Stigma

People with disabilities excluded from UK nightclubs

Tuesday, October 4, 2016We all have pastimes we like to do to have fun and relax with friends. Often, these pastimes include engagement with our town or city in a way that is enjoyable and often essential to feeling like we ‘belong’ in…

Higher education still presents barriers to students with invisible disabilities

Friday, September 30, 2016Finding the perfect college that matches your individual needs is a struggle – and one that can be especially difficult for students with invisible disabilities such as dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD. If a university does not provide…

Circuit court casts doubt on mental illness, firearm prohibition

Wednesday, September 28, 2016Clifford Tyler was briefly involuntarily committed in 1985, following a bout of severe depression arising from an emotional divorce from a marriage of 23 years. In 2011, Tyler attempted to purchase a gun. Despite having no subsequent diagnosis or documented…

Frozen star Kristen Bell shares her experience with depression

Thursday, September 8, 2016Kristen Bell is known for her roles in hits including Frozen and Veronica Mars. And now, she is also becoming known for openly discussing her depression. In a letter published on Motto, an online magazine created by the editors…

Deaf artist fights stigma through photography

Thursday, August 25, 2016Accepting her disability has been a life-long struggle for Australian photographer Kate Disher-Quill. Born with mild to moderate hearing loss, Disher-Quill rejected her disability in her formative years, often refusing to discuss or acknowledge it. Now, she has created a…

Study reveals that Hollywood continues to ignore actors with disabilities

Friday, August 5, 2016The Ruderman Family Foundation, whose mission includes to, “advocate for and advance the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society,” recently released a report analyzing the status of representation for people with disabilities in mainstream television. The report…

New Hampshire to begin reporting certain mental health records to national firearm database

Thursday, August 4, 2016An announcement from New Hampshire that the state will begin complying with federal mental health reporting requirements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is raising concerns from disability advocates. Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, people…

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.…

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