Interesting campaign started earlier this year.
National Campaign To Challenge Disability Stereotypes, Promote Inclusion
In January 2010, twenty young people, with and without disabilities, flew from various locations across the United States to meet each other for the very first time in Washington, DC.
We want the world to abandon its perceptions of normalcy, and to learn to embrace and appreciate diversity among individuals. We want to show people to see that real inclusion can only happen by bringing together diverse groups of people and ensuring that everyone is supported, understood, and respected.
We are an initiative designed by young people to promote the acceptance, respect, and full inclusion of youth with disabilities in schools and communities.
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The goal of full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.
Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Judy Huemann, in partnership with the US International Council on Disability, is hosting an event at the State Department on December 3. Panel discussions and presentations will address HIV/AIDS and disability, violence against women and girls with disabilities, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For details see: http://www.usicd.org/detail/event.cfm?event_id=59&id=92.
Handicrap™ is a “life changing philosophy; one that gives students a new perspective on life in tackling their self-imposed barriers.”
Police Intervention More Common For Students With Disabilities
It’s 2009… this shouldn’t be the case… most police officers must not be trained properly, which is a joke when there are FREE online tutorials available from the federal government (through the Department of Justice)–meaning ALL police officers across the country, regardless of their home state, should respond in similar manner to people with disabilities. Good cops should not want more arrents under their belt, they should want to serve and protect the people… arresting citizens with disabilities at a higher rate than those without is the same as arresting more blacks than whites for similar crimes… oh whoops, that still happens!
Police Response to People with Disabilities, Eight-Part Series- Designed for use in roll-call training, this videotape addresses law enforcement situations involving people who have mobility disabilities, mental illnesses, mental retardation, epilepsy or seizure disorders, speech disabilities, deafness or hard of hearing, and blindness or low vision. The eight segments range from 5 ½ to 10 ½ minutes in length.