REASONS TO HOPE

By Michael Rock: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a seemingly-endless array of unsetling news stories, especially regarding people with developmental disabilities. Fortunately there has been some light within the darkness. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for progress made in the rights of people with autism to not be undermined amid the coronavirus crisis on […]

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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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