“The Forest” – New film disrespectful to Japanese suicide epidemic?

Thursday, February 11, 2016Hollywood is not exactly known for respecting people with disabilities. It seems that for every instance where progress is made, a step backwards occurs as well. Luckily, we as an audience can choose which films to support and which to…

(Video) Campaign to create a 24/7 anti-violence hotline for the Deaf community

Friday, January 29, 2016A recent campaign is working to raise awareness of the violence faced by the Deaf community. In a series of expressive photographs, #WhoWillAnswer states that: 31% of Deaf men and women experience emotional abuse; domestic violence impacts one out of…

Disability advocates applaud No Child Left Behind rewrite

Monday, December 21, 2015
Every Student Succeeds Act Signed into Law
President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law December 11, maintaining, though weakening, much of the No Child Left Behind’s accountability structure long supported by disability advocates, while taking…

Family of young man with Down syndrome awarded $150K in defamation case

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Defamation Award
In a first-of-its kind ruling, a federal jury has awarded $150,000 in damages to a family whose son with Down syndrome was mocked and defamed online. In 2004, Adam Holland, a then-17-year-old, attended the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center,…

(Video) Woman responds to extreme cyber bullying with TedTalk, documentary, and legislative advocacy

Thursday, November 5, 2015Children, and society in general, can be cruel to those who seem ‘different’ or operate outside of the status quo. Lizzie Velasquez knows this fact exceptionally well. Growing up, Velasquez endured bullying and discrimination from her peers as a reaction…

Report slams South Africa’s inclusive education shortcomings

Saturday, September 5, 2015
South Africa Fails to Include Children with Disabilities in School
In a new report released August 18, Human Rights Watch accused the South African government of falling woefully short of its international obligations to ensure free, inclusive education for children…

Freak shows: A dehumanizing display

Wednesday, October 29, 2014Question: True or False? Freak shows have gone extinct in the United States of America. Click on the headline above to see the answer to the question, and to learn more about "freak shows" in the United States.

DOE releases new disability bullying guidance

Monday, October 27, 2014
New Bullying Guidance
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, in a Dear Colleague letter sent to educators nationwide October 21, expanded on previously issued guidance on public schools’ obligations to prevent disability-based harassment. “If a school’s investigation…

Portrait of the Whole Person: Paintings and Biographies

Tuesday, April 22, 2014Bertschi School, in partnership with Disability Rights Washington, presents Portrait of the Whole Person: Paintings and Biographies, to celebrate disability history and culture. Through the art show, we hope to heighten awareness of the disability rights movement and culture within the broader community.

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