people with disabilities

Senate Dems’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

BY: - June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In a party-line 50-50 vote, the Democratic measure, S.1, titled the For the People Act, did not reach the 60-vote threshold required to end a filibuster and […]

House committee OKs two bills reforming organ donations for those with disabilities or HIV

BY: - May 27, 2021

The Michigan House of Representatives Health Policy Committee on Thursday discussed and voted on bills pertaining to organ donation and transplant policy. One bill aims to help HIV-positive organ donors and recipients, while the other increases access for individuals with disabilities to organ transplants.  House Bill 4521, otherwise known as the The HIV Organ Policy […]

State to open COVID-19 vaccines to Michiganders 50+ 

BY: - March 3, 2021

State government officials announced on Wednesday that Michigan is expanding COVID-19 vaccination eligibility starting Monday.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving forward with the vaccination of Michiganders age 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care […]

Disability advocates condemn GOP senator protesting deaf Detroiters’ eligibility for COVID vaccines

BY: - March 1, 2021

Updated, 1:48 p.m., 3/2/21, with comment from Lt. Gov. Gilchrist During an especially testy session Thursday in the Michigan Senate — which eventually ended with the passage of a controversial $727 million supplemental funding bill including conservative amendments — GOP lawmakers used their floor speeches to criticize the state’s vaccine distribution that prioritizes vulnerable populations […]


Column: People with disabilities can’t be left behind during the pandemic

BY: - February 3, 2021

Elected officials must do more to protect people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten months ago, the World Health Organization issued concerns that people with disabilities were at a greater risk of contracting the coronavirus due to physical barriers to accessing hygiene, difficulty enacting social distancing, touching things for information or for physical support, […]


Column: We must make it easier for people with disabilities to vote

BY: - November 2, 2020

Last month, I set out to join millions of Michiganders in voting early. I had confirmed well in advance that I was registered to vote at my address in Kalamazoo Township. I had made thoughtful decisions about how I’d vote. But I got to my polling place and could not vote — because the site […]


Column: We’re all facing the threat of COVID-19, but we’re not all in the same boat

BY: - May 8, 2020

A local Meals on Wheels program receiving 75 new requests for home-delivered meals every day. Suddenly unemployed workers hounded for repayment on payday loans. Local food banks scrambling to meet unprecedented need in their communities. A restaurant server scammed out of a rental deposit check by someone posing as an out-of-state landlord. Domestic violence survivors […]

Gov. order seeks to stop health discrimination for age, race, gender or disability

BY: - April 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new executive order that aims to cut down on discriminatory decisions regarding who receives health care access. Her latest order, EO 2020-64, will require health care facilities to establish anti-discrimination protocols to be used in the event that demand for hospital or health care facilities surges past availability. This […]

Mail-in voting gains traction, but concerns remain for disabled, Native people

BY: - April 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the COVID-19 virus continues to sweep the country, voting rights advocates are demanding Congress fully fund a national vote-by-mail program so people aren’t forced to choose between their health and their right to vote. In Michigan, voters approved a slew of voting reforms in 2018, including measures to allow no-reason mail-in voting. […]


Stephanie Chang: We must protect our most vulnerable during this crisis

BY: - April 6, 2020

To say this is a challenging time would be a massive understatement. As a social worker turned public servant, I look at issues through a social justice lens and consider what more we can do to support the underserved or marginalized. It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the economic and social divides […]


Samuel R. Bagenstos: From jobs to health care, COVID-19 reveals the moral bankruptcy of conservative politics

BY: - April 1, 2020

Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, much of the industrialized world has committed itself an individualistic, everyone-for-themselves worldview.   In the United States, the avatar for that worldview was President Ronald Reagan. But perhaps the clearest expression came from Reagan’s ideological soulmate on the other side of the Atlantic, U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  In 1987, […]

Charities cancel events over coronavirus, fear fundraising crash

BY: - March 14, 2020

“Three months ago, no one would have ever dreamed we’d be in this situation,” said Luke Zelley, president and CEO of Flint-based nonprofit advocacy group The Disability Network (TDN). And he’s right. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday she’s prohibiting all events and assemblies of more than 250 people until April 6 to limit the spread […]