Disability Community Mourns the Death of Marca Bristo
- Marca Bristo, A Longtime Disability Rights Activists, Dies At 66 | WBEZ News
- Access Living founder Marca Bristo made us all listen, including me | Chicago Sun Times
- Marca Bristo, Influential Advocate for the Disabled, Dies at 66 | New York Times
- Statement Tweet from Access Living
- Longtime disability rights activist Marca Bristo dies at 66 | ABC7 News
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As America’s population ages and demand outpaces supply, a physician shortage is intensifying.
Projections from the Association of American Medical Colleges say the U.S. will see a shortage of 46,900 to 121,900 physicians by 2032 in primary and specialty care.
Some candidates use Medicare-for-all to establish themselves as bold progressives or moderate pragmatists. The Trump administration uses it as a point of attack. But voters don’t know what it actually means, and none of the candidates explain it.
More than 1 in 5 people living in the U.S. has a disability, making it the largest minority group in the country. Despite the civil rights law that makes it illegal to discriminate against a person based on disability status — Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990 — only 40 percent of disabled adults in what the Brookings Institute calls “prime working age,” that is 25-54, are employed. That percentage is almost doubled for non-disabled adults of the same age. But even beyond the workforce — which tends to be the prime category according to which we define useful citizenship in the U.S. — the fact is that people with disabilities (or who are disabled — the language is, for some, interchangeable, while others have strong rhetorical and political preferences), experience a whole host of societal stigmas that range from pity to disbelief to mockery to infantilization to fetishization to forced sterilization and more.
Why climate change is a disability rights issue. Emergency plans don’t always account for everyone’s needs. | Yale ClimateConnections
Emergency evacuations can be difficult and dangerous, especially for people living with disabilities. “For say, somebody with a physical disability, you can’t evacuate a building if the power goes out or if there’s a natural disaster because the elevators go down,” Alex Ghenis says. Ghenis is a policy and research specialist with the World Institute on Disability, a nonprofit that works on disability rights issues.
The home care industry’s biggest problem — turnover — is only getting worse. Already cited as the No. 1 challenge plaguing home care agencies across the country, the median caregiver turnover rate skyrocketed to 82% in 2018, according to this year’s Home Care Benchmarking Study by market research and education firm Home Care Pulse.
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