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.

Mission: The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation. Learn more at www.aapd.com.

Did You Know? 2 in 5 US retail shoppers have personally experienced unfair treatment on the basis of their race or skin ...
01/15/2021
We Belong to Something Beautiful | Sephora

Did You Know? 2 in 5 US retail shoppers have personally experienced unfair treatment on the basis of their race or skin tone. And #BIPOC shoppers are 3x more likely than white shoppers to feel most often judged by their skin color and ethnicity. @Sephora says: it’s our responsibility to step up. Learn more about their work to change retail at www.sephora.com/diversity-and-inclusion #opentoall

Sephora believes in championing all beauty, living with courage, and standing fearlessly together to celebrate our differences. At Sephora, we all belong to something beautiful.

Last but certainly not the least, our final FLH profile is on Adreenah Wynn - a graphic designer from Florida! Dreezy vo...
01/14/2021

Last but certainly not the least, our final FLH profile is on Adreenah Wynn - a graphic designer from Florida! Dreezy volunteered and facilitated art and story-telling workshops in UF Health Shands Hospital, juvenile detention centers, and within the community including schools. Learn more here: https://buff.ly/3bGkyqy

Our fourth FLH participant is Tolu Adedoja. Tolu has been an active member of the Nebraska Youth Leadership Council (NYL...
01/13/2021

Our fourth FLH participant is Tolu Adedoja. Tolu has been an active member of the Nebraska Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), a self-advocacy leadership org for youth with disabilities in Nebraska. Through this organization, he has teamed up with other members to develop a more suitable environment for people with disabilities, by raising awareness and advocating for their rights. Read more about him here: https://buff.ly/3bGkyqy

We’re proud to partner with @DisabilityIN to provide #CorporateAmerica the Disability Equality Index (DEI). Half of #For...
01/13/2021
Disability Equality Index - Disability:IN

We’re proud to partner with @DisabilityIN to provide #CorporateAmerica the Disability Equality Index (DEI). Half of #Fortune100 use the DEI to build a roadmap of tangible actions towards disability inclusion. Registration closes 2/11: www.disabilityequalityindex.org

A comprehensive benchmarking tool helping companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions towards disability inclusion and equality.

Ra Malika Imhotep is our next Fannie Lou Hamer participant! Ra is pursuing a doctoral degree in African Diaspora Studies...
01/11/2021

Ra Malika Imhotep is our next Fannie Lou Hamer participant! Ra is pursuing a doctoral degree in African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley with a designated emphasis in New Media. Ra's intellectual + creative work tends to the relationships between queer articulations of Black femininity, vernacular culture and the performance of labor in The Dirty South. Read more about Ra here: https://buff.ly/3bGkyqy

Our second Fannie Lou Hamer profile is Shayla Gaither! Since Shayla was a little girl, she's had a passion for media and...
01/08/2021

Our second Fannie Lou Hamer profile is Shayla Gaither! Since Shayla was a little girl, she's had a passion for media and advocacy - she would record events with her family's camcorder and write letters to state representatives. Now, Shayla is a Business and Communications major, who wants a career in creating entertaining commercials. Read more about her: https://buff.ly/3bGkyqy

Our 1st Fannie Lou Hamer profile is on Jalyn Radziminksi. Jalyn has advocated for voter equity in Georgia by serving as ...
01/07/2021

Our 1st Fannie Lou Hamer profile is on Jalyn Radziminksi. Jalyn has advocated for voter equity in Georgia by serving as a Fair Fight Action Political Fellow & an aide for the Georgia House of Representatives. They also founded Count US IN, an Indiana-based initiative to uplift, educate, & empower local voices. Learn more about their work, inspiration, and goals here: https://buff.ly/3bGkyqy

This year we launched the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program where we worked with 5 young Black disabled advocates who ...
01/04/2021

This year we launched the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program where we worked with 5 young Black disabled advocates who are committed to boosting voter registration & civic engagement across Black communities. Over the next few days we'll be highlighting their profiles. Stay tuned! And learn more about the program here: https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/hamerprogram/

Register for the "Continuing the Journey of Mobilizing Support for People with Disabilities Who Have Experienced Sexual ...
12/14/2020
Continuing the Journey of Mobilizing Support for People with Disabilities Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence

Register for the "Continuing the Journey of Mobilizing Support for People with Disabilities Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence" webinar set up by Tara Ahern, our 2020 Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awardee! Learn more about this important, not often discussed, issue. The webinar is TOMORROW at 10am CST. REGISTER NOW! https://buff.ly/3qmvHVG

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10 - 11.30am Central Time NOTE: Registrations will be capped at 180, after which time a wait list will be kept.

Although employers use algorithms with the hopes of speeding up the job search process to identify the “best-suited” can...
12/10/2020
Report – Algorithm-driven Hiring Tools: Innovative Recruitment or Expedited Disability Discrimination? - Center for Democracy and Technology

Although employers use algorithms with the hopes of speeding up the job search process to identify the “best-suited” candidates for a position, many of these tools may be designed & used in ways that fall far short of ADA standards. Center for Democracy & Technology's report calls attention to the way hiring tools can affect people with disabilities and provide practical steps employers and vendors can take to avoid these harms: https://cdt.org/insights/report-algorithm-driven-hiring-tools-innovative-recruitment-or-expedited-disability-discrimination/

As algorithm-driven hiring tools have spread in adoption, so, too, has the risk of discrimination written invisibly into their codes. For people with disabilities, those risks can be profound. The Americans with Disabilities Act has explicit prohibitions against the use of hiring processes that disc...

AAPD is proud to join multiple universities & coalitions to launch the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on “D...
12/09/2020
AAPD Participates in New Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Inclusive Employment Policy - AAPD

AAPD is proud to join multiple universities & coalitions to launch the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on “Disability Inclusive Employment Policy”, a new center that will advance inclusive disability employment through research. Read more here: https://www.aapd.com/press-releases/aapd-joins-disability-employment-center/

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and 92 disability and allied organizations have joined together to urge House and Senate leadership that the third COVID-19 relief package should address the needs of people with disabilities and their allies.

2020 Hearne awardee, Tara Ahern, has significantly advanced her project regarding sexuality & services for people with d...
12/08/2020
AAPD Leadership Award Project- Healthy Sexuality & Sexual Violence Webinars | The Alliance

2020 Hearne awardee, Tara Ahern, has significantly advanced her project regarding sexuality & services for people with disabilities who are survivors of sexual violence. Watch webinars from last month & be sure to attend the upcoming one on Tues, Dec 15!!

AAPD Leadership Award Project- Healthy Sexuality & Sexual Violence Webinars October 20, 2020 Events, Monthly Update, News, Project Spotlights, Trainings, Uncategorized No comments Mobilizing Support for People with Disabilities Who Experience Sexual Violence“People with disabilities experience dom...

Such great news for International Day of People with Disabilities! We need more and more corporations to join in and pro...
12/03/2020
Disability:IN

Such great news for International Day of People with Disabilities! We need more and more corporations to join in and promote inclusion.

Today on #IDPWD2020, we are pleased to announce TD Bank joins as the latest signatory of the Investor Statement on Corporate Disability Inclusion. We congratulate purpose-driven brands like TD in leading the way in driving meaningful change. Learn more: https://newscenter.td.com/us/en/news/2020/td-bank-is-now-signatory-on-joint-investor-statement-on-corporate-disability-inclusion

Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities! This is an annual UN-sanctioned observance dedicated towards promo...
12/03/2020

Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities! This is an annual UN-sanctioned observance dedicated towards promoting disability rights and celebrating disability culture. Today is also the last day of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Learn more and watch #COSP13 live here https://un.org/development/desa/disabilities/conference-of-states-parties-to-the-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-2/cosp13.html

Our CEO & President, Maria Town, will be speaking TODAY at the Digital Inclusion Summit presented by the Hispanic Techno...
12/03/2020

Our CEO & President, Maria Town, will be speaking TODAY at the Digital Inclusion Summit presented by the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership. Register right now to hear her & other great speakers discuss important issues. The summit starts at 3pm with a live after-show at 6:40pm. https://httppolicy.org/httpknowsdigitalinclusion

Access to captioned telephone service for Americans with hearing loss is at risk! Learn how you can help protect this es...
11/30/2020

Access to captioned telephone service for Americans with hearing loss is at risk! Learn how you can help protect this essential service by watching this video https://youtu.be/JVYyGL9WBF8 and visiting Clear2Connect.org.

Image description: On the top left, a girl sits at a desk on a computer. Bottom left, hands are holding a letter. Top right, someone is using a phone that says “@FCC” on it. Bottom right, an older man is on the phone.

In 2020 Tara Ahern was awarded the Paul G. Hearne award for her project regarding sexuality & services for people with d...
11/30/2020
AAPD Leadership Award Project- Healthy Sexuality & Sexual Violence Webinars | The Alliance

In 2020 Tara Ahern was awarded the Paul G. Hearne award for her project regarding sexuality & services for people with disabilities who are survivors of sexual violence. Watch that project's webinars from this past month & be sure to attend the upcoming one on Dec 15!

AAPD Leadership Award Project- Healthy Sexuality & Sexual Violence Webinars October 20, 2020 Events, Monthly Update, News, Project Spotlights, Trainings, Uncategorized No comments Mobilizing Support for People with Disabilities Who Experience Sexual Violence“People with disabilities experience dom...

An important election is underway in Georgia - make sure to stay updated if you're outside the state and if you're a GA ...
11/30/2020

An important election is underway in Georgia - make sure to stay updated if you're outside the state and if you're a GA resident make sure to vote!

Listen in as Bob Kafta, Barrier Free Futures, interviews the co-chairs of Georgia Disability Vote Project: Stacey Ramirez, State Director of The Arc Georgia & Zan Thornton, co-chair of GaADAPT! https://bit.ly/BarrierFreeFutureGDVP

Did you know that access to captioned telephone service for people with hearing loss, which is mandated under the Americ...
11/20/2020
Why We Must Protect Access to Captioned Telephone Service - YouTube

Did you know that access to captioned telephone service for people with hearing loss, which is mandated under the Americans with Disabilities Act, is at risk? Check out this new video from Clear2Connect to learn more about this essential service and how you can advocate to protect the right for Americans with hearing loss to access the technology they need to communicate. https://youtu.be/JVYyGL9WBF8

Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS), also known as captioned telephone service, helps those with hearing loss use the telephone. It is an ess...

Our 2020 Hearne awardee, Tara Ahern, has significantly advanced her project regarding sexuality and services for people ...
11/19/2020
selfadvocacyalliance.org

Our 2020 Hearne awardee, Tara Ahern, has significantly advanced her project regarding sexuality and services for people with disabilities who are survivors of sexual violence. Watch informative webinars from this past month and be sure to register and attend the upcoming one on December 15 at 10 am.
http://selfadvocacyalliance.org/aapd-leadership-award-project-healthy-sexuality-sexual-violence-webinarsO

The Alliance is a statewide network of self advocates, advocacy groups and allies in Illinois. We work together to make life better in our communities and work to make services better for people with disabilities in our state.

ONE HOUR LEFT for the AAPD Summer Internship applications! Submit yours now if you want to have an amazing professional ...
11/12/2020

ONE HOUR LEFT for the AAPD Summer Internship applications! Submit yours now if you want to have an amazing professional development opportunity and be a part of a close-knit cohort of intelligent like-minded individuals. All college, law, and graduate students, along with recent grads (up to 5 years out of school), are welcome! APPLY NOW! Click link for more information and for application: https://buff.ly/2PGem76

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR THE AAPD SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM! We place college students, graduate students, law...
11/12/2020
AAPD Summer Internship Program - AAPD

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR THE AAPD SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM! We place college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates (up to 5 years out of school) with all types of disabilities in PAID summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations within the Washington, DC area. We recruit a diverse cohort of interns of all ages. As a result, we connect our host employers to talented emerging leaders with disabilities.

The AAPD Summer Internship Programs provides:
- Mentorship
- Transportation to and from Washington, DC
- Fully accessible housing
- Certificate in Disability Advocacy from AAPD in partnership with American University (you can also take this course for credit if desired!)
- Peer cohort experience with other interns with disabilities
- Professional development opportunities
- Networking opportunities with disability leaders

Go here to learn more https://aapd.com/summer-internship-program/ and apply by 5pm TODAY!

AAPD's Summer Internship Program develops the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offers host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce

The Affordable Care Act does not only make people’s lives easier, it saves them. If the Supreme Court decides to repeal ...
11/10/2020

The Affordable Care Act does not only make people’s lives easier, it saves them. If the Supreme Court decides to repeal this legislation, millions will be negatively impacted, especially within the disability community. To see more examples of what the #ACA means to people with disabilities visit https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/health/aca-stories/ #WhatsAtStake #ProtectOurCare #SaveTheACA

People with disabilities deserve to work and live just as freely and safely as every other citizen, however repealing th...
11/10/2020

People with disabilities deserve to work and live just as freely and safely as every other citizen, however repealing the Affordable Care Act would limit that by putting their health at risk. Read Reis's and other's full stories at https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/health/aca-stories/ and join us in supporting the #ACA #WhatsAtStake #ProtectOurCare #SaveTheACA

If the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, they're not just taking down a theoretical law - they are tak...
11/10/2020

If the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, they're not just taking down a theoretical law - they are taking away a means to live and putting people's health at risk. Read Kristin's and other's full stories at https://buff.ly/2UhvNPm. #WhatsAtStake #ProtectOurCare #SaveTheACA

"Healthcare is a human right." Brenda said it perfectly and this refers to affordable healthcare that every single perso...
11/10/2020

"Healthcare is a human right." Brenda said it perfectly and this refers to affordable healthcare that every single person can have access to no matter what. That is what the Affordable Care Act stands for and if repealed then millions will be left stranded, especially people with disabilities whose lives are on the line. #ProtectOurCare #SaveTheACA #WhatsAtStake

As Kristin describes, the Affordable Care Act is vital now more than ever. Lives have already been lost due to the pande...
11/10/2020

As Kristin describes, the Affordable Care Act is vital now more than ever. Lives have already been lost due to the pandemic and many more will be endangered should the ACA be repealed. Join us in voicing our support for the #ACA! #ProtectOurCare #SaveTheACA #WhatsAtStake

Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments against the Affordable Care Act. If the ACA is repealed millions of lives ...
11/10/2020

Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments against the Affordable Care Act. If the ACA is repealed millions of lives will be negatively impacted, especially within the disability community. To illustrate this, AAPD asked what the ACA means to you & we'll be sharing your responses throughout the day. We're joining other civil and disability rights organizations in raising our voices to save something that literally saves our lives. Read our joint statement here: https://mailchi.mp/aapd/every-disability-vote-counts-193710?e=[UNIQID] #ProtectOurCare #SaveTheACA #WhatsAtStake

Don't forget to apply to AAPD's Summer Internship Program! The deadline has been extended to this Thursday, November 12 ...
11/09/2020

Don't forget to apply to AAPD's Summer Internship Program! The deadline has been extended to this Thursday, November 12 by 5pm. The internship is open to all students and recent grads (up to 5 years out) and includes a stipend, travel, housing, professional development opportunities, mentorship, and a Disability Advocacy Certificate. Learn more and apply here https://buff.ly/348eZQO. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

As we wait for election results, take a few minutes to fill out the SABE GoVoter Experience Survey. If you are a voter w...
11/05/2020

As we wait for election results, take a few minutes to fill out the SABE GoVoter Experience Survey. If you are a voter with a disability and voted in the 2020 general election, fill out this survey to share your experience and help improve the voting experience for folks with disabilities in the future!

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Spanish: http://ow.ly/UB9A50CcwPV

Every vote counts, including mail-in and remote accessible ballots that have made voting safe for folks most at risk fro...
11/03/2020

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 count every vote this year, but accurate results are more important than fast results!

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