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Washington’s Greying Prisons and the Need for Geriatric Review

This video explores the need for post-conviction review legislation for aging prisoners in the state of Washington. Over 1,000 inmates 50 and older continue to age behind bars at enormous cost to their communities, the State, and themselves.

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A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Disasters do occur all the time, from hurricanes, earthquakes, shootings, and many more.  Whenever there is a disaster, we hardly hear disabled individuals mentioned as to whether they were injured or safely escaped.

This is what sparked a flame for Paul Tshuma to look into the measures taken to evacuate individuals with disabilities in case there is a fire in a building.
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Willing to Work

It’s a jungle out there for job-seekers with disabilities!  Wilbert Johnson tells us how he was able to get his dream job and provides tips for fellow job-seekers.

In observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October, we encourage schools, workplaces, and communities to consider how they can further career development opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Running Out

Women, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities are all underrepresented in public office. So what if you’re all three of those — is there a place in politics for you?

Carrie Wade discusses paths to success for nontraditional candidates in 2018 and beyond.

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We all know about #MeToo. What we don’t talk about is the epidemic of sexual assault against people with disabilities. Rooted in Rights and the Disability Visibility Project collaborated to lift up the voices of disabled survivors so that their stories could be heard.

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New Disabled Parent Adventures in Advocacy

Happy Mother’s Day! Today is a day where we all celebrate our mothers. But did you know that parents with disabilities are far more at risk of losing custody of their children than non-disabled parents? Removal rates can be as high as 80%. So if you’re someone with a disability who is expecting or is thinking about having children, watch and share this video of our Storyteller, Ivanova, preparing to become a first time mother. They show that with the right supports, people with disabilities can be parents.

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SSI: Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

We all know that managing your money can be tricky and complicated at times. But what about if you are on Social Security benefits programs, such as Supplemental Security Income, or SSI?  How do you ensure that you are receiving your money and benefits after you turn 18 and select the best option for your situation?

Watch as our latest Storyteller, Yolanda Vargas, explains the process of how she gained control of her money, gives tips on the different options available that may work for you, and how to approach the SSA.

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Rooted in Rights Presents at Seattle Womxn Marching Forward 2018

We teamed up with Seattle Womxn’s March for the Womxn Act on Seattle event back in January.

The badass women of Rooted in RIghts – Courtney Cole, Emily Ladau, Vanessa Link, Rachel Miyazaki, and Cuquis Robledo – joined in real life and via video chat to talk about work they’re doing to advance the disability rights movement.  

If you missed it, don’t worry! Here’s the video of the full presentation so that you can experience it firsthand.

Better yet, it’s like no video we’ve ever released before. This is our first #360video, which means you can view the whole venue using the controls in the video window. Enjoy!

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People With Mental Health Disabilities Shut Down Dangerous Ideas About Gun Violence

The assertion that severe mental illnesses cause gun violence, specifically mass shootings, is not helpful and not accurate, but it is harmful. It is a dangerous idea. And we hear it from the media and our leaders all the time. Worse, no one ever seems to ask people with mental health disabilities what they think. So we asked. And here’s what they said.

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