Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

New legislation or new policies that support people with disabilities come around too infrequently.  When they do happen, you will see calls to action that basically say “If you care about people with disabilities support this. Email your elected officials, and send us a donation to help us get this passed.” The problem is that most people never read the legislation or policy they are asked to support. Not every piece of pro-disability legislation is a good piece of legislation. The latest rallying point is the CRPD, a UN Treaty that President Obama has signed and the Senate is considering … Continue reading Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Disability Must be Part of Diversity Initiatives

If you work for a college, government agency, or large corporation, it is likely there is some type of diversity initiative or program. In my own experience, I have seen very little mention of disabilities as a diversity issue. This is a serious oversight. It is important for those of us who are informed about disability issues either personally or professionally to take steps to correct this. Sometimes we wait for some distant advocacy group to do this, or some professional who manages diversity efforts. Neither of these will be effective in changing things where you work. So, we all … Continue reading Disability Must be Part of Diversity Initiatives

Unemployment for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

The news that comes to us month after month of hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs is staggering. The numbers are so large it is almost impossible to comprehend the impact. We quickly think about money problems, repossessed cars and foreclosed homes as a potential impact for families who are impacted. Indeed, it is a scary time for multitudes of families. Beyond the obvious financial impact, there is also an emotional cost to being “let go.” In some ways it is easier if an entire store or plant closes down and everyone working there is affected. However, it … Continue reading Unemployment for Older Adults and People with Disabilities