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(Video) Poet shares complex personal experience with eating disorders

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

In Western societies, it’s hard for girls and women to avoid weight-related insecurity. Media, magazines, popular culture all idolize body images that are often unhealthy, and tell girls that their worth is linked to their appearance. It’s no wonder then, that many young women develop eating disorders. In the video below, poet Blythe Baird offers

Disability rights advocates: Let Washington inmates vote

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Most jails in Washington State are doing “absolutely nothing” to facilitate the means for people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote, Disability Rights Washington alleged in an extensive new report, released August 3. “People with disabilities are one of the largest voting blocks in this country, but they often face barriers to voting

Feds direct states to strengthen home and community-based care

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services issued a bulletin August 3, urging states to continue reducing their reliance on institutions in their Medicaid long-term services and supports, LTSS. The bulletin provides a series of recommendations to state Medicaid programs. Of particular importance, the CMS urged states to provide sustainable wages for home-care workers and

Paralympics to award accessible medals

Friday, August 19, 2016

The upcoming Rio Paralympics are set to begin in less than three weeks, and will include an exciting new feature. The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee has unveiled specially designed accessible medals. The medals were created with athletes with visual impairments in mind in particular. When shaken, each type of medal will make a specific sound.

(Video) Hank Green: “Your illness is not your fault” despite what society may say

Friday, August 19, 2016

YouTuber Hank Green opened up to his followers recently to explain how illness, especially chronic illness, is not the fault of the individual who has it. Green is famously known on YouTube for the channel he shares with his brother, John Green. Earlier in the year, we at Rooted In Rights recognized the brothers’ work

Feds issue guidance on schools’ obligations to students with ADHD

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Department of Education released new guidance [PDF] to educators nationwide July 26, reminding them of their obligations under federal law to accommodate students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, regardless of their level of academic functioning. “On this 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I am pleased to honor Congress’ promise with guidance clarifying the

University of Maryland expands captioning services at sports stadiums, website

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Building on negotiations stemming from a lawsuit filed by the National Association of the Deaf in 2013, the University of Maryland has announced new measures to make its sports events more accommodating to people whom are deaf and hard of hearing. “The National Association of the Deaf appreciates the actions of the University of Maryland