Profile: 13 People With Disabilities Talk About Life Post-Election

13 People With Disabilities Talk About Life Post-Election

“I just hope we all can survive the next four years.”

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9. Imani Barbarin, Blogger, Accidental Activist, and Board Member at Break the Roof Ministries

"Work that offers insurance is difficult to find as someone with a disability, as employers often calculate the cost of insuring disabled people along with what's on their résumé. If qualifications for disability benefits become more stringent, the working disabled may need to leave their jobs and reduce assets in their name, and/or divorce their spouses to qualify, should states not roll out the ABLE Act in any meaningful way."I am also deeply concerned about education becoming more privatized under Betsy DeVos — as private institutions, schools could turn away disabled students and ignore requests for accommodation, making school dangerous if not entirely inaccessible — and unconstitutional law enforcement policies like stop-and-frisk and broken-windows policing. Between 30 and 50% of people killed in altercations with police are disabled, which I worry will increase if community/law enforcement communication efforts are abandoned, and if police aren't given training on interacting with disabled citizens. Still, I have hope, both because of the people within the disabled community who refuse to remain silent, and because disability doesn't care who you voted for; your survival will depend on who won."
Imani Barbarin

 

“Work that offers insurance is difficult to find as someone with a disability, as employers often calculate the cost of insuring disabled people along with what’s on their résumé. If qualifications for disability benefits become more stringent, the working disabled may need to leave their jobs and reduce assets in their name, and/or divorce their spouses to qualify, should states not roll out the ABLE Act in any meaningful way.

“I am also deeply concerned about education becoming more privatized under Betsy DeVos— as private institutions, schools could turn away disabled students and ignore requests for accommodation, making school dangerous if not entirely inaccessible — and unconstitutional law enforcement policies like stop-and-frisk and broken-windows policingBetween 30 and 50% of people killed in altercations with police are disabled, which I worry will increase if community/law enforcement communication efforts are abandoned, and if police aren’t given training on interacting with disabled citizens. Still, I have hope, both because of the people within the disabled community who refuse to remain silent, and because disability doesn’t care who you voted for; your survival will depend on who won.”

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