Stay Safe – Activism at Home

Disability Justice is a disability Civil rights nonprofit.  We advocate the civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Here are 3 simple things you can do at home.  ASL interpreters make people with hearing loss safer.Watch TV for ASL interpreters and closed captions. You make sure emergency information on tv is done right. Ask your local government about the emergency plans for people with disabilities.  Do they have a plan? Search your state and local government websites.  Are they accessible?You don't have democracy when some people are excluded.Does the tv or cable channel have closed captions?  Does the official announcing COVID-19 progress have an ASL interpreter? The FCC requires accessible emergency information.  But not all tv/cable channels do it.  Are there closed captions?  Is there an ASL interpreter?  I saw an ASL interpreter at announcements by the  Mayors of Chicago and of Los Angeles and the Governor of Georgia.Do officials have ASL interpreters or closed captions? ...
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Snow 2020

It's no surprise.  It's winter. A common frustration is disabled parking spaces filled with snow.   What can one person do?Point this barrier out to the manager.  Those parking spaces make it possible for customers to get into their building.  Urge them to get it cleared right away.  People with disabilities spend money - if they can get into the building.When customers see this barrier, you can bet they will go somewhere else.  They won't return until the snow is gone if they ever return.  It is federal law that the disabled spaces be usable.  They aren't if they are full of snow.Does the manager have a contract for snow plowing?  Suggest they put a penalty into the contract.  The penalty will be a charge to the plowing service for every day the disabled parking is blocked.You don't have democracy when any people are excluded. ...
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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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