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Protected: Interview with An Artist Advancing Democracy

By AAPD_admin / 2021-05-12
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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

By Steve / 2021-04-01
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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention. This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day. It is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be open for signature by regional integration organizations. The Convention entered into force on 3 May 2008.

The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as “objects”  of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as “subjects” with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of society.

The Convention is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development dimension. It adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.

The Convention was negotiated during eight sessions of an Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly from 2002 to 2006, making it  the fastest negotiated human rights treaty.


Crippen hears that Scotland could be set for ‘ground-breaking’ move on UN convention

By Crippen / 2021-03-31
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Get the removal company sorted folks, it looks like we might all be moving to Scotland! <img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-52838" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-52838" src="" alt="cartoon about


General Sources of US Disability Rights Information

By Steve / 2021-03-25
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ADA Information Line
(800) 514-0301 (voice)
(800) 514-0383 (TTY)

ADA National Network
(800) 949-4232 (voice/TTY)


Ep 99: Online Activism

By Alice Wong / 2021-03-21
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Today I’m in conversation with my friends Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan. The three of us are co-partners in #CripTheVote, an online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people that we started in 2016. You’ll hear us talk about the origins of #CripTheVote, the differences between the 2016 and 2020 election on disability policies and engagement, and looking ahead with the Biden/Harris administration. Please note our conversation took place in December 2020, a


And Now Here We Are

By Alice Wong / 2021-03-08
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Disabled people all over the world are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “And Now Here We Are” is a comic by Sam Schäfer about the experiences of disabled people in the UK. I first saw Sam Tweet this series on Twitter on February 20, 2021 and am so pleased to be able to publish a version of it here.

Content notes: ableism, austerity, grief, pain, death, dying, poverty, suffering, eugenics.




Q&A with Ingrid Tischer

By Alice Wong / 2021-03-06
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Below is a conversation I had with my friend Ingrid Tischer on February 20, 2021. Ingrid is one of the first close friends I made when I moved to San Francisco over twenty years ago. So we go wayyyyyyy back!

Please note there will be discussions of hospitalization, end-of-life, dying and mortality, ableism, quality of life, discrimination, and mental health. Some parts have been condensed and edited for clarity.

Many thanks to Cheryl Green


Ep 97: Disabled Refugees

By Alice Wong / 2021-02-21
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Today I’m in conversation with Mustafa Rfat. Mustafa is a graduate student in the Public Administration Program at West Virginia University. He’s also a trainee at Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) at the university. Mustafa came to the U.S. as a refugee from Iraq in 2011. You’ll hear Mustafa talk about his experience as a refugee and his adjustment to life in the United States. Mustafa will also describe the unique challenges and


Coalition Comment Urges Protection for Clients With Disabilities in Legal Representation

By DREDF / 2021-02-19
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February 16, 2021
DREDF and other California legal services offices continue work to ensure that clients with cognitive or mental health disabilities are not stripped of their right to make decisions based on paternalistic stereotypes. Past advocacy, which began in 2009, has focused on the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Model Rule 1.14 addresses clients with “diminished capacity.” The coalition has repeatedly and successfully argued that Rule 1.14 is too vague and too broad, and would allow attorneys to inappropriately compromise clients’ personal autonomy and confidentiality in situations where it is not warranted. Model Rule 1.14 has not been adopted in California. However, the California State Bar ethics committee is now considering issuing an advisory opinion that would be similarly and inappropriately restrictive. […]


Action Alert! Tell Your Senators We Need Emergency HCBS Funding in the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill!

By AAPD_admin / 2021-02-16
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February 17, 2021

Tell Your Senators We Need Emergency HCBS Funding in the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill! 

Many disabled people rely on home and community-based services (HCBS) to live in the community. Now, at a time when COVID-19 is rapidly spreading, these services are more critical than ever as they keep people with disabilities out of institutions, where the virus is spreading at devastating rates. The disability community needs emergency funding for Medicaid home and community-based services. That funding has not been included in any of the COVID relief legislation passed since the beginning of the pandemic, but we must change that. 

Congress is putting together the next COVID-19 relief package now, and the House of Representatives has already included emergency HCBS funding in their version of the COVID relief package. Now we need the Senate to do the same. We’re asking you to participate in our week of action, and ask your Senators to make sure the final COVID-19 relief bill includes the funding our community needs. Here’s how you can participate:

Take Action

Call your Senators! 

You can call your senator and use this script: 

Hello! My name is [your full name], and I am from [city]. I’m calling to ask Senator [Name] to make sure the Senate’s COVID relief package includes emergency funding for Medicaid home and community-based services.

Home and community-based services funded by Medicaid allow people with disabilities like [me/ my family member/ my friends/ my neighbor/ etc.] to continue living safely at home. These services keep people with disabilities out of institutions, where COVID-19 is currently killing thousands. Because of the pandemic, community-based service providers are struggling to stay open, and without emergency funds, some will be forced to close. 

The House has already included emergency funding for Medicaid home- and community-based services in their COVID relief bill. We just need the Senate to include it too. This funding is a life and death issue for disabled [residents of your state]. Can I count on Senator [Name] to stand up for people with disabilities by making sure that funding is in the Senate bill?

Need help making calls? Check out our proxy calling system: 

Want to help make calls for other people? Send an email to with your name and preferred email.

Email your Senators! 

Contacting Congress provides unique links to email your Senators directly. You can use the same script you did while calling.

Engage your Senators on Social Media! 

Tweet your Senators – find their Twitter handles here.

Sample Social Media Posts:

Take action TODAY to protect the disability community during COVID-19:  #MedicaidCantWait

The Senate emergency COVID-19 relief funding includes NO funding for community-based services — services that many people with disabilities rely on to stay out of institutions, where COVID-19 is spreading. Take action TODAY. #MedicaidCantWait #HCBS

The Senate is refusing to include #HCBS funding in the new COVID-19 relief package. Don’t let them get away with it — call/email TODAY to let your elected officials know we’re watching! #MedicaidCantWait

Without #HCBS funding, people with disabilities risk being forced into institutions, where COVID-19 is running rampant. Call and tell your Senator that #MedicaidCantWait using this script:

Join the Facebook event for scripts, tips, and check ins throughout the week.

Our community has been left out of the picture when it comes to COVID relief over and over again. Enough is enough. When HCBS is at risk, our lives are on the line: #MedicaidCantWait!

*Script language from ASAN.

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