Joseph Shapiro

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Disability Groups File Federal Complaint About COVID-19 Care Rationing Plans

Monday, March 23, 2020

People with disabilities are asking the federal government to stop what they say are care-rationing plans from states and hospitals, which could possibly deny them treatment for COVID-19.

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Are There Enough Skilled Medical Workers To Run Ventilators?

Thursday, March 19, 2020

About 2% of people with COVID-19 will need ventilators to help them breathe. Are there enough ventilators, and are there enough doctors and respiratory therapists trained to use them?

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Federal Report Says Women In Prison Receive Harsher Punishments Than Men

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Prisons often give disproportionately harsher punishments for minor offenses to women than to men, according to a new federal report that backs up the findings of an earlier NPR investigation.

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Amtrak Reverses Course On $25,000 Bill

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The rail carrier Amtrak says passengers who use wheelchairs will no longer have to pay for the added cost of accommodating them.

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Amtrak To Drop $25,000 Ticket Price For 2 Wheelchair Users After Complaints

Monday, January 20, 2020

NPR reported on Friday that the ticket for a two-hour ride between Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, Ill., stations usually costs $16. Amtrak had based the higher price on adjustments to train cars.

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Sen. Duckworth Slams Amtrak Over $25K Price For Disabled Passengers

Monday, January 20, 2020

When two disability rights advocates tried to book a one-way train ride, Amtrak charged $25,000 in order to accommodate their wheelchairs. The ride from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill., is usually $16.

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Amtrak Asks 2 People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride

Friday, January 17, 2020

It usually costs $16 to take Amtrak from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill. The company defended the $25,000 cost for the extra wheelchair users, saying it reflects a new policy.

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Two Wheelchair Users Faced A $25,000 Fee To Travel On Amtrak

Friday, January 17, 2020

It costs $16 to take the Amtrak from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill. But people who use wheelchairs were recently asked to pay $25,000. Amtrak defended the cost, saying it reflects a new policy.

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When A Prisoner Returns Home With A Brain Injury, Freedom Isn't So Free

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Chuck Coma was one of the thousands of people assaulted in federal prisons each year. His cellmate nearly killed him. But it's now up to his family to take care of him.

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Trump Reverses Education Secretary DeVos' Plans To Cut Funding For Special Olympics

Friday, March 29, 2019

President Trump is reversing The Department of Education's plans to cut funding for the Special Olympics. The proposed cuts set off a political firestorm.

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For Many With Disabilities, 'Let It Go' Is An Anthem Of Acceptance

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The breakout song from Disney's Frozen has inspired many marginalized groups — but its message of rejecting stigma holds special resonance for disabled people and their families.

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Remembering George H.W. Bush, A Champion For People With Disabilities

Monday, December 03, 2018

One of the most enduring pieces of legislation signed by former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday at the age of 94, is the American Disabilities Act, which he signed into law in 1990.

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In Iowa, A Commitment To Make Prison Work Better For Women

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Prison rules created to control men often don't work well for women, who come with different histories and experiences. "Gender-responsive corrections" aims to treat women based on these differences.

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Iowa Is Trying To Address The Disparity In How Men And Women Are Disciplined In Prison

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

When someone in prison breaks a rule, there's punishment. But discipline in prison treats women more harshly. In an NPR investigation, we look at how one state, Iowa, is trying to change the system.

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In Prison, Discipline Comes Down Hardest On Women

Monday, October 15, 2018

Data from 15 states reveal that female inmates are disciplined at higher rates than men for smaller infractions of prison rules — often with harsh consequences.

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Teaching Parents Of Kids With Disabilities To Fight Back

Friday, June 29, 2018

A nationwide program helps parents of children with developmental disabilities — and people with disabilities themselves — advocate for their rights, from the school yard to Congress.

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States Aim To Halt Sexual Abuse Of People With Intellectual Disabilities

Monday, June 25, 2018

An NPR investigation found people with intellectual disabilities have one of the nation's highest rates of sexual assault. Now states, communities and advocates are proposing changes to prevent abuse.

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In Their Words, Adults With Intellectual Disabilities Tell Their Sexual Assault Stories

Thursday, January 18, 2018

NPR obtained data from the United States Department of Justice that shows adults with intellectual disabilities suffer from an epidemic of sexual assault. Many keep their sexual assaults a secret, and it can isolate them, telling NPR they worry it proves they are not competent to live and work independently.

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From The Frontlines Of A Sexual Assault Epidemic: 2 Therapists Share Stories

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Two psychologists both have a rare specialty: counseling sexual assault survivors who have intellectual disabilities. The stories of sexual violence in their clients' lives have striking similarities.

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How Prosecutors Changed The Odds To Start Winning Some Of The Toughest Rape Cases

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A rape case 25 years ago revolutionized justice for people with intellectual disabilities. They were "unwinnable" rape cases, until prosecutors figured out the secret.

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