Smart Talk: People with disabilities should be included in public health discussion

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Airdate: Friday, April 23, 2021

The disparate impact of the coronavirus on minority populations has been well-documented throughout the course of the pandemic. The consequences faced by nursing homes and to the elderly have also received attention.

Pennsylvanians with disabilities, many living at home or in congregate care settings, have never received the kind of attention during the crisis that other groups have and an area scholar is highlighting the need for this to change.

Prof. Emeritus Dennis Downey, Ph.D., History, Millersville University, authored Pennhurst and the Struggle for Disability Rights,” and he argues this group, in particular, needs the attention of public health advocates.  Professor Downey appears on Smart Talk Friday.

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