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“Nothing about us without us” – that was the call from the indigenous rights advocate Ghazali Ohorella from the Alifuru people in the Maluku Islands, Indonesia during a panel at the climate summit in Glasgow.  This plea was echoed by many…
Georgina Wabano and her mother cooking traditional food for school children in Peawanuck, ON, December 18, 2019. : © 2019 Daron Donahue
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The SC Order is Welcome, But More Needs to Be Done for People with Disabilities

I vividly remember the first time visited a mental hospital in Mumbai. In one room, dozens of people lay on the dirty floor, the stench of urine overpowering the air. The women wore shabby green uniforms, their heads shaved because of the…
Women with perceived or actual psychosocial disabilities at a mental hospital in Mumbai
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Significant Victory Requires Holistic Approach to Implementation

I vividly remember the first time visited a mental hospital in Mumbai. In one room, dozens of people lay on the dirty floor, the stench of urine overpowering the air. The women wore shabby green…
Women lying on the ground in a room.
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When Isaias Cervantes, a hard of hearing young adult with autism and mental health conditions, became agitated and upset with his family, they called 911 to request support. The 911 operator sent sheriff’s deputies instead of a crisis intervention…
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Global Movement to #BreakTheChains

“I’ve lived in chains for many years. It’s very uncomfortable. I was shackled around the waist and ankle – my stomach used to hurt with the weight of the chain; it was so heavy. I used to cry.” — Akeyo, a woman with a psychosocial disability chained…
End Shackling in Indonesia
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“I felt like the world was ending for me,” an asylum seeker told us, describing her experience in immigration detention after fleeing her home country in Africa. “I thought, ‘Maybe I should have stayed back home and died there.’” She is only one of…
Image in shades of red with a fence in front of seated people.
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Forget Me Not Documentary Explores Challenges of Inclusion in Education System

“There is a thing out there called inclusion and I need to get it.” In a year where a pandemic divided nations, states, and households, and systemic racism in our country and around the world continued to result in senseless murders, this line from…
Hilda Bernier and her son Emilio in the film Forget Me Not.
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“The reason I came [to Canada] is to seek refuge, but the punishment I got for that – I never experienced that anywhere else,” Ebrahim Toure testified on November 16th from the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre at his detention review hearing, which…
People wait in a temporary detention center in Blackpool, Quebec, August 5, 2017.
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Felipe Orozco, 45, is a Puebla resident who was diagnosed in 2003 with schizophrenia. This condition makes him have visual and auditory hallucinations, mostly when he is under severe stress. In early 2013 he had a mental health crisis that prompted his…
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All people should have the right to education from childhood and as a lifelong process. No one should be subjected to discrimination based on biases about whether they can benefit from receiving education or not. In the last years, Brazil’s law for…
A girl with a disability in the walled yard of an institution for people with disabilities in Rio de Janeiro.
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On the ADA’s 30th anniversary, we should reflect on what’s still missing to make sure that all people with disabilities are included in the United States

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law transformative legislation known as the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was a major victory for the rights of people with disabilities, not only in the United States but globally.…
Protesters supporting people with disabilities gather outside the White House in Washington, May 15, 2017
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At the peak of the Covid-19 infections, on April 30, the Serbian government published data that 574 people living in residential care institutions, including those for people with disabilities, had been infected with the virus. More recent numbers…
A room in the Veternik Institution for children and adults with disabilities where 540 persons, including children with disabilities live. Up to eight people live in one room. © 2015 Emina Ćerimović for Human Rights Watch
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Celebrating Change on International Albinism Awareness Day

June 13 is International Albinism Awareness Day, a day to celebrate people with albinism and join their fight to end discrimination. Earlier this year, people with albinism from around the world unanimously voted to form a global alliance on albinism…
Josina wearing her new prescription glasses outside her classroom in Chiuta District in Mozambique’s Tete province. Since getting eyeglasses, Josina has been performing better academically, but now schools are closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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You are told not to leave your home. No one can visit. Food supplies may be limited. You are waiting for authorities to tell you when you can enjoy your freedom again.  Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the daily reality for many people…
A child in a Russian state orphanage for children with disabilities.
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When Akanni’s mother died in early 2018, she stopped eating for three weeks. Her mood became unpredictable; she was often shouting or sulking angrily. Medicine from a local pharmacist didn’t help. At a loss for what to do to handle the trauma, Akanni’s…
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