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  • Disability Rights Advocates to Meet with CDC Director Following GMA Appearance

    The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) / News and Media / Press Releases

    • Disability Rights Advocates to Meet with CDC Director Following Good Morning America (GMA) Appearance; Nearly 150 Disability Organizations Release Policy Demand Letter Ahead of Meeting

    Washington, D.C. – On Friday, January 7, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, in an interview with Good Morning America, commented on the results of a research study. Director Walensky remarked that a disproportionate number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the study population occurred among those with four or more comorbidities, calling those patients “people who were unwell to begin with” and these results as “encouraging news”. The disability community, who represent those with four or more comorbidities who died in the study, responded in turn. The hashtag #MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy, started by writer and activist Imani Barbarin, was a top trend on Twitter over the weekend.

    ... Ahead of the meeting, advocates sent a letter to the CDC Director from nearly 150  disability-focused organizations from around the country, representing tens of millions of disabled Americans from every state and territory. The letter, which can be read in full here, reads: 

    “The disability community’s faith in the government agencies responding to the pandemic has taken hit after hit with repeated policy choices that devalue disabled lives. For every step in the right direction, there have been steps backwards or actions delayed. It is necessary for the public health of our nation that the CDC and other agencies responding to the pandemic take immediate, concrete policy steps to rebuild that trust, protect disabled and high-risk people, and enact an equitable vision of pandemic recovery that centers on those communities most at risk and begins to shift long-standing systemic inequities.” 

    Click here to read more ...

    ~The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

  • Words matter. How we use them matters.

    Respect, awareness and good will can make a world of difference when speaking to someone with a disability or with a disability different from our own. Even the most “woke” person gets tripped up occasionally: Do I say dwarf or little person? Hearing impaired, hard-of-hearing, or “person with a hearing disability”? If a person with cerebral palsy welcomes the term “crip,” does this apply to most people with a motor disability? Should I use person-first language or disability-first language? (For more on this difference, see below.)

    The times and language are changing rapidly, as are the ways people with disabilities are choosing to identify themselves. Disability represents a form of diversity – similar to gender, race, religion, ethnicity and social class – and requires the same sensitivity when it comes to the way we address and refer to one another.

    Below is a quick guide (adapted from paraquad.org) for respectful, mindful disability language. These suggestions aren’t meant to make anyone feel policed, self-conscious or shamed. Educate yourself on current, accepted terms. Still unsure how to address or refer to someone with a disability? Don’t guess! Ask the person directly, remembering most of us would still rather be referred to by our name than a label.

    Words to avoid:
    Cripple, handicapped, invalid, victim, afflicted with, confined to a wheelchair, normal (when referring to a non-disabled person), deaf-mute, birth defect, crazy/insane/mental patient, slow, mentally retarded, underachiever, deformed, handicapable, differently abled, disfigured, abnormal, palsied, spastic, physically challenged, manic, maimed, incapacitated, high-functioning/low-functioning, “special” and special needs.

    Words to use:
    Person with a disability, disabled, uses a wheelchair, non-disabled or able-bodied, deaf, hard of hearing, psychiatric history, emotional disorder, consumer of mental health services, epilepsy/seizures, learning disability, ADD/ADHD, developmental disability, cognitive disability, born with.

    Many of the “words to avoid” are obvious. But language is not only ever-changing, it possesses layers of meaning, history and nuance. Inherent in words like invalid or victim is the belief that disabled people are “less than” able-bodied people. Ableism itself isn’t a new phenomenon, of course, though the term itself might be for some. And it has a way of slipping into our everyday language. We call people “crazy.” We say someone made a “dumb” choice or a “lame” excuse.

    Andrew Pulrang, who writes a regular column for Forbes magazine on disability practices, policy, politics and culture, (link below), explains that “the harm of terms and uses like this is indirect, but no less real. They all reinforce the idea that a good way to describe bad things is to compare them to disabilities, or to disabled people.”

    The good news, according to Pulrang, however, is that ableist language is also “unnecessary,” given a reasonable amount of awareness, creativity and, above all, care.

    To learn more about respectful disability language, please check out these sources:

    “It’s Time to Stop Even Casually Misusing Disability Words,” Andrew Pulrang in Forbes:

    “The harmful ableist language you unknowingly use” – BBC’s Equality Matters

    “Respectful Disability Language: Here’s What’s Up!” – NYLN (National Youth Leadership Network)

    “Choosing Words for Talking About Disability” – American Psychological Association

    “Disability Language Style Guide’ - National Center on Disability and Journalism

    “Disability-Inclusive-Language-Guidelines” - Prepared by the United Nations Office at Geneva as part of efforts to implement the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy, launched in 2019.

    WHAT COMES FIRST: The choice is personal and both are appropriate

    Person-first language places the “person” before the “disability” and is intended to emphasize personhood over impairment. Person with a disability …

    Disability-first language (or identity-first language) places “disabled” before the person, emphasizing that disability is an important part of one's identity. Disabled person …

  • published GDC Disability Insights in Resources 2022-01-13 13:59:23 -0500

  • published Ken Sherman, GDC - DNC Liaison in Meet the Team 2022-01-10 20:04:53 -0500

    Kenneth Sherman, GDC - DNC Liaison

    KS_IMG_0854_(002).jpgKenneth Sherman of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada has served Democrats Abroad in many capacities over twenty years including the office of International Chair and Vice-Chair. He is one of its representatives now to the Democratic National Committee governing body.  He authored the resolution that has established July 17 as John R. Lewis Voting Rights Day. Ken votes absentee in Buffalo, New York.










  • published Heather Stone, GDC EMEA Coordinator in Meet the Team 2022-01-10 19:57:10 -0500

    Heather Stone, GDC EMEA Coordinator

    HeatherStone-ADA31-210726.JPGHeather Stone is a member of DA-Israel. She became a licensed attorney in NJ in 1988 and practiced municipal bond law in NJ from 1988-1990.She moved to Israel for academic work, in Urban Planning, passed the Israeli Bar in 1993 and practiced law with a few of the largest law firms in Israel in the high-tech sector - doing investments, international mergers & acquisitions, and internal investigations of publicly traded companies for over 20 years.  In 2017 she became visually impaired following brain surgery.  She volunteers for Democrats Abroad, currently as Deputy International Counsel (Global) and serves on the boards of a few non-profit organizations in Israel, and was the past chair of Democrats Abroad-Israel.  Heather is a mom of two grown teens, and two dogs, including one guide dog and one emotional support dog.  She continues to learn to navigate the world differently.






  • Elizabeth Blackbourn, GDC Communications Coordinator

    ElizabethB.Fist-2021OCT30.jpegElizabeth Blackbourn is the Chair of Democrats Abroad China and GDC Communications Coordinator. She hails from small town Wisconsin and currently resides in mega city China. She has learned no matter the size of an area in which a person lives, opening up about disabilities is difficult and connecting with others is key. Elizabeth hopes to help expand awareness and develop a means of support within Democrats Abroad for those with invisible diseases and physical ailments. Using her own journey with autoimmune diseases and injury, Elizabeth aims for the GDC to become a resource for those struggling to cope. Fostering a community that cares by increasing inclusivity and expanding communications is essential to the mental well-being of Americans abroad. Contact Elizabeth to share your story, work on public policy, and assist the Global Disability Caucus communications efforts.

  • Denise Roig, GDC Americas Coordinator

    DeniseRoig-Photo21OCT30.jpgDenise Roig has been an active member of Democrats Abroad since 2019. A published writer of fiction and non-fiction, she votes in California and has lived in Canada for over 30 years (twenty in Montreal and ten in Hamilton, Ontario). She's been a DPCA rep, headed up the GOTV postcard campaign for DA Canada in the 2020 election and is a writer for multiple projects through DA's Global Design Team. Denise is a founding member of the Global Disability Caucus and a member of its steering committee.Through her daughter, Georgia -- born with cerebral palsy -- Denise has become an ally to, and an advocate for, the disabled community. Georgia, now 26, has three college diplomas in helping professions and is currently working on a degree in Disability Studies, an emerging field that is political and justice-based. Allyship, Denise's special focus, also challenges the ways we think about disability so we can be mindful, informed advocates.

  • published Anthony "Mike" Nitz, GDC Legislation in Meet the Team 2022-01-10 17:51:11 -0500

    Anthony "Mike" Nitz, GDC Legislation Coordinator

    MikeNitz-ADA31-210726.jpgMike Nitz is the Vice Chair of DA Vietnam, Chair of the DA Veterans Military Families Caucus and GDC Legislation Coordinator. He joined the Navy in 2011 as a shipboard nuclear power plant technician. In 2013, he was admitted to the United States Naval Academy where he studied comparative politics, Arabic, and the history of US-Iranian diplomatic relations. In 2015, he left the Naval Academy to return to active enlisted service in the field of underwater minefield detection and neutralization (not to be confused with explosive ordnance disposal) and served onboard a Minesweeper in Sasebo, Japan from 2016 - 2018. His health deteriorated while stationed in Japan, however, and he was ultimately medically retired from active service in January 2020. He now spends most of his time advocating for improvements to the systems that serve service members and veterans, advocating for disability rights and changes to the civilian disability system, and studying trends in election data throughout the United States.

  • Allyssa Schoenemann, GDC Education and Awareness Coordinator

    AllyssaSchoenemann-Photo211023.jpgAllyssa Schoenemann (she/her) has been a DA member since October of 2020 (a month after arriving in Germany). She currently resides in the northwest part of Germany and works as an English teacher in a German public school for grades 5 to 10. She has spent time in Germany previously, receiving a Fulbright award in 2015 to work as an English language assistant at a German Gymnasium. At that time, she was not a DA member. Prior to moving abroad, she received her teaching certification for English Language Arts, Students with Disabilities, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the secondary school level. She has worked in various schools on Long Island in New York as a teacher assistant, substitute teacher or full-time teacher. After receiving her Masters degree, she pursued an additional certification in Disability Studies from Stony Brook University. Her goal has always been to educate, whether that be in the classroom teaching language skills or providing new knowledge about disability rights and methods of advocacy.





  • published Meet the Team in Meet the Team 2022-01-10 17:18:22 -0500

    Marnie Delanie, Chair of DA Global Disability Caucus

    MarnieDelaney.jpgMarnie Delaney has lived in France since the end of 2018.  She spent her working years in marketing/advertising with Ad Agencies In New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco and ran Advertising & Marketing Communications for Bank of America. As a second career she founded an art studio and shop for children and taught art classes as wel

    Marnie has been politically involved since the 1960’s with a particular interest in women’s rights issues.  She spent many years involved with the National Organization for Women in Los Angeles, including a term as President which coincided with the nomination of Geraldine Ferraro as Walter Mondale’s VP running mate. She also spent time on the road working on the Equal Rights Amendment campaign and time consulting for political candidates and start-up companies.

    Since joining Democrats Abroad, Marnie has served on the GWC steering committee and launched  the Violence Against Women Action Team. Currently she is the Marseille Chapter Secretary, on the Senior Caucus-in-formation team and the Medicare Portability Task Force and Chair of the Global Disability Caucus.

    As a large and quite matrixed organization we have a variety of challenges but also phenomenal opportunities. This work gives me purpose and I know that is a feeling shared by many of us. One of the best things about being part of the Democrats Abroad community is getting to know, work with and learn from such an enormous assortment of smart, dedicated, and highly motivated activists. It is like a new gift every day.

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  • published Meet the Team in About Us 2022-01-10 17:16:41 -0500

  • DOJ Sues Uber for Overcharging People with Disabilities

    Fellow Democrats Abroad, did you know that in the United States if you have a disability, you have a right to accommodations when using App-based rides services like Uber and Lyft? If you are being charged fees because it takes you longer to get to your ride, then that may be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act or other applicable laws or regulations. The US Department of Justice has sued Uber for this kind of practice. Uber has denied any wrongdoing. However, if you have a disability and think that you were charged unfairly as a result, then make sure to let your driver know that you took longer to get to the vehicle because of your disability and ask them to let Uber know and to waive the fee. Remember though that Uber makes the policies, not the drivers.


    The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) / Office of Public Affairs (OPA) / JUSTICE NEWS

    The Justice Department today filed an ADA lawsuit against Uber for charging “wait time” fees to passengers who, because of disability, take longer than two minutes to get in their Uber car.  Individuals who believe they have been victims of disability discrimination by Uber because they, or someone they were traveling with, were charged wait time fees should contact the Justice Department at 833-591-0425 (toll-free), 202-305-6786, or send an email to [email protected].  For more information about the ADA, call the Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TDD 800-514-0383) or access the ADA website at ada.gov.

    ~The United States Department of Justice

  • published Disability Videos in Resources 2021-10-21 13:36:19 -0400

    Disability Videos

    ♿️  Disability Videos recommendations by Members of the Global Disability Caucus (GDC) Steering Committee


    GDC invites you to watch a video recording of Democrats Abroad Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 31st Anniversary Celebration on our Democrats Abroad YouTube Channel. Video duration is 1:33 Hours.


    GDC invites you to watch the documentary CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION on YouTube.  It is 106 minutes and the executive producers are President B. Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.


    Marnie Delaney, our GDC Chair, invites you to watch the documentary 'Far From the Tree'. Available on Amazon.com U.S.A. website!


    Anthony "Mike" Nitz, our GDC Legislation Coordinator, invites you to watch Rebecca Onie: What if our health care system kept us healthy? | TED Talk. Video duration is 16:18 Minutes.

    • Rebecca Onie asks audacious questions: What if waiting rooms were a place to improve daily health care? What if doctors could prescribe food, housing and heat in the winter? At TEDMED she describes Health Leads, an organization that does just that -- and does it by building a volunteer base as elite and dedicated as a college sports team.
    • About the Speaker: Rebecca Onie is a nationally recognized leader in the intersection of social determinants, population health and health care delivery.

    Heather Stone, GDC Member-at-Large for EMEA, invites you to celebrate the appointment of Sara Minkara to be the U.S. Special Advisor on International Disability Rights – a role critical to ensuring that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of persons with disabilities around the world.

    • As a blind, Muslim, first-generation American, Sara Minkara has a lifetime of experience advocating for equity, accessibility, inclusion, and empowerment. Join the U.S. Department of State in welcoming Sara Minkara as she takes on her new role as the Special Advisor on International Disability Rights.
    • Why We Should Be Blind to the Labels of Society | Sara Minkara | TEDxTysons! It only takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. In those first 7 seconds, many people are disempowered or marginalized because of one of more of their identities. The result is the world losing out on their potential and their contributions to society. It is so important that we all believe that everyone has something beautiful to contribute and provide them the space to do so. Sara Minkara challenges us to bring our true authentic self to all spaces, be proud of who you are, and be blind to the labels of society. Video duration is 12:10 Minutes.
    • Disability Is an Asset, featuring Sara Minkara, Empowerment Through Integration! People with disabilities are the largest marginalized group in the world, and Sara Minkara believes, together, we can change that. “Disability rights is the next movement, in the sense that it’s part of all other existent movements.” People with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world's population, but too often they are seen as unequal and not a valuable asset to society. Rather than seeing people with disabilities as a burden, basically the charity perspective, Sara believes we can change the narrative and unlock the potential of people with disabilities to benefit everyone. Video duration is 1:57 Minutes.

    Heather Stone, GDC Member-at-Large for EMEA, invites you to watch Planes, Trains, and Canes OFFICIAL TRAILER [CC] [AD]!

    • Dr. Mona Minkara is a blind scientist, an adventurer, and a storyteller. She is known for her passion, dedication, and commitment to the idea that “Vision is More than Sight”, which has and continues to permeate all her professional and personal projects. Dr. Minkara has lost her vision at a young age and, through perseverance and personal ambition, she is now not only an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern but also the creative mind behind her one-of-a-kind YouTube travel show Planes, Trains, and Canes (PTC).
    • Planes, Trains, and Canes is a unique travel experience that combines passion for adventure, love for public transportation and accessibility, then look no further! This travel series is for YOU!
    • Do I make it to Johannesburg? Blind woman flying! The Power of Determination. EPISODE 1 PART 1 [CC] [AD] First episode of Planes, Trains, and Canes! Travelling as a blind woman, by myself, from Boston to Johannesburg was such an adventure! So many orientation and mobility skills put to good use! Video duration is 24:55 Minutes.

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  • published Good Reads in Resources 2021-10-21 13:15:20 -0400

    Good Reads

    ♿️  Good Reads recommended by Members of the Global Disability Caucus (GDC) Steering Committee


    Denise Roig's List of Good Reads


    Heather Stone's List of Good Reads and Resources


    Marnie Delaney's List of Good Reads


    Max Macleod's List of Good Reads


    Allyssa Schoenemann's List of Good Reads

    Allyssa Schoenemann's List of Books & Articles from my Disability Studies Courses


    • Love’s Labor by Eva Kittay
    • Unspeakable: the story of Junius Wilson by Susan Burch and Hannah Joyner
    • The Ugly Laws by Susan Schweik
    • Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India by Michele Friedner
    • Already Doing it by Michael Gill
    • Loneliness and its Opposite by Don Kulick and Jens Rystrom
    • Disability Incarcerated, Liat Ben-Moshe
    • The Pastoral Clinic by Angela Garcia
    • Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS and the Course of Health Activism by Lisa Diedrich
    • Trent, J. 1999/2016 Inventing the Feeble Mind. University of California Press
    • Kuppers, P. 2014. Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction. New York: Palgrave MacMillan
    • Goffman, E. 1963 Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. New Jersey: Prentice Hall
    • Zola, Irving 1982/2003 Missing Pieces: A Chronicle of Living With a Disability. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
    • Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
    • Murphy, Robert 1987 The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled. New York: W.W. Norton and Company.
    • Stiker, H. (1987/1999). A History of Disability (W. Sayers, Trans.). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
    • Groce, N. (1985) Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language. Boston: Harvard University Press.
    • Edgerton, 1967/1993 Cloak of competence. University of California Press
    • Goffman, E. 1961 Asylums. Anchor Books
    • Linton, S (1988). Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity. New York University Press.
    • Dolmage, J., (2018) Disabled upon arrival: eugenics, immigration, and the construction of race and disability. Ohio State University Press.
    • Ingstad, B. and Whyte, S. R., eds. (2007). Disability in Local and Global Worlds. University of California Press.
    • Jenkins, J.H. (2015). Extraordinary conditions: culture and experience in mental illness. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
    • Livingston, J. (2005). Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
    • Luhrmann, T., Marrow J. (2016). Our Most Troubling Madness: Case Studies in Schizophrenia across Cultures. Oakland, California: University of California Press.
    • Phillips, S. D. (2011). Disability and Mobile Citizenship in Postsocialist Ukraine. Indiana University Press.
    • Stevenson, L. (2014). Life Besides Itself: Reimagining Care in the Canadian Arctic. University of California Press.
    • Jenkins, J.H. (2015). Extraordinary conditions: culture and experience in mental illness. Oakland, CA: University of California Press
    • Lifton, R.J. 1986 The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide.  New York.
    • Kuppers, Petra (2014) Studying Disability Arts and Culture
    • Taylor, Sunaura (2017) Beasts of Burden
    • Yergeau, Melanie (2018) Authoring Autism
    • Schalk, Sami (2018) Bodyminds Reimagined
    • McRuer, Robert (2017) Crip Times: Disability, Globalization and Resistance
    • Erevelles, N. (2011). Disability and Difference in Global Contexts.
    • Ladau, Emily. (2021) Demystifying Disability: What to know, What to say, and how to be an ally
    • Nocella, A. J., Bentley, J. K., & Duncan, J. M. (2012). Earth, animal, and disability liberation: The rise of the eco-ability movement. New York: Peter Lang.


    • Groce, Nora, et al. (2011). Disability and Poverty: The need for a more nuanced understanding of implications for development policy and practice. Third World Quarterly. 32(8):1493-1513.
    • Kuppers, Petra. 2013. Decolonizing Disability, Indigeneity, and Poetic Methods: Hanging out in Australia. Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. 7(2):175-193.
    • Megret, Frederic. (2008). The Disabilities Convention: Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities or Disability Rights? Human Rights Quarterly 30:2 Pgs. 494-516. 2009. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: From the Perspective of Young People. Disability Studies Quarterly.
    • Sherry, Mark. 2007. (Post)Colonizing Disability. Wagadu 4 /Summer https://webhost1.cortland.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/sherry.pdf
    • Grech, S., and Soldatic, K.M. 2014. Introducing Disability and the Global South (DGS): we are critical, we are open access! Disability and the Global South. 1(1):1- Accessed at https://disabilityglobalsouth.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/dgs-01-01-015.pdf
    • Soldatic K.M., and Grech, S., 2014, Transnationalising Disability Studies: Rights, Justice and Impairment, Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 2 http://dsqsds.org/article/view/4249 (Open Access)
    • Meekosha, Helen and Soldatic, K.M. 2011. Human Rights and the Global South. Third World Quarterly. 32:8.
    • Kumari Campbell, Fiona. Geodisability Knowledge: Watching for Global North Impositions. Accessed at: http://www98.griffith.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/handle/10072/27457/58821_1.pdf;jsessionid=E18ABCDA88E0E890EF86617E8B5070EA?sequence=1
    • Staples, James. (2005) 'Leprosy in South India: The paradox of disablement as enablement'. Review of Disability Studies, 1 (4). pp. 13 - 28.
    • Friedner, Michele. 2015. Deaf Bodies, Corporate Bodies. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
    • Snyder, Sharon and Mitchell, David. 2010. Introduction: Able-Nationalism and the Geo-Politics of Disability. Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies.
    • Mitchell, David and Sharon Snyder. 2010. Disability as Multitude: Re-Working Non- Productive Labor Power. Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies.
    • Gleeson, Brendan. “Disability and the Capitalist City” in Geographies of Disability 129-143.
    • Kusters, Annelies. (2009). Deaf on the Lifeline of Mumbai. Sign Language Studies, Volume 10, Number 1, Fall 2009, pp. 36-68.
    • Kohrman, Matthew. 1999. Motorcycles for the Disabled: Mobility, Modernity, and the Transformation of Experience in urban China. Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry 23:133-155.
    • Friedner, Michele and Jamie Osborne. New Disability Mobilities and Accessibilities in urban India. City & Society.
    • Geurts, Kathryn Linn. 2015. On the worlding of Accra’s Rehabilitation Training Center. Somatosphere. Accessed at http://somatosphere.net/2015/04/on-theworlding-of-accras-rehabilitation-training-centre.html
    • Kohrman, Matthew. (2003). Why am I not Disabled? Statistics and Transnational Subject Making in Modern China. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 17:5-2.
    • Petryna, Adriana. (2004). Biological Citizenship: The Science and Politics of Chernobyl Exposed Populations. Osirus. 19. pgs 250-265.
    • Weiss, Meira. (2007). The Chosen Body and Rejection of Disability in Israeli Society. In Ingstad, Benedicte and Whyte, Susan Reynolds, eds. Disability in Local and Global Worlds. University of California Press.
    • Anderson, Warwick. (1998). Leprosy and Citizenship. Positions 6:3.
    • Friedner, Michele. 2011. Focus on Which Deaf Space? Identity and Belonging among Deaf Women in New Delhi, India. In Burch, Susan and Kafer, Alison, eds. New Intersections in Disability Studies and Deaf Studies. Washington: Gallaudet University Press. 48-66.
    • Kisch, Shifra. (2008). “Deaf Discourse”: The Social Construction of Deafness in a Bedouin Community. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 27(3): 283-313.
    • Rafter, Nicole H.1988 "White Trash: Eugenics as Social Ideology." Transaction/Society.  26(1):43-49.
    • Borges, Dain 1993 “‘Puffy, Ugly, Slothful and Inert’ Degeneration in Brazilian Social Thought, 1880-1940.” Journal of Latin American Studies 25:235-56.
    • Goddard, H.H. 1913. The Kallikak Family: A Study in the Heredity of Feeble-Mindedness New York:  The MacMillan Company. http://digitalarchive.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=col_facpub
    • Boas, F. 1916 „Eugenics." Scientific Monthly. 3:471-478. http://www.scribd.com/doc/2442638/EUGENICS-
    • F. 1916 „New Evidence in Regard to the Instability of Human Types." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume 2.
    • Laughlin, H. 1930. The Legal Status of Eugenical Sterilization. Washington: Eugenics Record Office. http://digitalarchive.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1078&contet=col_facpub
    • Erevelles N. (2014) "Thinking with Disability Studies." Disability Studies Quarterly, http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/4248
    • Erevelles & Gill (2017) Hauntings: The Absent Presence of Elsie Lacks: Hauntings at the Intersection of Race, Class, Gender, and Disability, African American Review 50(2):123-37.
    • Climate Adaptation, Adaptive Climate Justice, and People with Disabilities. (2018, January 25). Retrieved from http://www.californiaadaptationforum.org/2018/01/22/climateadaptation-adaptive-climate-justice-and-people-with-disabilities/  
    • Climate Change and the Health of People with Disabilities. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/sites/production/files/201610/documents/disabilities-health-climate-change-large-fonts_0.pdf
    • Niles, E., & Reich, R. (2017, April 16). The Disabled Are Probably the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change Effects. Retrieved from https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-disabled-are-probably-the-mostvulnerable-to-climate-change-effects/
    • Perry, D. M. (2017, December 21). Disability and Disaster Response in the Age of Climate Change. Retrieved from https://psmag.com/environment/fixing-americas-disability-disasterresponse
    • Wolbring, G. (2009). A Culture of Neglect: Climate discourse and disabled people(4th ed., Vol. 12). Retrieved from http://journal.mediaculture.org.au/index.php./mcjournal/rt/printerFriendly/173/0
    • Yu, T. (2018, February 19). It's Time to Recognize Climate Change as a Disability Rights Issue. Retrieved from https://www.rootedinrights.org/itstime-to-recognize-climate-change-as-a-disability-rights-issue/

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  • published Resources in Global Disability Caucus 2021-10-11 13:50:45 -0400


    ♿️  Good Reads  recommended by Members of the Global Disability Caucus (GDC) Steering Committee


    ♿️  Disability Videos  recommendations by Members of the Global Disability Caucus (GDC) Steering Committee


    ♿️ Mental Health ResourcesEnsuring Overseas Veterans Have Access


  • signed up on Global Disability Caucus - Signup 2021-07-11 14:14:28 -0400

    Global Disability Caucus Signup Page

    Join the team working on our newest caucus, the new Global Disability Caucus!

    We would like to build the broadest possible membership in this new and important team within Democrats Abroad. 

    The mission of the Democrats Abroad Global Disability Caucus is to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across its global membership. In addition to participating in voter and electoral support work the team will collaborate with allies within the Democratic Party and disability rights groups to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible; advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights; and educate and empower Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.

    In addition to Democrats Abroad members with disabilities, we welcome and encourage the involvement of supporters of our members and our issues.  We hope to form an inclusive, diverse, active and effective community which provides fulfilling experiences for all.

    **Please note that if you sign up to volunteer with us, you may be contacted directly via email by Chair, Marnie Delaney.


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  • None of Us Are Equal Until All of Us Are Equal - The ERA for Women is Long-Overdue in the USA!

    I am once again asking Congress to finally add the ERA to the US Constitution! While women won the right to vote in 1920, women still do not have equal rights under the law. And even though the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment prohibits states from denying any person equal protection under the law, women’s rights are still not explicitly guaranteed. In 1976, around 10,000 marchers in Springfield, Illinois demonstrated for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Many of these marchers proudly carried signs advocating, ERA is the American Way! In a Pew Research Center poll last year, almost 80 percent of Americans supported adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. In 2020, Virginia became the 38th and final state needed to ratify the ERA. It is time for Congress to affirm and ensure women’s equality in the US. The US Senate must immediately pass S.J.Res.1 - A joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment! Let’s get on with it and join other nations like Canada, which offers women full equal rights guaranteed by law! [✊] https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2020/07/07/a-century-after-women-gained-the-right-to-vote-majority-of-americans-see-work-to-do-on-gender-equality/ | Lissette F. Wright | Living in Canada | Voting in New York!

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    21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge



    Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice.

    About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge 

    • For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity 
    • This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. Suggestions are in the following categories:












    • Choose one activity per day to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
    • Diversify your habits by doing some of each.
    • Use the tracking chart provided here to stay on course. You can download the editable spreadsheet or a PDF for printing.
    • We think understanding white privilege and white supremacy is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, so we’ve focused our resources on that specific issue.


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