Joseph Shapiro

Joseph Shapiro appears in the following:

As Hospitals Fear Being Overwhelmed By COVID-19, Do The Disabled Get The Same Access?

Monday, December 14, 2020

In an Oregon hospital, a disabled woman fought for her life as her friends and advocates pleaded for proper care. Her case raises the question: Are disabled lives equally valued during a pandemic?


American Airlines Reverses Policy That Imposed Weight Limit On Wheelchairs

Monday, November 23, 2020

American Airlines reversed a recent policy that banned wheelchairs weighing more than 300 pounds, which includes many power wheelchairs, from some of its regional jets following an NPR report.


A New Rule Means Some People With Wheelchairs Can't Fly On American Airlines

Monday, November 02, 2020

A new policy from American Airlines, the largest airline in the United States, put a limit on the weight of a wheelchair. Now, many power wheelchairs are too heavy to fly on smaller regional jets.


Undocumented With COVID-19: Many Face A Long Recovery, Largely On Their Own

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

People can spend months recovering from COVID-19 and sometimes have lasting disabilities. That is especially hard for undocumented people, who often are in high-risk jobs without health insurance.


Undocumented People With No Health Insurance Struggle Especially Hard From COVID-19

Monday, August 31, 2020

People who contract COVID-19 can spend months in recovery and end up with long-term disabilities. It's especially hard for undocumented immigrants who are at high risk an don't have health insurance.


One Man's COVID-19 Death Raises The Worst Fears Of Many People With Disabilities

Friday, July 31, 2020

The hospital said it made a humane decision to end treatment. Michael Hickson's widow says doctors ended his care because they underestimated the life of a man with significant disabilities.


One Laid Groundwork For The ADA; The Other Grew Up Under Its Promises

Sunday, July 26, 2020

As the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30, a founder of the disability rights movement, Judy Heumann, talks to activist Imani Barbarin, born a few months after the landmark law was signed.


Disaster Relief For The Elderly And Disabled Is Already Hard. Now Add A Pandemic

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Natural disasters are already deadly for the elderly and people with disabilities. During the pandemic, advocates say disaster preparation has fallen short in meeting the needs of the most at risk.


As COVID-19 Spreads In Prisons, Lockdowns Spark Fear Of More Solitary Confinement

Monday, June 15, 2020

With many U.S. prisons on lockdown amid the pandemic, keeping prisoners in their cells has emerged as a way to stop viral spread. Advocates worry that will increase the use of solitary confinement.


COVID-19 Infections And Deaths Are Higher Among Those With Intellectual Disabilities

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

There's growing evidence of high rates of death from COVID-19 for a population that doesn't get a lot of attention: people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Protesters Set Fire To Vehicles, Buildings Near White House

Monday, June 01, 2020

For a third night, demonstrations were held near the White House on Sunday. Protesters set fire to vehicles and nearby buildings. They were met with a heavy show of force by authorities.


Violence Erupts As Outrage Over George Floyd's Death Spills Into A New Week

Monday, June 01, 2020

In Minneapolis, where Floyd died, a semitrailer drove into a crowd of protesters on an interstate. Authorities in Kentucky say a man was killed as security forces confronted a crowd early Monday.


People With Disabilities Face Additional Challenges During The Pandemic

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

NPR's investigations correspondent and Jennifer Mizrahi, president of RespectAbility, answer listener questions about people with disabilities navigating the new reality during the pandemic.


Civilian Mariners Say Strict Navy Coronavirus Restrictions Are Unfair

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Navy has imposed strict rules on a small branch of civilian mariners. They're locked down on their ships and say it's an overreaction — and they're suing.


In New York Nursing Homes, Death Comes To Facilities With More People Of Color

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In an analysis of 78 nursing homes in New York where six or more residents have died from COVID-19, NPR found nursing homes with more people of color were more likely to have more deaths.


NPR Analysis Of COVID-19 Deaths At New York Nursing Homes

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

There's one thing that distinguishes the nursing homes that have reported the highest number of deaths: It's not the quality of the nursing home, but the percentage of people of color who live there.


People With Disabilities Fear Pandemic Will Worsen Medical Biases

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

As medical providers prepare for the possibility that they may have to ration care, many people with disabilities fear they will get lesser treatment.


A Month After Emergency Declaration, Trump's Promises Largely Unfulfilled

Monday, April 13, 2020

On March 13, President Trump promised to mobilize private and public resources to respond to the coronavirus. NPR followed up on each promise and found little action had been taken.


HHS Warns States Not To Put People With Disabilities At The Back Of The Line For Care

Saturday, March 28, 2020

States are preparing guidelines for when there's not enough care to go around. Disability groups are worried that those standards will allow rationing that excludes people with disabilities.


People With Disabilities Say Rationing Care Policies Violate Civil Rights

Monday, March 23, 2020

People with disabilities are asking the federal government to stop state and hospital policies that they fear will ration care in favor of younger and healthier people.