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Audit: Dangerous drivers, questionable expenses at agency for disabled New Yorkers

Dangerous drivers remained on the road, dubious purchases were made and vehicle recalls went without repair at the state agency that is in charge of supervising the transportation of disabled New Yorkers, according to a new analysis of records. An audit by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office has found multiple problems and lapses in the […]

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’Accommodations’ for the disabled should become norms – Orlando Sentinel

I was born into “generation ADA,” which is anyone born around or after the time the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990. I am fortunate to benefit from having curb cuts for my wheelchair, have the ability to ride almost any form of public transportation with few barriers, and attended and graduated from […]

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Senate COVID-19 Relief Proposal Overlooks Disability Community, Advocates Say – Disability Scoop

As negotiations begin in earnest on Capitol Hill for another coronavirus relief bill, advocates are warning that the needs of people with disabilities are on the verge of being ignored again. U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled their $1 trillion proposal this week to address the ongoing pandemic. The legislation, known as the HEALS Act, calls for […]

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Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19: Scientists say it’s time to stop promoting the drug

With more 150,000 deaths from COVID-19 and 4 million confirmed cases in the United States, President Donald Trump continues to tout an unproven treatment for the coronavirus. While some treatments have been shown to improve survival or lessen the severity of the disease, leading infectious disease experts, doctors and virologists say it’s time to stop […]

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Coronavirus face masks: Former anti-vaxxer speaks out against COVID ‘Karens’

COVID-19 has brought conspiracy theorists out of the shadowy corners of the internet into the mainstream. It seems you can barely move in Bunnings for so-called ‘Karens’ gabbing into their mobile phone about a “plandemic” and conspiracies about the government trying to strip us of our rights. But for mother-of-two Julie Diamond, the coronavirus pandemic has been […]

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Coronavirus vaccine: lessons from the 19th-century smallpox anti-vaxxer movement

There is hope a coronavirus vaccine might be ready by the end of the year. But for it to eliminate COVID-19 a critical mass of people must be vaccinated. And if the protective benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine fall off rapidly (as seems to happen with naturally acquired antibodies) maintaining immunity will require multiple vaccinations. So unless people keep […]

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How to deradicalise an anti-vaxxer: The movement explained, and how best to tackle their false beliefs that vaccines don’t work

The collective grief for the loss of our pre-Covid lives is one of the few mass experiences any of us have experienced at a truly global level during our lifetime, though it it doesn’t even touch on the impact the illness has had on the lives of those who have lost someone to it. But […]