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World Institute on Disability An internationally recognized public policy center founded in 1983, WID's program work focuses on issues and problems that directly affect people’s ability to live full and independent lives.
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Learn more at https://wid.org/ Working toward Equality via Disability Policy, Research, and Consulting

Learn more at https://wid.org/ Working toward Equality via Disability Policy, Research, and Consulting

Operating as usual

Many popular English sayings and phrases have ableist overtones. This article explains how while the intentions of using...
04/20/2021
The harmful ableist language you unknowingly use

Many popular English sayings and phrases have ableist overtones. This article explains how while the intentions of using this language may not be malicious, these sayings and phrases have harmful repercussions.
https://buff.ly/2PIEV0P
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Image ID: Group of White young adults stand speaking with each other. From left to right, a White man with brown hair wearing a black camouflage bomber jacket and holding a paper cup of coffee, a White woman with medium-to-dark blonde hair wearing a black sweater holding a cup of coffee, a White man with a blue backwards baseball cap and gray and black hoodie, a White man with a maroon jacket.

Some of our most common, ingrained expressions have damaging effects on millions of people – and many of us don't know we're hurting others when we speak.

Are you a person with a disability who has received the COVID-19 vaccine? Share your story with us today about why it wa...
04/19/2021

Are you a person with a disability who has received the COVID-19 vaccine? Share your story with us today about why it was important for you to get vaccinated!

Send us a message or email us at: [email protected]!
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Image ID: Graphic with syringe with text reading: Are you a person with a disability who has received the COVID-19 vaccine? Share your story with us today about why it was important for you to get vaccinated!

Send us a message or email us at: [email protected]!

Are you a person with a disability who has received the COVID-19 vaccine? Share your story with us today about why it was important for you to get vaccinated!

Send us a message or email us at: [email protected]!
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Image ID: Graphic with syringe with text reading: Are you a person with a disability who has received the COVID-19 vaccine? Share your story with us today about why it was important for you to get vaccinated!

Send us a message or email us at: [email protected]!

Creating accessible presentations is an essential measure in fostering an inclusive environment for people with disabili...
04/19/2021
Accessible Conferences Must-Haves and Tips

Creating accessible presentations is an essential measure in fostering an inclusive environment for people with disabilities. Here are some need-to-know tips on how to make your presentation accessible.

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For many disabled people, lack of accessible transportation options impedes their freedom of movement, impacting their a...
04/16/2021
Transportation Accessibility

For many disabled people, lack of accessible transportation options impedes their freedom of movement, impacting their ability to participate fully in their communities.

TRACS (Transportation Resilience, Accessibility & Climate Sustainability) was created by a partnership between the World Institute on Disability and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) as a research and community engagement project in the San Francisco Bay Area in the U.S.

Our research and findings are now available on the Transportation Accessibility page of our website and you can access them here: https://wid.org/transportation-accessibility/
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Purple banner with text, "Transportation". Icon of a lavender bus with a ramp extended out of the front doors. WID globes decorate the hubcaps of the wheels. Background image: a photo of a woman using a scooter wheelchair attachment, sitting on a public bus.

Transportation accessibility is a key area for disability rights and advocacy and impacts disabled people around the globe. For many disabled people, lack of accessible transportation opt…

In the last year nearly 2000 Nigerian COVID-19 deaths have been reported. Five Nigerians with disabilities have shared t...
04/13/2021
How COVID-19 has impacted Nigerians with disabilities

In the last year nearly 2000 Nigerian COVID-19 deaths have been reported. Five Nigerians with disabilities have shared their stories of isolation and devastation due to the pandemic.
https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/4/4/how-covid-19-has-impacted-nigerians-with-disabilities
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From social distancing as a visually impaired person to coping with closed hospitals, five Nigerians tell their stories.

Like captions, sign language is also an essential accessibility accommodation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community...
04/12/2021

Like captions, sign language is also an essential accessibility accommodation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Here’s why they are important.
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Image ID #1: Graphic with text: Why Sign Language Is An Important Accessibility Accommodation.
Image #2 ID: Graphic with text: What is sign language? Sign Language is an expressive language that uses gestures with the hands, arms, head, face and body to communicate. There are roughly 300 different types of sign language used around the globe. Below is a graphic of a dark brown, medium brown and white hand speaking in sign language gestures.
Image #3 ID: Graphic with text: What are sign language interpreters? A sign language interpreter is a person that translates a language into signs and expressive gestures for a person who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Image #4 ID: Graphic with text: When should you use ASL Interpreters? ASL interpreters can be used on-site and for remote meetings, conferences, training sessions, special events, one-on-one or group conversations, and more. Any time information is shared verbally, a sign language interpreter should be available.

We are excited to be partnering with the newest Social Impact Accelerator and helping startups leverage 5G, MEC, AI, XR,...
04/08/2021

We are excited to be partnering with the newest Social Impact Accelerator and helping startups leverage 5G, MEC, AI, XR, and other disruptive technologies to drive social innovation.

This first cohort is focused on climate justice and scaling solutions for those disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

Teams building technology-based solutions in clean energy, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, transportation, human health & safety, water & waste, and other climate-related sectors are encouraged to apply.

Applications are now open for startups, partners, and mentors interested in getting involved. Startups will receive funding, mentorship, education, exposure, and access to the wealth of resources our partners have to offer.

Mentors, subject matter experts, and partners will receive earned media, features in our partner’s original docuseries, award nominations, top tier industry connections, and the opportunity to work alongside some of the biggest names in tech and climate action as we band together to make a difference.

Apply now to get involved. Applications close April 30th at 11:59pm EST.

https://www.verizonforwardforgood.com/climate-justice
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Image ID: Graphic with text: Climate Justice Accelerator, Driving Innovation for Climate Justice. Get Your Technology into the hands of those who need it most. Launching June 2021. Get funding. Get noticed. Get involved. Applications close April 30th. There is a silhouette of a person standing in a colorful field.

We are excited to be partnering with the newest Social Impact Accelerator and helping startups leverage 5G, MEC, AI, XR, and other disruptive technologies to drive social innovation.

This first cohort is focused on climate justice and scaling solutions for those disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

Teams building technology-based solutions in clean energy, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, transportation, human health & safety, water & waste, and other climate-related sectors are encouraged to apply.

Applications are now open for startups, partners, and mentors interested in getting involved. Startups will receive funding, mentorship, education, exposure, and access to the wealth of resources our partners have to offer.

Mentors, subject matter experts, and partners will receive earned media, features in our partner’s original docuseries, award nominations, top tier industry connections, and the opportunity to work alongside some of the biggest names in tech and climate action as we band together to make a difference.

Apply now to get involved. Applications close April 30th at 11:59pm EST.

https://www.verizonforwardforgood.com/climate-justice
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04/07/2021

Last year WID’s CEO and Executive Director Marcie Roth was interviewed by Debra Ruh, CEO and founder of Ruh Global IMPACT and WID board member. They discussed the importance of listening to and advocating for people with disabilities during disasters.

You can watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg1F7b-UngQ

The institutionalization of people with disabilities is not a crisis that is unique to COVID-19 or the United States. In...
04/06/2021
“They Stay until They Die”

The institutionalization of people with disabilities is not a crisis that is unique to COVID-19 or the United States. In 2016, the Human Rights Watch visited 19 institutions in Brazil institutionalizing disabled people. Their findings shed light on abuse, isolation and neglect.
https://www.hrw.org/report/2018/05/23/they-stay-until-they-die/lifetime-isolation-and-neglect-institutions-people
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Image ID: A young brown girl sits on a swing alone in a playground. There are graffiti, cartoon images of children with disabilities painted on the building surrounding the playground.

Summary Leonardo, 25, has muscular dystrophy, a disability that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. He has lived in a residential institution for persons with disabilities in Brazil since he was 15. His mother felt she had no choice but to place him there. “I suffered deeply when ...

Captions are an essential accessibility accommodation for the Deaf community and many other groups. Here’s why they are ...
04/05/2021

Captions are an essential accessibility accommodation for the Deaf community and many other groups. Here’s why they are important.
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Image #1 ID: Graphic with text: Why Captions Are An Important Accessibility Accommodation

Image #2 ID: Graphic with text: What Are Captions? Captioning is a real-time speech to text service provided by live captioners that listens to speakers & types information into a computer onto a screen. A commonly used captioning service is the Communication Access Real-Time Translation, also known as CART. Underneath the text is a call-out box with an ellipses.

Image #3 ID: Graphic with text: Who uses captioning? People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing,
People with Learning/Cognitive disabilities, People who use English as a second language, Visual Learners , Elders/aging population, and more!

Image #4 ID: Graphic with text: When should you use captioning? CART services can be provided on-site or remote for both virtual and in-person events, workshops, and more. Any time information is shared out loud as an in-person event, video, or audio, captions should be provided.

A recent study found that people with disabilities in the U.S. need 28% more income to achieve an identical standard of ...
04/02/2021
Living with a disability is very expensive – even with government assistance

A recent study found that people with disabilities in the U.S. need 28% more income to achieve an identical standard of living as a household of the same size and income where no one has disabilities.

https://news.yahoo.com/living-disability-more-expensive-think-191003406.html
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Image ID: A Brown woman with black hair sits in car reaching for a wheelchair.

People with disabilities may need larger cars or specially modified ones to be able to get themselves around. Maskot/DigitalVision via Getty ImagesEdward Mitchell is 34 years old and lives in Jackson, Tennessee, with a spinal cord injury caused by a hit-and-run accident that happened when he was 17....

#ThrowbackThursday: Roughly two years ago, WID premiered ‘Employment Matters for Everyone,’  a short film created in par...
04/01/2021
Employment Matters for Everyone

#ThrowbackThursday: Roughly two years ago, WID premiered ‘Employment Matters for Everyone,’ a short film created in partnership with IREX Community Solutions Program Fellow Amrita Gyawali. The film highlights the importance of employing people with disabilities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSHefuYju_Q&t=220s
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Image ID: Thumbnail image of Amrita Gyawali, a Brown woman with dark brown hair wearing a taupe jacket and shirt smiling and looking to her left as she sits in her wheelchair.

The World Institute on Disability is proud to present Employment Matters for Everyone, a short film created in partnership with IREX Community Solutions Prog...

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, WID was proud to honor disabled women of the past and present. These women and...
03/31/2021

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, WID was proud to honor disabled women of the past and present. These women and many others have used their platforms to create a discourse around the intersectionality between sexism and ableism. We celebrate the crucial work of these women who have fought to provide agency to disabled women across the globe.
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Image ID: Graphic with text: Celebrating Disabled Women. Hashtag Disabled Women’s History. Beneath the text is a collage of disabled women from left to right: María Soledad Cisternas, Tammy Duckworth, Imani Barbarin, Neema Namadamu, Stella Young, Judy Heumann, Mia Mingus, Preethi Srinivasan, Audre Lorde.

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, WID was proud to honor disabled women of the past and present. These women and many others have used their platforms to create a discourse around the intersectionality between sexism and ableism. We celebrate the crucial work of these women who have fought to provide agency to disabled women across the globe.
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Image ID: Graphic with text: Celebrating Disabled Women. Hashtag Disabled Women’s History. Beneath the text is a collage of disabled women from left to right: María Soledad Cisternas, Tammy Duckworth, Imani Barbarin, Neema Namadamu, Stella Young, Judy Heumann, Mia Mingus, Preethi Srinivasan, Audre Lorde.

WID works with companies to make their products and services accessible to people with disabilities. Here’s what our use...
03/30/2021

WID works with companies to make their products and services accessible to people with disabilities. Here’s what our user testing clients are saying about us!
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Image 1 ID: Graphic with text: What Our User Testing Clients Are Saying. Behind the text is a purple background with chat callout boxes.
Image 2 ID: Graphic with text: “The user testing exceeded our expectations. We learned a lot about accessibility and how screen readers navigate websites, and the WID staff was great to work with.”
Image 3 ID: Graphic with text: “As part of rolling out our new website, WID’s user testing really helped highlight some security access issues we wouldn’t have found on our own.”

Image 4 ID: Graphic with text: “As part of a long term user test, I appreciate the details provided in the report. It provided takeaways and items to look at for future product development.”

Today’s #DisabledWomensHistory honoree is late disability rights activist, journalist and comedian Stella Young. Stella’...
03/29/2021

Today’s #DisabledWomensHistory honoree is late disability rights activist, journalist and comedian Stella Young. Stella’s iconic TEDxSydney talk, entitled "I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much” shed a light on the ableism that people with disabilities experience. Stella was also a member of Australia’s Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Department of Victorian communities and Women With Disabilities Victoria.
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Image ID: Graphic with photo of Stella Young, a White woman with red hair wearing red lipstick, a black t-shirt and leggings, silver wristwatch and red chunky heels with white polka dots. She is sitting in a wheelchair. There is a quote to her left reading: "My disability exists not because I use a wheelchair, but because the broader environment isn't accessible."

Today’s #DisabledWomensHistory honoree is late disability rights activist, journalist and comedian Stella Young. Stella’s iconic TEDxSydney talk, entitled "I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much” shed a light on the ableism that people with disabilities experience. Stella was also a member of Australia’s Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Department of Victorian communities and Women With Disabilities Victoria.
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Image ID: Graphic with photo of Stella Young, a White woman with red hair wearing red lipstick, a black t-shirt and leggings, silver wristwatch and red chunky heels with white polka dots. She is sitting in a wheelchair. There is a quote to her left reading: "My disability exists not because I use a wheelchair, but because the broader environment isn't accessible."

Today’s #DisabledWomensHistory honoree is United States Senator from Illinois Tammy Duckworth! Duckworth is the first pe...
03/26/2021

Today’s #DisabledWomensHistory honoree is United States Senator from Illinois Tammy Duckworth! Duckworth is the first person from Thailand elected to Congress, the first woman with a disability elected to Congress and the first female double amputee to serve in the United States Senate.
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Image ID: Graphic with photo of Tammy Duckworth, an Asian woman with dark brown hair wearing black eyeglasses, red lipstick, a pearl necklace and a black two-piece suit sitting in a wheelchair. Beside Duckworth is a quote from her reading: "Sometimes it takes dealing with a disability, the trauma, the relearning, the months of rehabilitation therapy - to uncover our true abilities and how we can put them to work for us in ways we may have never imagined." Tammy Duckworth, Hashtag Disabled Women’s History.

Today’s #DisabledWomensHistory honoree is United States Senator from Illinois Tammy Duckworth! Duckworth is the first person from Thailand elected to Congress, the first woman with a disability elected to Congress and the first female double amputee to serve in the United States Senate.
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Image ID: Graphic with photo of Tammy Duckworth, an Asian woman with dark brown hair wearing black eyeglasses, red lipstick, a pearl necklace and a black two-piece suit sitting in a wheelchair. Beside Duckworth is a quote from her reading: "Sometimes it takes dealing with a disability, the trauma, the relearning, the months of rehabilitation therapy - to uncover our true abilities and how we can put them to work for us in ways we may have never imagined." Tammy Duckworth, Hashtag Disabled Women’s History.

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