Stigmatization

People gather to share experiences with mental illness through creative new show

Wednesday, May 21, 2014Based in Virginia, This Is My Brave is a “non-profit organization which provides a community and platform for people living with mental illness to speak out in an effort to end the stigma associated with mental health disorders.” In their…

Advocacy groups call for changes to federal autism initiative

Thursday, May 1, 2014A coalition of disability advocacy groups is pushing for major changes to the Combating Autism Act, which is up for reauthorization this year. The CAA, passed in 2006 and last reauthorized in 2011, has designated more than a billion…

DOJ investigation slams Albuquerque Police Department

Monday, April 28, 2014In June 2010, police officers in the Albuquerque Police Department arrived at the scene of a car crash, where Larry* was convulsing in the vehicle. The officers ordered Larry to open the vehicle door. When Larry refused, the officers, concerned…

DRW launches “Questions of Discrimination”

Thursday, April 17, 2014“Questions of Discrimination” a new documentary by Disability Rights Washington (DRW) reveals the mental health bias and stigma inherent in the process used to decide who is fit to become a lawyer.  In Washington State as in many other states,…

(Video) “Schizo” aims to end stigma towards people with schizophrenia

Wednesday, April 16, 2014Bringchange2mind.org has released a new PSA, provocatively titled “Schizo,” focusing on misconceptions towards people with schizophrenia. The brief film plays on common yet ill-founded stereotypes to reveal the reality that people with schizophrenia are fully capable of living ordinary and…

(Video) Dancers gather to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Wednesday, April 9, 2014This past March people with Down syndrome gathered together with their friends and family to dance to Pharrel’s “Happy” in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, which takes place March 21st and has been officially recognized by the United Nations…

“Rose Under Fire”

Monday, April 7, 2014  Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire offers a plausible tale of a fictional young woman living during World War II. Wein explores not only the events of the war, but the upcoming women’s rights movement and the experiences of people…

White House disability liaison steps down

Monday, April 7, 2014Claudia Gordon stepped down March 28 as the second-ever White House liaison on disability issues. Gordon began in the position in July 2013. She replaced Kareem Dale, who served for all of President Obama’s first term. “During her term,…

New federal data shines light on disparities in school discipline practices

Tuesday, March 25, 2014New federal data from the nation’s 97,000 public schools, released March 21, shows that students with disabilities are dramatically more likely to be suspended, arrested, restrained and secluded than students without disabilities. “This data collection shines a clear, unbiased light…

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