, Lewis strives to build on the company’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, institutionalize inclusive processes as a key to innovation, ensure every employee and key stakeholders feel connected to the organization’s culture and that talent represents the communities in which it operates and serves.
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Delivers Funds to Support the Health of Older Americans | The White House
Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living is releasing $1.4 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan for Older Americans Act programs, including programs to support vaccine outreach and coordination, address social isolation, provide family caregiver support, and offer nutrition support. It will also fund justice programs to ensure the safety and protection of older adults.
Young Australians with disabilities lose out as Pfizer vaccine is rolled out to under-50s | The Guardian (AU)
Health department acknowledges it is yet to finalise a new plan to vaccinate the priority group. Prioritising the Pfizer vaccine for residents under 50 has wrought havoc on Australia’s attempt to vaccinate young people with disabilities living in care homes against Covid.
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