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Institutionalized as a Teen with Jensen Caraballo

Jensen Caraballo shares his story of being institutionalized in a nursing home as a teen. Jensen spent over five years living in an institution, and he wasn’t the only one. According to research, more than 200,000 non-elderly people with disabilities in the U.S. reside in nursing homes. Join the fight for freedom of people with disabilities, and support the Independent Living Movement.

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Forced Medication | AVID Jail Project

When the AVID Jail Project first began regularly visiting King County Correctional Facility (KCCF) last year, we had no idea that the jail was forcibly medicating some inmates. Then, one day while doing rounds in solitary confinement, we met Dwayne Stelivan. Mr. Stelivan spoke calmly and clearly about his mental health history and his experiences both inside and outside of jail. On the outside, he worked regularly with a doctor to make decisions about his treatment, including whether to take antipsychotic medications. But at KCCF, he told us, the decision was made for him.
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What is jail delay?

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.

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Accessing Employment in Japan with Mizuki Hsu

Mizuki Hsu enjoyed the freedoms of accessibility while she attended college in the United States. Upon returning to Japan, she encountered barriers when applying for work including a quota system that actually excludes people with disabilities, required disability disclosure and inaccessible buildings.

Watch the video now and check out Mizuki’s Moon Rider 7 Project – A Place to Know More About Ability.

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A Mother’s Day message from Emily and Ellen Ladau

Emily and Ellen Ladau share their mother-daughter story in this new Rooted in Rights “Storytellers” video. Both Emily and Ellen have physical disabilities and use wheelchairs. Ellen shares her worries about becoming a parent, and the bias and cruelty she has experienced. They both acknowledge the “bumps” along the way. However, as Emily states, “no one with a disability should ever be made to feel guilty . . . for having children.”

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Questions of Discrimination

As of March 2016, 41 states include questions in their bar exam application asking about the applicant’s mental health history, diagnosis or treatment. If an applicant answers “yes” to these questions, they are required to fill out a form revealing private information and may be forced to turn over confidential treatment records before being allowed to take the bar exam. In this new Rooted in Rights video, the impact of these Questions of Discrimination on applicants and the diversity of the legal profession is explored.

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A Little job advice from Bill & Jen with Cuquis Robledo

When Dr. Jennifer Arnold was a young hospital volunteer, she told visitors that she was planning to go to medical school. They responded, “Oh, why would you go to medical school? Don’t you juggle or play the piano or do some type of entertainment?”

Little People are too often “pigeonholed” into certain occupations solely based off of their size and stature. Cuquis Robledo sat down with Bill Klein and Dr. Jennifer Arnold of TLC’s The Little Couple to discuss barriers and discrimination Little People face when seeking jobs.

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Ricardo | AVID Jail Project

When Ricardo Rodriguez attempted to harm himself while incarcerated, the jail responded by punishing him, instead of addressing his mental health needs. When the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Jail Project brought this issue to the jail, they responded in a surprising way.
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Spanish-Speaking Voters with Disabilities

¿Hablas español y tienes alguna deshabilidades? ¡Votar! 

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Tallon | AVID Jail Project

While in jail, Tallon Satiacum was denied medication he needed, then punished time after time for behavior related to symptoms of his mental illness.

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