April is National Minority Health Month! Join us as we highlight the work being done in communities across the country. And be sure to lend your voice to this month’s activities. Visit the HHS Office of Minority Health website to download materials, find events and share your story. It’s all about community! #NMHM17 https://go.usa.gov/xX56D
Chat with Organizations working to help end health disparities in their ommunities
#Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall
Hosted by the HHS Office of Minority Health...
Wendesday, April 12, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Office of Minority Health - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nat'l Youth HIV Awareness Day !
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On this day (April 8) in 1864, Congress authorized the Columbia Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind to confer college degrees, and President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill into law. Edward Miner Gallaudet, who had been serving as superintendent, was named the first president. Today, Gallaudet University is accredited and considered among the primary resources for information related to people who are Deaf.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is not pleased with the administrations approach to "light it up blue" as this breaks with the more inclusive and self advocate approach to autism from the prior 8 years.
More from Judith Heumann's FB Zine, the Heumann Perspective
This month The Heumann Perspective will be celebrating the anniversary of Section 504. Captioning will be up within 24 hours.
John L. Wodatch is a retired disa...bility rights attorney from the The United States Department of Justice. His area of expertise are with section #504, the Americans with Disabilities Act (#ADA) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (#CRPD). John has worked with numerous civil society organizations and governments around the world helping them learn about development and effective implementation of laws and providing guidance on implementation of the CRPD. As a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations he assisted in the development of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
During his 42 years in the Federal government, he was the chief author of the first Federal regulations implementing section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. He also authored the government’s comprehensive disability rights regulations and created and led the Department of Justice’s section in charge of enforcing the ADA.
April 4 and 5 are considered the anniversaries of the beginning of the 1977 504 Sit-ins. Still the longest takeover of a Federal Building the actions of activists with disabilities across the nation led to the implementation of the Rehabilitation Act -- the ADA for the Federal Government and represents a disability movement that would lead us to the ADA in 1990.
This is a great innovation in technology, however there are some things that are important to remember:
1. The price points on these innovations are usually way out of the range of affordability for people ho need them
2. Accessibility is a cheaper more efficient solution.
3 New technology does not mean that society is off the hook for real accessibility
H/T to Alice Wong
More backlash on The Washington Posts's article on Disability in Rural areas
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