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Disabled people get pregnant and give birth at the same rates as nondisabled ones. But their outcomes are often far worse, and modern medicine has largely turned its back on them.
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COVID-19 forced accommodations that activists have long demanded. “I am terrified these changes will vanish once the virus is under control.”
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A reporter looks back at the past year of the pandemic and the effect it’s had on the Golden State's disabled community. What lessons can be learned for the future?
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For voice actor Abbey Veffer, who suffers from a serious chronic disease, high priority in California's COVID-19 vaccine distribution seemed to be a given. Then the state changed to an age-based system.
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Some people say they only had minutes to prepare before they had to flee their homes during the Carr Fire in Shasta County last year. Such short notice was extra challenging for seniors and people with disabilities.
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A few things journalists should keep in mind while covering issues related to disability, which often don't get enough press.
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This story is part of a four-part series on Dec. 2, 2015, terrorist attack survivors’ recovery and California’s workers’ compensation system. The project was undertaken for the USC Center for Health Journalism’s California Fellowship.
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While the quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead for now, many disabled Americans say the fight for their health care -- and the other fundamental rights it guarantees by extension -- is never really over.
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More than a third of children with special needs rely entirely on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for their care. Cuts to Medicaid funding could prove disastrous for such families.
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A first-of-its-kind CDC report on arthritis gained hardly any notice in the media recently. Given the prevalence of the disease in the U.S., why aren’t health reporters devoting more coverage to this issue?

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