“As the Northeast lags the rest of the country on accessible housing and workplaces, the Massachusetts Legislature sits on a bill that would make things better.” Continue reading this article at The Boston Globe.
“The 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act marks a significant point in American history. Since the passage of this civil rights law in 1990, it has undoubtedly increased access and opportunity for the 61 million people with some form of disability across America.
But this cannot simply serve as a milestone where we rest on the laurels of this progress. We must also look ahead to the future. In the last three decades, technology has undergone unparalleled growth. While the ADA regulates the physical world fairly well, its age means it lags eons behind when it comes to ensuring digital accessibility.” Continue reading the article, which includes a 3 minute artist video, at NBC News.
“Learn about inclusive design and how to optimize your website for ADA compliance with this beginner’s guide to accessibility.” Continue reading at Search Engine Journal.
“Backlash from disabled people about “The Witches” reveals harmful stereotypes.”Kathleen Bogart
“Think about your underlying assumptions about disability. What causes disability? What are the sources of and solutions to disability-related challenges? Experts categorize ways of thinking about disability into three general models: moral, medical, or social (Olkin & Pledger, 2003). Our beliefs about disability are reflected in and perpetuated by media depictions.” Continue reading this article, authored by Kathleen Bogart Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University, at Psychology Today.
“When the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was passed to prohibit employment discrimination based on disability, it was supposed to protect disabled people and ensure their rights in the United States.
Libraries, schools, courtrooms, subsidized transportation and countless other resources were “available” to the public — but still not accessible to the millions of disabled people who lived in the United States. Richard Scotch, a professor of sociology, public policy and political economy at the University of Texas at Dallas, said that when Section 504 was drafted, it was a beacon of hope.” Continue reading or listening to this article at The New York Times.
“Ramps at ancient Greek healing temples provided access for people with disabilities, according to new research. If confirmed, this would be the earliest evidence of a society making architectural adjustments to support accessibility.” Continue reading at Gizmodo.
“We will no longer allow the government to oppress disabled individuals. We want the law enforced.”Judy Heumann, a founder of the Disability Rights Movement
“Before the Americans with Disabilities Act granted people with disabilities greater protection and accessibility, a little-known law set the groundwork.
In 1977, Judy Heumann helped lead a peaceful protest that forced the government to follow through with Section 504. As part of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the law would force hospitals, universities and other public spaces that received federal money, to remove barriers to accessibility for all Americans. But its implementation was long delayed over the costs necessary to retrofit buildings to comply with the law.” Continue reading this article, which includes a 4-minute podcast of Judy Heumann speaking about the significance of The Americans with Disabilities Act, at NPR.
“I taught my students that art is open to everyone.”Félix Garmendía
“Félix Garmendía, a poet, is an activist in the LGBTQ+ disability movements. He is the author of Flying On Invisible Wings, an anthology of poetry. He is a 30-year HIV survivor and lives with Inclusion Body Myositis , a progressive muscle disorder that has confined him to a wheelchair.” Read Félix’s interview about his anthology of poetry, Flying On Invisible Wings at questionsstudentsask.
“Children and adults with disabilities often face discrimination, leading to reduced access to basic social services and general lack of recognition. Addressing discrimination and promoting inclusion is an issue of concern in all sectors, and can be accomplished through quality data and evidence-based advocacy and policy.
Inclusive data are key to eliminating discrimination on the basis of disability and to accelerating global efforts towards inclusive programming. The production of inclusive data demands the involvement of persons with disabilities in all data collection processes and outcomes. This will help ensure that their experiences and needs are adequately reflected in the evidence being generated.” Continue reading at UNICEF.
“It was 1997, and Jane Rosario, a librarian at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, was on her way to visit Mark O’Brien, a former Berkeley student with an extensive literary collection of his own works. He was a poet and journalist and larger than life — and Rosario had the job of collecting his poems, essays and book reviews to include in the library’s archives on disability rights and the independent living movement of the 1960s and 1970s.” Continue reading this article by Anne Brice at Berkeley News.