Jobseekers younger than 35 are increasingly demanding their employers demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the workforce, including accommodations for employees with disabilities, according to experts in employment trends and surveys of young adults. Career counselors report the shift has been especially evident since the killing of George Floyd and the resulting national conversation about systemic inequities.
In a report to the Election Assistance Commission, Rutgers researchers found that voters with disabilities reported significantly fewer barriers to access in 2020 compared to 2012. The authors attributed this in part to the increase in voting options offered due to the pandemic – though those voting in-person also reported fewer issues. Voters with visual and cognitive impairments encountered the most difficulties.
As of Tuesday, 186 Delawareans are hospitalized with Covid-19, a decrease of almost 300 since a surge following the winter holidays. Gov. Carney attributes the improvement to better treatment options and high rates of mask compliance.
A proposal in Connecticut to create a statewide registry of people with disabilities, including mental disorders, is drawing criticism from some disability advocates concerned it will cause further social stigma and decrease citizens’ privacy. The proposal represents an expansion of voluntary programs offered by many U. S. police departments to register individuals with dementia, autism, bipolar disorder and other conditions.
Although an estimated 300,000 people in the U.S. with intellectual and developmental disabilities live in congregate housing, ranging from group homes to intermediate care facilities, the federal government does not collect data from them related to Covid-19. The result is that states decide whether to collect that data, leading to a wide range of policies and an unclear picture of the pandemic’s effects on people with disabilities.