The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities invites your blog submissions.
General Submission Guidelines
We are looking for submissions about healthcare inequities faced by people with disabilities and proposed solutions to make healthcare more equitable. We want posts that will educate, inform, empower, and challenge people to think in new ways.
We are open for submissions year-round.
Guest blog posts are usually between 500 and 1,000 words. Please include a short bio and a photograph with your submission.
The Center for Dignity team may work with you to edit your blog. Our publication schedule varies. Please allow at least one week between submission and proposed publication date.
Authors and photographers have rights. Please credit others’ work in your submission and cite our blog if you republish.
Following publication, we will share your blog post via Facebook, Twitter, and our newsletter.
We are committed to accessibility. Please use alt-text and captions for images. Do your best to write in plain-language. We will only post videos that are captioned.
How to Submit
Send your 500-to 100-word posts with a suggested title wo [email protected]. Include a brief bio, picture with image description, and social media accounts that you’d like to share.
Assess your state’s vaccine plan to find out what phase would include people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. If your state doesn’t specifically identify ID/DD, they would likely be included in the population described as “individuals under 65 with particularly high risk or high-risk comorbidities and health conditions. Clarify with your state which category covers people with ID/DD and their caregivers (family members, direct support professionals, group home staff, and nursing home/assisted living staff) under their definitions. Ideally, we want to advocate for people with ID/DD and their caregivers in the same home to be vaccinated in the phase immediately following first responders, with the other highest risk groups.
Determine if your state needs to better clarify group homes and other congregate facilities that serve people with ID/DD as long-term care facilities. Ideally, we want to make sure that the staff at group homes and other facilities that serve people with ID/DD are included in the first responder phase. In addition, we want to make sure that people with ID/DD who live in those settings are treated as long-term care facility residents.
Advocate for your state to provide a plan that accommodates for “reasonable modifications to ‘drive-up only’ sites or other testing facilities, such as establishing mobile vaccination programs or providing no-cost transportation, to ensure that vaccinations are accessible to people with developmental disabilities whose family members do not drive or who reside in settings that do not provide transportation. Additionally, the vaccine protocol and accompanying information must be accessible to people with developmental disabilities in plain language, in screenreader accessible formats, and in alternative formats needed by people with developmental disabilities, including graphic format that is understandable by people who may not be able to read, and in non-English languages spoken in the US.
Point to a politically similar state that has similarly modified its guidelines. Current examples include Oregon, Texas, Ohio, and Tennessee.