Taking a stand

Join us for Episode 7 of the RiR Podcast: The intersection of disability and sexual identity with Ellen Forney and Jennifer Restle

Tuesday, June 28, 2016Rooted in Rights stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ and Latinx LGBTQ communities in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. This month, we discuss disability as an identity that intersects with other identities, and what that means…

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…

New series offers advice for writing characters with disabilities

Friday, April 8, 2016Two writers are sharing advice on how to accurately write characters with disabilities in literature in their series, Disability Stories. The series, created by Katie Pryal and Tipsy Tullivan, currently has two promising episodes. The first episode was inspired…

“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) Woman responds to extreme cyber bullying with TedTalk, documentary, and legislative advocacy

Thursday, November 5, 2015Children, and society in general, can be cruel to those who seem ‘different’ or operate outside of the status quo. Lizzie Velasquez knows this fact exceptionally well. Growing up, Velasquez endured bullying and discrimination from her peers as a reaction…

(Video) Battling Oppression: MMA fighter Garrett Holeve’s right to fight

Monday, November 2, 2015Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, is arguably one of the more controversial competitive sports. Banned in New York, the sport is known for its brutal, bloody nature and the fighters that train for months to dominate one another in…

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 . . .

It’s time to stop fighting disability and start fighting society

Friday, October 23, 2015Often, when mainstream society considers people with disabilities, it is with a combination of pity and admiration. Pity for having their disability, and admiration for living with it. Few outside of the disability rights movement realize how flawed and harmful…

What it means to have a disability

Thursday, October 8, 2015Meet 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 DRW includes…

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