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Judge reverses awarding damages to deaf inmate

February 18, 2016 in Community News, Disability Law

 

 

WGRZ-TV CH2 • Buffalo, NY
February 18, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. — A deaf former inmate of the Delaware Department of Correction was denied compensation for his claims the needs of his disability weren’t met in prison.

Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves on Monday reversed a decision from the Delaware State Human Relations Commission that awarded Robert Ovens damages over claims his jailers didn’t meet his needs under the state’s equal accommodation law. Graves ruled — in agreement with a previous case — prisons are not places of public accommodation under that law.

That doesn’t sit right with Debra Patkin, an attorney with the National Association for the Deaf who reviewed this week’s ruling.

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NAD and Gogo Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

January 27, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay

 

 

Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos.  The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and Gogo LLC, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, have reached a historic agreement for Gogo to make closed captioning available for 100 percent of programming content sourced by Gogo and streamed through its on-demand in-flight entertainment service, Gogo Vision.

This is the first agreement of its kind with an in-flight entertainment company, and is the result of the parties’ mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television that are viewed in flight on U.S. domestic flights.  Passengers using their own personal Wi-Fi enabled devices can access a Gogo Vision server located on aircraft of certain airlines that contain an extensive library of movies and television shows.

Read entire  . . .NAD  Press Release

 

Related Articles: Gogo and US Deaf group agree landmark captioning deal

Dear Media: Stop Describing the Deaf as ‘Mute’

November 3, 2015 in Community News

 

 

HUFF POST
The Blog
by Lydia L. Callisz
11/3/2015

An unusual tale about a young Indian woman named Geeta has been making its way around the internet after a Bollywood film helped spark interest in her story. As a child, Geeta accidentally crossed the border into Pakistan all alone. She lived there in the care of a social welfare group for more than ten years years until last month, when she finally returned to India.

Geeta is deaf and uses sign language to communicate, and the way the mainstream media has chosen to portray her is quite revealing. Major news outlets from CNN to CBS to Al Jazeera all decided to utilize the outdated terms “deaf” and “mute” in their stories about the woman.

Read More  . . . “Mute”

Amazon reaches deal with deaf rights group to caption all video

October 15, 2015 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay

 

 

Lawsuit against Harvard and MIT over free online courses is ongoing.

 Ars Technica
by  Joe Mullin
Oct 14, 2015

A deaf rights group that sued Netflix to compel it to caption all its video programming has reached a similar deal with Amazon over its streaming video.

Unlike the Netflix settlement, the deal between Amazon and the National Association for the Deaf was negotiated without litigation.

Amazon has already captioned 100 percent of the video it offers through its Prime Video and has agreed to continue to do so. Under the deal with NAD, Amazon will move through its back-catalog content, captioning an additional 190,000 titles which weren’t given captions by the content creators.

For videos that have been viewed more than 10 times in the past 90 days, Amazon will get 90 percent of them captioned by the end of this year and 100 percent of them captioned by the end of 2016.

“The NAD is thus thrilled by Amazon’s decision to make its online entertainment experience more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing customers who also look to Amazon to fulfill their needs for comprehensive goods and services,” said Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the NAD.

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Scam targeting hearing impaired

April 3, 2015 in Community News

 

 

NAD and VUDU Reach Agreement to Caption 100% Content

February 10, 2015 in Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

 

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and VUDU, Inc., a wholly owned streaming entertainment subsidiary of Walmart, have reached an agreement for VUDU to caption 100% of programming content streamed through VUDU’s Video on Demand Service.

The agreement indicates the parties’ mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television streamed on the Internet. VUDU has ensured that as of January 16, 2015, every title listed in its catalog is closed-captioned or subtitled. In addition, VUDU has committed to captioning all newly-acquired content as soon as that content is made available to the public.

Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO of NAD, said, “Online streaming entertainment has become one of the most popular methods of viewing movies and television shows. The National Association of the Deaf is thrilled to announce that 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people will be able to fully access VUDU’s Video on Demand services.”

“We are grateful for NAD’s guidance and are excited to be offering VUDU’s entire library of HD movies and TV to customers who are deaf and hard of hearing,” said Jeremy Verba, General Manager, VUDU.

“Streaming entertainment is reshaping how people watch television and movies. VUDU has ensured that its deaf and hard of hearing customers have that same access to this new entertainment delivery system,” said Arlene Mayerson, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund’s Directing Attorney. “DREDF urges other streaming entertainment providers to incorporate access to deaf and hard of hearing individuals at the outset rather than as an afterthought. It’s a sound business practice that’s also the right thing to do.”

“By ensuring 100% closed captions on all of its streaming titles, VUDU has demonstrated that it is an industry leader, setting the standards for an open Internet,” said Bill Lann Lee, an attorney at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.

The Settlement Agreement (PDF) between NAD and VUDU is available here.

 

 

NAD – Looking for Youth Leadership Camp Staff for Summer 2015!

January 29, 2015 in Community News

 

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
Video Announcement
Jan 28, 2015

Mark Ramirez, Camp Director, makes an announcement about National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) staff application and its requirements. The staff application deadline is Sunday, February 8, 2015. The Camp takes place in Stayton, Oregon. www.nad.org/ylcstaff

Watch NAD Video
(no captions)
Video description and transcript:

Video fades to a gradient background with dark blue to light blue, a grey National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo is centered. Video fades to Camp Director Mark Ramirez in front of a green background. The NAD logo appears as a light watermark in the bottom right corner.

MARK: Something is coming up soon! Yes! The NAD YLC 2015 will be happening this summer! The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) is looking for interested staff members to join us this summer. It’ll happen June 15th – July 23rd. Staff members will have staff training prior to a four-week camp. They will also have a wrap-up session at the end. Please apply online at nad.org/ylcstaff. You just need to fill out an application, provide a cover letter, a resume, letters of recommendations, and a video essay. Come and join us this summer! It will be an extraordinary opportunity for you to get involved in working with deaf youth from all over the nation. It will be a lot of fun and the camp is filled with various activities, personal growth, and connections. This is where we can advocate for our community. We encourage you, your friends, or people you know to apply. Spread the word!

TEXT-ON-SCREEN: JOIN US! Staff dates: June 15 – 23. www.nad.org/ylcstaff. nadylc@nad.org

Video fades to the same gradient background with dark blue to light blue, a grey National Association of the Deaf (NAD) logo is centered. White text below the logo appears, “A production of the National Association of the Deaf (copyright) 2015 All Rights Reserved” with four teal social media icons, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

 

National Association of the Deaf and PepsiCo Select Treshelle Edmond to Bring ASL to Super Bowl XLIX

January 20, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Deaf Actress Treshelle Edmond to Perform National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” During Pregame Festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium

NEW YORKJan. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and PepsiCo announced today that actress Treshelle Edmond has been selected to bring the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL) to one of the most popular sports and entertainment events of the year – Super Bowl Sunday.

Earlier today the National Football League and NBC announced that Edmond will be joining Tony award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel in performing the National Anthem and platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend in performing “America the Beautiful” during the Super Bowl XLIX pregame festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.

“Few things bring Americans together like the Super Bowl,” said NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum. “No matter what team we are rooting for, we gather together to share the excitement of the game, the humor of the ads and the passion of the performances that are all such an integral part of Super Bowl Sunday. With ASL as part of the pregame festivities, the NFL and NBC ensure that all Americans including those who are deaf and hard of hearing can enjoy the Super Bowl experience equally.”

PepsiCo’s sponsorship of Treshelle Edmond as the ASL artist at Super Bowl XLIX is the latest effort in an on-going partnership with the NAD to advance awareness of ASL and promote inclusivity in media and pop culture.

About the National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value.

The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more – improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The NAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by the generosity of individual and organizational donors, including corporations and foundations. www.nad.org

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2013, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.  

About Treshelle Edmond

Treshelle Edmond is a deaf actress who has guest starred in two television shows: House, M.D. and Glee. She also had a prominent role in a successful Deaf West Theater production of Spring Awakening. Born in San Bernardino, California, she attended school in Birmingham, Alabama and in Los Angeles, California where she was an All Star and All American Cheerleader. As a member of the All Star cheerleading team, Treshelle cheered in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. She regularly does community service with various organizations like the Foundation for Junior Blind and the Zuma Beach clean up program. She has received awards from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication to the DEAFestival-Los Angeles and her contributions to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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NAD Shares Insight Behind Closed and Open Captions

December 11, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Community News

 

NAD Website
12/09/2014

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) takes a moment to explain the purpose of the Joint Recommendation and the Comment that was filed with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on December 1, 2014. Both filings were very important for the deaf and hard of hearing community. With such action, we know that there’s work left to be done — with your support, we can continue the fight for equality for access in Movie Theaters!

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AGB, ALDA, HLAA, NAD & NATO – Joint Recommendations to the Department of Justice

November 21, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Technology

 

 

Alexander Graham Bell Association
Association of Late-Deafened Adults
Hearing Loss Association of America
National Association of the Deaf
National Association of Theatre Owners

Joint Recommendations to the Department of Justice RIN 1190-AA63, CRT Docket No. 126

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations – Movie Theatres: Movie Captioning and Audio Description

READ DOCUMENT  – Joint Recommendations to the Department of Justice

Read Press Release 11/21/14 – DOWNLOAD – Joint Press Release (PDF)

View the live press conference Archive from Friday 11/21 from 10-11 AM EST

FCC Requires Closed Captioning Of IP-Delivered Video Clips

July 23, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Community News, Disability Law

 

FCC MOVES TO ENSURE ONLINE VIDEO CLIPS ARE ACCESSIBLE TO AMERICANS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

News Release – July 11, 2014
Proposed Ruling Released – July 14,2014

New Rules Will Require Captioning of Certain Online Video Clips Beginning in 2016

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today approved new rules that will require closed captioning of video clips that are posted online. The new rules further the purpose of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) by helping to ensure equal access to all forms of programming by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing when they watch video content online.
Specifically, the rules extend the Commission’s IP closed captioning rules adopted in 2012, which cover full-length videos online, to video clips if the original programming was shown on television in the United States with captions. The new rules apply to video programming distributors that air programming – including broadcasters and cable and satellite distributors— on television and then post clips of that programming on their own website or via their own mobile app. The new rules do not extend to third party websites or apps. Compliance deadlines vary based on the type of video clip. Specifically, a deadline of:

  • January 1, 2016, will apply to “straight lift” clips, which contain a single excerpt of a captioned
    television program with the same video and audio that was presented on television;
  • January 1, 2017, will apply to “montages,” which occur when a single file contains multiple straight lift clips; and
  • July 1, 2017, will apply to video clips of live and near-live television programming, such as news
    or sporting events. Distributors will have a grace period of 12 hours after the associated live
    video programming was shown on television and eight hours after the associated near-live video
    programming was shown on television before the clip must be captioned online in order to give
    distributors flexibility to post time-sensitive clips online without delay.

Finally, the requirements do not apply to video clips that are in the distributor’s online library before the
applicable compliance deadline because compliance for this category of video clips is considered to be
economically burdensome.

The Commission also issued a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that asks for comment on
four related issues, including:

  • Application of the IP closed captioning rules to the provision of video clips by third party distributors not subject to today’s Order;
  • Whether to decrease or eliminate over time the grace periods that apply to video clips of live and near-live programming, as technological advancements facilitate the prompt online posting of such clips with captions;
  • Application of the IP closed captioning requirements to “mash-ups,” which are files that contain a combination of one or more video clips from captioned programming that has been shown on television along with other content (such as online-only content) that has not been shown on television with captions; and
  • Application of the IP closed captioning rules to “advance” video clips, which are those that are added to the distributor’s online library after the applicable compliance deadline but before the video programming is shown on television with captions, and which then remain online.

Action by the Commission July 11, 2014, by Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 14-97). Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel issuing separate statements. Commissioner Pai concurring and issuing statement. Commissioner O’Rielly approving in part and concurring in part and issuing statement.

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List of related documents, background information and announcements:

FCC July 11, 2014 News Release (PDF) 

iDeafnews announcement from NAD (ASL video with captions)

Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT)  announcement

FCC Commission Document FCC 14-97 Released July 14, 2014
SECOND ORDER ON RECONSIDERATION AND SECOND FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

CEA Study Announcement – Arlington, VA – 06/05/2014 Change is in the Air: U.S. Households Viewing TV Programming only via the Internet are Poised to Surpass those Viewing only via Antenna

 

MDAD’s NAD 2014 Conference COVERAGE – News & Links

July 3, 2014 in Community News

 

July 2, 2014

View MDAD’s 2014 coverage of the  NAD conference.
Click here to view news and links

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Thanks to NVAD for the link.

Summer & Fall Conferences 2014

May 12, 2014 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

ALDA’s 2014 Convention

Norfolk, VA October 8 – 12 , 2014
Early Bird Registration Ends May 31, 2014
For More Information . . .


2014 RID Region V Conference

San Diego, CA  June 25-28, 2014
More Information . . .


The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Convention

Austin, Texas June 26 – 29
More information  . . .


2014 AG Bell Convention – Make Your Hotel Reservation Today

Walt Disney World , Orlando, Florida
More Information  . . .

2014 RID Region II Conference

Atlanta, GA   July 1-5, 2014
More Information . . .

52nd Biennial National Association of the Deaf Conference (NAD)

Atlanta, Georgia , July 1-5, 2014
More Information . . .


Gallaudet 150 Alumni Reunion

Gallaudet University, Washington, DC July 9-13, 2014
More information . . .


Say What Club

Madison, Wisconsin  July 16-19, 2014
More Information  . . .


2014 RID Region IV Conference

Des Moines, IA   July 16-20, 2014
More Information . . .

2014 RID Region III Conference

Lansing, MI   July 24-27, 2014
For More Information  . . .


2014 RID Region I Conference

Wakefield, MA  July 31- August 3, 2014
For More Information  . . .


Check out NVRC.org Community Calendar calendar

NAD Sues for Captioning of University of Maryland Sports Events

September 25, 2013 in Captioning / Relay, Disability Law, Uncategorized

 

NAD Sues for Captioning of Sport Events at University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJLA) – An association that advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing has sued the University of Maryland for not captioning public address announcements during on-campus sporting events.

The Silver Spring-based National Association of the Deaf (NAD), along with a Baltimore law firm, filed suit against the school Tuesday on behalf of Sean Markel and fellow Terrapin fan Joseph Innes.

The lawsuit claims that Maryland is violating Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and states that the school needs to write whatever is being said on the public address system on the scoreboards and jumbotrons at Byrd Stadium and at the Comcast Center.

When Maryland star receiver Stefon Diggs makes a great play, most fans hear the details on the public address system.

But hearing-impaired fans like Sean Markel don’t.

“Often, I’m left out — I don’t know what’s being announced,” he said.

NAD executives say that teams nationwide need to make sure they cater to the needs of the hearing impaired.

“All professional and collegiate sports teams need to recognize that many fans, not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing, need captioning in sports stadiums and arenas to understand what is being announced,” NAD CEO Howard Rosenblum said in a statement.

For more information: http://tinyurl.com/kastp35

 

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NAD’s Andrew Phillips Honored by White House as “Champion of Change”

July 26, 2013 in Community Events

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of Communications

White House Highlights Americans with Disabilities Act “Champions of Change”

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, July 25th, the White House will honor eight “Champions of Change” who embody the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This next generation of leaders for the disability community represents the progress that has been made as a result of the ADA and the continued struggle for full equality. They are advocates, role models and true champions for their cause. Already extraordinarily accomplished, they epitomize the type of innovative thinking, optimism and energy of the next generation of civil rights leaders.

“These exceptional individuals being honored as Champions of Change illustrate the continuing disability rights movement’s vitality and bright future. They bring a fresh perspective and a new set of experiences that will continue to invigorate the push for full social and economic equality, “said Paulette Aniskoff, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement.

The White House Champions of Change program was created as part of President Obama’s “Winning the Future” Initiative. Through this program, the White House highlights individuals, businesses, and organizations whose extraordinary stories and accomplishments positively impact our communities.

To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visitwww.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Andrew Phillips
Silver Spring, MD

Andrew Phillips is the Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf. He is responsible for providing analysis, recommendations, and counsel to the NAD on policy issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing people across the United States. Phillips is heavily involved with the NAD’s work on federal legislation and the rulemaking processes within various federal agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. After graduating from the California School for the Deaf (Fremont) and Gallaudet University, Andrew Phillips earned a J.D. at U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco where he was a member of the Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal, and was recognized as “Best Oral Advocate” in his Moot Court class, arguing on behalf of the District of Columbia in D.C v. Heller. Phillips is a former Congressional Intern of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and worked in her Capitol Hill office. Between college and law school he did an internship with the Director of Policy / General Counsel at the National Council on Disability. In his spare time Phillips enjoys playing soccer, hiking, rock climbing, surfing, scuba diving, and traveling. He has traveled on six different continents.

Lydia Brown
Melrose, MA

Lydia Brown is an Autistic and multiply-disabled disability rights activist, scholar, and writer. She is currently interning at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in conjunction with the American Association of People with Disabilities summer internship program. She will be returning to the staff of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network as a Project Assistant this fall to continue her work in a variety of areas of disability policy. Lydia currently serves as Undersecretary for Disability Affairs at Georgetown University’s student government executive branch, where she is developing a comprehensive no wrong door policy to enhance access to resources for disabled students, providing technical assistance on web accessibility for the student government website, and also working to establish, develop, and sustain a Disability Cultural Center on campus. She is a member of the Board of Directors of TASH New England, the National Council on Independent Living Youth Caucus, and the Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Consumer Advisory Council. Lydia was the 2012 Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership, where she worked on a project on customized employment for people with the most significant disabilities. She previously interned with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, where she also attended the inaugural Autism Campus Inclusion summer leadership academy. In 2011, Lydia served on the Adult Services Subcommittee of the Massachusetts Special Commission Relative to Autism, where she provided recommendations on autism and criminal justice related to legislation she has written, which has been filed in three consecutive sessions of the state legislature. She regularly speaks on disability rights activism, radical disability justice, and disabled cultural identity at conferences and universities across the country.

Zach Garafalo
Albany, NY

Zach Garafalo is the Assistant Director of YOUTH POWER! (YP!). YP! is a cross-systems advocacy organization that brings the voices of young people with disabilities to government officials in New York State. A skilled community organizer, Zach built a career focused mentoring program for youth with disabilities who are at risk of entering the juvenile justice system. Under Zach’s leadership, YP!’s mentoring program was recognized by the New York State Office of Mental Health for its positive impact on the social and emotional development on children and teens, their families and loved ones. Additionally, Zach has spoken extensively on engaging with marginalized youth and young adults, including in presentations to a United States Department of State delegation of young people from Belarus and transition-aged youth from the Netherlands. As a young person with ADHD and a learning disability, Zach has learned how to use his high energy levels to his professional advantage. In 2011, Zach was presented the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from his alma mater, Southern Vermont College. Zach is active in his community and serves on the Albany County Juvenile Community Accountability Board and as a member of the Board of Directors of Literacy New York Greater Capital Region. A tireless advocate for equality and opportunities for all, Zach consistently advocates for youth and young adults to have opportunities to provide input into service design and public policy discussions.

Anjali Forber-Pratt
Savoy, IL

Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt has never let her paralysis distract her from her goals.  In addition to being a Paralympic medalist in the sport of wheelchair racing, she has dedicated her life to helping other’s recognize their potential. Her motto, “Dream. Drive. Do.” embodies her spirit and positive attitude. Part of this drive came from her legal fight in high school for equal access to education. Since then, she has completed three degrees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In her quest to help other athletes with disabilities, Anjali has co-authored an educational kids’ coloring book about disabled sports. Abroad, she helped to develop and further Paralympic sport in Bermuda and Ghana and is actively involved in the world of disability sport across the United States. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Disabled Sports USA. She uses her public speaking platform to continue to make a difference for those with and without disabilities by sharing her story, helping to transform perceptions of what it means to be an individual with a disability, helping others accept their own differences and motivating others to take action in their own lives and communities. Anjali received the 2013 Paul G. Hearne award in recognition of her leadership to the disabled community given by the American Association for Persons with Disabilities.

 

Zoe Gross

Oakland, CA

 

Zoe Gross is a senior at Vassar College and the 2013 Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. She became involved in disability advocacy through her work with the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network. In 2012, Zoe created the annual Day of Mourning vigil, a national, cross-disability event which commemorates the lives of disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. She continues to oversee and coordinate the event as a collaboration of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet, and the National Council on Independent Living, taking place annually with more than a dozen cities participating in holding local events. As part of the American Association of People with Disabilities summer internship program, Zoe interned on Senator Harkin’s staff in the Senate HELP Committee Disability Policy Office. She is the co-president of ACCESS, Vassar’s disabled student union. She is a Disability Studies major and is currently writing her senior thesis on the societal attitudes reflected in media coverage of murders of disabled people.

 

Ki’tay Davidson
Chicago, IL

Ki’tay Davidson is a social justice advocate and innovationist who creates models of inclusiveness to change the way people perceive and address the rights of persons with disabilities. Ki’tay specializes in international disability policy, social entrepreneurship and the school -to-prison pipeline for students of color with disabilities.  He fuses together coalition building and community empowerment to promote intersectional approaches to disability rights advocacy. Ki’tay is a proud alumna of the People for the American Way Fellowship Program and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities Youth in Development Program.

Anupa Iyer
Washington, DC

Anupa Iyer holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles. She was awarded the 2011 Seattle University School of Law Leadership for Justice Fellowship to work for the Mental Disability Advocacy Center researching violence and abuse against women and girls with intellectual disabilities in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to this, Anupa interned for Equal Employment Commissioner Chai Feldblum and was an American Association for Persons with Disabilities intern at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Anupa’s passion for disability rights advocacy stems from her lived experiences with a psychiatric disability. She is the founder of Self Advocates Now Empowered, a self-advocacy organization that uses legislative advocacy to give a cohesive national voice to, and empower, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, with a focus on youth and young adults. Anupa is also board member of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy, and has been profiled by the U.S. Department Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Desiree Moore 
Freeport, NY

Desiree is a leader who has been working with YOUTH POWER! for two years. Some of her work has included creating a peer support group in a Residential Treatment Facility and also partnering with a state operated children’s hospital to start a youth advisory council. She also serves on the National Youth Leadership Network Board and is a part of the planning team for the SAMHSA BRSS TACs 2013 National Leadership Summit on Youth and Recovery. In 2010 Desiree was awarded the Families Together of New York State outstanding youth advocate award. As a former youth in the foster care system and receiving mental health services Desiree understands the importance of young people feeling supported and having their voice heard. Desiree is currently a college student majoring in event management.

 


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