At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong NPR investigation finds that there’s little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: adults with intellectual disabilities. The series starts on Monday, January 8 and runs through January 18th.
Jan 8: Morning Edition. Correspondent Joe Shapiro talks about the series with host Steve Inskeep
Jan 8: All Things Considered: The epidemic of sexual abuse of people with intellectual disabilities. Numbers obtained by NPR show they are sexually assaulted at rates more than 7 times those for all adults without disabilities.
Jan 9: Morning Edition: A visit to a Sex Ed class for people with intellectual disabilities. They talk about how they want relationships, but how the sexual violence of their past often gets in the way.
Jan 10: All Things Considered: On cases that go unnoticed when people have difficulty communicating.
Jan 16: All Things Considered: Police and prosecutors are often reluctant to take these cases. NPR goes back to Essex County, New Jersey, where the first case to get widespread attention–in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, 25 years ago–was prosecuted. And look at what prosecutors have learned since.
Jan 18: Morning Edition: Therapists Nora Baladerian and Karyn Harvey talk about the stunning violence in the lives of their clients.
Jan 18: All Things Considered: Self-advocates speak–thoughtfully–of the effects of sexual violence. This piece is entirely in the voices of people with intellectual disabilities (plus Joe Shapiro).
There will be print stories (with photos and art) on-line at www.npr.org.And the radio stories can be heard there.
“On this World AIDS Day we are here to remind you that ‘Everybody Counts’!
Everybody counts if we are to achieve universal health coverage and everybody must count if we are to eliminate AIDS and viral hepatitis as public health threats. Health services should be adapted to reach and meet the needs of those populations most at risk and affected, and this includes implementing a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to stigma and discrimination in all health services, and fully engaging communities as equal and essential partners in the response.”
See the full statement from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2017/world-aids-day/en/
Stop the #TaxOnDisability
The individual mandate, tax credits, and medical deductions make the lives of disabled Americans easier.
The GOP wants to end them.
If the GOP Senate manages to eliminate the individual mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act insurance premiums are projected to increase by 10% on average and an estimated 13 million people will lose health insurance. Worse yet, the tax bill raises the deficit by $1.5 trillion. Not only will this destabilize the marketplace, it will also throw people with disabilities and pre-existing conditions into the deep end of “high risk pools” which will, by all accounts, CHARGE CONSUMERS MORE FOR LESS COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE.
When combined with the tax legislation proposed by the House of Representatives, the proposed bills also threaten to harm disabled Americans in other dangerous and sneaky ways.
For more information, please visit: http://mailchi.mp/dredf/national-call-in-day?e=857c8f2d3a
This Wednesday, Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) proposal (PDF), the Republicans’ last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make major cuts to Medicaid.
Like the previous bills we’ve seen, the GCHJ proposal would eliminate coverage and protections for millions while completely decimating Medicaid. The proposal would repeal the ACA individual and employer mandates, eliminate assistance that makes coverage affordable, revoke protections for people with pre-existing conditions, phase out Medicaid expansion, and dramatically cut Medicaid by imposing per capita caps. Just like the other bills, the GCHJ proposal will be devastating for people with disabilities.
NCIL is closely monitoring the progress of the GCHJ proposal, and we will be sending out a targeted action alert next week with more information for constituents of key Republican Senators. In the meantime, call your Republican Senators NOW and urge them to oppose the GCHJ proposal!
You can reach your Senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY). New tools are available at trumpcaretoolkit.org. You can also use Resistbot to have your texts turned into faxes, mail, or hand-delivered letters; use faxzero.com to fax your Senators for free; or contact them via social media. You can find social media contacts on Contacting Congress.
On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee held a markup of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. The bill was voted out of committee along party lines and will now go to the full House for a vote. All of the amendments proposed by democrats were voted down, also along party lines.
“…The bill would weaken the protections afforded us under the Americans with Disabilities Act and make it even harder to enforce our rights under the ADA. Twenty seven years after the passage of the ADA, the fact that Congress is working to make it easier to discriminate against people with disabilities is shameful.”
Read more: The Advocacy Monitor.
Healthcare Vote Expected Next Week: The Fight Is Not Over!
- The Senate released their updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (PDF) yesterday, and all of our concerns remain the same. Read the Senate summary (PDF). The new version will still cut Medicaid by $772 billion, with an even more restrictive growth rate and deeper cuts starting in 2025. Fifteen million people will lose Medicaid. The bill also still eliminates the enhanced match for the Community First Choice Option, removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and allows waivers to eliminate essential health benefits, on top of adding a new provision to create separate insurance products for people with higher and lower health needs.
- This new version of the bill has made NO improvements. Despite that, we’re hearing that Republicans who were undecided or even opposed to the previous version of the bill are now leaning toward voting YES. Republicans are reportedly becoming more unified around this new version, and we cannot let that happen!
- The vote is expected to take place next week. That means that we have less than one week to fight this dangerous bill, and every single day counts. We need to make sure our Senators understand how dangerous this bill is for their constituents with disabilities. We need them to understand that we are literally fighting for our lives. And we have less than one week to make sure they hear us.
- Call your Senators by dialing the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
- Use Resistbot to have your texts turned into faxes, mail, or hand-delivered letters.
- Use faxzero.com to fax your Senators for free.
- Find your Senator’s email address, Twitter handle, and other information through Contacting Congress.
- Please see our previous alert for additional ways to take action. Every single one of us needs to keep the pressure on our Senators! Call often, send emails, keep protesting, and Tweet at GOP Senators; take action in every way you can!