Journalist and NCDJ board member Jason Strother talks with Carole Tonks, executive director for the Alliance Center for Independence in Edison, New Jersey, about food insecurity within the disabled community, a result of rising food prices. Read more.
New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most
Journalist and NCDJ Board Member Jason Strother writes about how rising food prices are affecting people with disabilities, who are more likely to face food insecurity. Read More
Economic Justice and Disability, Featuring Dessa Cosma
Dessa Cosma, the executive director of Detroit Disability Power, says that if you are working on economic justice but aren’t including a focus on disability, you are leaving out the most marginalized people. Watch the full video here.
COVID-19 is creating communication barriers for the deaf community
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.
Who bears the cost of Flagstaff’s minimum wage increase? Caregivers, for one.
Under a law that took effect today, the state of Arizona can charge the city Flagstaff for added costs to state contracts that will occur as a result of the city’s newly-implemented minimum wage increase. Many care providers cannot shoulder this added cost, however, as they already struggle to pay their employees due to insufficient state funding for their services. Unable to pay more than minimum wage, many companies cannot keep a steady workforce of caregivers. And with fewer providers, there will be fewer opportunities for people with disabilities.
Click here to read this Cronkite News article online.
Ford Foundation produces video on disability inclusion
The Ford Foundation has produced a short video that shows why disability rights are central to social justice work. You can read more about the Ford Foundation’s policy about including disabled people in their work here. To watch the video on the Foundation’s Facebook page, click here.
Starbucks providing sign language aprons
Starbucks has begun providing baristas who identify as Deaf with aprons that spell out ‘Starbucks’ in American Sign Language. Here is an article by Taylor Rock of www.TheDailyMeal.com with more info.
Here is the official press release from Starbuck about the new aprons.
Tips for Reporters on Disability and the Economy
Journalists reporting on disability might find these tips and angles helpful for covering the economy and disability, including details on ABLE accounts. Read more