We teamed up with Seattle Womxn’s March for the Womxn Act on Seattle event back in January, and the women of RiR discussed the work they’re doing to advance the disability rights movement.
The assertion that severe mental illnesses cause gun violence, specifically mass shootings, is not helpful and not accurate, but it is harmful. It is a dangerous idea. And we hear it from the media and our leaders all the time.
Worse, no one ever seems to ask people with mental health disabilities what they think. So we asked. And here’s what they said.
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.
Did you know there is a federally funded network of advocacy agencies dedicated to disability rights issues? Rooted in Rights explains.
If you have a serious mental health condition while in jail, you may not be competent to stand trial. But because of a shortage services, you may also be stuck in jail waiting for the treatment that could help you become competent.
Meanwhile, the effects of incarceration can exacerbate symptoms of a mental illness. Sometimes with deadly results.
That’s jail delay. And it happens all the time.