Many of the most significant moments in disability rights history were captured by one man, his camera and some black-and-white film. Rooted in Rights caught up with photographer, documentarian and activist Tom Olin during national launch of REVUP in Houston. He shares his thoughts on the power of photography to inspire new activists.
How can a democratic government become more accessible and accountable to citizens with disabilities? Great examples can be found in Tunisia where disability rights advocates have made strong progress since the revolution of 2011.
On The Outs follows three inmates with various disabilities, including vision impairment, brain injury, and mental illness, through all stages of the reentry process. The documentary depicts each person’s experience at three points: in prison prior to release, on their release date, and life on the “outs” after release.
Like many of us gearing up for the holiday season, Storyteller Noah Seidel has been traveling a lot recently. Noah uses a wheelchair, and unfortunately, some airlines don’t know how to transport mobility devices. Noah, and others that have had mobility devices damaged or broken by airlines, want you to share your bad travel experiences using the #RightToFly and #DisabledAndFlying.
Marc Moreno was 18 years old when he died in the Benton County Jail in Washington State. Why didn’t Marc received proper treatment for his mental illness while in jail? How did the system fail him even before he was arrested? Why did Marc Moreno die?
Dr. Scott Crawford of Jackson, Mississippi, is on a mission to fix the #CrappyCurb ramps in his city.
Two million people in the U.S. have limb loss, and every year approximately 185,000 people have a limb amputated. Storyteller Emily Harvey is a disability rights attorney, triathlete, an amputee and is married to a prosthetist. Emily knows from experience how many people struggle to get appropriate prosthetic limbs due to cost and inadequate insurance coverage. Access to health care including prosthetic limbs is a human right.
Workers with disabilities are NOT always protected by minimum wage laws, and so sometimes they are paid as little as pennies per hour – and this can be perfectly legal!
Rooted in Rights’ new original documentary, Bottom Dollars, tells the stories of people with disabilities all over the country who are fighting back against exploitation and discrimination. And it tells the stories of those who are working in the community for real wages because they received the proper services and supports. Their stories prove we can do better.
The recent massacre in Sagamihara, Japan was carried out by someone who believes that people with disabilities had “brought pain and torture to their family and society.” As a Japanese citizen living with a disability, Rooted in Rights Storyteller Mizuki Hsu was deeply affected. She’s had strangers come up to her and say “your life must be hard” and “how pitiful.” These types of attitudes can lead people to put little value on the lives of people with disabilities. Mizuki wants everyone to know that living with a disability does not mean living in misery. The nineteen people killed in Sagamihara had lives worth living.