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Sep 1, 2020

NPR Planet Money Podast Interviews NOD President Carol Glazer: “The Old Rules Were Dumb Anyway”

When the pandemic hit, the old rules went out the window. What rules will stay broken when things go back to normal? NPR’s Planet Money asked NOD President Carol Glazer to weigh in. In this podcast, Glazer shares how employees with disabilities were among the first to get laid off when the pandemic hit the U.S. – in fact, more than one million lost their jobs. But, Glazer shares how the wave of companies implementing remote work is dispelling many of the myths that kept those with disabilities out of the workplace.

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Aug 28, 2020

Has the Great WFH Experiment Delivered for Workers with Disabilities?

Workers with disabilities can help companies rebound. As businesses undergo a period of unprecedented economic and social change, hiring managers would be wise to team up with “people who are much better at dealing with fear and uncertainty. People who are great problem solvers, who are undaunted by challenges,” Glazer said. 

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Aug 28, 2020

This Year’s ADA Anniversary Marks A Time to Make Certain We Are Not Losing Ground | Blog by Merrill Friedman, Sr. Director, Disability Policy Engagement, Anthem

My hope is that we continue to build on the knowledge and practice gained during this time of crisis and consider when recruiting people with disabilities that they know how to adapt to different work environments effectively with the right supports. Let’s not lose what we have learned as we have navigated the pandemic so we can continue to level the playing field toward true inclusive employment, realizing the promise of the ADA. If that happens, we will all have reason to pause and celebrate this year. 

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Aug 5, 2020

Outreach Campaign Encourages People to Overcome Hospital Fears

Posted on August 5th, 2020 | By Mike Moen A new study says since the start of the pandemic, 911 calls for emergency medical services in the United States have dropped by 26% compared with the past two years. RICHMOND, Va. — New coronavirus cases are climbing in states such as Virginia, but concerns persist […]

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Aug 4, 2020

AT&T Survey: 70% of Large Businesses Think Remote Working Makes Them More Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

Posted on August 4th, 2020 | By Mike Robuck According to new research from AT&T, businesses are understandably skittish in regards to remote workers being exposed to more cyberattacks. AT&T’s survey found that 70% of the large business felt remote working made them more vulnerable to cyberattacks. AT&T’s study of 800 cybersecurity professionals across the […]

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Aug 4, 2020

Pandemic May Move Companies to Fix Gender and Other Inequalities, Says PwC

Report reflects marked gender inequality in corporate sector, with only 6% of listed companies having female CEOs Posted on August 4th, 2020 | By Ntando Thukwana The Covid-19 pandemic, which has prompted companies to place greater emphasis on their social responsibilities, may give companies the impetus to address gender and other inequalities, reports advisory firm […]

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Aug 4, 2020

Advocates Seek Increase to Supplemental Security Income to Benefit People with Disabilities

People receiving the maximum SSI live on $783 a month. The Chicago Disability Activism Collective is proposing an additional $266 per month. Posted on August 4th, 2020 | By Clare Proctor   With the coronavirus heightening challenges already faced by people with disabilities, activists are calling for an increase monthly Supplemental Security Income. The SSI […]

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Aug 4, 2020

‘It’s Like Having No Testing’: Coronavirus Test Results Are Still Delayed

A shortage of chemicals needed to test for the virus is part of what is slowing turnaround times. Posted on August 4th, 2020 | By Sarah Mervosh and Manny Fernandez   Frustrated by a nationwide testing backlog, the governors of six states took the unusual step of banding together on Tuesday to reduce the turnaround […]

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Aug 4, 2020

L’Oreal USA Could Require Employees to Hand Over Their Medical History to Continue Working From Home — and it May Be a Sign of What’s to Come

Posted on August 4th, 2020 | By Shoshy Ciment and Amanda Krause L’Oréal US employees who want to work from home are being required to give the company access to their medical history, two current L’Oreal employees confirmed. Beauty watchdog Instagram account esteelaundry shared a photo of the form employees must sign that releases “information […]

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Aug 4, 2020

Many Parents May Have To Stop Working Entirely If Schools Don’t Reopen, Goldman Sachs Says

Posted on August 4th, 2020 | By Anneken Tappe New York (CNN Business) The new school year is just around the corner and parents and teachers are fretting about returning to the classroom during the pandemic. Economists are worried, too, because a lack of childcare could damage America’s recovery.   Single parents, parents with young […]

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Aug 3, 2020

Health Illiteracy Is Nothing New iIn America. But the Pandemic Magnifies How Troubling It Is

Posted on August 3rd, 2020 | By Eve Glicksman   A Michigan library had to ask patrons to stop microwaving books to kill the coronavirus after noticing returned books with scorched pages. The Cleveland Clinic issued a public warning about the danger of using vodka concoctions as a hand sanitizer when recipes started to circulate. Then […]

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Aug 3, 2020

Is Telework’s Recent Success Proof That Agencies Should Be Moved Out of Washington?

Posted on August 3rd, 2020 | By Ian Smith One Senator said recently that the fact that many federal employees have been doing their jobs successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic via telework is clear evidence that federal agencies do not need to be located in Washington, DC. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) said in a recent […]

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Aug 3, 2020

McDonald’s, Marriott franchises didn’t pay COVID-19 sick leave. That was illegal. – Center for Public Integrity

Posted on August 3rd | By Alexia Fernández Campbell  Lucie Joseph started to feel sick on April 28 as she rang up customers at a Shell gas station in Delray Beach, Florida. Joseph said her boss wouldn’t give her time off without a doctor’s note. But the owner of the gas station, Sun Gas Marketing and […]

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Aug 3, 2020

COVID-19 update: New counselling service launched to manage mental health

A new on-site counseling service has launched for 6000 Sodexo healthcare employees to help them deal with the pressures of working through the COVID-19 pandemic. The service has been designed to support frontline keyworkers, predominantly based at acute hospitals, and improve their quality of life. Posted on August 3rd, 2020 | By Neil Nixon It […]

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Aug 3, 2020

The Only One in the Room

On Wall Street, being Black often means being alone, held back, deprived of the best opportunities. Here, Black men and women tell their stories. Posted August 3rd, 2020 | By Max Abelson, Sonali Basak, Kelsey Butler, Matthew Leising, Jenny Surane, and Gillian Tan. Illustration by Alexis Eke   It might seem impossible to tell the […]

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Aug 2, 2020

Debate Begins for Who’s First in Line for COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted on August 2, 2020 | By Lauran Neergaard (AP) — Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis […]

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Aug 2, 2020

IKEA Donates 100 Gift Boxes to Senior Centers During Pandemic

Posted on August 2nd, 2020 | By Arabella Thornhill   IKEA in Woodbridge donated 100 gift boxes to area senior care centers with residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic. More in a press release: “IKEA Woodbridge is excited to share the “Christmas in July” donation for residence at the Envoy of Woodbridge-Consulate Health Care. IKEA is […]

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Aug 2, 2020

CDC Tool Helps Parents Weigh Risks of Returning Kids to School Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

It’s a tough and unprecedented decision for any guardian at this time, deciding if it’s safe for students to return to the classroom despite the virus risk. Posted on August 2nd, 2020 | By Douglas Jones WASHINGTON — The decision to return children to school has been a contentious one with state, local and federal […]

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Jul 22, 2020

People with disabilities see huge job losses; will pandemic roll back ADA gains?

Posted on July 22nd, 2020 | By Gov. Tom Ridge and Ted Kennedy Jr. Thirty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, giving people with disabilities their hard-fought civil rights — the first comprehensive law addressing the needs of people with disabilities. President George H.W. Bush once confided it was among his […]

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Jul 22, 2020

The Pandemic Isn’t Bringing Back Factory Jobs, at Least Not Yet

Posted Jul 22, 2020 | By Ana Swanson and Jim Tankersley It’s a moment of reckoning for global supply chains. But that doesn’t mean companies are flocking back to the United States.     WASHINGTON — For companies with supply chains that snake around the globe, the crises have just kept coming: First the prolonged and […]

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Jul 21, 2020

4 Ways Telehealth Is Changing Healthcare Consumer Behavior for the Better

Virtual care has the potential to address inequities, inconveniences and public health risks if access continues to grow and evolve, a PwC study finds. Posted July 21st, 2020 | By Brian Eastwood   Data from the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic shows that U.S. consumers made a massive shift to telehealth. What’s more, a […]

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Jul 21, 2020

NIH Project Homes in on COVID Racial Disparities

July 21st, 2020 | Ashley Gold, Kaiser Health News While the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic Americans is no secret, federal officials have launched studies of the disparity that they hope will better prepare the country for the next great epidemic. The National Institutes of Health began the ambitious “All of Us” research […]

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Jul 21, 2020

Companies Give Back to Communities, Employees in COVID-19

Posted July 21st | By Charlotte Atchley   When the coronavirus (COVID-19) reached the United States, many companies that promote social responsibility quickly extended their efforts into supporting employees and communities through the many challenges the pandemic brought. For employee support, that meant incentivizing them to come to work by providing a safe environment and […]

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Jul 21, 2020

Protesting AT&T Workers Question Company’s Commitment to Racial Equality

Posted on July 21st, 2020 | By Edward Ongweso Jr     On Monday, Memphis AT&T workers and members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) held protests in solidarity with the national Strike for Black Lives. Workers at the company’s Memphis call center, warehouse, and retail stores hoped to call attention to the contradiction […]

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Jul 21, 2020

‘Fight the virus’: Ad Council tackles antisocial behaviour against Asian community

Posted Jul 21, 2020 | By Imogen Watson   To draw attention to the antisocial and racist treatment of members of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community since the outbreak of Covid-19, the Ad Council has unveiled ‘Fight the Virus, Fight the Bias’ as part of its ‘Love Has No Labels’ campaign. Donald Trump […]

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Jun 11, 2020

PBS Newshour: NOD Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge and Actor Danny Woodburn Push for More Pandemic Support for American with Disabilities

Nearly one in four Americans lives with a disability. For some, that means a compromised immune system and greater risk for the coronavirus. Advocates are sounding the alarm that Congress needs to do more to help this population of society’s most vulnerable.

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May 28, 2020

How COVID-19 Can Help Us Beat Impostor Syndrome | The COVID-19 Experience from the NOD Team

“The pandemic has made the world stand still; it forces us to show another side of our personality to our colleagues and will change tomorrow’s professional environment. When we leave the imposter idea behind, we have a chance to open up to our coworkers, be more vulnerable than we would otherwise be.”

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May 27, 2020

 Learning to Recognize and Talk About Mental Health Challenges | The COVID-19 Experience from the NOD Team

COVID-19, and its uncertainty, hurts my ability to find balance and causes confusion as we all try and adapt to a ‘new normal.’ For people like me who deal with mental health issues, it is particularly hard. If we work together, be patient and understand how to label symptoms and feelings, we can come out of this pandemic with a new way to look at mental health challenges.

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May 27, 2020

Empathy Helps Employees Struggling with Mental Illness to Thrive | The COVID-19 Experience from the NOD Team

With COVID we need to be even more cognizant of employees facing mental health challenges. Because of the economic trials, fears of a life-threatening illness and continuing isolation, people have no lack of stressors.

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May 19, 2020

Finding Resilience and Peace During a Pandemic | The COVID-19 Experience from the NOD Team

If this crisis has taught us one thing it is that we are all connected. We are in this together and we will get through this together. Every one of us has the capacity for resilience. This is a trait that people with disabilities use every single day to navigate a world that was not built for them. This is also something that businesses need in abundance right now.

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Apr 30, 2020

NOD Joins Ascend Consortium of 9 Nonprofits and 80+ Companies to Address Social & Economic Impacts on Vulnerable Communities during Covid-19 Pandemic

Today, we collectively affirm the 5-Point Action Agenda: Promote Inclusion: Advocate for a diverse and inclusive workplace and society; Raise Awareness: Highlight the unique impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups; Denounce Bias: Encourage individuals to report virus-linked discriminatory acts against Pan-Asians and other targeted groups and communities in the workplace and in public; Support Communities: Contribute time, knowledge and / or other resources to aid frontline workers, COVID-19 victims and families; Give Donations: Provide funds and / or other resources to support vulnerable populations of people and impacted businesses.

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Apr 16, 2020

NOD Corporate Leadership Council Members Address Mental Health In The Workplace During The COVID-19 Pandemic

“The National Organization on Disability works alongside global corporate leaders to create diverse and inclusive workplaces, including breaking down the mental health stigma,” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “This unprecedented health crisis requires us to collectively take action and openly talk about mental health disabilities. If employers fail to create more inclusive cultures that allow employees to feel comfortable asking for accommodations and supports as they cope with this pandemic, they will be doing a disservice to their workforce and to their brand more broadly.”

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Apr 3, 2020

Telework Is an Opportunity for Americans, Including People with Disabilities | The COVID-19 Experience from the NOD Team

Because of COVID-19, we are truly immersed in a forced experiment of telework: working from home by using electronic devices and Internet communications. This is something that people with disabilities have known for some time: with the proper work accommodations at home, employees can be successful. In some respects there is frustration as they see employees getting the kinds of tools and equipment they have said for years would allow them to be valuable assets to businesses. 

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Mar 20, 2020

Living with a Visual Disability during the Coronavirus Pandemic | The COVID-19 Experience from the NOD Team

I’m only 31 years old, but I have already dealt with my own finitude, I lost my sight about 10 years ago. Around 57 million Americans live with a disability, that’s about 20 percent of the population. But even during this crisis, people with disabilities still get out of bed and move through life despite new and unpredictable threats to our health. In many ways, to us, nothing has changed.

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Mar 12, 2020

Response to COVID-19/Coronavirus

The National Organization on Disability is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19/Coronavirus. During this time, we remain committed to ensuring the well-being of everyone in our community and are therefore taking immediate measures to safeguard all our clients, funders, partners and staff members.

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Corporate Leadership Council Member Content

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COVID-19 Conference Call: Disability Policy Landscape During Covid-19
Ridge Policy Group speaks about their work advocating for Americans with disabilities.
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COVID-19 Conference Call: Making Work Accessible
Jeremy Zilar of Digital.gov presents on how to deploy accessible technology to support employees with disabilities during the pandemic.
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COVID-19 Conference Call with Lori Golden, EY
Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader at EY, who shared a presentation on ways her company is supporting employees during the pandemic. 
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Compilation of NOD’s Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources
Browse all of NOD's updates, original content, and specially curated content to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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