Guest author, Shawn Murinko

People with disabilities have a glass ceiling, too.

Rooted in Rights welcomes articles by guest authors to enhance understanding about the rights of people with disabilities. This piece about barriers to employment for people with disabilities is contributed by Shawn Murinko, former Washington State Human Rights Commissioner, located…
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NYC hosting its first Disability Pride Parade

Following in the traditions of the LGBTQ community, New York City will host its first Disability Pride Parade this summer. In the past, public demonstrations by people who feel marginalized or oppressed, including the community of people with disabilities, have…
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Lawsuit challenges exclusion of Gender Identity Disorder from ADA protections

Kate Lynn Blatt, a transgender woman, began identifying as a woman in 2005. She changed her name, previously James, started dressing in feminine attire, grew long hair and began hormone therapy to change her physical appearance. Her employer, Cabela’s Sporting…
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ADA celebrated at Civil Rights Summit

In response to a backlash from disability advocates, the organizers of a major civil rights summit made a last-minute change to recognize the legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The three-day Civil Rights Summit, which began April 8,…
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What are we talking about?

This week I researched high and low in order to keep you updated on current events in the community of people with disabilities. Hope you enjoy! 1. For those of you who are unaware, October is national Down Syndrome Awareness…