Census Day of Action: August 2020

By Rafael Rolon-Muniz The accuracy of the Census is important for people with disabilities, but a history of low response rates remain a concern for us all. Recently, a decision was made to extend deadlines of the 2020 Census in recognition of the disruption of activities due to COVID-19. While this is a good step…

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‘Come as You Are’ — Unless You Are an Actor Who’s Disabled

Originally written for The Mighty This past Thursday, the new movie “Come as You Are” became viral on Twitter after the trailer dropped. The film, which had a limited theatrical release in February, was recently released digitally and is available to rent or purchase on Amazon. “Come as You Are” is about three men with disabilities…

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Financial Security and Self-Determination for People with Disabilities During COVID-19

By Sam Miller As COVID-19 continues to spread across America, it has exposed the many ways in which public health crises disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations in our society. One such population, people with intellectual disabilities, has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. According to an analysis of data collected by NPR, people with intellectual disabilities in Pennsylvania and New York are twice as likely to…

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Can Classes Stay Virtual after COVID-19?

By Emily Kranking  As an actress with cerebral palsy, I have two needs: Acting lessons for training and transportation to take me there. I have recently moved to Frederick, MD. Back when I lived in Burtonsville, I was much closer to Washington DC, the place to study acting in this heart of America. But, it doesn’t mean Uber trips were cheap. I began my training…

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DD Awareness Blog – Quarantine

I use public transportation to work and back. I take the Metro Red Line from Shady Grove to Farragut North. The stations can be dirty, and any of the people I sit next to, behind, or in front of could have a slight cold. Yes, I can catch that. And don’t get me started on the crammed bus that I ride to the station and back.…

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