The Rap Sheet

Spring 2021: Disability in The Time of COVID-19

Focusing on Health Care and Higher Education In this issue we look at how the pandemic has impacted people with disabilities through the lens of assistive technology, health care, and higher education. We explore how COVID-19 has both challenged the disability community and hopefully inspired lasting innovations....

What I’ve Learned as A Disabled Person from the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Andrew Pulrang The end of the COVID-19 pandemic seems a little bit closer now, and the final shape it will probably take is a little bit easier to see.What’s going to be much less clear for years to come is exactly what lessons we have learned, or should be learning from this whole experience. One such lesson is...

Disability Discrimination: The COVID-19 Health Care Reality

By Stephanie Patrick Prior to the start of the pandemic in March 2020, people with disabilities faced discrimination by policy makers and health care providers who failed to recognize the fullness of their lives and the realities of their health care needs. This discrimination has become more acute due to the strains COVID-19...

Your Communication Rights in Health Care Settings

If you are a patient in a hospital or other health care setting, you have communication and other civil rights under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Hospitals and other health care facilities...

Adults with Disabilities Need Accessible and Responsive Telehealth Care

by Evan England and Kimberly Phillips, Ph.D. The December 2020 issue of Disability in Focus from the New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Project shows that in New England, adults with disabilities are more likely than adults without disabilities to use telehealth for remote health care visits. Four out of five adults with and without disabilities...