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Homeschooling Should Be an Option for Disabled Students, But Not the Only Option

When I was in middle school, I begged my mother to homeschool me. I was struggling with the curriculum — I needed to be more challenged and more accommodated at the same time — and I was being bullied by…
A series of three pictures, each with Alaina and her mother. In the first picture, they are playfully sticking their tongues out at the camera, and in the second two, they are smiling.

How Having a Disabled Mom Helped Shape My Identity as a Disabled Woman

I grew up with a disabled mom. It meant that we didn’t have a car, because my mom was visually impaired and couldn’t drive. We walked to the grocery store weekly, took the bus to doctor’s appointments and the mall,…
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Mom and daughter take on stigma against Down syndrome

Despite significant progress in civil rights for people with disabilities, society can still perpetuate harmful stigmas and stereotypes against people with Down syndrome. This past April, a mother and daughter took on those stigmas in a heartfelt video. Lily is…

A Mother’s Day message from Emily and Ellen Ladau

Emily and Ellen Ladau share their mother-daughter story in this new Rooted in Rights "Storytellers" video. Both Emily and Ellen have physical disabilities and use wheelchairs.
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Family of young man with Down syndrome awarded $150K in defamation case

In a first-of-its kind ruling, a federal jury has awarded $150,000 in damages to a family whose son with Down syndrome was mocked and defamed online. In 2004, Adam Holland, a then-17-year-old, attended the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, a Nashville-based…
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Mom adopts three-legged puppy to build daughter’s confidence

It is hard to know what to do or how to react when aspects of our lives do not fit into the boxes society tells us they should. One Australian mom, however, had the perfect reaction. When Brooke Hodgson’s daughter,…
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Feds release new guidance on disability discrimination in child welfare proceedings

State and local child welfare agencies must improve their compliance efforts with federal disability discrimination laws, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services warned in a new technical document released August 10. “This technical assistance reflects an important…
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Mother uses social networking and technology to fight stigma

Technology is constantly changing the world we live in. In the video below, one mother describes how she has found ways of using social media and technology to break down social stigma around blindness. Jessie Lorenz says that her young…
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Woman with disabilities regains child custody, following federal intervention

After a two and a half year legal battle, Sara Gordon has reunited with her child Dana, who was taken from her two days after giving birth. Her story was the focus of a highly publicized federal investigation released in