Disability Activist Melissa Blake Speaks Out After TikTok Challenge Mocks People With Disabilities | WBUR
To kick off the start of the school year, the “New Teacher Challenge” has taken off on platforms like TikTok and Twitter. Parents tape themselves showing their children an image of their new teacher — but in reality, the viral prank mocks people with physical differences. Some of these videos featured photos of Melissa Blake, a disability activist who was born with a rare genetic bone and muscular disorder called Freeman-Sheldon syndrome.
“I don’t have to be cured to be happy. I don’t have to conform to the physical notion of perfection (whatever that is) to be a whole person.” — Disabled commenter at eparent.com.
Old. Chronically ill. Black. People who fit this description are more likely to die from COVID-19 than any other group in the country. They are perishing quietly, out of sight, in homes and apartment buildings, senior housing complexes, nursing homes and hospitals, disproportionately poor, frail and ill, after enduring a lifetime of racism and its attendant adverse health effects.
The progressive activist Ady Barkan, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or motor neurone disease), said a top Republican in Congress owes “the entire disability community an apology” for spreading a digitally altered video of Barkan, who speaks through a computer, interviewing the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
Blind people are suing over their voting options. In Virginia, their action brought results. | Washington Post
For vision-impaired voters in Virginia, there was no easy way to vote. They would either have to risk their health to vote in person, or forgo voter privacy by asking someone to fill in the blanks on their mail-in ballot forms.
The National Council on Disability (NCD) – an independent federal agency – welcomes the appointments of Mary G. Vought of Arlington, Virginia, and Daniel C. Schreck of Greenwich, Connecticut, to the Council. Both Vought’s and Schreck’s appointments to NCD are by President Donald Trump. Vought took the oath of office on Aug. 27 and Schreck took the oath of office on Aug. 26. Both began their time as NCD council members on those respective dates.
Elderly, ill and Black in a pandemic: ‘I’m doing everything I can not to get this virus’ | CNN Health
People who fit this description are more likely to die from COVID-19 than any other group in the country. They are perishing quietly, out of sight, in homes and apartment buildings, senior housing complexes, nursing homes and hospitals, disproportionately poor, frail and ill, after enduring a lifetime of racism and its attendant adverse health effects. Yet, older Black Americans have received little attention as protesters proclaim that Black Lives Matter and experts churn out studies about the coronavirus.
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