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People with disabilities can't go back to 'normal' after COVID-19

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19.09.2021

We are two autistic adults who depend on daily supports – help with things like making food and taking care of ourselves – to live in our homes. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer than ever how vital these supports, known as home- and community-based services, are for people with disabilities.

As Congress works to pass a final COVID-19 recovery package, our country has a chance to invest in these lifesaving services – but we’re worried that once again, people with disabilities may be left behind.

Julia runs the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a policy advocacy organization working on disability rights issues. In April of 2020, ASAN began tracking COVID-19 deaths in institutions for people with disabilities. This research has borne out what we’ve always known: Our government’s actions can make the difference between a society where people like us get the services we need to thrive in our communities and a society that leaves us to die.

People with disabilities who get supports at home – like both of us – have been at far less risk than people living in institutions, but many of us have had our services disrupted.

Chris writes, “My services almost completely stopped until things were safe. I was worried without my staff and supports all my progress would disappear and I would be lost, including my ability........

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