We interrupt the children’s television things to bring you a very important notice regarding the Covid 19 response for blind people and those with handicaps dealing with the physical and mental and others. Every time a pandemic arises, we disabled folks are usually left behind. In the Great Depression and other eras of disaster, blind people in particular were put in special schools. And the social security act did not reflect good positive things to say about blindness and blind people. Intercity transit is suspended in colorado. Article linked below. Here are some other things to keep in mind that civil rights and disability groups are needing during this time.
- Disability care is vitally important. Home care services must maintain staff, and caregivers must wear masks and gloves.
- Disabled people still need deliveries, especially of groceries and sundries and other supplies, especially where such things are concerning toilet paper and other supplies. Since a lot of us are homebound, some not, delivery is the best option to make sure we are stocked up.
- Disabled people should know the symptoms of covid 19. If they get the disease, they should be given no scoring tags or less of a priority for care.
- Those who use portable ventilators should keep said portable ventilators and not have to give them up to somebody else. Whether there is a short supply or not, these machines help those who use them breathe easy.
- Those with immune systems that are compromised should take heart. This is going to pass eventually, and yes, you will again be able to socialize. But until then, make sure to use contactless delivery. Disinfect surfaces like crazy, wash hands, all that.
- Blind people on SSI should be getting the stimulus package checks too, but if not, we know that the feds have left us behind.
- Blind people should still read books, and blindness products should be ordered if needed. I wish I could get the right equipment for my kind of work, but it is important that this equipment be the best professional grade stuff, and usable too. Braille displays are important too. Since the department of vocational rehab in every state is closed, perhaps we should see how service can be delivered to blind employees in a gig economy.
- While we can’t serve food to anyone at the moment, and while it must be delivered, there is a possibility that we will have to stop doing this even during this time. I’m totally scared that we will soon be left to fend for ourselves.
- While this is not the zombie apocalypse, this is still a difficult time for many individuals struggling to pay the bills, but when this is over, there won’t be jobs left for the disabled to have. People are predicting a baby boom, but I doubt it.
- While we are stuck in our homes, blind people have no means to see video chats unless they are low vision. Therefore, personally, I don’t do video chats and such. But tonight, I’m going on Zoom with my chorus friends to discuss how we’re going to survive as a chorus. We should have been doing concerts and such, but we can’t do our season.
For disabled individuals, this pandemic is a wake up call for all of us. Those who think they’re entitled buy up half the world’s food supply, it seems, and those who are left behind include the poor, elder, and disabled. Please see the prior posts about those who think healthcare is for the lucky and strong ones among us. Because of threats and thoughts from others about legal action, I will not name names here, but I will make one thing clear: in my opinion, those who are poorer and darker should receive better and tenderer care than those who are pale as ghosts, white, and rich. This would balance out all the problems we have with white preference and entitlement. But then, what would this world be if we had no skin color at all? Skin color is a very big part of differences, but if we chose Sameness, as in the Giver quartet series, we would not be able to say we could love our families, spouses, and parents. Relationships would be manufactured, and illnesses wouldn’t at all be a concern. But during this pandemic, please keep in mind that your darker skinned elderly neighbor down the block could need something done, something such as delivery and such.
Here are ten more things to do during this time that you could do if you are healthy enough to help your neighbors.
- Deliver supplies and groceries to your elders and disabled folks.
- Donate blood.
- If you are a practiced nurse and have done nursing and doctoring before, go on the front lines.
- Don’t read the newspapers, watch the news, or stare at the floor.
- Look at factual information as it comes in in your community instead.
- Listen to your favorite songs.
- Read a thrilling book.
- Participate in zoom meetings and video chats with friends, including when there are good milestones to do.
- Keep breathing and living as long as you might, and don’t worry about the things going on in the world. If you get sick and can’t breathe, hope to God you get better.
Stay healthy everybody.