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Four in Ten Adults with Disabilities Experienced Unfair Treatment in Health Care Settings, at Work, or When Applying for Public Benefits in 2022

October 11, 2023

In this brief, we used December 2022 data from a nationally representative survey of adults ages 18 to 64 to examine rates at which adults with and without disabilities reported they were treated or judged unfairly in the past year in three settings: at doctors' offices, clinics, or hospitals; at work; and when applying for public benefits. We also examined the impact of such treatment on their well-being.Despite important federal antidiscrimination protections, people with disabilities experience unfair treatment in health care settings, workplaces, and when applying for public benefits. Understanding and addressing these experiences is necessary to ensure that people with disabilities have equitable access to health care, employment opportunities, and economic support essential for meeting basic needs.

"You Suffer a Lot": Immigrants with Disabilities Face Barriers in Immigration Court

July 19, 2023

Immigrants with disabilities face many barriers as they navigate deportation proceedings in U.S. immigration courts, where they must gather and submit evidence, testify, and present their case, often without a lawyer. These proceedings are adversarial, confusing, and terrifying for many immigrants, particularly people facing deportation to persecution or torture. As detailed in this report, the barriers that disabled immigrants face are exacerbated by a lack of resources and information about immigrants' rights under disability law in immigration court proceedings, absence of an established protocol for exercising those rights, denials of reasonable accommodations and safeguards to meaningfully participate in their proceedings, the use of detention to jail people during their immigration court cases, and disability discrimination in immigration court, including bias, stigma, and hostility from immigration judges. These barriers and harms violate federal disability law, Constitutional due process protections, and immigration law.

Stories of Girls' Resistance

July 16, 2023

Stories of Girls' Resistance is the largest ever collection of oral and narrative history of adolescent girls' activism, offering a window into girls' lives and their resistance in all of its messiness, pain, and power. Held by Our Collective Practice, the initiative is a multi-year, multi-site project spanning regions, organisations and offerings with over 100 contributors and co-conspirators. 

Advancing Economic Justice for People with Disabilities

May 25, 2023

More than 41 million people in the United States (12.7% of the population) have disabilities that affect their ability to work or engage in major life activities. Helping this population achieve economic security, build assets, and achieve economic mobility—by removing systemic barriers, shifting discriminatory attitudes, and providing needed tools—is a core part of an economic justice agenda.

The State of Women and Girls with Disabilities in New York

May 9, 2023

This landscape analysis focuses on existing and emerging disability justice and inclusion efforts at the intersections of gender and racial justice across New York City and State, and areas for funding that would support the work of disability justice leaders and advocates.In alignment with The Foundation's mission and values, the final report of findings includes an overview of organizations leading this critical work, a spotlight on community-based leadership moving this agenda forward, and information on emerging groups supporting gender and economic equity by and for people with disabilities.

Foundation Giving for Disability: Priorities and Trends Report

February 1, 2023

One in four adult Americans and an estimated 1 billion people globally experience disability, but foundation funding for disability only represents approximately two cents of every foundation dollar awarded.Foundation Giving for Disability: Priorities and Trends offers a first-ever, detailed examination of how U.S. foundations focus their support for disability communities. It serves as a resource for understanding the scale and priorities of current support and provides a baseline for measuring changes in funding going forward.

Next Steps: Improving the Medicaid Buy-in for Workers with Disabilities

December 19, 2022

The Bipartisan Policy Center's Health Program is building on its previous report, Improving Opportunities for Working People with Disabilities (January 2021), to address barriers to employment for Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities who often rely on Medicaid's unique services, such as home and community-based services (HCBS), to live independently in the community and work.The Medicaid Buy-In (MBI) for Workers with Disabilities refers to three eligibility groups within Medicaid that allow states to cover working individuals with disabilities who, excluding earned income, generally meet Social Security's definition of disability. The MBI for Workers with Disabilities therefore allows individuals with disabilities to work and retain their Medicaid coverage, or to use their Medicaid coverage to access wraparound services that are not covered under employer-sponsored insurance or Medicare. Enrollment in the MBI for Workers with Disabilities eligibility groups is associated with increased employment and earnings, while also having a positive impact on the economy, state Medicaid agencies, employers, and state and federal governments.In this report, BPC identifies federal policy reforms that will encourage more states to cover or optimize their coverage of the MBI for Workers with Disabilities eligibility groups. These reforms will improve access to the MBI for Workers with Disabilities programs and, thus, allow more Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities to work and achieve their employment potential. More specifically, BPC has identified a set of federal policy recommendations that Congress and the administration should advance. These federal policy reforms will clarify existing flexibilities that states can adopt when designing their MBI for Workers with Disabilities programs while also strengthening outreach, data, and interagency coordination. 

Our Resistance: Stories of Disability Rights Activists

December 2, 2022

Documenting Disability Rights activists' stories of resistance is a deeply political act. Introducing Our Resistance: Stories of Disability Rights Activists, a feminist storytelling project that tells the beautiful, rich, diverse and unfiltered stories of Anisie Byukusenge, Aminata, Crystal Asige, Elizabeth Patricia Pérez, Estefanía Cubillos Nova, Indira Azucena Vargas, Mariana Veliz Matijasevi, Nur Matta, and Monica Yeanie Ghaliwa: nine Disability Rights activists working to transform and remake the world into one that honours their full and rich humanity, experiences, and that is rooted in Disability Justice. This storytelling effort was seeded and curated in partnership with Stories of Girls' Resistance, a global feminist storytelling project dedicated to documenting and amplifing the invisible and untold stories of girls, women, and non-binary people's resistance.

Resourcing Disability Justice: Our feminist journey toward centering Disability Justice

November 23, 2022

People with disabilities face massive discrimination, segregation, violence, chronic poverty, continuous violations of their human rights, and in the midst of crisis – such as COVID-19 – are disproportionately impacted. For girls, women, and youth with disabilities, the compounding consequences of these injustices are disproportionately exacerbated. Yet, in spite of the extreme systemic violence faced by people with disabilities, they continue to fight against centuries of marginalisation, discrimination, and violence, and have organised a global Disability Rights movement. And, largely led by Black and Brown girls and youth Disability Rights activists, powered the second wave of the Disability Rights movement that, as Sins Invalid states, brings us to a "path and goal of Collective Liberation, in which we hold the question "How do we move together" - as people with mixed abilities, multiracial, multi-gendered, mixed class, across the orientation spectrum - where no body/mind is left behind."In this report, we reflect with honesty about our feminist journey toward learning how to centre Disability Justice in our resourcing, offering insight into the Disability Rights and Justice work we have resourced through our Funds. We highlight reflections and perspectives from the Disability Rights activist advisors that lead the resourcing (grantmaking) decisions, and share key learnings that have been woven through ecosystem and community conversations. In addition, our partners, the Disability Rights Fund and MADRE offer insights into their work.

Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network 2021 Year in Review

November 11, 2022

Training staff about antiracism to promote equity and justiceBuilding trust and safety for autistic people of colorAdopting a horizontal organization to treat all AWN workers equallyImproving our accessibility to make our resources available to allHolding our first-ever AWN retreat to build and strengthen our community 

REV UP Voting Issues Guide: A Tool for Voters and Candidates to Understand Key Issues Impacting People with Disabilities

November 8, 2022

All issues are disability issues! As people with disabilities, we are impacted by policies and decisions about healthcare, government budgets, policing, employment, housing, and so much more. In this guide, we will talk about some of the issues that are important to people with disabilities.These issues have everything to do with why we vote. Our votes help decide the people and policies that shape our lives.It is also important to know that, as a diverse disabled community, different issues will impact each of us differently and our policy priorities will vary. Each of us votes for many reasons. This guide talks about some of these important issues and how they impact people with disabilities.

Seven Danish Initiatives by Collective Impact 2014-2022 : A Collection of Case Stories

November 1, 2022

All over the world, states, organizations, municipalities, and private businesses are struggling with how to solve complex and wicked problems.In 2014, Realdania launched several projects and partnerships based on the Collective Impact method, which was developed in North America. Collective Impact is a systematic and data-based approach to working with complex agendas within broad, long term partnerships.Since then a wide range of Danish parties has tackled different problems such as homelessness, local climate planning, and social mobility among children and young people using this method or approaches inspired by it. Realdania has, in this publication, collected, described and reflected on learnings from seven cases – some of the first cases in Europe using this approach.This publication aims to contribute to cross-sectoral reflection on experiences and key areas of learning.