Two weeks ago, the City of Detroit took initiative to make people with intellectual and developmental disabilities an immediate and higher priority in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. This updated prioritization has the potential to protect tens of thousands of disabled lives. This is a move in the right direction.

 

We are not done.

 

With Detroit leading, it’s time for Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties, as well as the State of Michigan, to follow suit.

 

Research shows that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are three times more likely to die from COVID-19, and that people with Down syndrome are 10 times more likely, than the rest of the population. Additionally, we’ve learned that people with autism are at a higher risk of dying if they contract COVID-19 and that people with schizophrenia are nearly three times more likely to die of coronavirus infection than people without schizophrenia. Therefore, it’s critical that our leaders immediately prioritize COVID-19 vaccine access to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, chronic illness and disease, and all people with disabilities, before the general public.

Please sign here to let your county leadership, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and our Governor know that you want our community prioritized. If you signed a petition asking for vaccine priority last week, this is new. This Call to Action targets elected officials at the county level. They need to hear from us.

 

Join with the 44 organizations below by demanding that our disability communities become an immediate & higher priority.

 

In solidarity,

The DDP Team

 

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues

Autism Alliance of MI

Birth Safe

Collective for Disability Justice

Community Treehouse Center Detroit

Detroit Action

Detroit Disability Power

Detroit Jews for Justice

Disability Network Oakland & Macomb

Disability Networks Wayne County

Disability Rights Michigan

Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Incompass Michigan

I Love You, Lead On Community

JARC

Michigan Asian American Progressives

Michigan Assisted Living Association

Mental Health Association in Michigan

Michigan Deaf Association

Michigan Deaf Health

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition

MI SIBS

Michigan United Cerebral Palsy

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

Mothering Justice

NAMI Washtenaw

New American Leaders

Oakland Provider Alliance

People’s Water Board

Rising Voices of Asian American Families

Services To Enhance Potential (STEP)

Sibling Leadership Network

The Arc Dearborn

The Arc Detroit

The Arc Grosse Pointe Harper Woods

The Arc of Macomb County, Inc.

The Arc Michigan

The Arc of Northwest Wayne County

The Color of Autism

University of Michigan Graduate Employees’ Organization

Warriors on Wheels

Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy

Detroit Disability Power

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