Reopening and the Disabled

Risks and rewards of COVID-19 behavior for the disabled.

 
A while back, during more normal times, we looked at travel and the disabled. Now, we look  at reopening and the disabled.  As difficult as it may be for the rest of us, it is far tougher for those with disabilities.

COVID-19 Reopening and the Disabled

For insights on this important topic, we refer to Andrew Pulrang’s article in Forbes:

People with disabilities and chronic illnesses generally tend to side with caution. For various practical reasons, they are at higher risk of getting infected. And if infected, we are far more likely to get much sicker and die from COVID-19.

So most of us probably do tend to favor more precautions and longer restrictions aimed at curbing and stamping out the pandemic. Being part of the probable collateral damage of premature ‘reopening’ makes this all so much more concrete and immediate for disabled people.

On the other hand, disabled people exhibit some affinity for the risk takers. In most situations, disabled people tend to greater willingness to take risks, not less. Otherwise, we would never accomplish anything. We understand quite intimately what it means to weigh the risks and benefits that always come with freedom and opportunity.

Recognizing, rethinking, and adjusting to risk is in many ways the core of the disability rights movement and disability culture. This is especially true for assertive advocate sand disability rights activists. The right to take risks,  often phrased as “the dignity of risk,” is very important to disabled people individually, and to the disability community as a whole.

We cherish this right to take risks all the more because most disabled people at some point in our lives have to contend with some kind of outside authority either informally or formally telling us what we can and cannot do, simply because of our disabilities.

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Don’t Forget About Giving Back

By helping others, you help yourself.

This is a difficult period for many of us. Psychologically, physically, and financially. But nonetheless, don’t forget about giving back. Nonprofits of all types need our support. It doesn’t have to be money. Donate your time as a volunteer. Participate in a fundraiser, such as a walk. Take those with no transportation to doctor visits. Or do any number of other tasks. And yes, monetary contributions help too.

Look at our other posts on this topic. And remember that both the donor and donee benefit!

Be Thankful: Don’t Forget About Giving Back

As B the Change Notes:

        • Support a small business.
        • Volunteer virtually.
        • Be mindful at the grocery store.
        • Reallocate unused funds to local charities.
        • Give blood.
        • Patronize companies that give back.
        • Share your knowledge.
        • Get takeout.
        • Check in on a neighbor.
        • Keep connecting.

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Don't Forget About Giving Back
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