Shira Wakschlag Celebrates Win as Tennessee Changes Pandemic Care Guidelines in Response to Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights Complaints

Shira Wakschlag (‘10), Director, Legal Advocacy and Associate General Counsel of The Arc, was quoted in The New York Times regarding a win for people with disabilities as Tennessee changed state triage guidelines to provide a range of protections, including safeguarding certain ventilators and considering only immediate survival in allocating care (“Who Gets Lifesaving Care? Tennessee Changes Rules After Federal Complaint,” June 26). “We will keep fighting for revisions to discriminatory policies that could mean the difference between life and death for people with disabilities.” In a Politico story that also heralded Tennessee’s revised guidelines as a “blueprint for other states,” Shira noted that the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights’ policies have “sent a message to states across the country.” “They’ve been a real partner since the beginning in immediately responding to these concerns — not just considering but immediately responding and saying, ‘This is our issue too.’” (“Trump Administration Steps in as Advocacy Groups Warn of COVID ‘Death Panels’,” Aug. 10)