You may know that the Disability Treaty is a crucial international agreement protecting the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world: 147 countries have ratified it, but the U.S. has not. Not familiar with it? Visit http://disabilitytreaty.org/ and read the CRPD 1 Pager at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager. Learn why more than 800 disability, veterans, faith, business, and human rights organizations support it.
Please join the July 29 rally for the “Disability Treaty” (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) in Washington DC!
We will gather at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 29 on 3rd Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Maryland Avenue SW.
[above are three photos of a protest banner on the ground outside of Columbia University. On it are written messages, I transcribed the ones I can read below. There’s also a painting of the Palestinian flag, as well as a depiction of two people of color, I think a Palestinian man and a black woman, holding hands with a fire in between them, like holding hands through the fire. That’s where it says Solidarity. There’s another painted image of a person of color in orange, a prison inmate. There’s a depiction of a silhouette of a little girl holding balloons which are carrying her up, and this is in reference to a super famous piece of art that Banksy did on the Israeli West Bank Barrier aka The Wall. Here’s an excerpt from an article about it: “How illegal is it to vandalize a wall,” asks Banksy in his website introduction to his Wall project, “if the wall itself has been deemed unlawful by the International Court of Justice? The Israeli government is building a wall surrounding the occupied Palestinian territories. It stands three times the height of the Berlin wall and will eventually run for over 700km - the distance from London to Zurich. The International Court of Justice last year ruled the wall and its associated regime is illegal. It essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open-air prison.” I took these photos of the banner in March or maybe April, 2014.]
"Columbia is invested in the largest private prison company in the U.S. (CCA) and the largest private security company in the world (G4S). Columbia, stop profiting from the incarceration of people of colour! COLUMBIA PRISON DIVEST."
"Separate and Unequal."
"Columbia, stop expanding Harlem."
"Gentrification = Displacement."
"END ISRAELI APARTHEID."
END ISRAELI APARTHEID
(This is a photo I took outside of Columbia University in NYC in March.)
The Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty modeled after the ADA, would help change that. It would establish a framework for creating legislation and policies in other countries. And it would protect the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities, giving them greater opportunity to work, travel, and lead full and productive lives.
Opening Doors to People With Disabilities Worldwide
The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations just approved the CRPD this morning by a vote of 12-6. Now it goes on to the full Senate for a vote, where it is expected to be voted down by Republicans. If you live in the US, tell your Senators to vote for it!
If you’re new to the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) you can learn more about what that is with the handout at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager.
People can find tools to help them call Senators at http://disabilitytreaty.org! It provides you with phone numbers and even a script to guide you through each call. Each call is counted even if you’ve already called them before. Senators do count calls more heavily than emails, so if you feel comfortable making calls please do! You can even call after business hours and leave messages in voice mail—these calls are counted also! But if you really prefer sending emails, then you will find template emails at the link also.
You do NOT need to be legal voting age to call or email Senators. Senators in fact often LIKE hearing from underage constituents because they don’t often hear from young people. Also, they know that you will be able to vote within what is, from their perspective, only a few years. (A Senator’s tenure is six years long—depending on how old you are and how long it will be before the Senator is up for re-election, you might actually be voting age the next time they need to run! Or if not, then you’ll probably be able to vote the time after that.)
Queerability Statement About Jane Doe in Connecticut
Queerability, a leading LGBTQ and disability rights advocacy organization run by and for LGBTQ people with disabilities, expresses our profound concern about the Jane Doe case in Connecticut. Jane Doe is a transgender teenage girl with a psychiatric disability who has been moved from a psychiatric treatment facility to a juvenile detention center for boys in solitary confinement without trial due to violent behavior. The forced institutionalization of Jane Doe is incongruent with the Olmstead vs. L.C decision.
We urge the Department of Justice to take action and conduct an investigation. We also call on other LGBTQ and disability rights advocacy organizations to speak out on this critical issue.
I was a confined teenage girl, and I support ! ! Support! for teen girls navigating involuntary institutions!
Rather than teaching adaptive functioning skills to change dangerous behaviors, aversive electric shock causes only great suffering, pain and trauma. At best, the shocks temporarily repress behaviors by using fear to control residents. That is not treatment. That is torture, as Disability Rights International argued in its damning investigative report on Rotenberg’s practices.
Lydia Brown, "It’s illegal to torture prisoners and animals, but not disabled people"
yes, electric shock “treatment” is used against autistic people. this article by the fantastic Lydia Brown is important but graphically describes torture and abuse by medical practitioners against autistic people. consider this a content warning.
I tweeted this during the hearings but I will repeat that if you are a child or were a child who was committed to an abusive “treatment” program, you are not alone. I was on lockdown for over 15 months as a teenager. While I did not experience ECT, there are many psych survivors who have. There is a diverse community of people who share these experiences of medical abuse and institutional torture. In fact, I was just recently swapping stories with a fellow survivor about our respective former programs, and we ended up talking specifically about the JRC, though neither of us went there. We know about the JRC, we hate the JRC! The JRC is abusive!! We were confined kids, abused at other programs, and I want you to know that if you went to the JRC you are not alone <3 We know about you and we care about you and we are here for you.
Wednesday, August 6th 3:00pm EST
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is excited to announce an upcoming webinar on our recently released model legislation for supported decision making in healthcare contexts.
Often, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are placed under guardianship - and thus lose the right to make their own choices about their lives - based on their need for support when making health care decisions. Doctors and service workers may tell families to seek guardianship because they think it is the only way to make sure that people with disabilities get the support or advice they may need in order to get the health care they need. Sometimes, doctors may even refuse to treat a person with an intellectual or developmental disability who doesn’t have a guardian, due to a belief that people with disabilities cannot give ”informed consent” to health care. […]
Sign up at the link!
"In this webinar, ASAN’s Director of Public Policy Samantha Crane will lead an in-depth discussion on the model legislation, providing additional explanation and analysis, answering common questions, and explaining how advocates can use this model legislation in their advocacy at a state level.”