Awareness

Young woman reminds everyone that “invisible” disabilities deserve recognition

Thursday, July 28, 2016Not 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.”…

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016Michael 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.…

Play for all: Accessible playgrounds make childhood more inclusive

Wednesday, July 20, 2016Playing 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,…

(Video) Cara Reedy attributes her resilience to being a “female, black, little person” in an unaccommodating society

Monday, July 18, 2016Cara Reedy is an actor, writer, comedian, and blogger with achondroplastic dwarfism. She partnered with Digg to create the video below, called The Gift of Being Different, to discuss her experiences and share her insights. Reedy explains that as an…

(Video) Mom and daughter take on stigma against Down syndrome

Thursday, July 14, 2016Despite significant progress in civil rights for people with disabilities, society can still perpetuate harmful stigmas and stereotypes against people with Down syndrome. This past April, a mother and daughter took on those stigmas in a heartfelt video. Lily is…

Evaluating new film ‘Me Before You’

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Me Before You portrays life with disability as hopeless
Hollywood’s latest attempt to portray people with disabilities in film debuted to a flood of criticism from disability rights advocates. Me Before You, released on June 3, tells the story…

Deaf women join Cosmo to speak openly about sex

Monday, July 11, 2016
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Recently, Cosmopolitan decided to address misunderstandings around deaf women and sex. Cosmo interviewed three deaf women about their experiences having sex in order to raise awareness of the fact that most people with disabilities enjoy,…

Join us for Episode 7 of the RiR Podcast: The intersection of disability and sexual identity with Ellen Forney and Jennifer Restle

Tuesday, June 28, 2016Rooted in Rights stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ and Latinx LGBTQ communities in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. This month, we discuss disability as an identity that intersects with other identities, and what that means…

Film-maker creates window into his life with OCD

Tuesday, June 21, 2016Torre Catalano is a writer, director, producer, and the creator of the feature film, Milwaukee, so it seems natural that he turned to the camera as the medium for expressing his experiences with OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder. In…

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