slide says at the top the 14th Amendment (1868), then is says Privileges and Immunities Clause: “no state shall make or enforce any law which abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”. Due Process Clause: “nor shall any state deprive any person of live, liberty, or property, without due process of law…” Equal Protection Clause: “nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protections of the laws

Freedom Friday: Inclusion Is A Constitutional Right

Inclusion is about ALL of us Inclusion is about living full lives – about learning to live together. Inclusion makes the world our classroom for a full life. Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community. Inclusion is about our ‘abilities’ – our gifts and how to share them. Inclusion is NOT just a ‘disability’ issue It…
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four females are at a shopping mall. One female uses a wheelchair, one is sitting down next to her, and two females are standing behind the person using the wheelchair. All four of the females are holding shopping bags and smiling

What’s Wrong Wednesday: Businesses Complaining Because They Can’t Get It Right After 28 Years

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services. After almost 28 years, the US Chamber of Commerce and other business groups feel they need more…
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a female is hold a watering can and water is running out of the nozzle of the can. The females back is facing towards the camera but her feet are facing the camera. The landscape in the picture is barren – the ground is brown and the trees in the background don’t have any leaves on them

Motivational Monday: Your Time Is Growing Short

Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show…
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Five figures that are white and look like humans are in a straight line.  In the middle of each figure is are words for invisible disabilities. The first figure has the words ADHD. The second figure has the words Fibromyalgia. The third figure has the word Dyslexia. The fourth figure has the words Crohn’s Disease. The fifth figure has the words Arthritis.  Under the five figures are the words, Sometimes disabilities are invisible.

Freedom Friday: Invisible Disability Oppression And Empowerment

I am motivated to write this editorial because of an article that was written by Paula McElwee, who is the Technical Assistance Coordinator in the national independent living community. McElwee is a person with an invisible disability.  McElwee shared information about her experience with living with an invisible disability.  How others (even in the disability…
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a male father is sitting in a wheelchair hold the tire swing his two children are standing on

What’s Wrong Wednesday: Parents Are Losing Custody Of Their Children Because The Parent Has A Disability

While we have laws protecting people with disabilities from discrimination when it comes to employment, housing, education and public services, there really is nothing to protect their rights as parents. In Colorado, families are being torn apart because a person’s disability is being used against them in custody case or when they’re seeking adoption or…
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