DISABILITY IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

By Michael Rock: As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic captures global headlines, the virus and the social climate it has created pose various challenges to people with disabilities. In fact, those most at risk from the virus itself have some form of disability under the broadest definition: including autoimmune disorders or other chronic illnesses. Those with […]

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HONORING INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH

By Michael Rock: March marks Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Nationwide, private, and public efforts to recognize it are occurring. Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a Watertown, Wisconsin-headquartered nonprofit, has promoted a call to action for better including people with disabilities in all areas of life. Meanwhile, Hawai’i Governor David Ige formally recognized the month of […]

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FILMMAKERS WITH DISABILITIES

By Michael Rock: One creative pursuit that some people with disabilities may use to express themselves is filmmaking. From March 31 to April 6, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan will host the 12th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival will showcase numerous films from around the world made by people with disabilities and/or that depict them in […]

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RECENT DISABILITY NEWS STORIES

By Michael Rock: Several key developments in disability news have been reported in the past few days. The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill that would create a registry of care providers who have ever hurt someone with an intellectual or developmental disability. This registry would prevent them from finding future work at programs […]

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PROMOTING SELF-RELIANCE

By Michael Rock: While providing for the needs of people with disabilities is important, allowing those who can become fully independent to do so should be just as high a priority. Easterseals East Georgia in the city of Augusta, offers just one of many such workforce development programs nationwide that can be instrumental in helping […]

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WHEN SERVICES ARE UNDERFUNDED

By Michael Rock: Too often, disability services are under-prioritized by the public agencies that fund them. In Illinois, people with disabilities wait an average of seven years before they and their families know whether they qualify for supports such as housing and job coaching, even as court rulings demand the wait time be reduced. That […]

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LENGTHENING LIFESPANS

By Michael Rock: One of the key inequalities that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face in relation to their peers without disabilities is a considerably shorter lifespan. Fortunately, new insights into the roots of this problem better allow us to understand and solve it. A recent study from researchers at Australia’s University of New […]

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