Excited to have several entries in The Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability from 3 different publications.
Attention to #disabled journalists writing #disability stories is paramount when the CDC says 1 in 4 Americans has a disability.
Most often it is non-disabled people writing the stories of #disability and #disabled people, which means everything is seen through the lens not of disabled people but of non-disabled people viewing disability. Quite a different POV.
Just the way non-disabled people have reported on the primary and the candidates provides an entrée into what I mean: How many of the candidates are addressing THE largest minority in the country? Z E R O.
And one candidate, Marianne Williamson, has a complicated history on this.
When we aren't in the room, let alone at the table, how do our stories, our issues, our needs get addressed?
They don't.
What's the #M4A plan on assistive devices--one of THE most expensive issues for #disabled people?
How will #M4A address home healthcare needs of ##disabled people?
A major issue and one reason I have long said we need #MedicaidForAll, not Medicare.
All of these concerns are raised by disabled people, but who is responding if there are no disabled people in your campaign?
I have not seen one article on the fact that the campaigns do not have #disabled people on them and none have highlighted #disability. There are EIGHTY ONE MILLION disabled people in America. In contrast there are 42M black Americans.
I am by no means saying we should ignore any other issues on the table. Only that it's shocking that #disability isn't a main issue and #disabled Americans aren't a target audience when disabilty cuts across every strata of society.
What's your plan, Democrats?
I need a motorized wheelchair & wheelchair lift to make my house accessible.
Currently I have to call an ambulance to carry me out of the house & drive me anywhere. This is a complex, unpleasant, costly process.

A lift costs $$10k, power chair $12K, stair glide $7k to $10k.
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