(Video) Canadian Museum for Human Rights aims to inspire introspection and change

Tuesday, September 30, 2014A revolutionary new museum is opening in Canada. The first of its kind in North America, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, focuses on examining past violations of human rights in order to learn, change, and move forward.…

Words That Hurt: “You’re so pretty for being in a wheelchair”

Monday, September 8, 2014A phrase that I have heard time and time again is, “You’re so pretty for being in a wheelchair.” This is said in different forms and sentences but the surprised tone is always the same, as if a person with a disability should not be attractive. I’ve had friends in wheelchairs get the same “compliments.” And, true, the speakers all intend for their comment to be a compliment. However, it sends a different signal. It signals something beyond the individual and suggests a larger problem: People in wheelchairs, or with disabilities, should not be good looking.

Words that hurt: “Lame”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014According to Merriam-Webster, “lame” is an adjective that means “having an injured leg or foot that makes walking difficult or painful; not strong, good, or effective; not smart or impressive.” Originally the word lame was used to describe people with

(Video) Video series examines “the truth about disability”

Wednesday, August 6, 2014Attitude TV has released a three episode series that explores the lives of various people with disabilities – and the reality often differs from the common perceptions. Called “The Truth about Disability”, the series examines topics such as driving, shopping,…

Words that hurt: “Crazy”

Tuesday, August 5, 2014Many of us have heard or possibly said, “That’s crazy!” or referred to something as “crazy.” Maybe we have even described a person as “crazy” but when saying that word, do we know the history of oppression that it carries?

Ableist terms on Thought Catalog

Wednesday, July 23, 2014An article titled “15 Crazy Examples of Insanely Ableist Language” on Thought Catalog, has named some of the ableist terms that people use on a daily basis. The author, Parker Marie Molloy, starts by saying that the words we use…

(Video) Filmmaker focuses his camera on son and daughter; hopes to combat stigma surrounding developmental disabilities

Wednesday, June 4, 2014Filmmaker Scott Anderson is releasing a documentary that he hopes will contribute towards ending the stigma around developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome. The film is focused on a “day in the life” of his two children, Max and Libby.…

ASAN responds to Santa Barbara massacre

Monday, June 2, 2014Amid the aftermath of the horrific massacre at UC Santa Barbara, where 22-year-old Elliot Rodger murdered six people, the news of Rodger’s prior extensive mental health treatment has fueled speculation of a potential link to autism.The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

DRW launches “Questions of Discrimination”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014Disability Rights Washington’s video “Questions of Discrimination” criticizes the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) exam questions that single out applicants with mental health disabilities and ask for treatment records. . .

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