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Formerly Incarcerated Vote

When you get out, get your vote back.

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Assisting Voters with Disabilities

People with assistants have equal voting rights.

Do you have an assistant? Are you planning to vote? Learn more about your rights, and the do’s and don’ts when it comes to voting with an assistant.

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Deaf Vote

Vote as if your life depends on it. Because it does.

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Siyad | AVID Jail Project

One day you’re in minimum security, the next you’re in solitary confinement. You’re released before you receive treatment, and you’re back in jail again before you know what hit you. That’s what 24-year-old Siyad Shamo has experienced in the jails in King County, Washington. Inconsistencies in how jails treat people with mental illness drives the cycle that sees the same people come in and out, year after year.
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#CrappyCurb

“Crappy Curbs” are sidewalk curbs that don’t include ramps.  This makes getting around the city for people with mobility disabilities difficult or impossible.  This has got to change!  Rooted in Rights took our cameras onto the streets of Seattle and found all kinds of Crappy Curbs.

How’s your city doing?  Post a photo or video from your community to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag, #CrappyCurb.

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Service Animals for Business Owners

What are the rules for service and companion animals in Washington state?

Service and companion animals can help people with disabilities go about their daily lives.  Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of confusion about the rules that govern service and companion animals in businesses. Worse, the rules change from state to state, so it can be really hard to keep up.

In Washington state, this video was produced by Rooted in Rights for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, The Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council and Disability Rights Washington to try to clear up some of the main issues. More information is available at the links below. 

Are you considering a creative project about disability rights?  Work with us to make it happen.

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Service and Companion Animal Owners: Know Your Rights!

Know the rules and your rights and responsibilities.

Service and companion animals can help people with disabilities go about their daily lives.  Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of confusion about the rules that govern service and companion animals and the rights of animal owners. Worse, the rules change from state to state, so it can be really hard to keep up.

In Washington state, this video was produced by Rooted in Rights for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, The Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council and Disability Rights Washington to try to clear up some of the main issues. More information is available at the links below.

Are you considering a creative project about disability rights?  Work with us to make it happen.

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The Right to be Rescued

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina chances are good you won’t hear about the enormous impact this disaster had on people with disabilities. So, we went to New Orleans and asked people with disabilities what happened. The answer was simple and sad: There was no plan to rescue them. During Katrina, people with disabilities were denied the right to be rescued. It’s time for change, and you can help. You can use this video to create change for future disaster planning. Show it to your local city council, your county government, or the person who handles evacuations at your school or business.
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AVID Jail Project

People with mental illness in jail tell their stories. Jails have become de facto psychiatric centers, and people with mental illness who are being detained often without treatment have disturbing stories to tell. Rooted in Rights, in partnership with the AVID Jail Project, shares these stories to bring attention to the crisis of mental health in our criminal justice system. More importantly, we hope that these stories will humanize an issue that is all too easily ignored. These are the voices of citizens with mental illness. We will continue to visit jails and release these videos, so please follow our efforts and share them with others.
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Youth Vote

Young people with disabilities – VOTE!

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