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Disability advocates join call for reduced toxic chemical exposure

Friday, July 29, 2016

A group of disability advocates has teamed up with a coalition of medical and children’s health advocates to produce a first-of-its-kind consensus statement, which the ARC is describing as a “national call to action that seeks to significantly reduce exposures to chemicals and pollutants” contributing to the increases prevalence of certain developmental disabilities. Under the

Young woman reminds everyone that “invisible” disabilities deserve recognition

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Not all disabilities are visible, as one teen reminded society in a powerful Facebook post. Aimee Rouski has Crohn’s disease, which is defined by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America as a “chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.” This past spring, Rouski decided to turn to social media as a way of highlighting

Get to know comedian Michael Beers in Rooted in Rights Podcast Episode 8!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Michael Beers has been a stand-up comedian for over a decade. His latest project is called Making the “Short” Bus Cool, in which he and other comedians with disabilities will tour the country in their short bus doing stand-up comedy. Beers often addresses disability rights issues through his comedy, using humor to change how society

26 years later – The ADA is not a suggestion

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July twenty-sixth will mark the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, our “Emancipation Proclamation.” This sweeping law was the result of decades of work by activists committed to the idea that everyone has a place in society. It ensures reasonable accommodations in employment, access to public facilities, programs, and services, and effective communication

Australia rolls out new disability insurance plan

Monday, July 25, 2016

A new national Australian program promises to dramatically transform the range of services available for people with disabilities in need of long-term care. The National Disability Insurance System, which began on a trial basis in 2013, is an additional income support on top of the country’s Disability Support Pension to provide extra funding for special

Indian Supreme Court ruling strengthens government’s disability employment quota

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Supreme Court of India ruled June 30 that a national law mandating that a minimum of three percent of employees be people with disabilities applies at all levels of the central government. In 1995, the Indian Parliament passed the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, creating the three-percent

Play for all: Accessible playgrounds make childhood more inclusive

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Playing in a park, going on swings and slides – these are things that almost every child in the western world experiences during their childhood. Playgrounds are an essential part of how children are raised and taught to socialize. Unfortunately, not every child can always access their local playground. And yet, children who use wheelchairs