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Facebook increases availability of suicide prevention tool

Saturday, August 6, 2016For some users, Facebook has offered the option of tagging a post where the person who created it may be considering suicide or self-harm. The tagging process is dependent on viewer discretion. Until recently, this option was only accessible to…

(Video) Video explains Autism and welcomes members into the Autistic community

Tuesday, May 24, 2016Note: The policy of Rooted in Rights is to use person-first language; However, identity-first language will be used in this article, as a reflection of the wishes of ASAN. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has created a video welcoming Autistic…

College students are redefining ‘disability’ on their own terms

Thursday, May 19, 2016Students with disabilities at Seattle University are coming together to embrace their community and share what having a disability means to them. The Seattle University Coalition for Students with Disabilities organized a photo shoot, and students were given the opportunity…

Students create gloves that translate sign language into spoken words

Tuesday, May 10, 2016Two students at the University of Washington are unveiling a device they hope will make communication more accessible for members of the Deaf community. According to the Gallaudet Research Institute there are almost forty million Deaf and hard of hearing…

Hear what southern gothic musician Mindie Lind means by “cripp culture”

Thursday, February 18, 2016In this podcast episode, we discuss how music can be used to share the experiences of people with disabilities. Joining us is musician Mindie Lind. Known for her soulful southern gothic music, Mindie is an ardent advocate of “cripp culture,”…

(Video) “Deaf, proud, and loud!” – Young Deaf adults demand recognition

Monday, February 15, 2016The recent increase of the Deaf community in the mainstream media has begun to change mainstream society’s lack of awareness of the Deaf community – Switched at Birth has been renewed for a 5th season, and America’s Next Top

Disability advocates urge support for ERISA reforms

Wednesday, February 3, 2016The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, in public comments [PDF] submitted to the Department of Labor on January 19, urged strong support for a recently introduced proposal to expand due process protections for employees in claims for disability benefits…

“Claiming Crip” to reclaim identity

Saturday, November 14, 2015History has shown that changing social perceptions of marginalized people is one of the most impactful ways of creating change. Realizing that those viewed as “other” or “different” are actually very similar to everyone else – that we as humans…

(Video) No, it is not okay to describe something as “retarded”

Friday, April 24, 2015When is it okay to use the r-word? No matter the social context or the medical setting, the answer is always the same: never. I have written on this topic before, and I will continue to offer information to social…

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