Self-determination

Bolivian police violently break up disability protests

Friday, June 17, 2016
Bolivian Police in Riot Gear Confront Protestors
For nearly six months, protesters have been demanding that the Bolivian government increase disability benefits to the equivalent of $72 a month, or less than a third of the country’s minimum wage. They…

VIDEO: Does your Halloween costume marginalize people with disabilities?

Thursday, October 29, 2015With Halloween just around the corner, let's have fun, but also let's take a moment to consider the negative stereotypes some costumes can reinforce about people with disabilities. Watch this original Rooted in Rights video and tell us what you think in the comments section. Want to know more about Cuquis Robledo, narrator of the video? Here is her story, in her own words . . .

What it means to have a disability

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Cuquis Robledo
Meet Cuquis Robledo, an undergraduate student majoring in psychology at Duke University. She joined Disability Rights Washington (DRW), the publisher of Rooted in Rights, as a summer intern this year through the DukeEngage program. Her work at…

Report highlights continued growth of community-based Medicaid services

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Community-Based Services Finally Make Up Over 50% of Medicaid/Medicare Spending
Medicaid is continuing to make progress redirecting funding from institutional care toward more integrated, home and community-based services. According to a new report [PDF], funded by the Center for…

Senators introduce “Transition to Independence Act”

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Transition to Independent Act Introduced
A bill was introduced in the Senate on June 18 that would create a new demonstration program, incentivizing state Medicaid programs to provide increased integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. “A key public policy…

What are disabilities? | Rooted in Rights Explains

Thursday, May 21, 2015The word "disability" means different things to different people. In this new original video, Rooted in Rights breaks down the different definitions. And, sometimes the biggest limitation from a disability is how other people treat people with disabilities. View this new Rooted in Rights video and tell us what you think.

Advocates promote disability voice in federal health care payment initiatives

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
One size does not fit all
Disability advocates are working to ensure they have a seat at the table as the Obama Administration ratchets up its efforts to improve payment models for health care services. At issue is the Obama…

(Video) Reflecting on the right to a support system

Thursday, May 14, 2015The It’s Our Story Project works to enable people with disabilities to make their voices heard. In the video below, Sherry Darrow, a disability rights activist in New York, reflects on her involvement arguing for legislation promoting the rights of…

New film highlights challenges of administering insulin in schools

Monday, March 30, 2015The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund recently released a new film, highlighting the unique challenges of supporting children who need insulin shots during the school day. The eight-minute film, titled Insulin in Schools: A Child’s Rights, centers on Jonathan,…

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