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For people with special needs and their families, coronavirus restrictions add challenges

Coronavirus and the measures to control it are posing extra challenges to many people with special needs and their families, and to the organizations that serve them. Some with disabilities could be particularly vulnerable should they catch the virus. And the practice of social distancing conflicts with decades-long efforts to include all people with intellectual disabilities as fully as possible in their communities. Read More

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Nonprofits, philanthropies coordinate fundraising

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, Delaware Community Foundation, Philanthropy Delaware and United Way of Delaware are partnering to coordinate fundraising, grants and volunteer activities to maximize impact statewide during the coronavirus crisis. Read More

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People With Disabilities Say Rationing Care Policies Violate Civil Rights

People with disabilities are asking the federal government to end policies by states and hospitals that could lead to the rationing of care — and deny them treatment for the coronavirus. Disability advocates have filed a complaint against Washington state, while other supporters of the community allege that similar policies target people with disabilities in New York, Alabama, Tennessee, Utah, Minnesota, Colorado and Oregon. Read More

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COVID-19 and the disability community

CDS’s interim director of health and wellness, Brittany Powers, offers recommendations to people with disabilities and their caregivers on how to navigate the coronavirus pandemic in a new posting at the Center’s Inclusion blog. Read More

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Coronavirus in Delaware: Tally climbs to 26; more updates

State officials are confirming cases in 20 New Castle County residents, three Kent County residents and three Sussex County residents. Just one week ago, Delaware announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The News Journal also notes changes and updates to food bank operations, restaurant and other business operations, unemployment and the state’s April 28 primary. Read More

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DART will reduce service statewide

Citing business closures, reductions in staffing and lower ridership levels with the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Delaware, DART will operate on a reduced service schedule. Customer Service call center hours also will be reduced. Read More

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Inside the nerve center of Delaware’s coronavirus response

A look inside the State Health Operations Center in Smyrna as it answers calls to the state’s coronavirus helpline (1-866-408-1899) and provides answers to people wondering what to do or where to go if they think they’ve been infected with COVID-19. Epidemiologists also are busily tracking down anyone who may have come in contact with a coronavirus patient. Read More

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Some day programs that serve people experiencing homelessness close during coronavirus

Some day programs that serve people experiencing homelessness are closing in Delaware, among them two recovery-focused day programs run by Horizon House in Wilmington. A founding director of one of the programs notes the population it serves is at an elevated risk to catch the virus and be hurt by it since many are elderly, frequently exposed to the elements and have limited access to sanitary facilities. Read More

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Coronavirus Brings Added Worries For People With Disabilities

Caregivers and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are facing some unique concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. For example, staying home for some caregivers feeling sick may not be an option if someone with a disability relies on them for the activities of daily life, notes a representative with a trade group representing disability services providers. Read More

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Trump Administration Clears The Way For Medicaid Block Grants

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states could request a change in the way the federal government pays its share of Medicaid expenses. Called the “total expense model,” it would replace the current funding system – the federal contribution is determined based on each state’s per capita income – with a capped federal grant. While proponents say a spending limit would promote innovation and efficiency, disability advocates and others warn the new model could lead to essential health care services being reduced or eliminated. Read More

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