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Stateside Podcast: Why masking is a disability rights issue

A pile of cloth COVID-19 masks made for children, resting on a table.
Photo by Vera Davidova on Unsplash

A recent study in Michigan found that schools without mask mandates have seen 62% more COVID-19 cases than in schools with enforced masking. Even so, the issue of masking in schools has become a political lightning rod. But there's a side of this story that hasn’t been at the forefront of the masking conversation...and it really needs to be. Today, we're talking about what COVID-19 means for students with disabilities. and their families.


Andrea and Beth, two parents in Wayne County

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Stateside’s theme music is by 14KT.

Additional music byBlue Dot Sessions.

Editor's note: We are only using their first names to protect the privacy of their children.

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Rachel Ishikawa joined Michigan Public in 2020 as a podcast producer. She produced Kids These Days, a limited-run series that launched in the summer of 2020.