Awareness

(Video) Video explains Autism and welcomes members into the Autistic community

Tuesday, May 24, 2016Note: The policy of Rooted in Rights is to use person-first language; However, identity-first language will be used in this article, as a reflection of the wishes of ASAN. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has created a video welcoming Autistic…

College students are redefining ‘disability’ on their own terms

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Anna Noel Pickett is the President of the Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CSD). |Addison Lucia
Students with disabilities at Seattle University are coming together to embrace their community and share what having a disability means to them. The Seattle…

Students create gloves that translate sign language into spoken words

Tuesday, May 10, 2016Two students at the University of Washington are unveiling a device they hope will make communication more accessible for members of the Deaf community. According to the Gallaudet Research Institute there are almost forty million Deaf and hard of hearing…

People with anxiety are sharing what they wish they could tell their friends

Saturday, May 7, 2016Earlier this year The Mighty asked their readers with anxiety to share any requests, advice, or facts about anxiety that they wish they could tell their loved ones. A multitude of individuals responded, sharing a variety of messages drawn from…

Artists are using their wheelchairs to showcase their talent

Wednesday, May 4, 2016Until this past winter, Broadway had never featured an actor or actress who uses a wheelchair. This may be unsurprising to some of our readers, as the popular theater community has recently been criticized for its lack of diversity. Responding…

Help DRW do big things

Tuesday, May 3, 2016Today, May 3, is the day to GiveBIG to DRW, the publisher of this blog. When you do, your donation is stretched further by the Seattle Foundation. This video tells just one story of the many people our work impacts…

Florida newspapers win Pulitzer Prize for investigation of Florida mental health system

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Investigative journalism award for reporting on Florida psychiatric hospitals
The Tampa Bay Times and Saratoga Herald-Tribune were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism April 18 for its year-long investigation into Florida’s network of state-run mental health hospitals. “…

Model with disability breaks barriers in the UK

Friday, April 15, 2016The modeling industry is constantly evolving and, some argue, in need of major change. We’ve talked before about the lack of accessibility in the modeling world and the work being done by several different individuals to initiate change. Katie Knowles…

Check out Episode 5 of the Rooted in Rights Podcast: Autism and coming of age with documentary director Alexandra Shiva

Thursday, April 14, 2016Our guest this month is Alexandra Shiva, whose work in the film industry is spreading understanding of what it means to be a young adult with autism. Shiva speaks with us about her recent film How to Dance in Ohio,…

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