Join us for a webinar on knowing and advocating for your rights in medical situations during the pandemic and beyond. With the uptick of COVID-19 cases throughout the country, it’s important to understand Illinois State guidance that protects people with disabilities, and others at risk of bias in lifesaving treatment.
In April, Access Living took the initiative to organize more than 140 Illinois organizations to ask the State to issue guidance to medical providers saying emergency lifesaving protocols could not discriminate against people with disabilities. At the same time, disability advocates were taking similar action in several states and with the federal government. Illinois state officials responded.
The recent death of Michael Hickson, a Black disabled father who had Covid-19 and was denied medical care at a Texas hospital, has reignited an important national conversation about the value of disabled lives and the intersection of disability and race.
There will be time for a Q&A. Questions submitted via Zoom's chat aren't accessible to screen readers. If you're interested in submitting a question, we encourage you to do so in advance here: https://www.accessliving.org/event/webinar-medical-rationing-and-covid-19/
ASL interpretation and CART provided.
- Karen Tamley is the President and CEO of Access Living.
- James Bennett is the Illinois Department of Human Rights Director.
- Anita Cameron is the Director of Minority Outreach at Not Dead Yet, a national disability rights group.
- Mary Rosenberg is a staff attorney at Access Living where she represents people with disabilities in discrimination cases.
- Emcee: Dr. Angel Miles is the Healthcare and Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Policy Analyst at Access Living.