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...
Bill C-20, Canadian workers, with disabilities receives Royal Assent
Workers with disability deserve to be treated equalBill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, today received Royal Assent, ensuring that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will continue to protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off. The broader and better targeted CEWS will make sure that Canadian workers and businesses are in a better position as our economy safely re-opens.Specifically, the changes introduced in Bill C-20 will:Allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, incl...
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Parents can visit kids, adults with developmental disabilities in N.J. long-term care facilities under new restrictions
Kept apart from loved ones because of the coronavirus pandemic for nearly four months, parents and legal guardians of pediatric, developmentally disabled, and intellectually disabled residents at New Jersey’s long-term care facilities will be allowed to visit them indoors by appointment, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.Indoor visitation would also be allowed at facilities that have have no new probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases in a 28-day period, officials said. That’s two coronavirus incubation periods.There are four pediatric long-term care facilities in New Jersey, serving several h...
How COVID-19 affects education for people with disabilities in Ghana
When COVID-19 hit Ghana, many students with special needs shifted to online learning and had to use digital platforms not designed for people with disabilities. Photo of a person using a mobile phone in Ghana by Amuzujoe, July 22, 2019, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY 4.0.In Ghana, education has undergone a series of reforms, but the educational experiences of people with disabilities (PWDs) are often neglected.As the coronavirus hit Ghana, researchers have looked at its impact on working-class students and students in rural areas, but not specifically on students with special needs — especially w...
People with disabilities left stranded during national lockdown in Uganda
Ugandan national wheelchair team practices on the court on October 24, 2013, Uganda. Photo via DfID on Flickr CC BY 2.0. Nearly a month after Uganda enforced a national lockdown and curfew, 25-year-old Willy Oloya, who is deaf and blind, was shot by a team of Local Defence Units in Agago District, in the northern region.On April 30, during a strict curfew due to the coronavirus, the LDU officers tried to speak to Oloya as he was walking. But Oloya could not see or hear them and continued walking when the officers shot him in the leg. Oloya had to amputate his leg and now endures the burden of ...
Trudeau announces help for Canadians with disabilities
Trudeau announces help for Canadians with disabilities. $15M will be provided to community organizationsCanadians living with disabilities are facing significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some experiencing job insecurity and others seeing increased costs for personal support workers, medication, and medical supplies. As the government works together with the provinces to restart the economy, the Trudeau administration continues to make the health and safety of all Canadians a priority.Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal w...
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COVID-19: People with disabilities facing tougher times
Bankole Labody Oyou, a 24-year-old mass communications student in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, was born blind.He always relies on a family member or friend to get around the city and to class at Fourah Bay College, which is perched on Mount Aureol in central Freetown. He says that COVID-19 has complicated life for people living with disabilities.'We are suffering,' he told Africa Renewal. 'Some [disabled people] have no family members to care for them. We are told to stay indoors, but we have no food to eat. Subconsciously, the government and the community forget that we exist. I have not...
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...
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...