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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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Last July, I spoke with Sky H., a 20-year–old who identifies as non-binary and grew up in a very conservative rural town in the Black Belt region of Alabama. In school, Sky received abstinence-only…
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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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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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When Abba M. learned that a sexual partner had exposed her to the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, she did “a bunch of Googling.” The 21-year-old Alabama resident knew very little about it. Turning to her friends proved…
A billboard by the Alabama Department of Public Health in Eutaw, Greene County, raises awareness of recommended adolescent vaccines, including the HPV vaccine.
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What does it mean to be a human rights voter? Support candidates who want the government to adopt and enforce laws that promote and protect human rights. This means candidates who defend people from abusive systems, officials, individuals, and…
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The Continued Discrimination Against Albinism in Mozambique is a Violation of Human Rights

This piece was originally published in The Globe and Mail and references photographs embedded in the original piece. To view these photos, please navigate to the original article via the link above. Three years ago, assailants broke into…
Josina with her niece, Luisa, both 8. “She is my best friend,” said Josina. “She is always asking if I’m ok, she helps me read after school and she looks after me.” 
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Humanitarian Agencies Should Search for Migrants With Disabilities at US-Mexico Border

In order to use the bathroom in the Tijuana migrant shelter, I had to be carried up a flight of stairs. Living in Latin America with a disability has never been a simple task; daily activities can be extremely difficult due to the lack of…
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The American Civil Liberties Union recently released footage of an 8-year-old student in Kenton County, Kentucky, shackled and crying in pain. In the video, the third-grader (named only “SR”), is restrained by a pair of handcuffs around his biceps,…
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More than 1100 dead, many others coping with temporary or permanent disabilities, and people still missing. The 24 April 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse – Bangladesh’s worst ever industrial disaster – has left the country reeling and Bangladeshi rights…
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As we approach LGBT Pride weekend, it is worth noting that San Francisco's leadership in fighting the HIV epidemic is alive and well. Under a new policy, San Francisco law enforcement no longer will use condoms as evidence of misdemeanor prostitution…
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Any post-mortem on the failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on December 4 will point to the efforts of people like Rick Santorum to keep enough Senators from voting in favor of the treaty to miss…
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State efforts to restrict voting access have dominated election news this year. Since the beginning of 2011, legislators in 41 state governments have introduced at least 180 bills that wouldmake it harder to register or to vote. At least 25 laws and two…
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Voices from across the political spectrum condemned the Missouri Senate candidate for Senate, Todd Akin, for his recent offensive and scientifically inaccurate reasoning to deny rape survivors’ access to abortion. Akin said women’s bodies “shut down” and…