Rooted in Rights uses accessible digital media to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities.
Rooted in Rights is a program of Disability Rights Washington.
Accessible Digital ContentWe are dedicated to making content accessible and creative at the same time. We include captions, audio description, image descriptions, and transcripts in our video content and on social media to ensure access, and we advocate for other creators and digital platforms to prioritize accessible digital spaces.
Person-Centered StorytellingIn the spirit of the disability community’s motto, “nothing about us without us,” we believe that disabled people should be the ones telling our own stories. We value authentic representation and narratives that highlight the diverse experiences of the disability community.
What We Do
We produce media to amplify perspectives from the disability community. We produce videos, blog posts, and social media campaigns that center people with disabilities. We strive to include diverse, authentic representation of multiply-marginalized disabled folks, including those that identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and immigrants.
We use accessible digital media to support other advocacy work. We partner with Disability Rights Washington, Protection and Advocacy agencies, and community-led organizations to produce accessible advocacy content on disability rights issues.
We train people to be agents of change. We offer presentations and workshops on self advocacy through storytelling and how to create accessible digital media.
2016 Convener Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities
2016 Advocacy Award from the Superfest International Disability Film Festival
2017 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind
2017 Induction into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame
2018 Achievement in Audio Description – Media Award from the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project
2019 Transportation Innovator Award from Downtown on the Go
2019 Vision for Justice Award from Puget Sound Sage
2019 induction into the Transportation Coalition Hall of Fame
And various film festival laurels for our disability rights documentaries!
A significant portion of Rooted in Rights’ funding comes from federal funding grants, namely the namely the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities grant (2101WAPDD) and the Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology grant (2101WAPAAT). While the Protection & Advocacy system receives funding from SAMHSA, that grant is not used for Rooted in Rights. Rooted in Rights content is the sole responsibility of Disability Rights Washington and do not necessarily represent the official views of funding entities.
Rooted in Rights’ work is also supported by a substantial amount of non-federal sources, including grants and donations from private entities and individuals. Click here to donate to Rooted in Rights.
Rooted in Rights’ projects are also supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax