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Person with walker
One of the leading organizations known for investigating human rights abuses around the globe issued a new report this week about nursing home neglect in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar. 29, 2021
Arizona Capitol building
There are several bills making their way through the Arizona Legislature that could have profound impacts on the disability community. The number of election-related bills introduced this year has alarmed some advocacy groups.
Mar. 15, 2021
Doug Ducey
Last week, disability rights groups and advocates pleaded for Gov. Doug Ducey to help people with disabilities and their caregivers get the COVID-19 vaccine. A bipartisan group of lawmakers echoed that call on Wednesday in a letter to the Republican governor.
Mar. 11, 2021
SUMMARY OF BEST PRACTICES AND LIVED EXPERIENCES IN ARIZONA
It’s been more than two years since an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility in Phoenix. But a new report says more work still needs to be done to prevent sexual violence against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Mar. 9, 2021
Mesa Public Schools vaccine event
Disability rights groups and advocates are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to prioritize people with disabilities and their caregivers in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Parents of children with disabilities are pleading their case to the governor.
Mar. 5, 2021
The Alzheimer's Association released its annual Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, but this year's report is very different from previous years because it looked at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Mar. 3, 2021
The Arizona Capitol building
Several bills that would help the disability community are moving through the Arizona Legislature. And some of these bills have bipartisan support.
Feb. 24, 2021
SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 coronavirus
A new study found that people with dementia are at significantly higher risk of contracting COVID-19. And it could mean they’re more likely to be hospitalized and die from the virus.
Feb. 15, 2021
Mesa Public Schools vaccine event
Arizona disability advocates are calling on Health Department directors from all 15 counties to prioritize individuals with disabilities and their caregivers for COVID-19 vaccines.
Feb. 4, 2021
minimum wage
President Biden wants to increase the federal minimum wage to $15. The hike is part of his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. In Arizona, the minimum wage is already $12.15 an hour. But raising the minimum wage could have lasting effects on the disability community.
Feb. 1, 2021
Arizona State Capitol building
The legislative session is in full swing despite the pandemic. And there are more than 100 bills that could impact the disability community. But there are concerns that not enough is being done to give people with disabilities a chance to have their voices heard.
Feb. 1, 2021
Syringe
Disability advocates are worried that certain people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are not being prioritized in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Jan. 29, 2021
Arizona Capitol building
Arizona lawmakers are back in session at the state Capitol. But some advocates worry that not enough is being done to give people with disabilities and older adults a chance to participate in upcoming legislative hearings that could impact them.
Jan. 21, 2021
Hacienda HealthCare facility
When news broke that an incapacitated woman gave birth to a baby at her long-term care facility in 2018, there was hope among many in the disability community that the incident would lead to much-needed changes. One Arizona mother feels like that never happened.
Jan. 19, 2021
wheelchair user
Several disability advocacy groups in Arizona are joining together to make sure people with disabilities are prioritized in Arizona’s vaccine distribution plan.
Dec. 15, 2020
report cover
A new report aims to serve as a resource to make it easier for people with autism and other cognitive disabilities to find a place to live. A Place in the World includes more than 150 terms to help guide people to better understand housing preferences, accessibility needs, supportive amenities and service delivery models. Lack of housing — specifically affordable housing — is a major concern not just in Arizona, but around the country, and Denise Resnik thinks this new guide can help.
Dec. 2, 2020
Person with walker getting help
With the holidays right around the corner, older adults and people with disabilities living in congregate settings are being asked to stay put or face a 14-day quarantine.
Nov. 25, 2020
Nursing home outdoor visit
The coronavirus pandemic has led to an uptick in the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. That’s according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Nov. 16, 2020
people holding hands
The challenges for Arizonans with developmental disabilities to receive proper services have only grown over the past decade or so. The Great Recession led many states to dramatically cut budgets and reprioritize. Arizona was an early leader, a pioneer even, when it came to cost-effective and conservative services. But a new series reported by Amy Silverman in a collaboration with The Arizona Daily Star and ProPublica has revealed a significant change.
Nov. 10, 2020
2020 ballot
The number of people with disabilities who are eligible to vote is growing. That’s according to a study from Rutgers University. But actually being able to exercise that right isn’t always easy.
Nov. 2, 2020

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