Paid Leave, Disability, and COVID

As the COVID-19 crisis plays out, the economic impact on all kinds of workers is absolutely undeniable. Congress is currently engaged in work to figure out how to support workers during the crisis. Many people with disabilities work in gig or part-time roles that don’t currently get paid leave. Also, some people with disabilities have…

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Disability with Dignity – moving to collective insurance funding model

Disability can touch anyone. The current disability funding model is based on pity, not belief in the value that disabled people provide to society. We must move to a collective insurance model where disability is funded as a form of collective insurance where eligibility is based on need, not poverty. Related topics: Subminimum wage Marriage…

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Housing for People with Disabilities

People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), like all Americans, have a right to live in their own homes, in the community. Children and youth belong with families. Adults should control where and with whom they live, including having opportunities to rent or buy their own homes, and must have the freedom to choose their…

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Protect IDEA under COVID

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is under imminent threat as the US responds to the COVID epidemic A provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed that requires the U.S. Department of Education to issue recommendations 30 days from March 27 to Congress on what wavier authority the…

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Census 2020: Disabled People and Older Adults, Be Counted!

Participation in the 2020 census by people with disabilities and older adults will help make sure that our communities receive their rightful share of federal resources and that we are fairly represented in Congress. Census data determines the distribution of: More than $14 billion in Title I grants that help schools serve more than 24…

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Covid-19 New Normal

COVID-19 is not a short term crisis. It is going to require long term changes to a lot of things we’ve become accustomed to. In addition, in order for “social distancing” and other policies to work, we are going to need practical nuts-and-bolts guidelines for little things to make life easier and safer for us…

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COVID crisis – Healthcare Rationing on Basis of Disability is Illegal

In the current COVID-19 health crisis, people with disabilities are at double risk. The virus itself hits people with underlying conditions harder, and long-standing discrimination in our healthcare system means that people with disabilities are most likely to bear the burden of “rationing” measures that hospitals and providers will put into place as patient needs…

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Banning electric shock devices on people with disabilities

It has long been legal to use electric shock devices to “control the behavior” of people with disabilities. The disability community has been fighting this as a matter of human rights for years. Finally, on 6 March 2020, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned these devices: FDA has determined that these devices present an…

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Support Californians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

More than 360,000 Californians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities live in our state; they are our neighbors, classmates, coworkers, family, and friends; however, their support structure has been grossly underfunded by $1.4 billion, as identified in the State’s 2019 Rate Study, and is crumbling. ¬†Direct support staff are quitting the field or working multiple jobs…

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