Disability-rights laws, such as the Americans With Disabilities Act, are “all about individual determination,” says Shira Wakschlag, the legal director at The Arc, an advocacy organization for people with intellectual disabilities.
People with disabilities worry that doctors, nurses, and health-care administrators may not even realize they have biases against disabled people.
“We do make snap judgments about whose life seems better than another person’s life,” Berlinger told me.
But people with disabilities and advocacy groups want states to make clear to the public that they understand that guidance by proactively issuing statements and rewriting their emergency procedures immediately.
“We want to make sure this message gets to the people who need to hear it in a very timely way,” Wakschlag says—so that both doctors and Americans with disabilities are aware of these obligations.

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