Naomi Ishisaka: 30 years after the ADA, disability justice activists are rethinking what true equity looks like
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 30 years ago, it was the culmination of decades of activism, sacrifice and struggle by people with disabilities to protect basic rights long denied.The New York Times called the law at the time “the most sweeping anti-discrimination measure since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”For the first time, discrimination against people with disabilities was prohibited by law. The ADA required reasonable accommodations in transportation, employment and public services.But as with many things related to civil rights, too often the reality has not...
The Seattle Times
Texans with disabilities sue to challenge mail-in ballot process
AUSTIN, Texas — Disability rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas secretary of state, contending that the vote-by-mail process is inaccessible to people with impairments to vision and writing.People with these disabilities must either seek help to vote by mail or “risk their health during this pandemic by traveling to a polling place,” the suit argues. The solution would be to offer online voting options, which are already available to people in the military and people overseas, they said.Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs disagrees, saying it’s unfeasible to implement o...
Suit filed against DeSantis for not having sign-language interpreters at COVID briefings
MIAMI — While Gov. Ron DeSantis holds frequent news briefings to update the public on COVID-19, Disability Rights Florida and the National Association of the Deaf say he has failed to provide the same updates for deaf and hard-of-hearing residents.In a complaint filed with a federal judge Monday, the groups say DeSantis is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing simultaneous American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for television broadcast during the briefings.They are asking a judge to compel the governor to provide interpreters immediately so that all residents can ...
Cuomo allows visitors at New York hospitals and group homes as coronavirus death toll hits a new low
NEW YORK — New York hospitals and group homes can begin allowing visitors this week as the coronavirus crisis continues to wane in the Empire State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.Visits at hospitals can begin immediately, the governor said, as long as safety measures are in place, while group homes certified by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities can begin taking visitors Friday.“This was always a balance of public health versus the personal relationships, and people were in hospitals who desperately want to see loved ones,” Cuomo said during a briefing in Albany. “Obv...
New York Daily News
California sets new rules for rationing medical equipment if hospitals run out
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — What happens if there isn’t enough medical equipment available to treat every person who gets sick with COVID-19? Who gets an ICU bed? Who gets a ventilator?The California Department of Public Health has a new plan for that worst-case scenario.This week, the CDPH released new pandemic crisis care guidelines, after more than 60 community and advocacy organizations representing millions of Californians objected to the first set of guidelines the department released in April.Few issues are more politically explosive than the idea of the medical system having to ration health ...
The Sacramento Bee