COVID-19 has created an immediate crisis for people with developmental disabilities
By Alisha GloverSince the COVID-19 pandemic began tearing through the United States, we’ve heard a lot about overloaded systems and the people who are suffering as a result. We’ve heard about our overwhelmed hospital systems and the doctors on hospital frontlines. We’ve heard about aging Americans and the professionals on nursing home frontlines.But what we haven’t heard about are people with disabilities — specifically those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) — and the direct support professionals (DSPs) on the frontlines. In the midst of this crisis, people with I/DD are...
Outrageous N.J. school contracts make parents promise not to sue | Opinion
By Paul O’NeillThe Huffington Postrecently reportedthat some parents of students with disabilities in New Jersey are being required to sign waivers before their children with disabilities can access services and supports remotely during COVID-19 closures. These forms apparently require parents to give up their right to press charges for negligence and injuries of various sorts in connection with providing remote services and forbid parents from being present for, listening in on, or recording virtual educational sessions.That is outrageous and at odds with the law. Students with disabilities a...
Stop discrimination of those with disabilities
By ZHANG ZHOUXIANG | China Daily | Updated: 2020-04-28 07:53Last week, a policewoman in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, posed as a visually impaired person and tried to board a bus assisted by a guide dog. However, the bus driver would not let her in and some passengers even abused her.In 2018, a video showing a visually impaired person accompanied by a guide dog being turned away from the subway went viral, arousing anger on social networking sites and prompting legislators to amend the Law on the Protection of Disabled Persons that October, which allowed the visually impaired to visit p...
N.J. coronavirus patients with developmental disabilities must be allowed a visitor at hospital, state says
New Jersey coronaviruspatients with developmental or intellectual disabilities must be allowed a support person at their side during hospital stays, the state Department of Health said Saturday.Health Commissioner Judith Persichillisaid in an order that limitations hospitals place on visitors to slow the spread of the coronavirus should take into account “patient care and well being" and that having a support person is “essential to patient care for patients with disabilities where the disability may be due to altered mental status, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers ...
Coronavirus tests developed by Rutgers to be used for all residents at N.J. homes for disabled
More than 5,500 saliva tests are headed to New Jersey’s developmental centers for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where all residents and staff members will be tested for coronavirus, state officials announced Thursday.The saliva-based test, developed by Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will be used to test 1,250 residents and 4,300 staff members at the five state-run facilities as early as next week, Gov. Phil Murphysaid during hisdaily coronavirus test briefing. “These are among our most vulnerable residents, and the women and men who provide care for them dai...
Watch theater performances online!
By Laman IsmayilovaESA Theater invites you to enjoy its performances on a social network as part of #Evdəbax (Watch at home) campaign.The theater`s program include such plays as “Of Mice and Men”, “Paris exploded”, “Blue Bird”, “Nasimi: Mystery” and “The Oath”.You can watch theater performances on Facebookuntil the end of April.ESA Theater is the first inclusive theater with actors with disabilities in Azerbaijan and the Caucasus.The theater destroys all stereotypes in the theater art, which has ancient traditions.The name of the theater consists of three words – Unobstructed, Unlimited and Fr...
Naomi Ishisaka: Coronavirus shows everyone what people with disabilities have known all along
It seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Accommodations that people with disabilities had requested for years were implemented nearly overnight.Jobs that were supposedly impossible to accommodate from home could suddenly be worked remotely. Employees who felt sick were no longer asked to prove it with a doctor’s note; they were given the benefit of the doubt and paid to stay home. Telemedicine, or the ability to get health care remotely, was quickly supported with millions of dollars from the federal government.These changes were, of course, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which turned wha...
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Afghan artist brushes aside disability to open arts centre
Kabul (AFP) - Unable to use her hands, arms, or legs, Afghan artist Robaba Mohammadi has defied unlikely odds in a country that routinely discriminates against women and disabled people.Denied access to school, as a child she taught herself to paint by holding a brush in her mouth, clenching it between her teeth to create elaborate and colourful portraits. Today, the 19-year-old's works sell and exhibit internationally, and she is so accomplished that she has launched a dedicated centre to help train other disabled artists."I do paintings mostly about Afghan women, women's power, the beauty of...
ANA to start taking online reservations by people with disabilities
All Nippon Airways Co. will start accepting online ticket reservations from people with disabilities, dropping the requirement that they notify the airline of their assistance needs by phone or email, people close to the matter said Saturday.Once people in need of special assistance such as wheelchair users have registered requested information with the airline, they will be able to make reservations online from July, they said.While the registration of such information will still need to be done by phone or email, the airline plans to put the process online by March 2021, they said.Online res...
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Asta Philpot & Richard Wong On ‘Come As You Are,’ Portraying People With Disabilities In Film
Asta Philpot is a quadriplegic man like few others. He is the subject of a new comedy-drama film Come As You Are, which is a remake of the 2011 Belgian movie Hasta La Vista. The film follows three friends, including Philpot, who have disabilities and who decide to go on a road trip together in Europe. There, the three young […]