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‘A Failed System’: What It’s Like to Vote With a Disability During a Pandemic

Date: Sept. 25, 2020
Source: New York Times
Lisa Schur and Doug Kruse quoted in New York Times article: “Democracy only works if everyone is able to participate and vote,” said Lisa Schur, a professor at Rutgers University who conducted the research with her husband, Douglas Kruse, who is also a professor. “And to the extent people with disabilities are excluded from the process, then we really have a failed system.”

As ADA turns 30, people with disabilities still last hired, first fired

Date: July 25, 2020
Source: Daily News
Authors: Mason Ameri, Lisa Schur, and Douglas Kruse
The ongoing disparities faced by people with disabilities reaffirm the need for continued disability activism, vigorous enforcement of the current ADA, as well as creative attempts to “future proof” the ADA as the online economy plays a more significant role in our lives.

Disabled Americans mark milestone as crisis deepens job woes

Date: July 25, 2020
Source: AP News
Lisa Schur and Doug Kruse quoted, “The historically dominant view was that it was an individual problem that each person or family had to cope with on their own,” said Douglas Kruse, an economist at Rutgers University who began using a wheelchair after a drunk driver crashed into him in 1990. “The ADA represented a shift in perspective that a lot of the problems with disability are more societal and environmental.”

“It’s not uncommon to see people with wheelchairs or blind people out doing what they need to do, or want to do, in cities or in restaurants,” said his wife Lisa Schur, a political scientist at Rutgers who studies disability and employment. “Before the ADA, it was unusual. People would be stared at. Now it’s more accepted.”

Job Security Was Already Precarious For Individuals With Disabilities. Then COVID Hit.

Date: July 23, 2020
Source: Huffington Post
Lisa Schur and Doug Kruse mentioned, and Doug was quoted, in a Huffington Post article on coronavirus effects on employment of people with disabilities. “When the labor market is really tight, employers can’t afford to discriminate, because they’ve got to get those workers in there,” said Douglas Kruse, a co-author of that layoff research and co-director of Rutgers University’s Program for Disability Research with Lisa Schur. “Whereas when there’s recessions, then employers can be choosy about whom they pick and that’s a time when discrimination can come into play.”

People with disabilities face disproportionate economic hardship from Covid-19

Date: July 27, 2020
Source: Yahoo News