Provide People with Disabilities with Live Saving Care for COVID-19.

Provide People with Disabilities with Live Saving Care for COVID-19.

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        In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, it is widely known that hospitals have been overwhelmed. However, certain states including Alabama, Washington and Arizona, have released plans for treatment rationing that are discriminatory towards people with disabilities. To put it in simple terms, these plans will make saving the lives of COVID-19 patients with neurological and/or physical disabilities a lesser priority than saving able-bodied, neuro-typical patients. Patients with disabilities may likely be considered “poor candidates for ventilator support” according to Alabama’s plan. The state’s plan reads: “persons with severe mental retardation, advanced dementia or severe traumatic brain injury may be poor candidates for ventilator support”. Also, Arizona’s plan to “allocate resources to patients whose need is greater or whose prognosis is more likely to result in a positive outcome with limited resources”, could easily be used to validate sacrificing the lives people with disabilities due to its vague nature. If these plans are put into action, people with all kinds of disabilities, including but not limited to Down’s syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Cerebral Palsy could also be put at major risk, even though these conditions do not equate to “severe mental retardation”.
According to Pam Katz, “Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL), Disability Rights Washington (DRW), and The Arc of the United States (The Arc) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) about their grave concerns that the plans being put in place discriminate against people with disabilities in violation of federal disability rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and place their lives at serious risk. “ But the fight is not over yet, as these plans not only devalue the lives of disabled individuals, but also clearly put many at higher risk of death if they contract the virus. Sign this petition to contact the U.S. Federal Government and State Governments of Alabama, Arizona, and Washington, asking them to re-evaluate and change these plans before it is too late. 

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