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Rep. Sharice Davids | Johnson County Health Director | Disabled Student Barriers | Making Masks

Rep. Sharice Davids
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Rep. Sharice Davids says "getting relief to our small business owners and to our hospitals . . . that's where we need to be."

Segment 1, beginning at 4:47: Who is to blame for Congress' failure to get more money to small businesses?

The congresswoman from the Kansas 3rd District blames a “partisan bickering match" and says she's disappointed in President Trump's lack of transparency when it comes to the allocation of resources. Davis is hopeful that the bill being passed soon is a step in the right direction.

Segment 2, beginning at 18:35: Johnson County's top health official wants more widespread testing.

The new director of the Johnson County Health Department has been there for less than a month, but feels strongly that continued COVID-19 testing is the key to not losing the gains they've already made.

Segment 3, beginning at 32:27: How learning from home uniquely impacts students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The COVID-19 crisis has forced all students to learn from home, but for students with disabilities, not having their individualized learning in class is having a greater impact. While some things are being done to help, caretakers and parents are still concerned.

  • Tec Chapman, executive vice president of Easterseals Midwest
  • Dr. Lara Wakefield, advocate for parents with special education children and co-founder of Smarter Steps

Segment 4, beginning at 49:41: The Whole Person is sewing masks for their own health care workers.

When this nonprofit was unable to find masks for its health care workers, it recruited its furloughed staff to sew masks. The result has been more than 900 masks in two weeks.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz
Julie Denesha is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Kansas City. Contact her at
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer for KCUR's Central Standard. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.