Gateway Technical College Wins!

We are pleased to present the 2019 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award Award to Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties.  Dr. Tammi Summers, Dean of Learning Success, and Mr. Josh Vollendorf, Director of Compliance, accept the 2019 Disability Justice award.  Braille is incorporated into the design.This Is How Gateway Is Outstanding:Diversity and inclusion spark the creativty in all of us.  Gateway is committed to education that encourages creativity. Gateway's vibrant educational community values people for themselves - for who they are. Disability awareness is an organic development of the Gateway Multicultural Center.  No muss, no fuss, just respect. Gateway established an insitution-wide committment to inclusive, welcoming programs and facilities. Committees meet regularly to keep staff and faculty up to date on diversity and inclusion issues.  What works?  What doesn't? There are on-going discussions among faculty about education innovations for students with disabilities. Gateway recognizes "Disability Awareness" month every October.  There is a different focus each week....
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Is Civil Rights Advocacy Hate Speech?

Twitter refuses to let us advertise about civil rights. What is hate speech?  After total neglect since day 1, twitter has decided not to decide.  So, a ban on all kinds of advertising goes into effect this month.Instead of looking at the content of the advertising, twitter is doing the corporate CYA.Ban advocates.  Hate speech is bound to be in there somewhere.  Right?I can't tweet about this.  I was threatened with banishment and a permanently locked account. How can we reach social justice advocates?  Click here Suggest groups we can talk to.  Click here   You don't have democracy when any people are excluded from civil rights information.                                              ~ Dorothy K Dean, Founder & CEO, Disability Justice ...
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Wisconsin v Civil Rights

Photo by Matt Artz on UnsplashThe State of Wisconsin is advising how to break federal civil rights law.  Tucked into the state commercial building code is a problem.  Only Wisconsin has this little stinker.   The problem is that the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services created an "exception" to the building code.   This change means Wisconsin is illegally giving permission to the public to violate federal law.No one challenged this practice until we did.The Americans with Disabilities Act is civil rights law.  It is modeled after the more famous Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It is not frivolous.  It is not optional.  Wisconsin staff cannot pick and choose which federal law they like.Federal law has priority over every state law and every state regulation.  Plain and simple.Why isn't Wisconsin checking building code for conflict with federal law?How many local governments and businesses used the advice to break federal civil rights law?Why does the department refuse to...
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Shoes & Walkers & Mobility

Can you imagine walking city sidewalks, hiking paths, mowing the lawn . . . without shoes?A walker is stability.  A cane is a mobility aid.It's normal to use devices to get around.  Your shoes are a mobility helper.Shoes are a normal part of everyday life.Walkers are normal.  This one is decked out for the 4th of July. Notice the large front tires.  This is an off-road walker. This walker makes it easier to walk on grass in the park, on icy sidewalks in the winter, and on uneven sidewalks year 'round.Walkers provide extra stability.  And freedom.  Just like shoes. Using mobility devices is normal. Disability is a normal part of life.People are not the mobility device....
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