NEW DEVELOPMENTS

By Michael Rock: There have been a number of recent developments in the area of developmental and intellectual disability. The State of New Jersey just announced that it would permit hospital inpatients with developmental or intellectual disabilities to have a visitor to support them during their stay. Regulations will be implemented to make sure such […]

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DISABILITY IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS, PART 3

By Michael Rock: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide people with developmental disabilities unique challenges. The closing of in-person disability services can be difficult for those with autism and related developmental disabilities who may struggle with the eye contact necessary to use Zoom or FaceTime as an alternative. The lack of structure may serve to […]

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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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