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7 Things the Washington Post Missed About Disability and Caregiving

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On August 6, 2021, the Washington Post published an article by Amber Ferguson entitled “Unpaid caregivers: How America treats women caring for paralyzed partners.” The story has brought attention to an important issue that is rarely discussed in the mainstream media — the systemic barriers faced by people with disabilities who need help with daily tasks and their family caregivers.

However, it has also drawn the ire of the online disability community, with many advocates criticizing the author for perpetuating ableist stereotypes.

Here are seven crucial aspects of disability and caregiving the Washington Post misunderstood or got wrong. 1. People with disabilities should be the leading voices in conversations about our care.

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