Join Access Living at 5 p.m. Monday, August 3, for a webinar about fighting discrimination in medical crisis standards of care and hospital visitor policies for Illinoisans with disabilities during COVID-19 and beyond. ASL interpretation and CART provided.
Register to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MQlH5ULhRkCLbTItLhH98g
Submit question for the panelists: https://www.accessliving.org/event/webinar-medical-rationing-and-covid-19/#submit-questions-for-the-panelists
As the global pandemic stretches on:
– Disabled people are more at risk of experiencing the most severe COVID-19 symptoms due to underlying health conditions
– Disability rates are higher in communities of color, compounding existing medical structural racism with ableism
– COVID-19 is more prevalent in Illinois nursing homes and other institutional settings, nationwide
– Disability-related discrimination in the rationing of COVID-19 care is happening despite state guidance to stop it
In April, Access Living took the initiative to organize more than 140 Illinois organizations to ask the State to issue guidance to medical providers saying emergency lifesaving protocols could not discriminate against people with disabilities. State officials respond-ed, developing guidance.
However, the recent death of Michael Hickson, a Black disabled father who had Covid-19 and was denied medical care at a Texas hospital, has reignited an important national conversation about the value of disabled lives.
There will also be time for a Q&A at the end of the webinar. Due to the limitations of the Zoom webinar platform, questions submitted during the event via chat are not accessi-ble to participants using screen readers. We encourage all attendees to submit ques-tions in advance via this form on our website INSERT LINK
– Karen Tamley, President and CEO of Access Living
– Jim Bennett, Director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights
– Anita Cameron, Director of Minority Outreach at Not Dead Yet
– Mary Rosenberg, staff attorney at Access Living
– Emcee: Dr. Angel Miles, Healthcare and Home and Community-Based Services Policy Analyst at Access Living