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Me and my autistic son were denied renting because we claim benefits | Metro News

The voice at the end of the phone was blunt and unapologetic. ‘Those are the rules Ms Collier,’ the letting agent told me. ‘We don’t rent property to people claiming benefits.’ It was February 2020 and the third time I’d been rejected by a letting agent in as many weeks, simply because I was claiming a small amount of housing […]

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Netflix series about autistic people dating gets mixed reviews

Dating shows aren’t exactly rare when you’re scrolling through Netflix. The streaming service has debuted a slew of such shows this summer, including “Love is Blind,” “Too Hot to Handle” and “Indian Matchmaking.”  But the newest iteration, produced in Australia, is causing some people to take a closer look at the genre. “Finding love can […]

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It’s Time To Listen To Black Disabled People

BY VILLISA K. THOMPSON · AUGUST 21, 2020 Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), which of course meant more attention given to disability justice and the voices of disabled people.  But now that the anniversary has passed and the news cycle has moved on, where does that leave disability justice and […]

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Oakland sues to protect elderly living in ‘squalor’

OAKLAND — Alleging that elderly and disabled renters are living in squalor, surrounded by mold, cockroaches, rats and bedbugs, the Oakland city attorney has filed an emergency tenant protection lawsuit against the owners of an independent living center. City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed the lawsuit Thursday against the Oakside Independent Living facility, located on […]

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DSS reports increase in severity of neglect cases among disabled adult, elderly population | carolinacoastonline.com

BEAUFORT — Carteret County Department of Social Service workers are seeing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on families, especially on disabled adults and the elderly. “We’ve seen an increase in the severity of the neglect cases,” DSS Adult Protective Services Supervisor Zack Dixon said Thursday. “Prior to COVID, people were out and about and there […]

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Advocates push for more funding for disabled people during pandemic

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Disability rights advocates are saying people most in need aren’t getting necessary care during the coronavirus pandemic. Advocates said it’s time for Congress to pass a new coronavirus relief bill, but this one should put the focus on vulnerable Americans. They’re asking that billions of dollars for disabled Americans be included. […]

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Vermont Legislature Revisits Bill to Legalize Cannabis Sales – Cannabis Business Times

Earlier this year, the Vermont House and Senate approved separate versions of S.54, legislation that would establish a taxed-and-regulated system for legal cannabis sales, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic kept lawmakers from working out the differences in their proposals before sending a final bill to Gov. Phil Scott. Now, the bill is again moving […]