All nonprofessional guardians for people with disabilities will be required to undergo online training with periodic license renewal, under a new state bill that went into effect July 22.
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The right to take risks, even in the face of failure, is an important human right and a basic tenet of the disability civil rights movement. In the poem "What If", Sharon Jodock-King explains the significance of this from her perspective.
New Jersey advocates speak out in this video.
Disability scholar and advocate Paul Longmore passed away this summer, shortly after he announced his intent to author a college textbook on the history of the disability civil rights movement. The world lost a great historian but not without much tribute, NPR journalist Joseph Shapiro notes.
In this short you-tube video, self advocates remind us of the powerful disability rights messages inherent in Norm Kunc's Credo for Support.
Two years ago, the Washington State Legislature created an “Office of Public Guardianship” (OPG), and wisely included safeguards to ensure that Washington’s public guardianship program is a reform measure, rather than just a “guardianship mill”. To make sure that guardians hired by the OPG had...
We have entire cultures, generations and countries that refuse to self-identify with disability. So why are we so hard on our youth when they won’t? The lanky high school junior writhed under the weight of his response. His eyes never left the floor. We had set the stage so all student responses...
What a great legislative session! One of the highlights for me was watching the disability awareness bill get passed. This bill is important to me as a person with a disability; but most importantly, it was a youth-driven initiative. Youth from schools got together to advocate for this bill. They...
Youth from across the state attended the annual Self Advocacy in Motion Youth Leadership Retreat in Ellensburg in June. Youth danced, learned about civic engagement, practiced voting on accessible machines, and met movie producer Kathleen Jo Ryan, who introduced her acclaimed "Right to Risk", a...