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Why we need to report on people with disabilities - Curated by Judy Woodruff

People with disabilities faced a mountain of obstacles even before COVID-19, from getting an education, finding a job, accessing transportation and even just being with friends. Now the pandemic has only underlined that vulnerability. On National Disability Day, we owe it to these more than 50 million Americans, and to ourselves, to try to understand just how serious their challenges are. Read these articles to understand the challenging circumstances facing people with disabilities.

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    Developmental Disabilities Heighten Risk of Covid Death (Published 2020)

    Developmental Disabilities Heighten Risk of Covid Death (Published 2020)

    People with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders are three times more likely to die if they have Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, compared with others with the diagnosis, according to a large analysis of insurance claims data. The finding raises complex questions …

    The challenge of distance learning for parents of children with special needs

    The challenge of distance learning for parents of children with special needs

    Roughly 14 percent of students enrolled in U.S. public schools receive special education services. As families across the nation grapple with home learning, what are the particular challenges the parents of these children face? Judy Woodruff reports and talks to Selene Almazan of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, a nonprofit aiming to protect the rights of children with disabilities.

    About the Author:

    Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. She has covered politics and other news for five decades at NBC, CNN and PBS. She is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in journalism and communication industries worldwide. Woodruff is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita. She is also the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees.

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