No Discrimination in Health Care Access!
On April 29th, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order to affirm anti-discrimination policies and ensure that health care providers develop equitable access to care protocols. This is 100% a result of the intentional, strategic, and persistent organizing done by disability organizations and activists around the state. Thank you for your part in this big win! We still have work to do. Detroit Disability Power and others are calling for the state of Michigan to track and report data related to disability status and COVID-19 infection.
Please join us in this effort by emailing Dessa@DetroitDisabilityPower.org.
As hospitals become overwhelmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, questions about who is prioritized for limited treatment and medical resources are on the minds of many disabled and chronically ill Michiganders who are concerned that we won’t receive equal access to care. Due to a history of ableism in medicine, public policy, and American culture at large, these fears are not unfounded. States around the country have blatantly ableist and ageist rationing protocols. Disability activists have fought for decades to secure equal access and civil rights when mainstream America did not think we deserved them. As a country, we must not, even in a crisis, abandon this progress.
On April 1st, Detroit Disability Power and Warriors on Wheels were joined by nearly 50 organizations in support of a letter we wrote to Governor Whitmer and DHHS Director Gorden asking for clarity regarding our state’s policy for rationing care during health care emergencies and publicly confirming that discrimination in regard to health care access will not be tolerated.
If you would like to read the letter and sign your organization on in support, please .
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Allied Media Projects
Allies for Change
American Citizens for Justice/Asian American Center for Justice
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues
The ARC Michigan
APIA Vote Michigan
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Cara Arts Education & Management
Collective for Disability Justice
Communication Access Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Community Development Advocates of Detroit
Delphine Alfred Duncan Foundation for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Detroit Black Deaf Associates #6
Detroit Jews for Justice
Detroit Justice Center
Detroit People’s Platform
Disability Network Detroit Wayne Co.
Down Syndrome Guild of Southeastern Michigan
Healing by Choice!
Hearing Loss Association of America, Michigan State Association
Huron Valley Democratic Socialists of America
Living and Learning Enrichment Center
Michigan Deaf Association
Michigan Deaf Health
Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc.
Michigan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion
Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network
National Federation of the Blind, Detroit
National Federation of the Blind, Michigan
National Health Law Program
Rising Voices of Asian American Families
St Peters Episcopal Church, Detroit
Sunrise Movement Detroit
The Truth & Titus Collective, LLC
United States Pinoys 4 Good Governance
We the People-Michigan