Section 511 is an amendment currently being considered by Congress during the 2013 reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act.
As a response to Senator Harkins July 2012 report “Unfinished Business,” WID and NCIL developed a proposal to reform SSI in order to work towards better economic outcomes for people with disabilities.
As a society we need to embrace the view that people with disabilities can be full partners in our nation’s economic growth.
Gov. Markell’s Initiative, A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities focuses on the employment challenges that affect individuals with intellectual and other significant disabilities. “My initiative was designed to raise awareness about how the untapped talents of people with disabilities can contribute to a business’s bottom line,” Gov. Markell noted.
Disability Rights International Submits amicus brief to Mexican Supreme Court in a landmark case for disability rights
Mexico City, Mexico- July 16, 2013 - Disability Rights International (DRI) and partners in Mexico presented an amicus brief to the Mexican Supreme Court in the case of Ricardo Adair, a 24-year old Mexican youth with Asperger Syndrome.
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WID News and Announcements
This year the World Institute on Disability is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Please join us on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at our annual Disability Policy Summit and Ever Widening Circle, our premier gala celebrating WID’s work and disability culture. The event will be held again this year at the universally designed and award-winning Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California.
The World Institute on Disability and partners at the Ed Roberts Campus are inviting submissions of recipes, tips and ideas for a “Disability Cookbook.” We’re hoping this will be a fun way for all to participate in improving our nutrition and making cooking and food preparation more accessible, available and fun, so we’ll actually do it!
Our “Get Fit, Get Moving” fitness fair on June 22, 2013 was a huge success! Collaborators WID, BORP (Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program) and Axis Dance Company, along with over a dozen sport and recreation vendors, promoted a wide range of fitness, athletics and outdoor recreation programs to our local disability community at the Ed Roberts Campus.
The City of Vasteras, Sweden, works to improve the accessibility of their city for citizens with disabilities.
The City of Vasteras, Sweden, department of city planning received a presentation on June 4, 2013 about the Ed Roberts Campus (ERC), by WIDs Director of Research and Training, Marsha Saxton.
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Tom Foley, WID’s Deputy Director, reappointed to the National Diversity Advisory Council of the American Red Cross
Berkeley, CA, April 23, 2013: Tom Foley, Deputy Director of the World Institute on Disability, has been reappointed by the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross to the National Diversity Advisory Council for a term of two years that expires in March 2015. The council advises the Red Cross Board of Governor's Human Resources Committee on ways to achieve greater diversity in services, recipients and both the paid and volunteer workforce.
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Access to Assets (ATA) provides training and technical assistance to asset building and disability organizations seeking to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities in asset building programs; information and referral services to individuals with disabilities; and conducts federal and state policy analysis on related issues. ATA publishes EQUITY, the only asset building newsletter specifically for people with disabilities. ATA also provides a list of upcoming conferences on a wide range of disability related topics.Learn more about EQUITY
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The Employment and Disability Benefits Initiative (EDBI) provides information on health coverage, work, and benefits to youth and adults with disabilities. Through Disability Benefits Information Services, EDBI provides community outreach, training and web-based services, including one-on-one technical assistance at its website, www.DB101.org, in six states (Arizona, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and New Jersey). The site offers easy to understand, practical information on public and private benefits, employment services, and other programs, as well as interactive benefits calculators. EDBI recently launched the Veterans Benefits Online Tools Project to support disabled veterans' transition back to employment and civilian life and also develops community based public policy recommendations.Learn more about WID Launches The Veterans' Benefits Online Tools Project
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The Health Access and Long-term Services program (HALTS) addresses health care disparities for people with disabilities by working to improve access to quality care and reducing incidence of abuse of people with disabilities, a significant barrier to independent living and full integration into the community. HALTS recently produced MAP to Health Access, a comprehensive training curriculum using high-motivation learning tools and downloadable, web-based materials for women with disabilities to learn about their right to accessible, quality health care as required by federal law; trains doctors and medical practitioners to provide culturally competent health care and accessible services and equipment using Access to Medical Care: Adults with Physical Disabilities, a video and training curriculum for health care providers addresses key issues that influence the quality of care in outpatient clinical settings; and recently produced the Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE), a comprehensive, multi-media training curriculum in English and Spanish to educate people with disabilities, services providers, and family members about abuse awareness and prevention strategies, and published and Sticks and Stones, a collection of fifty stories about facing abuse and violence, told by a diverse group of people with disabilities, as well as family members, services providers, and other allies, covering a wide range of mistreatment and recovery experiences.Learn more about Access to Medical Care: Two-DVD Curriculum on Treating People with Disabilities
Learn more about Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE)
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WID's International Program provides training and technical assistance to disabled persons organizations (DPOs) in developing countries to conduct effective disability advocacy, community barrier removal and public education campaigns; develops programs and national policies; and creates networks and national coalitions to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society. WID is currently funded by USAID to set up a sustainable wheelchair production and repair facility; a postural support seating and cushion service; a mobility, self-care, and advocacy skills training system for men and women who use wheelchairs; and conduct advocacy, public education, and community accessibility barrier removal activities in the Republic of Georgia. WID is also part of the U.S. Department of State’s 3-year Justice and Dignity in the Middle East- North Africa (MENA) Region, a consortium of innovative, rights-based NGOs to conduct rapid response projects with marginalized populations in the MENA region. The first country targeted for technical assistance was Morocco, and WID has been providing training and technical assistance to build the capacity of the Regional Union for Persons with Disabilities, located in Marrakech and also serving the Atlas Region.Learn more about International Program
Proyecto Visión provides information services to youth and young adults with disabilities from traditionally underserved populations, ages 16 – 35, so they may successfully transition from school to higher education and attain sustainable independent living and employment outcomes. Using popular Internet sites including Facebook and YouTube to reach our target population, the program hosts a website, www.proyectovision.net, featuring news, resources and opportunities for scholarships/internships/jobs; an electronic newsletter that highlights success stories about youth and young adults with disabilities who found employment; and produces Success Story video clips that are posted on YouTube. As part of the program's leadership development initiative, Proyecto Visión also hires young writers with disabilities to contribute articles and stories as part of its Emerging Writers Program and provides paid internships to University of California, Berkeley students with disabilities as part of the New Leaders Intern Program.Learn more about Proyecto Visión/New Leaders Internship Program
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