Advocacy

Disability Day of Mourning: We Are Not Burdens

Wednesday, March 1, 2017Trigger warning: this post discusses violence against and murder of disabled people. His name was Marcus Fiesel. He was a smiling three-year-old boy who loved bubbles, flowers, and Bob the Builder.  Like all children, he deserved to be protected from…

The Power of Telling Your Story: A Rooted in Rights Storyteller Reflects on Her Experience

Thursday, February 9, 2017Please consider supporting the Rooted in Rights Storytellers project. As someone who’s been an amputee since the age of two, I wanted to be a Rooted in Rights Storyteller to help educate people about a problem that I’ve been…

Pennsylvania ends use of the R-word

Tuesday, December 20, 2011Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law December 19 ending the use of the word “retardation” in state statutes. The bill, called the “Words do Matter” bill, passed the state House and Senate unanimously. “Many individuals in the…

Disability groups oppose Massachusetts assisted suicide initiative

Saturday, December 10, 2011A new disability advocacy group, called Second Thoughts, announced its opposition to an initiative, which is likely to appear on the 2012 Massachusetts voters ballot, that would legalize physician assisted suicide. The initiative would allow terminally ill adults, defined…

DRW and NDRN to work on Ashley Report

Monday, August 22, 2011In early 2007, the world learned about Ashley X, a young girl who was kept small and prevented from developing sexually through the use of high doses of hormones, and removal of her breast buds and uterus. Ashley’s parents and…

Hawaii ends use of the R-word

Monday, July 25, 2011
News from Hawaii
State programs in Hawaii must now use the term “intellectual disabilities” in place of “mental retardation” under a new law signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on July 11. “Words are very, very important. We’ve all heard that…

Subminimum wage proposal sparks controversy

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Minimum Wage: $7.25
The U.S. Senate is set to hold hearings on a new proposal to provide safeguards for people with disabilities working for less than the minimum wage, triggering debate among a variety of disability advocacy groups. The Fair…

Advocacy group to create special education advocacy videos

Monday, June 20, 2011 
News from Texas
Disability Rights Texas received a project grant May 24 from the Texas Bar Foundation to design web-based videos informing parents of children with disabilities about special education laws and self advocacy. The videos, which will be…

TBI advocates embrace social media

Sunday, June 5, 2011
TBI Survivor Network Logo
When Craig Sicilia created the TBI Survivors Network, he envisioned an online chat room for people with traumatic brain injuries from Spokane, Washington to share experiences and create support groups. Two years later, the network’s…

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