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Vote for Access: Episode 1 – Attitudes

Voters with disabilities matter because policies affect us. We've been working with Rooted in Rights and Block by Block Creative to bring you the Vote for Access series! Imani breaks down the harmful idea that voters with disabilities can’t understand what’s happening causing many to be turned away at the episode 1 of Vote for Access.

Posted by Disability Rights Florida on Monday, April 27, 2020

Disability Rights Florida wants to remind everyone that voters with disabilities matter! The organization has been working with Rooted in Rights and Block by Block Creative to launch a new video series called Vote for Access.

The series highlights the importance of the disability vote, and why access is key for people with disabilities. Vote for Access will feature episodes that break down five major issues faced by voters with disabilities, while hearing from real people with real experience.

Please enjoy and share the first episode of Vote for Access, as Imani Barbarin explains the harmful idea that voters with disabilities can’t understand what’s happening causing many to be turned away at the polls.

CDC COVID-19 image Disability Policy News logo, every Monday, from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Monday, April 27, 2020

Congress and the administration are responding to the COVID-19 crisis in a variety of ways. It is important in the fast-moving decision process that the various relief and safety efforts meet the needs of people with disabilities. The latest congressional COVID-19 response addressed many of those needs, but more work is needed!

Congressional Efforts:



What it means for People with Disabilities

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act Became Law on
March 6, 2020
The bill requires that agencies “pay back” money that was moved from programs like NIDILRR and emergency heat funding when the crisis began.
Families First Coronavirus
Response Act
Became law on March 19, 2020 Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured. Increased paid leave. Enhanced Unemployment Insurance to people unable to work. Increased funding for food security programs.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act)



Became law on March 27, 2020
  • Allows state Medicaid programs to pay for direct support professionals to assist disabled individuals in the hospital
  • $13.5 billion available for formula grants to States, which will then distribute 90 percent of funds to local educational agencies to meet needs of all students, including students with disabilities
  • $85 million for Centers for Independent Living
  • $50 million for Aging and Disability Resource Centers
  • Extension of Money Follows the Person and Spousal Impoverishment through November 30, 2020
  • Waives nutrition requirements for Older Americans Act (OAA) meal programs during the public health emergency related to COVID-19 to ensure seniors can get meals in case certain food options are not available
Paycheck Protection Program and Heath Care Enhancement Act Became law on April 24, 2020
  • $321 billion to refill the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • $60 billion in economic disaster loans for small businesses
  • $75 billion to help hospitals treat COVID-19 patients and address drops in revenue
  • $25 billion for states to increase testing capabilities

What happened last week:

  • Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act — or “Package 3.5” — to address assistance to small businesses and health systems. They continue to work on a larger Package 4 to meet the growing needs of Americans.


COVID-19 and the American Workplace

Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective April 1, 2020. For more information, see

FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus, while at the same time reimbursing businesses.

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