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NDRN will spend next year doing what we always do—fighting for the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. E...
12/22/2022
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NDRN will spend next year doing what we always do—fighting for the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. Every day of every month. All year.

Your ongoing support throughout the year would be enormously encouraging and greatly appreciated.

By donating to NDRN today, you support our efforts to strengthen the laws that protect the civil and human…

Use our holiday checklist to make sure your ready for the festivities:- Presents bought?- Gifts wrapped?- Gotten your bi...
12/20/2022
Disability Information and Access Line | ACL Administration for Community Living

Use our holiday checklist to make sure your ready for the festivities:

- Presents bought?
- Gifts wrapped?
- Gotten your bivalent covid booster shot?

If you’re having trouble checking off #3, contact the Disability Information and Access Line at

An Easy Way to Get Connected to the Services You Need Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Eastern) Call, text or videophone: 888-677-1199 Start an an online chat with an information specialist. Email [email protected] Connect directly to an agent in American Sign Language Download our D...

12/15/2022
www.bazelon.org

We signed on to this statement from The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law to oppose Eric Adam's disasterous plan to involuntairly commit people with mental health disabilities. We can not accept attempts to undo the progess disability rights advocates have made.

We denounce hate in all its forms. Join us in standing against bigotry and Islamaphobia
12/14/2022
Tell Congress to Honor the Victims of Post 9-11 Hate Crimes

We denounce hate in all its forms. Join us in standing against bigotry and Islamaphobia

H.Res. 662 calls for the United States government to honor the victims from hate crimes motivated by Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment, where individuals were targeted by violence and hatred because they were Muslim or perceived to be Muslim.

We ❤️ these incredibly cool ornaments! They can be found at Target! 🙂🦽🦽🙂 Description: A little gray mouse with a red sw...
12/13/2022

We ❤️ these incredibly cool ornaments! They can be found at Target! 🙂🦽🦽🙂

Description: A little gray mouse with a red sweater, teal scarf, gray pants and green shoes sitting in a white, manual wheelchair. Made of felt. Two of them, sitting side-by-side and enjoying each other’s company!

In case you missed it, in October we had Senator Daines on the PandA Pod to discuss competitive integrated employment.
12/13/2022
PandA Pod: The Return - NDRN

In case you missed it, in October we had Senator Daines on the PandA Pod to discuss competitive integrated employment.

The PandA Pod is back! And we have a new co-host, a new producer, and some fantastic guests.

Protect yourself and your loved ones ahead of the holidays. The bivalent booster vaccines are widely available, and prov...
12/08/2022
Disability Information and Access Line | ACL Administration for Community Living

Protect yourself and your loved ones ahead of the holidays. The bivalent booster vaccines are widely available, and provide enhanced protection against COVID-19. If you encounter disability related barriers to accessing the vaccine, the Disability Information and Access Line can help!

An Easy Way to Get Connected to the Services You Need Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Eastern) Call, text or videophone: 888-677-1199 Start an an online chat with an information specialist. Email [email protected] Connect directly to an agent in American Sign Language Download our D...

Awesome new commercial showing various forms of assistive technology which allow people with a variety of disabilities ...
12/08/2022
The Greatest (Audio Descriptions) | Apple

Awesome new commercial showing various forms of assistive technology which allow people with a variety of disabilities to be independent and self-sufficient! 🙂 Check it out!

At Apple, we believe accessibility is a human right. Innovative features like Door Detection, Sound Recognition, Voice Control, and more are designed to let ...

People with mental health disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Proud of the work our colleagues at Di...
12/05/2022
Yale University sued over student mental health policies

People with mental health disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Proud of the work our colleagues at Disability Rights Connecticut are doing to protect the rights of students.

Yale University is being accused of discriminating against students with mental health disabilities, including pressuring some to withdraw from the prestigious institution and then placing “unreasonable burdens” on those who seek to be reinstated

If you’re not currently watching the NBC show “New Amsterdam”, you might want to check it out! One of the main characte...
11/30/2022
Max Wonders if Wilder Feels Something Between Them | NBC's New Amsterdam

If you’re not currently watching the NBC show “New Amsterdam”, you might want to check it out! One of the main characters in this season, Dr. Elizabeth Wilder, is a surgeon who happens to be Deaf (brilliantly played by Sandra Mae Frank, who is also Deaf). Beyond that, she is in a developing relationship with the main character on the show, Dr. Max Goodwin. It’s quite amazing to see a realistic, raw representation of the development of a potentially romantic relationship between a Deaf person and a hearing person… and the barriers that may still remain.

The show has actually also had discussions about how disability is actually the constraints imposed by society rather than the individual’s supposed limitations. Groundbreaking stuff for mainstream TV!

Check out the moving clip below for a glimpse of this unique storyline. 

Max (Ryan Eggold) and Wilder (Sandra Mae Frank) feel a connection, but don't understand how to make it all work.» Subscribe for More: http://bit.ly/NBCSub» S...

11/30/2022
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Are you passionate about disability rights? Are you an experienced advocate? We're hiring a Community Relations Specialist!

What's this season's hottest Black Friday item? It's the bivalent booster shot and it's free! If your disability is maki...
11/25/2022
Disability Information and Access Line | ACL Administration for Community Living

What's this season's hottest Black Friday item? It's the bivalent booster shot and it's free! If your disability is making it difficult for you to schedule a vaccine appointment, you can learn more at

An Easy Way to Get Connected to the Services You Need Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Eastern) Call, text or videophone: 888-677-1199 Start an an online chat with an information specialist. Email [email protected] Connect directly to an agent in American Sign Language Download our D...

Pass the stuffing this Thanksgiving holiday, not Covid-19. Getting your Bivalent Booster Shot means our communities stay...
11/23/2022
People with disabilities can access the COVID-19 vaccine

Pass the stuffing this Thanksgiving holiday, not Covid-19. Getting your Bivalent Booster Shot means our communities stay healthier this season.

Watch our video to learn more about your vaccine rights:

People with disabilities have the right to access the Covid-19 vaccine. In most cases, if you want to get the vaccine, you can. No one can keep you from gett...

11/21/2022
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"Millions of American families have come to rely on the promise of marriage equality and the freedoms, rights and respon...
11/19/2022
Opinion | The Senate must stand together on marriage equality

"Millions of American families have come to rely on the promise of marriage equality and the freedoms, rights and responsibilities that come with making the commitment of marrying the one you love. But Congress has not enshrined marriage equality for same-s*x and in*******al marriages into law," Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Tammy Baldwin write in The Washington Post. "That is why we are working to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, bipartisan legislation that is another step forward in the United States to prevent discrimination, promote equality and protect the rights of all Americans." Read their op-ed:

Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Susan Collins: Federal recognition of marriage equality is long overdue.

Join the My Disability Roadmap  team for “Our Disability Roadmap,” a series of FREE webinars featuring Samuel Habib’s ca...
11/16/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: "Our Disability Roadmap": Lydia X.Z. Brown talks with Samuel Habib about transition. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join the My Disability Roadmap team for “Our Disability Roadmap,” a series of FREE webinars featuring Samuel Habib’s candid conversations about transition with disability rights leaders. The next webinar will be on Thursday, December 8 at 3pm ET with Lydia X.Z. Brown, disability justice and q***r rights advocate, organizer, and scholar. ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided. Even if you can’t attend live, be sure to register to receive the recording. Register for the series today:

Join Samuel Habib as he speaks with disability justice and q***r rights advocate, organizer, and scholar Lydia X.Z. Brown for the third in our year-long, FREE series of webinars: “Our Disability Roadmap." Lydia and Samuel will discuss a wide range of issues around transition, including inclusive e...

11/15/2022

Congratulations to Senator Tammy Duckworth on her re-election to the US Senate! We look forward to seeing Senator Duckworth continue to be a vocal champion for disability rights nationwide

An important piece by our colleagues at Disability Rights Ohio on the importance of defending online accessibility, and ...
11/15/2022
Disability Rights Ohio - : Virtual barriers, Real-world Implications

An important piece by our colleagues at Disability Rights Ohio on the importance of defending online accessibility, and the potential harm caused by the recent

For much of the disability rights movement’s history, equity in access has focused on eliminating barriers to spaces in the physical world. As our proverbial “town square” environment has shifted from a physical place to a virtual one, the need to protect access to these public spaces is imper...

We’re grateful to all those who served. Sadly many veterans, particularly those with disabilities, experience homelessne...
11/11/2022
Tell Congress to Support Homeless Veterans!

We’re grateful to all those who served. Sadly many veterans, particularly those with disabilities, experience homelessness. Tell the Senate to take action!

The Building Solutions for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Act, S.2172, will help address this issue by continuing the distribution of relief funds allotted during the pandemic in order to address veterans’ homelessness.

Every vote counts, including mail-in and remote accessible ballots that have made voting safe for folks most at risk fro...
11/09/2022

Every vote counts, including mail-in and remote accessible ballots that have made voting safe for folks most at risk from COVID-19, including many people with disabilities. It may take longer to this year, but accurate results are more important than fast results!

11/09/2022

West Coast Friends: If you are already in line to vote when the polls close, DO NOT get out of line! You have the right to cast your ballot, and the polling place must remain open.

If you are already in line to vote when the polls close, DO NOT get out of line! You have the right to cast your ballot,...
11/08/2022

If you are already in line to vote when the polls close, DO NOT get out of line! You have the right to cast your ballot, and the polling place must remain open.

Reminder: Service dogs (and miniature horses!) are allowed in polling places. You do not need to show a license or certi...
11/08/2022

Reminder: Service dogs (and miniature horses!) are allowed in polling places. You do not need to show a license or certificate.

Poll watching is legal, voter intimidation is not. Know the laws on who is a qualified poll watcher in your state!
11/08/2022
Poll Watchers and Challengers

Poll watching is legal, voter intimidation is not. Know the laws on who is a qualified poll watcher in your state!

The table below lists state-by-state laws regarding poll watcher qualifications. Typically political parties, candidates, and ballot issue committees can appoint poll watchers. Most states don’t allow candidates to be poll watchers. See what each state requires.

It's time to show the power of the !Hotlines:English Election Protection (866-687-8683)Spanish/Eng. 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-8...
11/08/2022

It's time to show the power of the !

Hotlines:
English Election Protection (866-687-8683)
Spanish/Eng. 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)
Asian Languages/Eng. 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)
Arabic/Eng. 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287)
ASL 301-818-VOTE (301-818-8683)

11/07/2022

You should always feel safe at the polling place. If someone who doesn’t work there is trying to intimidate you or prevent you from casting your ballot call or text the election protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1999, in a decision delivered by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that Curtis, her co-plaintiff E...
11/07/2022
Lois Curtis, who won a landmark civil rights case for people with disabilities, died

The Supreme Court ruled in 1999, in a decision delivered by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that Curtis, her co-plaintiff Elaine Wilson and other people with disabilities had a right—under the Americans with Disabilities Act—to live in a "less restrictive setting."
In a video she made for the National Disability Rights Network in 2020, Curtis said: "My name is Lois Curtis... I'm glad to be free."

Lois Curtis, an artist with an intellectual disability who brought a landmark civil rights lawsuit that gave people with disabilities the right to live outside of institutions, has died.

11/04/2022

Rest in Power Lois Curtis. She was the L.C. in Olmstead v L.C. Lois took the fight for people with disabilities to live in the community all the way to the Supreme Court. Her victory helped create the rights we enjoy today.

To close out our  campaign we got to speak with Charlotte about the importance of the disability vote. Join her in showi...
11/03/2022

To close out our campaign we got to speak with Charlotte about the importance of the disability vote. Join her in showing the power of our community at the polls. To find a polling place near you visit www.Vote411.org

NDRN Executive Director Marlene Sallo and President of our Board of Directors J.J Rico, sat down with Joyce Bender of Di...
11/03/2022
Marlene Sallo/J.J. Rico: Mission of NDRN

NDRN Executive Director Marlene Sallo and President of our Board of Directors J.J Rico, sat down with Joyce Bender of Disability Matters to discuss our mission and the work they are doing advance disability rights.

Joyce welcomes Marlene Sallo, newly appointed Executive Director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and it’s President of the Board of Directors, J.J Rico to the show.

"Unfortunately, a lot of people like to not disclose their disabilities because of the stigma. We have absolutely no ide...
11/02/2022
Disability activists say John Fetterman stroke controversy is no longer about his stroke

"Unfortunately, a lot of people like to not disclose their disabilities because of the stigma. We have absolutely no idea if other candidates may already have a disability that they're just choosing not to disclose." - Eric Buehlmann, NDRN

Disability advocates say the discourse surrounding PA senate candiate John Fetterman has veered into ableist territory, not neurology

Thanks to advocacy from the disability community, alt-text has been added to the Meta Business Suite! For those who mana...
11/01/2022

Thanks to advocacy from the disability community, alt-text has been added to the Meta Business Suite! For those who manage a page, press the pencil icon under the "media" section, then select alt text.

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