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Still Segregated

Blind students shouldn’t have to choose between knowledge and independence – but they are often forced to.  Does this sound like an equal education to you?  Courtney Cole calls out the inequality that blind students face in Washington State and across the US.

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Did Love Win?

Rooted in Rights is seeking LGBTQ+ couples to interview for an upcoming video on the Social Security Income “marriage penalty” and its impact on the queer community. If that’s you or someone you know, we’d love to hear from you.

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Like the Mic

Like the Mic outlines the need for facilitators and organizers to prioritize accessibility at their public events and meetings.  The use of microphones benefits everyone, and allows attendees to feel fully included.

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The Threatened Legacy of Independent Living with Alex Ghenis

At Berkeley, there is a fight to save the Disabled Students Residence Program (DSRP) that was founded by Ed Roberts.  Berkeley is viewed as the home of the modern Independent Living movement, but students are protesting to retain the programs and services they need to achieve their academic goals.  

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As U.S. Senators prepare to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), people with pre-existing conditions across the country are calling on them to listen: Healthcare is a human right. No human should be denied access to the medical supports, services, or resources they need because of a pre-existing condition. #IAmAPreexistingCondition #WeArePreexistingConditions

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The Fight to #SaveMedicaid

The battle over Medicaid unleashed an outcry within the disabled community to protect the healthcare program so many of us need to survive and live independently in our communities.  Disabled people used the power of social media, protests, writing, and contacting their federal officials to demand that Medicaid not be weakened by unjust budget cuts.

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Disability Rights Oregon – Accessible Voting Tablets

In Oregon, the use of mail-in ballots prove to be inaccessible for disabled residents and impedes their ability to vote without barriers.  Oregon allows the use of accessible tablets as a means to create the freedom residents needed to vote freely and confidently.  Making available various accessible voting methods affords disabled people to feel included in the voting process and have their vote count.

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The Protection & Advocacy (P&A) System

Did you know there is a federally funded network of advocacy agencies dedicated to disability rights issues?  Rooted in Rights explains.

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The federal government’s AbilityOne program is supposed to create job opportunities for people with disabilities. Instead, it has funded segregated workplace and low wages, and been accused of corruption. Check out the #ReformAbilityOne campaign to learn about the issues and here responses from the disability rights community.

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