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Mritika Senthil Reflects for AAPI Heritage Month

By Guest Contributor / 2022-05-18
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Mritika Senthil, Community Engagement Specialist at the Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative, reflects for AAPI Heritage Month.

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My name is Mritika Senthil and I am currently serving as the Community Engagement Specialist at the Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative. I’m also currently a student at a boarding

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How I Dance with Depression and Dissociation

By Kim Chua / 2022-05-16
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Trigger warning: depression, mention of self-harm and suicide

Author’s Note: My depression and dissociation comes and goes. In any given year it can happen once, multiple times, or not at all. I am not a medical professional and therefore, my advice is only a suggestion. I understand not all

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No One Does This Alone

By Shelly Christensen / 2022-05-15
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Shelly Christensen

No one does this alone. No one.

More than twenty years ago, I was directing a program aimed at faith communities

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“Mickey Mouse Funhouse” Furthers Inclusion with New Deaf Character

By Lauren Appelbaum / 2022-05-13
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Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck and Fig in a scene from Mickey Mouse Funhouse

Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck

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RespectAbility Chairman Ollie Cantos Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

By Ollie Cantos / 2022-05-11
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Hi everybody! My name is Ollie Cantos and I’m Chairman of the board here at RespectAbility. And I am excited to have this opportunity to join with others in celebrating Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This is a

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Ariel Simms to Implement Renewed Vision and Foster New Growth and Opportunities as RespectAbility’s Next President and CEO

By Lauren Appelbaum / 2022-05-08
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Washington, D.C., May 8 – As the disability community continues to feel the transformative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and growing social justice movements, the disability advocacy nonprofit RespectAbility announces that Ariel Simms (they/them or she/her) has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Ariel will

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New Disability Screen Office Opens in Canada to Support and Amplify Creative Voices of Disabled Canadians

By Lauren Appelbaum / 2022-05-06
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A person walking down a sidewalk with a white cane. Logo for AMI. Text: Disability Screen OfficeToronto, May 6 – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), in partnership with the Canadian

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Interview with Dani Schirmer, Star of “Dani’s Twins”

By Madison Essig / 2022-05-05
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To celebrate Mother’s Day, RespectAbility Communications Apprentice Madison Essig spoke with Dani Schirmer, advocate, activist and mother with a disability. Schirmer’s journey to motherhood is the subject of the upcoming documentary film Dani’s Twins.

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Madison Essig: Hi, my name is Madison

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Interview with Dani Izzie, Star of “Dani’s Twins”

By Madison Essig / 2022-05-05
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To celebrate Mother’s Day, RespectAbility Communications Apprentice Madison Essig spoke with Dani Izzie, advocate, activist and mother with a disability. Izzie’s journey to motherhood is the subject of the upcoming documentary film Dani’s Twins.

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Madison Essig: Hi, my name is Madison

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Wally Tablit Reflects on Power, Practice, and Pride

By Wally Tablit / 2022-05-04
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Hi everyone, I’m Wally Tablit and I’m the Director of State Policy with RespectAbility and I’m a gay Asian man with a disability. Today, I want to share with you some reflections on power, practice, and pride. Now, when I think of

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