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With COVID-19 once again on the rise, along with stories like this one, we want to make sure you have the information yo...
12/18/2020
As Hospitals Fear Being Overwhelmed By COVID-19, Do The Disabled Get The Same Access?

With COVID-19 once again on the rise, along with stories like this one, we want to make sure you have the information you need to protect your rights.

Our friends at the Southeast ADA Center put together some language around the difference between "Designated Support Person" and "visitor" in hospital settings:

"In our April 20 letter, we requested language regarding a “Visitation” Policy, which should more appropriately be called a “Designated Support Person” Policy. That is the term used in the Connecticut Executive Order, which arose from the resolution of another OCR complaint. The point of our request is to differentiate between a visitor and a support person. A visitor is someone who is present to spend time with or provide emotional comfort to the patient. In contrast, a support person provides services necessary to ensure the individual has equal access to medical treatment, effective communication, and the ability to make informed decisions and provide consent. A visitor may be limited or prohibited under hospital policy; a support person is a reasonable accommodation whose access to the patient is necessary to their equal access to care."

We hope you never need this information, but it is much better to have access to it in a situation where you might need to advocate yourself. Please stay safe and know your rights!

In an Oregon hospital, a disabled woman fought for her life as her friends and advocates pleaded for proper care. Her case raises the question: Are disabled lives equally valued during a pandemic?

12/17/2020
Holiday Happy Hour

Don't forget to join us on Zoom for our Holiday Happy Hour! Pictured below is a short video, with a garland and berries and some snowflakes, a gold Christmas tree, and a Zoom link to our happy hour event today. The event is also listed in our events page!
http://us02web.zoom.us/j/87605693666

Happy Holidays!!  Please join us for our Holiday Happy Hour this Thursday from 5pm-7pm. Bring your favorite Santa Hat, h...
12/14/2020

Happy Holidays!! Please join us for our Holiday Happy Hour this Thursday from 5pm-7pm. Bring your favorite Santa Hat, hot chocolate, and cider. We'll be talking about the holidays and watching ELF!
Thursday at 5 PM CST – 7 PM CST
Public · Hosted by Disability Rights & Resources
Online Event
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84349635414

12/03/2020
Advocacy in Action Academy

Join us for our (virtual) Advocacy in Action Academy this January! We're so excited about this event that we're doing it TWICE, so check out the times below and see what works for you. You'll learn how to advocate for yourself using improvisation skills! We can't wait to see you there!

A short video graphic, with the Disability Rights & Resources logo, on a light green background. Video says: Join us for our Advocacy in Action Academy, on January 14, from either 10am-12pm, OR 5pm to 7pm. Graphic contains an image of a person looking at a laptop computer. To join, go to: http://tiny.cc/aia

Check this out!  What will it take to bring about lasting justice for disabled people in the United States? When will ev...
12/02/2020
Disrupting Ableism with Artful Activism - The Hastings Center

Check this out!

What will it take to bring about lasting justice for disabled people in the United States? When will every body—and every voice—be indispensable? Poets and activists Lateef McLeod and D.J. Savarese imagine a society led by people with disabilities and show how disabled communities are already building this world through creative forms of resistance.

December 7th, 3PM EST

Part 3 of our online event series, “The Art of Flourishing: Conversations on Disability,” will take place on December 7, 2020 at 3pm EST.     What will it take to bring about lasting justice for disabled people in the United States? When will every body—and every voice—be indispensable? Po...

Our friends at the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies created a series of graphics on COVID-19 and the impact...
12/01/2020

Our friends at the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies created a series of graphics on COVID-19 and the impact on marginalized communities. Stay safe, take care of each other, and remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing, especially during this holiday season.

We connected with a person today who is looking to donate a motorized wheelchair to someone in need. If you or someone y...
11/30/2020

We connected with a person today who is looking to donate a motorized wheelchair to someone in need. If you or someone you know needs a motorized wheelchair, please contact our front desk (205-251-2223) or send us a message on Facebook and we will put you in touch!

Thank you to all the people with disabilities and allies that we've had the opportunity to meet this year. It's been so ...
11/25/2020

Thank you to all the people with disabilities and allies that we've had the opportunity to meet this year. It's been so much fun to see the collaboration and connections taking off towards building a stronger coalition for disability rights in Alabama. Have a very happy Thanksgiving from our family to you and yours.

Image of the words thank you on a wooden backdrop with fall leaves and pumpkins.

Covid 19 vaccine to be available to eligible Alabamians possibly as soon as mid-December.  We will keep you posted as we...
11/22/2020
COVID-19 vaccine to be made available to all eligible Alabamians | Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)

Covid 19 vaccine to be available to eligible Alabamians possibly as soon as mid-December. We will keep you posted as we learn more.

As soon as mid-December, healthcare providers and the chronically ill in Alabama could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed, recently spoke with State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris about the rapid progress which will make i...

11/20/2020

Last night's Happy Hour event on self-care was incredible! Thank you to Heather Sims and Karin Korb for being our conversation leaders.

Happy Hour will keep rolling in 2020 with topics like parenting with a disability and healthcare. We'd love your input too! What big topic conversations related to disability do you want to see? 💡

11/19/2020
Disability Rights & Resources

Just a reminder about our Happy Hour event TONIGHT at 5pm! We can't wait to see you on Zoom!

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This Thursday, from 5pm-7pm CST, we'll be talking about self-care and mindfulness for people with disabilities!

Feel free to share the short video below and invite some friends!
Graphic reads: Join us for our monthly happy hour on self-care and mindfulness! Hosted by Heather SIms of Disability Rights & Resources and Karin Korb at Lakeshore Foundation, from 5pm-7pm on Thursday, November 19th, via Zoom: http://tiny.cc/mindfulself

11/17/2020
It's Happy Hour time!

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This Thursday, from 5pm-7pm CST, we'll be talking about self-care and mindfulness for people with disabilities!

Feel free to share the short video below and invite some friends!
Graphic reads: Join us for our monthly happy hour on self-care and mindfulness! Hosted by Heather SIms of Disability Rights & Resources and Karin Korb at Lakeshore Foundation, from 5pm-7pm on Thursday, November 19th, via Zoom: http://tiny.cc/mindfulself

Since 2010, the ACA has ensured millions of people can access high quality, affordable healthcare. Today, #SCOTUS heard ...
11/10/2020

Since 2010, the ACA has ensured millions of people can access high quality, affordable healthcare. Today, #SCOTUS heard arguments in a case that could take away health care coverage and important consumer protections for people with disabilities.

11/03/2020

Are you voting today?! Remember that according to Alabama Code Section 17-9-13, "an election official shall allow any voter who is mobility disabled or over the age of 70, who so requests, to move to the front of the line at the polling place."

Remember that this includes invisible disabilities as well!

If you need a ride to the polls in Birmingham, community activist Keith Williams is doing rides to the polls with a wheelchair-accessible van (with lift) - you can contact him at 205-203-5303!

Other ride options include Lyft (doing free or discounted rides to and from the polls in some areas), the NAACP (call 256-444-1300), the Poor People's Campaign (call 205-304-0457), AIDS Alabama (use this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKVZg6E_tDsa0k8pi-x38QEZ8HW-QlaTIjt_VE_AO48LxPiQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0EaGLGRwfSmux0oexHbGoY4-ZPFqLgidy6nP4obEzB6Q2JEx4Ywhdcpi4)

Let us know in the comments how your voting experience was, whether you voted absentee or you're voting today!

The Open Enrollment Period is upon us!  Check out this post for more info and contact Enroll Alabama if you need help si...
10/30/2020

The Open Enrollment Period is upon us! Check out this post for more info and contact Enroll Alabama if you need help signing up for health insurance!

Graphic: You can still get health insurance through marketplace.gov

Open Enrollment is Nov. 1-Dec. 15

Open enrollment begins on Sunday! Health insurance can be vital for access to affordable care for you and your family. If you need insurance, give us a call or shoot us an email. You may be eligible for premium tax credits to help you pay for your insurance. Appointments can fill up fast, so call today!

From our friends at Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program - click the link for detailed instructions inside the post!htt...
10/22/2020

From our friends at Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program - click the link for detailed instructions inside the post!

https://www.sos.alabama.gov/alabama-votes/absentee-ballot-applications?fbclid=IwAR3is_Ei1Pnxa_asBZgUoG-6J8JFL_efE4Rv0hkU2W4myPXInlYipptvc7k

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Important Voting Dates:
10/29: last date to apply for absentee ballot
Nov 2: last date for voter to hand-deliver or postmark absentee ballot
Nov 3: Election Day

Mail delays have been reported - to make sure your vote gets counted, apply NOW for an absentee ballot! Do Not wait! After you vote, hand-deliver it to your county election office or mail immediately! The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.

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10/21/2020

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Check out this “COVID-19 Plain Language Guidance for Employees with Developmental Disabilities,“ describing OSHA rules and including information and tools to use to make a decision about going out in public during the COVID-19 outbreak.

https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID-19-Plain-Language-Guidance-for-Employees-with-Developmental-Disabilities-ENTIRE-BOOKLET.pdf

According to this October 20 article, a person with a disability in Jefferson County may do curbside voting if they brin...
10/21/2020
Alabama Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather

According to this October 20 article, a person with a disability in Jefferson County may do curbside voting if they bring an assistant with them. The assistant would then go into the polling site to bring out a poll worker. Check with your County election officials if you have any questions.

https://www.al.com/news/2020/10/17-attorneys-general-oppose-alabama-curbside-voting-ban-in-supreme-court.html

Get the latest Alabama Local News, Sports News & US breaking News. View daily AL weather updates, watch videos and photos, join the discussion in forums. Find more news articles and stories online at al.com

10/13/2020
All About the Vote

Join us this Friday alongside the Alabama Disability Action Coalition for a virtual event designed to learn all about voting in Alabama! Whether you're voting in person on Election Day (with precautions!) or absentee, we've got the information for you. #GOTV #AlabamaVotes #CriptheVote

Video description: a flyer with red, white, and blue "Vote" buttons, and a link for the event (also found on our Events page on Facebook) with text that reads: All About the Vote, Join us this Friday, October 16, from 1-3pm CST, at http://tiny.cc/allaboutvote

The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) will be opening its Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting L...
10/13/2020

The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) will be opening its Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List.

October 27, 2020 at 8:00 am TO October 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm

All interested applicants should go to the website www.habd.org during the time period above to apply online. Applications will only be accepted online for everyone, excluding those requiring reasonable accommodations.

If you require reasonable accommodations please contact their office at (205) 521-6352.

10/12/2020
Disability Pride Happy Hour

Join us this Thursday for our monthly happy hour! This month, we’re talking disability pride. It’s a casual event, so bring a drink and come chat with us on Zoom! You can find the event and Zoom info on Facebook by clicking the link below!

http://tiny.cc/disabilitypride

(Image shows a flyer for the Disability Pride Happy Hour event. Blue and purple background with orange and pink stripes, and text reads “Join us for Disability Pride Happy Hour, October 15, 5pm”.)

10/12/2020

Check out a wonderful leadership opportunity - sign up with us to be a mentor in the disability community!

Check out the link below to sign up:
http://tiny.cc/drrmentor

(Video description: flyer for mentorship program, with red text on grey background, with white arrows pointing to text saying to sign up for the mentorship program.)

10/10/2020

Today is World Mental Health Day. It’s an important reminder to look after your mental health. People with disabilities report higher rates of stress and depression than people without disabilities. Together we can remove the stigma around mental health and create a safe space for everyone. Join us in November as we discuss self-care. See our events for more information.

We've been talking a lot in the office recently about the intersection of parenting with a disability and how we can sup...
10/08/2020
Alabama Parent Education Center

We've been talking a lot in the office recently about the intersection of parenting with a disability and how we can support the rights of people with disabilities to parent.

We get many calls from parents without disabilities asking for assistance for their students. We want to give a shout out to the @ Alabama Parent Education Center. The article here about parenting in pandemic times is just one example of the wonderful information they can provide. Their staff are outstanding at walking side-by-side with parents.

Common Sense Parenting in Uncommon Pandemic Times; Parenting Children with Disabilities

Join People's Budget Birmingham for a storytelling training TONIGHT! If telling your story to our elected officials make...
10/05/2020
People's Budget Birmingham: Storytelling Training

Join People's Budget Birmingham for a storytelling training TONIGHT! If telling your story to our elected officials makes you nervous or uncomfortable, this is a great opportunity to learn how to express yourself in a non-judgmental space, surrounded by others seeking to do the same. Click the link below to register! 👇

Storytelling 101 training for Birmingham constituents // Entrenamiento sobre como contar su historia para lxs constituyentes de Birmingham

10/01/2020

Why should Alabama #ExpandMedicaid? Because we are losing $5 billion federal dollars that we need to boost our economy and strengthen our healthcare system during this pandemic and beyond. #South4MedEx Join our coalition: southerners4MedEx.org

Federal Court Rules Alabama Must Take Steps to Better Protect Voters During COVID-19 Pandemic FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESepte...
09/30/2020
Alabama Opinion

Federal Court Rules Alabama Must Take Steps to Better Protect Voters During COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2020

CONTACT:
Ella Wiley, LDF, 212-965-2784, [email protected]
Graeme Crews, SPLC, 334-224-0002, [email protected]
Inga Sarda-Sorensen, ACLU, 347-514-3984, [email protected]

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A federal court issued a decision today that will help protect the health and right to vote of medically vulnerable Alabamians.

The ruling in People First of Alabama v. Merrill means Alabama voters will not need a witness or notary to vote by mail if they have an underlying medical condition and provide a statement.

The decision also stipulates that voters 65 and older with an underlying medical condition won’t need an ID so long as they provide other identifying information such as their driver’s license number or last four digits of their Social Security number. In addition, it lifts Secretary John Merrill’s ban on curbside voting.

The lawsuit was filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), Southern Poverty Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Alabama, and Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program.

It was brought on behalf of several Alabama voters who require a safe alternative to voting in-person at a polling place during the COVID-19 pandemic because their health conditions make them higher risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19, as well as People First of Alabama, Greater Birmingham Ministries, the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute.

Alabama currently has the fourth-highest per capita rate of COVID-19 cases in the country, and the virus continues to disproportionately infect and take the lives of older voters, Black voters, and voters with disabilities.

The court’s ruling recognizes that Alabama voters like plaintiffs Eric Peebles, Annie Carolyn Thompson, Howard Porter Jr., Teresa Bettis, and Sheryl Threadgill-Matthews are at higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19 and that forcing them to comply with the challenged provisions would needlessly endanger their lives.

The following is reaction to today’s ruling:

Deuel Ross, senior counsel at LDF: “This decision is a huge win for Alabama voters, especially voters of color and voters with disabilities. Given COVID-19, Alabama's draconian voting rules needlessly place the health and voting rights of Alabamians in danger. No one should be forced to risk their safety to exercise their constitutional right. State and local election officials have a responsibility to ensure that voting is easy and accessible for everyone in the pandemic."

Caren Short, senior staff attorney at SPLC: “Today’s decision provides crucial relief in Alabama’s absentee voting process, allows for curbside voting in counties that wish to provide it, and ultimately will create a better public health situation in Alabama as it conducts an historic election. We’re deeply hopeful that the secretary of state and county election officials will accept the court’s ruling and begin educating Alabama voters on how they can vote safely and easily for the general election.”

Davin Rosborough, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project: “This ruling recognizes the hardships these laws place on Black Alabamians and those at particular risk for COVID-19. This decision will help to ease those burdens in the midst of this deadly pandemic.”

Maia Fleischman, voting rights fellow, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program: “Alabama’s curbside voting ban and the photo ID requirement, especially during a deadly pandemic, disenfranchise voters with disabilities from participating in the November election. The court correctly recognized that the Americans for Disabilities Act ensures voters with disabilities are not forced to choose between exercising their fundamental right to vote and their safety.”

Ruling: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/alabama-opinion

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Disabled Marine veteran and disabled tenant looking for a liscenced electrician to add two 30amp rv outlets to an existing, but not connected breaker/meter box and sign off on it for Alabama power this weekend near Argo. We are hoping for donated or greatly reduced service fees/payments etc as we are on fixed incomes. It's come about suddenly and we expect Alabama Power out there on Monday and are moving this weekend. They did not request an inspection, but we are trying to get one out there on Monday just in case. We can provide parts as needed. this is the last thing we need to get set up and unfortunately the disability agency that was handling this for us is still opening that office for 2 more weeks. Please get in touch asap if you can help or know someone who can. thank you!!!!
Disabled person needs help moving my 5th wheel home! Can you help? ....ok rolling back to when this virus shut down all started. I am again attempting to move my rv now that my mover is starting to do runs again, but he is extremely backed up and taking things very slowly. I also wasn't first in line. I am on the hunt for a back up mover at a reasonable/reduced price that can do it with in the week. I am disabled, waiting on disability, stimulus not here yet and on an extremely tight budget. The previous landlord needs it moved asap or it will be towed and impounded. It's my home and my temporary lock down housing will run out soon. The large towing companies cost way more than I can afford and even they are operating on a longer than normal wait time. Is there anyone out there that has a small tow truck or large 5th wheel hauler that would be willing to haul a 28x8 11,000lb 5th wheel camper/rv at a reduced rate/partial donation/payments or reasonable rate less than the large towing firms? It's about a 10ish mile run from outside Springville up on Blount mountain to outside Argo. Nicole Watkins of Disability Rights and Resources can vouch for my situation and condition. I'm desperate and don't have confidence that my normal mover will be able to do it in the time allowed or that my old landlord will negotiate much with the time. Ideas anyone? Anyone who stepped forward before still out there? Please let me know ASAP.
Want to make sure your folks know about this -
If you are a parent that needs more information about supports and accommodations for your child, please check out this webinar by APEC.
Link to a good program from our friends at People First of Alabama. Be sure to check it out!
October 22nd is the last day to register to vote in Alabama!
Please support our friends at Triumph Services. Taste of Triumph looks like a fun event!
Great advocacy opportunity to discuss public transportation and what it means to the disability community. We'll be there!!
Please consider volunteering at the Full Life Ahead weekend in November.
Wow ..so I just got off the phone with the Manager at Budget Towing in Mount Vernon Washington...I called to explain the poor treatment by his driver..Mid conversation I said Something about the driver Leaving and how I'm in a wheelchair and my husband hadn't been back when the driver left us..You know what the MANAGER said .Yeah you have mentioned being in a wheelchair like 5 times! Are you f**king Kidding me? That's how you treat disabled Customers?? By chastising them for mentioning thiet Mobility aid???? For those of who dont know the initial story.. Yesterday I got a flat tire near O'reilly Auto in Anacortes. Being that I am disabled and in a wheelchair I always have emergency roadside assistance to ensure these things are not major ordeals. I called Geico and they informed me that a representative from Budget Towing will be there within the hour to fix the flat. When the tow truck driver arrived he immediately told me that he would not be able to fix my issue because my spare tire needed a lowering lock tool, which he did not have. He proceeded to tell my husband to go to three different stores on foot in an attempt to get lent out/or purchase this tool he did not have. While my husband was gone the driver continued to rifle through my personal belongings in the trunk of my vehicle and complained about how he was in a hurry and did not have time to wait around (my husband was gone for 10 minutes only at this point). He then starts yelling at me that he needs to leave and he cannot stay. I start to cry and let him know I have cancer and that we really need to get him tonight and that I have my 2 disabled children in the car. He continued to tell me that he was going to call Geico and cancel our claim and leave us stranded. At this point I was sobbing waiting for my husband to come back. The driver having seeing that my husband was walking back without the part got into his truck and abandoned me while I was sobbing with my children. All this after I explained to him that we knew NOBODY in the area and about my health issues. It took us another 2 hours of calling, prayer, & Facebook posts to locate a tool. Once the truck tire was retrieved, Geico called the same driver from Budget Towing to come back and finish the job, the driver refused. We waited another hour for Geico to locate a secondary option. I have never been more appalled by the lack of human compassion of another person as I was with the driver of your company. I will never recommend ANYONE to a business that would abandon a disabled woman with cancer and her children on the side of the road with no possibility of a solution.