As concerns over a new Covid-19 resurgence grow, advocates have been pushing back on the administration’s decision to roll back recommended restrictions and are urging officials to reconsider implementing restrictions such as masking. Read more here.
The impact of coronavirus grief is far-reaching. In 2020, researchers came up with an indicator to measure that impact called the COVID-19 bereavement multiplier. For every COVID death in the U.S., nine surviving Americans will lose a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse or child, according to the analysis. Read more here.
Transplant recipients, cancer patients and millions of other Americans with risk factors feel ignored and abandoned as their neighbors, and their government, seek a return to normal. Read more here.
People with compromised immune systems are getting unapproved fourth or fifth Covid-19 shots, despite uncertainty about their safety or effectiveness. Read more here.
People with disabilities were disproportionately affected during the pandemic in unemployment and social isolation, and faced additional difficulties when applying for federal benefits.
Going forward, advocates stress the importance of accurately measuring the effect of the pandemic’s financial, social, and emotional losses through improved data collection.
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As more Americans receive vaccines and workplaces urge employees back into the office, people with disabilities may be faced with the challenge of justifying why they should still be allowed to work remotely. NPR reports.
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PHOENIX – Over 1,600 people got their first COVID-19 vaccinations at a recent event targeting individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
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NCDJ board member Amy Silverman worked with KJZZ in Arizona to produce a segment for their program, The Show, last week. In the segment Matt Hoie, a person on the autism spectrum, shared why he is eager to get his first vaccine. Hoie described his hopes for life after the vaccine and discussed how COVID-19 has impacted his life.
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For many people who are deaf or hard of hearing, lip reading, facial expressions and body language are vital to communication, but protective face masks and remote work and school meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 have made it more difficult.
More than 1.1 million people in Arizona are hard of hearing, and more than 20,000 are deaf, according to the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.