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Communication and Access

Employees over the age of sixty of which there are many may need computers, laptops or tablets to access information and perhaps to even do their jobs. An effort to provide these tools so they can participate equitably is essential. Failure to provide these tools is effectively discrimination based on income.

Companies need to partner with government to provide.

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Equal opportunities

State government can help individuals under the risk category to find employment providing a service to move them to specific jobs with minimum contagious probability like manufacturing to reduce public charge and keep labor market

 

Personal protection equipment must be provided by private and public organizations to enforce sanitary regulations considering the low income sector of the population who can not afford... more »

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Supportive services for Vulnerable populations

There are many individuals who are unable to work because of disabilities or having to take care of someone with a disability. In this new environment with how much cleaning has to be done to make sure Covid-19 does not spread, it seems only fair that payments to those individuals on disability should increase so they can afford to care for themselves and their family members.

For individuals with pre-existing conditions... more »

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Employment for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with Disabilties (PwD) who were making a living before Covid 19 are social distancing and many of them have been laid off or furloughed. PwD talent is a vulnerable population and social isolation impacts their mental health. Since remote work has become mainstream there is an opportunity for small / medium / big business to deploy or develop assistive technology innovations that can enable a PwD to upskill, create... more »

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Reopening safely with accommodations for at-risk persons

How does the Nation plan to reopen in a way that will not put at-risk populations in frequent contact with the public and risk their health? Once businesses reopen, individuals will have to chose between their livelihood and their health. In order to remain employed they may be forced back to work. What happens to those who are high-risk or have high-risk individuals in their household? Even with social distancing measures... more »

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Back to work

Operating day supports centers for people with ID/RD, Autism and persons with Head and Spinal Cord injuries makes reopening for persons who are at risk a challenge. We have begun to assess and survey our families to see what their time frame and desires/requirements are for returning to work and programming. People are all over the board as it relates to reopening. We will work with those families and individuals first... more »

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Assure safety of services to the public

For employees who will work directly with the population, ESPECIALLY when providing services for the aging, disabled, or people with underlying illnesses, these employees should be tested for COVID19 to make sure they are not carriers of the viris prior to initiating face-to-face contact. Examples of workers providing services to the populations above would include vocational rehabilitation professionals, workers serving... more »

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Protect the vulnerable

The vulnerable members of the population must be protected, now, and probably for months and months to come.

But that protection can not require a complete nationwide shutdown.

This is not the same as requiring accessibility such as wheelchair lifts or text to speech capabilities. Those are critical and should be closely regulated to ensure compliance.

But in the case of this disease, discrimination will have to occur... more »

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Workplace Discrimination

Ensuring civil rights protections are in place for individuals who may experience workplace isolation, explicit biases or intentional/unintentional bias or stereotyping because of COVID 19. Individuals with and without disabilities should not be recognized or presumed as highly susceptible to illness or receive unequal treatment based on location, economic conditions, age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.... more »

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Everybody's not online

Believe it or not, many seniors, people with some disabilities, lower income groups, homeless people, people living in rural areas with poor bandwidth and others are not online or not proficient in locating and using services online. These citizens may be among the most vulnerable served by federal, state and local government agencies. It may be necessary to share more than a complex agency's home page URL. Some people... more »

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What does a new norm of Employment look like for People with Disabilities?

We all know that if the general unemployment rate is going to be 15-30% because of the pandemic. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is going to be 2 to 3 times more so you can imagine the number. It is no secret that people with disabilities are hard hit by COVID-19. That said, what will the employment of people with disabilities look like in the months to come? As someone whose job it is to assist our... more »

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Protecting Employees Who Are Vulnerable

There needs to be a way to make sure people do not lose their jobs if they cannot come to a front-line role because they have a compromised immune system, are over 60, have a health condition, or are pregnant. Their jobs need to be protected but also their privacy needs to be protected. We don't want to stigmatize people who are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

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