Stigmatization

New York to overhaul community living services

Friday, August 2, 2013After a decade of litigation, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Department of Justice and a coalition of disability advocates announced a settlement July 23, creating a five-year plan that will pave the way for as many as 4,000 individuals to transition…

Florida becomes 40th state to end the “R-word”

Saturday, July 13, 2013The state of Florida has unanimously passed a law replacing the word “retarded’ with “intellectual disability” in its state laws. With the change, Florida became the 40th state in recent years to eliminate the use of a word long considered…

Portrait of the Whole Person Project

Wednesday, April 24, 2013Bertschi School, in partnership with Disability Rights Washington, presents PORTRAIT OF THE WHOLE PERSON to celebrate disability history and culture. Through the art show, we hope to heighten awareness of the disability rights movement and culture with the broader community.…

Push back against NPR series

Sunday, April 7, 2013A recent NPR series featured on “This American Life,” has caused a furor among disability advocates who believe that the stories provide a highly misleading overview of federal disability programs. “Rather than waste time rehashing myths and sensationalizing understandable program…

Google eliminates offensive autism search results

Tuesday, April 2, 2013For a short period in late February, the typing of the phrase “Autistic people should…” into Google produced such disturbing results as “be killed,” “die” or “be exterminated.” After activists flooded the company with complaints, Google has agreed to take…

What are we talking about?

Sunday, January 6, 2013  This week, I clicked my way through links and postings in order to find you inspirational, insightful and interesting items for your viewing pleasure. 1.Starting May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association’s new diagnostic manual, which is known as the…

Disability groups respond to Sandy Hook massacre

Saturday, January 5, 2013The Sandy Hook massacre has pushed mental health services back into the limelight, but disability advocates are concerned about the proliferation of misconceptions about Asperger’s Syndrome, the disability allegedly linked to the shooter, Adam Lanza. “It is imperative that as…

What are We Talking About?

Sunday, December 23, 2012This holiday season, I dashed through links, videos and photos in my one horse open sled in order to find you interesting, insightful and inspiring items for your viewing pleasure. Happy holidays! 1. Recent news about the Sandy Hook Elementary…

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