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Rest in Power

Writer, producer, vocal arranger, and wheelchair philosopher Simon Illa was beloved by many collaborators in the worlds of music and audio. Two years ago, he reflected on New Years resolutions and turned “inspiration porn” into “aspiration porn.”


News

COVID-19

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Today, @CDCDirector said:
“The overwhelming number of deaths, over 75%, occurred in people who had at least 4 comorbidities. So really these are people who were unwell to begin with and yes, really encouraging news in the context of Omicron.”

This is eugenicist.

Rochelle Walensky’s comments on Good Morning America reveal that her agency’s problems go far beyond poor collaborations in messaging. The CDC’s cavalier attitude toward the reality of eugenics in the U.S. hastens the deaths of disabled people. And still, immunocompromised people are fighting back with quiet and virtuous civil disobedience.

<div class="tweet" data-attrs="{"url":"https://twitter.com/imani_barbarin/status/1480028346654339072?s=21","full_text":"The most bipartisan belief in America is Eugenics and racism #MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy","username":"Imani_Barbarin","name":"Imani Barbarin, MAGC | Crutches&Spice ♿️","date":"Sun Jan 09 04:07:10 +0000 2022","photos":[],"quoted_tweet":{},"retweet_count":159,"like_count":682,"expanded_url":{},"video_url":null}”>

The most bipartisan belief in America is Eugenics and racism #MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy

The Care Crisis

In New York state alone, at least 57 group homes have been closed due to workforce shortages. News cycles have dropped already-underreported coverage of funding for home and community-based services in the Build Back Better Bill. And we are sorely lacking an anti-ableist analysis of the care crisis.

Pharma Ethics

CVS’s “investment” of $11.6 million in a new group home in Austin, TX is a good example of how the industry atomizes the care crisis and obscures its true breadth. Meanwhile, Pfizer, Roche, AstraZeneca,and J&J are being sued for using local agents to deliver cash bribes to the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in Iraq between 2005 and 2011.

Incremental Victories

California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, has significantly increased the value of property you can own and still be eligible for support, from $2,000 to $130,000. The asset test will be gone entirely by 2024. And there is marginal movement on the federal level, too: the IRS has increased the annual contribution to ABLE accounts, a disability-specific savings program, from $15,000 to $16,000. Still no movement on the SSI Restoration Act.

Archive Fever

The new NYC Trans Oral History Archive site allows us to explore access in form and content.

Art!

Super Hot Sex

A. Andrews offers a detailed guide to sex and accessibility.

A post shared by IDHA NYC (@idha_nyc)

A photo at an in-person IDHA class with three faculty members with the overlaid text: Re-Thinking mental Health: History of the Mad Movement & Alternatives to Biomedical Approaches. The IDHA logo is at the top, and at the bottom small text reads: “IDHA Online Course Series.”


CALLS

A post shared by Revival Disability Community (@revivaldisabilitymag)

There is a blue background on the top right “Revival Disability Project” is written on a yellow background. Below “Disabled Ways of Coping” is written and below that swipe is written and there is a pair of socks and shoes in yellow and orange. On the left there is a jar pink and purple that says anti depressants. Below theme for January ‘22 open call is written in a box. Below that there is a text bubble saying where the fuck are our coping mechanisms, Freud.

<div class="tweet" data-attrs="{"url":"https://twitter.com/SFdirewolf/status/1480198253186404353?s=20","full_text":"FYI folks in California: nnCalifornia Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is looking to gather quotes, stories, or other representations of customers’ experiences using wheelchair accessible ride hail (e.g. Uber WAV and Lyft Access).nn#RideShare #CripTheVote #Uber #Lyft","username":"SFdirewolf","name":"Alice Wong 王美華","date":"Sun Jan 09 15:22:18 +0000 2022","photos":[],"quoted_tweet":{},"retweet_count":5,"like_count":10,"expanded_url":{},"video_url":null}”>

FYI folks in California:

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is looking to gather quotes, stories, or other representations of customers’ experiences using wheelchair accessible ride hail (e.g. Uber WAV and Lyft Access).

#RideShare #CripTheVote #Uber #Lyft


EVENTS

Kinetic Light’s Artist Support Programs

I am hosting some pilot programming to support and connect artists in the field of disability arts as part of my work as Organizer with Kinetic Light. Follow the registration links below for more information. ASL, CART, access doula-ing, and other forms of care through collaborative strategy. No cost.

  • Grant Writing for Disability Artistry
    Wednesday, Jan. 12th
    Settling in 3:30-4pm ET
    Program 4-5pm ET
    DETAILS & REGISTRATION

  • Grant Management for Disability Artistry
    Wednesday, Jan. 19th
    Settling in 4:30-5pm ET
    Program 5-6pm ET
    DETAILS & REGISTRATION

Sneak Peek: Jerron Herman’s Vitruvian

  • A Vitruvian Kickback

    Hosted by Candace l Feldman and Jerron Herman

    Saturday, Jan. 15th, 7-8:30pm ET

    At Gibney Dance (NYC) + Online

    TICKETS HERE

Healing/Arts Workshop: Darian Goldin Stahl

  • A session on the expressive power of handmade books to illuminate lived experiences of illness.

    Thursday, Jan. 13 at 4pm ET via Zoom

    Access features by request

    REGISTER HERE


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