American Association of People with Disabilities

American Association of People with Disabilities The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities.
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Over 60 million Americans with disabilities and our supporters have the power to achieve full civil rights for all. We are powered by our vision of a community whose voice is heard through the halls of government, in our culture, and in our communities.

Over 60 million Americans with disabilities and our supporters have the power to achieve full civil rights for all. We are powered by our vision of a community whose voice is heard through the halls of government, in our culture, and in our communities.

Today is the 22nd anniversary of Olmstead v. LC, a Supreme Court decision that declared people with disabilities have a ...
06/22/2021

Today is the 22nd anniversary of Olmstead v. LC, a Supreme Court decision that declared people with disabilities have a right to receive care in their homes and communities and to be fully integrated community members. This decision came after Lois Curtis, a black woman living in Georgia with physical, intellectual, and psychiatric disabilities was frequently forced into state institutions. Legal aid took the fight to the Supreme Court for Lois and another disabled woman, Elaine Wilson, to receive the supports they needed while being fully integrated into their communities.

22 years after the Supreme Court declared it a right, disabled people still struggle to access the services they need to thrive in their homes and communities. Disabled people are often forced into nursing homes, group homes, jails, and prisons. After entering these facilities, it is very difficult to get out. BUT, Congress has a chance to change this. The American Jobs Plan will invest $400 billion in home- and community-based services for people with disabilities, while also creating jobs and supporting care infrastructure. Call on your Member of Congress to #HonorOlmstead and finally fulfill its promise by passing the American Jobs Plan. We know that #HCBSCantWait, and hope to see movement on the American Jobs Plan as soon as possible!

You can learn more about how a historic investment in HCBS would improve the Care Economy and life for people with disabilities here: https://buff.ly/3tU25zA

Today is the 22nd anniversary of Olmstead v. LC, a Supreme Court decision that declared people with disabilities have a right to receive care in their homes and communities and to be fully integrated community members. This decision came after Lois Curtis, a black woman living in Georgia with physical, intellectual, and psychiatric disabilities was frequently forced into state institutions. Legal aid took the fight to the Supreme Court for Lois and another disabled woman, Elaine Wilson, to receive the supports they needed while being fully integrated into their communities.

22 years after the Supreme Court declared it a right, disabled people still struggle to access the services they need to thrive in their homes and communities. Disabled people are often forced into nursing homes, group homes, jails, and prisons. After entering these facilities, it is very difficult to get out. BUT, Congress has a chance to change this. The American Jobs Plan will invest $400 billion in home- and community-based services for people with disabilities, while also creating jobs and supporting care infrastructure. Call on your Member of Congress to #HonorOlmstead and finally fulfill its promise by passing the American Jobs Plan. We know that #HCBSCantWait, and hope to see movement on the American Jobs Plan as soon as possible!

You can learn more about how a historic investment in HCBS would improve the Care Economy and life for people with disabilities here: https://buff.ly/3tU25zA

Happy #AutisticPrideDay!! Today we celebrate autism and neurodiversity! AAPD is always pushing for the acceptance of all...
06/18/2021

Happy #AutisticPrideDay!! Today we celebrate autism and neurodiversity! AAPD is always pushing for the acceptance of all neurodivergent individuals, including those who have autism, and we take pride in being part of such an amazing and vibrant community.

Happy #AutisticPrideDay!! Today we celebrate autism and neurodiversity! AAPD is always pushing for the acceptance of all neurodivergent individuals, including those who have autism, and we take pride in being part of such an amazing and vibrant community.

In honor of both #JuneTeenth2021 & #Pride2021 we are celebrating Barbara Jordan! Barbara was a fierce advocate for multi...
06/18/2021

In honor of both #JuneTeenth2021 & #Pride2021 we are celebrating Barbara Jordan! Barbara was a fierce advocate for multiply-marginalized communities. She was the 1st Black person to serve in the TX Senate & the 1st Black woman from a southern state to serve in Congress.

In honor of both #JuneTeenth2021 & #Pride2021 we are celebrating Barbara Jordan! Barbara was a fierce advocate for multiply-marginalized communities. She was the 1st Black person to serve in the TX Senate & the 1st Black woman from a southern state to serve in Congress.

Today's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a victory for the disability community and for all o...
06/17/2021
Obamacare Wins For The 3rd Time At The Supreme Court

Today's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a victory for the disability community and for all of those who have fought to save the ACA during this attack and the attacks that came before it. The #ACA is vital to the disability community. Especially in the wake of COVID-19 and as individuals adjust to life with long-COVID, the protections for people with pre-existing conditions are as important today as they were when the ACA passed in 2010. Today's Supreme Court decision means Medicaid expansion stays, no copays for preventive care, insurance companies can't put lifetime caps on benefits, parents can cover their kids until age 26, protections against discrimination on the basis of disability/race/national origin/s*x/age, & MORE! https://www.npr.org/2021/06/17/988837265/obamacare-wins-for-the-3rd-time-at-the-supreme-court

The 7-2 decision threw out the challenge to the law, saying Texas and other objecting GOP-dominated states were not required to pay anything under the mandate provision and thus lacked standing.

Hello friends! AAPD is putting together a summer reading list for our Power Grid Blog to share with the community. This ...
06/16/2021

Hello friends! AAPD is putting together a summer reading list for our Power Grid Blog to share with the community. This summer reading list will feature short book reviews (and information on how to find the book) from AAPD staff, interns, alumni, board members, and more! We want to put together this list of book reviews as recommendations for great books relating to disability identity, culture, society, policy, and more to share with our network. If you have read a great disability-related book, please use the submission form below and share a short book review that can be featured on our summer reading list blog!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQ89FHBOZLwU4vZhiFTAt9x_QlpQ_Q0FihlTiIHhBk3mO5EA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Hello friends! AAPD is putting together a summer reading list for our Power Grid Blog to share with the community. This summer reading list will feature short book reviews (and information on how to find the book) from AAPD staff, interns, alumni, board members, and more! We want to put together this list of book reviews as recommendations for great books relating to disability identity, culture, society, policy, and more to share with our network. If you have read a great disability-related book, please use the submission form below and share a short book review that can be featured on our summer reading list blog!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQ89FHBOZLwU4vZhiFTAt9x_QlpQ_Q0FihlTiIHhBk3mO5EA/viewform?usp=sf_link

AAPD, National Disability Rights Network, and over 25 other organizations have signed a statement concerning the impact ...
06/15/2021
Disability Advocates Warn the For the People Act's Paper Ballot Mandate Will Disenfranchise Voters with Disabilities - AAPD

AAPD, National Disability Rights Network, and over 25 other organizations have signed a statement concerning the impact of the paper ballot mandate in the For the People Act on people w/disabilities. We urge Congress to amend the Act so that all are included. Read more here: https://www.aapd.com/press-releases/disability-advocates-warn-the-for-the-people-acts-paper-ballot-mandate-will-disenfranchise-voters-with-disabilities/

While the For the People Act will remove significant barriers to voting for people with disabilities, without addressing the unintended consequences of the paper ballot mandate, this important voting legislation will disenfranchise many voters with disabilities. Simply put, the current paper ballot....

Audre Lorde was well-known for being a "Black, le***an, mother, warrior poet" who was central to many civil rights movem...
06/15/2021
About Audre Lorde | Academy of American Poets

Audre Lorde was well-known for being a "Black, le***an, mother, warrior poet" who was central to many civil rights movements. Less known is her fight against cancer & ableism. For #Pride2021 we are honoring Audre's work as a disability rights advocate. https://poets.org/poet/audre-lorde

Audre Lorde - Poet, essayist, and novelist Audre Lorde was born on February 18, 1934,

AAPD firmly condemns legislation that restricts the right to vote, & we are mobilizing the REV UP network to protect vot...
06/14/2021
Voting Rights and Accessibility are Under Attack Across the U.S. - AAPD

AAPD firmly condemns legislation that restricts the right to vote, & we are mobilizing the REV UP network to protect voting rights at the state level. Read our statement on the various restrictive bills introduced nationwide & what you can do to help: https://www.aapd.com/press-releases/voting-rights-and-accessibility-are-under-attack-across-the-us/

Alongside voting advocates and other civil rights organizations across the country, we oppose voting legislation that disproportionately targets and restricts voting rights for people with disabilities, people of color, and disabled people of color, LGBTQIAPTS people, and other communities. We will....

06/07/2021

Mental health is no different from physical health and yet last week revealed how it is too often disregarded. Had star player Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ recused herself from press interviews and tournaments due to a muscle or limb injury then the conversation would be very different from what we are witnessing today. The gaslighting, overlooking, and trivializing of BIPOC women's mental health must end. AAPD applauds Naomi Osaka for sharing her struggle with anxiety and depression, prioritizing her mental health, and shining more light on the importance of mental health.

AAPD is pleased to announce the Summer Internship Program Class of 2021! This cohort consists of interns from 2020 and 2...
06/07/2021

AAPD is pleased to announce the Summer Internship Program Class of 2021! This cohort consists of interns from 2020 and 2021. Since the internship aspect of the program could not be executed last year, AAPD is welcoming back many of the Disability Advocacy Certificate Program Class of 2020 as well as a new class of interns, totaling 28 interns for the 2021 cohort. Learn more about the 2021 AAPD Summer Interns here: https://buff.ly/3gidwMr

We thank the support of our generous sponsors: the Aid Association for the Blind, DC, Arconic Foundation, AT&T, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF), & Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting the interns! With their support, AAPD is proud to offer its first ever virtual Summer Internship Program.

AAPD is pleased to announce the Summer Internship Program Class of 2021! This cohort consists of interns from 2020 and 2021. Since the internship aspect of the program could not be executed last year, AAPD is welcoming back many of the Disability Advocacy Certificate Program Class of 2020 as well as a new class of interns, totaling 28 interns for the 2021 cohort. Learn more about the 2021 AAPD Summer Interns here: https://buff.ly/3gidwMr

We thank the support of our generous sponsors: the Aid Association for the Blind, DC, Arconic Foundation, AT&T, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF), & Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting the interns! With their support, AAPD is proud to offer its first ever virtual Summer Internship Program.

Happy #pride Month! We honor the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community, including those w/disabilities, & we continue ...
06/01/2021

Happy #pride Month! We honor the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community, including those w/disabilities, & we continue to support equal rights for all. We urge Congress to pass the #EqualityAct & prohibit discrimination on the basis of s*x, s*xual orientation & gender identity. #PrideMonth2021

Happy #pride Month! We honor the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community, including those w/disabilities, & we continue to support equal rights for all. We urge Congress to pass the #EqualityAct & prohibit discrimination on the basis of s*x, s*xual orientation & gender identity. #PrideMonth2021

#FlashbackFriday to our 2021 AAPD Gala, can’t believe it was a month ago! Thank you again to everyone that made it such ...
05/29/2021

#FlashbackFriday to our 2021 AAPD Gala, can’t believe it was a month ago! Thank you again to everyone that made it such a special night. Stay tuned for the full video of the event coming soon!

#FlashbackFriday to our 2021 AAPD Gala, can’t believe it was a month ago! Thank you again to everyone that made it such a special night. Stay tuned for the full video of the event coming soon!

Our next #AAPIHM profile is Shiven Patel, a former AAPD Summer Intern from the Class of 2018! He is an Equal Employment ...
05/29/2021

Our next #AAPIHM profile is Shiven Patel, a former AAPD Summer Intern from the Class of 2018! He is an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist that works to combat discrimination on all bases. Learn more: https://buff.ly/3p2zRC0

Our next #AAPIHM profile is Shiven Patel, a former AAPD Summer Intern from the Class of 2018! He is an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist that works to combat discrimination on all bases. Learn more: https://buff.ly/3p2zRC0

Today for #AAPIHM we're honoring Mia Ives-Rublee! Mia is a disability justice advocate & the new Director of the Disabil...
05/27/2021

Today for #AAPIHM we're honoring Mia Ives-Rublee! Mia is a disability justice advocate & the new Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at American Progress! She founded the Women’s March Disability Caucus & helped organize the original Women’s March on Washington. Learn more: https://buff.ly/3umVfmo

Today for #AAPIHM we're honoring Mia Ives-Rublee! Mia is a disability justice advocate & the new Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at American Progress! She founded the Women’s March Disability Caucus & helped organize the original Women’s March on Washington. Learn more: https://buff.ly/3umVfmo

A little less than ONE HOUR until the start of Disability-Based Allocation of Medical Resources discussion hosted by Yal...
05/26/2021

A little less than ONE HOUR until the start of Disability-Based Allocation of Medical Resources discussion hosted by Yale Bioethics Program & AAPD. Come see a great group of experts talk about the legal & ethical issues related to this topic! Zoom link: https://ynhh.zoom.us/j/97114156780?pwd=MGJFcFdUc29Fb1NaK1MvZlpzalpDdz09#success

A little less than ONE HOUR until the start of Disability-Based Allocation of Medical Resources discussion hosted by Yale Bioethics Program & AAPD. Come see a great group of experts talk about the legal & ethical issues related to this topic! Zoom link: https://ynhh.zoom.us/j/97114156780?pwd=MGJFcFdUc29Fb1NaK1MvZlpzalpDdz09#success

Next for #AAPIHM we're spotlighting Sneha Dave, founder of Health Advocacy Summit and a 2020 Hearne awardee! Health Advo...
05/26/2021

Next for #AAPIHM we're spotlighting Sneha Dave, founder of Health Advocacy Summit and a 2020 Hearne awardee! Health Advocacy Summit empowers youth with chronic and rare diseases through advocacy events/programs. Sneha is an amazing leader and we are proud to support her! https://buff.ly/3fkd94R

Next for #AAPIHM we're spotlighting Sneha Dave, founder of Health Advocacy Summit and a 2020 Hearne awardee! Health Advocacy Summit empowers youth with chronic and rare diseases through advocacy events/programs. Sneha is an amazing leader and we are proud to support her! https://buff.ly/3fkd94R

In honor of #AAPIHeritageMonth, AAPD would like to shine the light on @chellaman! Chella Man is an artist, author, model...
05/24/2021

In honor of #AAPIHeritageMonth, AAPD would like to shine the light on @chellaman! Chella Man is an artist, author, model & activist who identifies as Deaf, genderqueer, trans-masculine, Chinese, & Jewish. Learn more about him and see his work: https://buff.ly/3fgZpYP

In honor of #AAPIHeritageMonth, AAPD would like to shine the light on @chellaman! Chella Man is an artist, author, model & activist who identifies as Deaf, genderqueer, trans-masculine, Chinese, & Jewish. Learn more about him and see his work: https://buff.ly/3fgZpYP

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! The deadline for the NBCUniversal Scholarship is finally here! Apply now if you are a student wit...
05/20/2021

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! The deadline for the NBCUniversal Scholarship is finally here! Apply now if you are a student with a disability pursuing a career in media, entertainment, or communications. https://buff.ly/2q3cQRf

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! The deadline for the NBCUniversal Scholarship is finally here! Apply now if you are a student with a disability pursuing a career in media, entertainment, or communications. https://buff.ly/2q3cQRf

Our last, but definitely not the least, NBCU Scholar from 2020 is Jessie Zhang. Jessie hopes to work in the media, enter...
05/19/2021

Our last, but definitely not the least, NBCU Scholar from 2020 is Jessie Zhang. Jessie hopes to work in the media, entertainment, and communications industry as a researcher, designer, or storyteller who shares stories that reflect authentic human experiences. To join this prestigious list of changemakers, apply for the 2021 NBCU Scholarship - last day is TOMORROW. https://buff.ly/2q3cQRf

Our last, but definitely not the least, NBCU Scholar from 2020 is Jessie Zhang. Jessie hopes to work in the media, entertainment, and communications industry as a researcher, designer, or storyteller who shares stories that reflect authentic human experiences. To join this prestigious list of changemakers, apply for the 2021 NBCU Scholarship - last day is TOMORROW. https://buff.ly/2q3cQRf

The 7th 2020 NBCU Scholar that we're highlighting is Tyler Schulze. Tyler has a passion for storytelling and has put tog...
05/18/2021

The 7th 2020 NBCU Scholar that we're highlighting is Tyler Schulze. Tyler has a passion for storytelling and has put together writing teams for working on film and television scripts. He enjoys creating shorts during his free time. If you have similar interests and would like funding for your education, apply for the NBCU Scholarship NOW: https://buff.ly/2q3cQRff

The 7th 2020 NBCU Scholar that we're highlighting is Tyler Schulze. Tyler has a passion for storytelling and has put together writing teams for working on film and television scripts. He enjoys creating shorts during his free time. If you have similar interests and would like funding for your education, apply for the NBCU Scholarship NOW: https://buff.ly/2q3cQRff

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“Death with Dignity” Laws Deadly to Disabled National Sanctity of Human Life Day—on January 22—celebrates the value of every human life from the pre-born to the grave. We are familiar with threats to the unborn, but what about the seniors and people with disabilities at risk of dying from physician assisted su***de? “Death with dignity,” as physician assisted su***de is euphemistically called, is legal in Washington, D.C. and eight states—California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Maine, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont and Washington—by statute and in Montana by a court ruling. And the momentum is building. Indiana, New Mexico, New York, and Virginia all have bills pending in 2021. The coalition of groups opposing physician assisted su***de span the political spectrum from right to left: pro-life, faith-based, national disability, and medical. I’m represented in multiple places on this spectrum, and support the reasons disability groups and leaders give for opposing laws designed to cut our lives short. continued at https://angelamuirvanetten.com/blog. Please also browse my website for additional writings and resources.
Hi everyone, my name is Ezra and as a former DSP, I created an activity resource site called DSPortal.site, providing a much easier way of finding activities and private events in your community. Enjoy!
Vallarta Supermarkets Store# 19 at 23449 Lyons Avenue, Newhall, CA is refusing entry to persons no wearing a mask, despite their medical condition! The very same Governor order that you are enforcing to wear masks, also give exemptions to people with medical conditions. Essentially, you are discriminating against disabled persons, and you offered no accommodation. You were advised of the medical condition and reason for not wearing a mask, and still refused service and kicked them out of the store. Called your "corporate" office and the woman there says they are not going to change anything. So I guess if you are disabled, DO NOT SHOP HERE. They will treat you like a criminal and kick you out!
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A Disabled Person must be appointed to a Biden Cabinet position if equal representation is to be achieved to make the Cabinet look like society. Disabled People are approximately 15% of the population. The Disability Community says "Nothing about us without us". When top level decisions are being made by the Cabinet for our nation, a Disabled Person must me at the table too.
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Training to be a Better Communication Partner From Dr Jane Remington-Gurney, Options Online: Research based, online and self-paced courses now available complete with audio-visual slide presentation, a referenced document, and activities. Designed to meet a variety of learning needs and styles. Click on link to see testimonials and more… https://drjaneremingtongurney.podia.com Course 1. Setting the Scene. An essential short course for anyone new to disability or not familiar with the disability scene, to communication as a human right, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Course 1 provides a springboard to the courses that follow. Delivery time: 1.5 hrs. Course 2. Unaided Communication With a focus on Key Word Gesture and communication with only your body, no devices, or switches, this course comes with two take away resources for communication partners to customise and use throughout their career as essential parts of a person’s AAC system. Duration: 2.5 hrs Course 3. Aided Communication This covers many of the fundamental things associated with aided communication, the ways we communicate with more than just our body...with devices, displays, switches and all sorts of ‘add-ons’. The course covers things to consider whilst still meeting the four basic AAC criteria for consumers. Duration: 4 hrs Webinar and online support options available [email protected].
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This may seem like an odd request so let me explain first. I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work and I teach at the graduate level. I will be presenting to a class of masters students who are working toward their counseling degree. Specifically, the class is on crisis intervention, but since so many people have no understanding of hidden disabilities, this is a good time to educate, especially counselors in training. If you live with a hidden disability (heart condition, diabetes, lupus, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, or any others that would take several posts to list), or have experience with others who do, what do you think counselors need to know? What should they not do? How can they be most helpful? I will not be using names or any other identifying information but simply sharing a generic story. I've already provided my deaf experience and experiences from folks in my deaf and hard-of-hearing groups. Thanks!
Amazing Down Syndrome dummer/singer at national TV! Reynols!
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