Parents with disabilities and advocates have expressed concern that remote instruction can be a significant burden when teachers ask for parental support without providing accommodations. Schools are bound by the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability legislation not to discriminate against parents with disabilities, although a specialist in the field says that schools’ obligations during Covid have not been litigated in court.
The state will supply by the end of the month rapid Covid tests to Delaware group homes, day programs and other congregate settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. An administrator from the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services says the tests – which return a result in 15 minutes – will greatly benefit care providers, who sometimes need to break Covid safety guidelines on the job.
Home health care nurses and family members of people with disabilities who receive in-home care have expressed concerns about a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and job instability due in part to to low wages. As nurses quit to take care of family members or avoid Covid contagion, remaining in-home nurses become more burdened and people with disabilities face a greater risk of not receiving essential care.
The Biden administration announced that the White House website, whitehouse.gov, will conform to the most recent Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Referred to as WCAG 2.1, the guidelines are a widely-used standard for judging if websites are accessible to all users, regardless of disability. The site also added inclusive features for LGBTQ and Spanish-speaking individuals.
President Biden is filling leadership roles in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with health policy experts – including disability advocate Alison Barkoff – who served in the Obama administration. Barkoff will be a top administrator in the Administration for Community Living, the funding agency for university centers on disabilities including CDS. Barkoff was most recently the advocacy director at the Center for Public Representation and previously worked on disability-related issues with the Departments of Justice, HHS and Labor.