inclusionmatters

Join the Conversation on
42 people
0 stories
5 posts
  • Explore Our Newsletters
  • What's New in
    All
    Stories
    Posts
    Videos
    Latest
    Trending
    Post
    See full photo

    The Ways Judy Heumann Impacted the Disability Rights Movement

    • "Judy Heumann, called the "mother of disability rights" passed away at the age of 75 onMarch 4th. Heumann famously said
    "I want to see feisty disabled people change the world."
    • "Judy was the first teacher who used a wheelchair in New York City.
    Judy fought for the rights of disabled school teacher, suing the local school board of education. This is a huge step not only for public school teachers but for all professions everywhere. Disabled people deserve to be in every occupation in every level of leadership."
    • "Judy changed the landscape for disability & employment laws.
    Judy was the first teacher who used a wheelchair in New York City. Judy sued the local school board of education when they didn't allow her to teach in her chair.
    This is a huge step not only for public school teachers but for all professions everywhere. Disabled people deserve to be in every occupation in every level of leadership. Judy set a precedent.”
    • “Judy worked on a federal level to make sure disabled people had equal benefits and opportunities at work.
    Judy organized a 10-city protest to encourage President Nixon to sign the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). This act ensures that individuals with disabilities will have equal opportunities and benefits in the workplace.”
    • “Judy revolutionized equal access to education. Judy helped develop legislation that became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA makes sure that students with a disability receive a Free Appropriate Education, which is designed to meet their needs."
    • "Judy worked towards independence for disabled people Judy co-founded the World Institute on Disability in 1983. The World Institute on Disability is dedicated to helping disabled people live as independently as possible.
    • "Judy Heumann's tireless efforts, protest and constant work helped establish the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that protects disabled people against discrimination in all areas of life."
    • “Thank you Judy. Rest in Power.
    We will not forget the work you did to change disability rights forever." ##Disability #disabilitycommunity
    #DisabilitylsDiversity #disabilityawareness
    #DisabilitiesAwareness
    #DisabilityAdvocate #disabilitysolidarity #DisabilityReframed #disabilitysupport
    #invisibledisabilities
    #inclusionmatters #Inclusion
    #InclusionRevolution #ChooseTolnclude
    #accessible #AccessibilityForAll
    #disabledaccess #AccessibilityMatters
    #accessforall #Disabled
    #DisabilitiesAdvocate
    #DisabledButNotReally
    #RememberingJudyHeumann #ripjudyheumann #RIPJudy
    #judyheumann #Activism

    4 reactions
    Post

    How to cope with me, your #Autistic colleage

    As someone with autism, I know that I bring unique strengths and challenges to my job. I may approach tasks and social interactions differently than my coworkers, but that doesn't make me any less valuable as a team member.

    Here are a few things that my colleagues could do that would make it easier for me to succeed at work:

    They communicate clearly and directly. Autistic individuals like me may have difficulty interpreting nonverbal cues or picking up on subtlety, so it really helps when my coworkers are explicit in their instructions and expectations. They respect my boundaries. Autistic individuals may need more personal space or may not always want to engage in small talk. They're patient. Autistic individuals may need more time to process information or may have a slower response time. They offer support. If I'm struggling with a task or social interaction, my colleagues could## offer assistance or guidance in a supportive manner.

    By following these practices, my colleagues could help create a positive and inclusive work environment where I feel valued and supported. It takes a little extra effort, but it's worth it to have a workplace where everyone can thrive.

    #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance #autisminclusion #Neurodiversity #Autisticandproud #inclusionmatters #diversability #workingwithautism #autisticcolleague #neurodiverseteam

    2 reactions
    Post
    See full photo

    Happy National ASL Day!

    Today is National ASL Day! 🤟🏻🤟🏼🤟🏽🤟🏾🤟🏿

    Did you know that the American School for the Deaf opened in Hartford, Connecticut on April 15, 1817?

    “There, teachers and students worked together and, by intermingling Native American Signs, French Sign Language, and even Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language, American Sign Language (ASL) was born.”

    National ASL Day is celebrated every year on April 15. This day celebrates and honors American Sign Language. ASL serves as the main sign language of Deaf groups in the United States.

    Growing up hearing impaired, I learned some sign language from a good friend of mine who is deaf. She and her family and friends taught me many things that I utilized and was greatly helpful. A few years ago, my grandmother lived in a building for deaf and blind seniors, I had the wonderful opportunity of communicating with them through ASL and connecting with them on a personal level due to my own circumstances of being hearing impaired and legally blind. Last year, I took some online/remote classes through the Helen Keller National Center and one of them was for communications, where I expanded my knowledge of sign language and learned more. I even got to learn about haptic signs and tactile sign language which I would greatly benefit from due to my blindness. I am so grateful for all the people I have learned more from and am so excited to teach others about ASL!

    This day is a great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about sign language.

    Do you or someone you know uses sign language? Ask them to teach you some words and phrases. You never know when it may be useful!

    Image Description: A light blue background with National American Sign Language Day April 15 in white font. On the bottom left corner of the image in a large white circle is a cartoon hand doing a sign for I love you.

    #ASL #ASLDay #AmericanSignLanguage #NationalASLDay #NationalASLDay2022 #NationalAmericanSignLanguageDay #Inclusion #inclusionmatters #Accessibility #Language #Awareness #Deaf #DeafBlind #HearingLoss #HearingImpaired #Communication #Celebration #AmericanSchoolForTheDeaf #DeafCommunity #Opportunity #Love #people #communications #Students #Student #learning #AccessibilityForAll #AccessibilityMatters #Inclusivity #Inclusive #DeafCommunity #DeafAwareness #SignLanguage

    1 reaction
    Post
    See full photo

    #CheerMeOn

    Kelsey's mom told me, "Kelsey didn't place, but we do these pageants for one reason: Inclusion!"
    Give Kelsey a shoutout in the comments below if she's a winner in your book!
    #DownSyndrome #inclusionmatters #ChangingTheFaceOfBeauty #Parenting #TheLuckyFew

    4 comments
    Post

    The Blessing of parenting a child with special needs

    Parenting a child with Cerebral palsy makes me feel totally blessed, I have learnt to appreciate the little things which I will have ignored in the past. It has helped unveiled me, the me that I did not know existed. I have also learned to practice gratitude. Being Grateful for the seemingly little things really helps in this journey. #specialmothersproject #SpecialNeedsParenting #parentingcounselor #inclusionmatters www.specialmothers.org

    1 comment