June 23, 2020 – For immediate release
COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes are Not Unavoidable — They are the Result of Deadly Discrimination
World Institute on Disability joins with ACLU, SEIU, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) in petitioning U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for immediate relief:
Re: COVID-19 Response in Nursing Homes and Other Congregate Settings Where People with Disabilities Live
Dear Secretary Azar, Director Redfield, Administrator Verma, and Director Wright:
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(e), please find the petition from the American Civil Liberties Union, Service Employees International Union, American Association of People with Disabilities, Autistic Self-Advocacy Center, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, National Council on Independent Living, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, and World Institute on Disability requesting modification or rescission of various agency actions taken in conjunction with the COVID-19 emergency regarding nursing homes and other congregate settings where people with disabilities live.
Given the emergency nature of the pandemic, we expect a response to this petition within three weeks.
In the absence of relief within that time frame, we will proceed accordingly.
Link to ACLU Blog piece: COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes are Not Unavoidable – They are the Result of Deadly Discrimination
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