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Peter Blanck, Paul Harpur, Larry Logue, Lisa Shur, Mason Ameri, & Douglas Kruse contribute to special edition of Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation for 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Date: November 10, 2020
Link: bbi.syr.edu/2020/11/bbi-chairman-peter-blanck-guest-edits-journal-of-occupational-rehabilitation-special-issue-for-30th-anniversary-of-the-americans-with-disabilities-act/
Source: Burton Blatt Institute News
The special JOOR series provides historical and contemporary perspectives on emergent issues involving people with disabilities who have the capacity and interest to work. Unfortunately, many are still unable to participate in the economic mainstream even with the availability of workplace accommodations such as remote work and individualized adjustments.

The articles highlight emerging research, policy, and law on the future of employment and the accommodation principle for people with disabilities – envisioning a potential future of full disability-inclusive employment.

How the pandemic has affected voters with disabilities – roughly one-sixth of the US electorate

Date: October 29, 2020
Link: www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/10/29/how-pandemic-has-affected-voters-disabilities-2020-election/6059784002/
Source: USA Today
Lisa Schur and Doug Kruse featured, “Because of the pandemic, many states this year are not requiring a specific excuse for absentee voting – a relief for some people with disabilities,” said Doug Kruse, a professor at Rutgers University and co-director of the school’s disability research program. As a result, he said, “turnout among voters with disabilities may increase this year.” Kruse, 61, uses a wheelchair because of injuries he suffered when he was hit by a drunken driver in 1990. He usually likes to vote in person, with his wife, Rutgers professor Lisa Schur, co-director of the disability research program, helping him over a couple of curbs in the way of his usual voting place. But this year, “I’m relieved New Jersey sent me a ballot. I really don’t want to expose myself to COVID.”

The Supreme Court’s Alabama Ruling Could Disenfranchise Thousands of High Risk Voters

Date: October 23, 2020
Link: time.com/5903449/supreme-court-restricts-voting-alabama
Source: Time
Lisa Schur and Doug Kruse quoted, “In Alabama, where coronavirus cases have been on the rise, the issue is particularly acute. The state has a history of voter suppression and a high proportion of Black and disabled voters, all of whom are disproportionately affected by both the pandemic and voting rights issues. There are 748,000 eligible voters with disabilities in Alabama, representing 20% of the state’s electorate, according to data from researchers Douglas Kruse and Lisa Schur at Rutgers University”

‘A Failed System’: What It’s Like to Vote With a Disability During a Pandemic

Date: Sept. 25, 2020
Link: www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/us/politics/voting-disability-virus.html
Source: New York Times
Lisa Schur and Doug Kruse quoted in New York Times article: “Democracy only works if everyone is able to participate and vote,” said Lisa Schur, a professor at Rutgers University who conducted the research with her husband, Douglas Kruse, who is also a professor. “And to the extent people with disabilities are excluded from the process, then we really have a failed system.”

The COVID Silver Linings Playbook

Date: September 18, 2020
Link: www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/covid19-economics-social-silver-linings/
Source: World Economic Forum
Despite its disruption, COVID-19 has exposed silver linings, writes economist Mohamed A. El-Erian. These include medical innovation, global collaboration and greater emphasis on work-life balance. While countries still battle with coronavirus, it’s important policymakers seize on the positive trends it has incidentally set in motion. The human tragedies and massive economic disruptions caused by COVID-19 have rightly commanded the attention of the public and policymakers for more than six months, and should continue to do so. But in managing the immediate crisis, we must not lose sight of the opportunities. The oft-quoted line about not letting a crisis go to waste has rarely been more relevant.

As ADA turns 30, people with disabilities still last hired, first fired

Date: July 25, 2020
Link: www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-disabilities-last-hired-first-fired-20200726-lfpwypuhczggxfsvriofj4jdiy-story.html
Source: Daily News
Authors: Mason Ameri, Lisa Schur, and Douglas Kruse
The ongoing disparities faced by people with disabilities reaffirm the need for continued disability activism, vigorous enforcement of the current ADA, as well as creative attempts to “future proof” the ADA as the online economy plays a more significant role in our lives.

Disabled Americans mark milestone as crisis deepens job woes

Date: July 25, 2020
Link: apnews.com/9c1c304518e02b99f60e85fda37969be
Source: AP News
Lisa Schur and Doug Kruse quoted, “The historically dominant view was that it was an individual problem that each person or family had to cope with on their own,” said Douglas Kruse, an economist at Rutgers University who began using a wheelchair after a drunk driver crashed into him in 1990. “The ADA represented a shift in perspective that a lot of the problems with disability are more societal and environmental.”

“It’s not uncommon to see people with wheelchairs or blind people out doing what they need to do, or want to do, in cities or in restaurants,” said his wife Lisa Schur, a political scientist at Rutgers who studies disability and employment. “Before the ADA, it was unusual. People would be stared at. Now it’s more accepted.”

Job Security Was Already Precarious For Individuals With Disabilities. Then COVID Hit.

Date: July 23, 2020
Link: www.huffpost.com/entry/job-security-individuals-disabilities-coronavirus_l_5f060ae4c5b6480493ca63d9
Source: Huffington Post
Lisa Schur and Doug Kruse mentioned, and Doug was quoted, in a Huffington Post article on coronavirus effects on employment of people with disabilities. “When the labor market is really tight, employers can’t afford to discriminate, because they’ve got to get those workers in there,” said Douglas Kruse, a co-author of that layoff research and co-director of Rutgers University’s Program for Disability Research with Lisa Schur. “Whereas when there’s recessions, then employers can be choosy about whom they pick and that’s a time when discrimination can come into play.”

People with disabilities face disproportionate economic hardship from Covid-19

Date: July 27, 2020
Link: news.yahoo.com/people-disabilities-face-disproportionate-economic-161252674.html
Source:
Yahoo News

 

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