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DISABILITY RIGHTS IN BLACK 2023: KAYLA SMITH & MORENIKE GIWA ONAIWU: SELF-ADVOCACY AND AUTISTICS OF COLOR

Today #DisabilityRightsInBlack has another amazing double feature, Kayla Smith and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu! Kayla is a young self-advocate and creator of #AutisticBlackPride and Morénike is an experienced advocate, educator, researcher, writer, and mom. Both advocates are proud Black women with Autism. Check out Kayla’s heartfelt video message. Below read Morénike’s piece titled “Autistics of Color: […]

DISABILITY RIGHTS IN BLACK 2023: CHRISTOPHER M. BELL: BLACK DISABILITY STUDIES

Today we celebrate Black History Month in memory of Christopher M. Bell. A renowned Disability Studies Scholar, he challenged the field’s whitewashing of disability history and the continued erasure of Black Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC) with disabilities. Himself a Black gay man with HIV, Bell was unafraid to critique the absence of intersectional perspectives […]

DISABILITY RIGHTS IN BLACK 2023: JIMEL WRIGHT: PREVENTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

It’s Day 21 of our #DisabilityRightsInBlack series and Jimel Wright is urging all of us to help prevent violence against women! As the Outreach Coordinator and Prevention Specialist at Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, Jimel works with both youth and adults to address abusive behaviors as well as toxic attitudes. He is a young Black […]

DISABILITY RIGHTS IN BLACK 2023: FELICIA JORDAN & JATINIQUE RANDLE: LEGALLY BASED ADVOCACY

Today #DisabilityRightsInBlack is celebrating the sheer excellence of two Black attorneys from Disability Rights Florida, Felicia Jordan and Jatinique Randle! Jatinique is a young staff attorney whose work primarily involves investigating alleged cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation in institutions that serve individuals with disabilities. Felicia is currently the Director of Disability Rights Florida’s Representative […]

DISABILITY RIGHTS IN BLACK 2023: MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: DEFENDING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Today #DisabilityRightsInBlack is wholeheartedly honored to lift up the life and legacy of Marian Wright Edelman! As the first Black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she represented Civil Rights activists during freedom summer in 1964 and served as counsel to Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. Founder of the famed Children’s Defense Fund, […]

DISABILITY RIGHTS IN BLACK 2023: RENALDO FOWLER: AFRICAN AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON DISABILITIES

Today #DisabilityRightsInBlack admires the visionary leadership of Renaldo Fowler! This week Renaldo will lead the 9th annual African American Conference on Disabilities. This well-regarded gathering has gained global recognition and was co-created by Renaldo to center the policy priorities, strategies, and ideas of Black people with disabilities. As the Senior Staff Advocate at the Arizona […]

DISABILITY RIGHTS IN BLACK 2023: MONIQUE GREEN: PARENTING WITH A DISABILITY

It’s day 26 of our #DisabilityRightsInBlack series and Monique Green is sharing her perspectives on parenting with a disability! A former Nurse Practitioner and skilled advocate for individuals with HIV, Monique has made an indelible impact on her Houston community and is now a stay at home mom actively raising her vivacious 13-year-old daughter Lola. […]

DISABILITY RIGHTS IN BLACK 2023: BETTY WILLIAMS: THE RIGHT TO HOPE AND DREAM

Today we observe Black History Month in remembrance of Betty Williams! Beloved by many, Betty was a legendary self-advocate from Indiana who believed in everyone’s right to hope and dream. From President Obama’s Committee for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities to community-based meetings, she took every presented opportunity to teach, engage and prioritize issues of importance to […]

DISABILITY RIGHTS IN BLACK 2023: RYAN EASTERLY: DIVERSE DECISION MAKERS IN PHILANTHROPY

It’s day 28 of our #DisabilityRightsInBlack series and Ryan Easterly is focused on philanthropy! Currently, the Executive Director of the WITH Foundation, Ryan is an ardent advocate of supporting diverse decision-makers with disabilities across the philanthropic sector. Rooted in the concept of leadership by those most impacted, he envisions a world where funding models evolve […]