Disability Community Engagement

Rebecca Vallas Urges Philanthropy to Address the Widespread Economic Crisis Among Disabled Americans

A reflection on economic inequities that disabled people disproportionately experience.

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Mia Ives-Rublee Explains Why Poverty is a Policy Choice

A spotlight on what actions can mitigate the poverty that disabled people experience.

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Disabled People Can Be Productive Workers, But That Shouldn’t Determine Our Worth

Author Alaina Lavoie explores the ableism of disabled people being valued or devalued based on their ability to work.

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Shifting My Mindset: From Internalizing Ableism to Dismantling It

Learn more about Emily Harris, the Forum's Executive Director, in this blog post about her journey to identifying as disabled and working to dismantle ableism.

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Fact Sheet: Disability and Economic Justice

Learn more about key statistics that highlight some of the many economic inequities disabled people experience.

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Black and Disabled: I Have Lived in the Shadows

Learn more about Gail Fuller, the Forum's Program and Communications Director, in this blog post about her experiences as a Black woman with a non-apparent disability.

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A Letter to the Americans with Disabilities Act on Its 32nd Birthday

Sandy Ho reflects on the ADA as a first step for disability rights and looks ahead to the future.

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Understanding Disability-Inclusive Grantmaking in a Broader Social Justice Context

A conversation with Ingrid Tischer about what funders need to know about disability-inclusive grantmaking.

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Dismantling the Charity Model of Disability Within Philanthropy

A conversation with Ingrid Tischer about why and how to dismantle the charity model of disability in philanthropy.

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Centering Disability Rights and Justice in Philanthropic Practice – Unity Summit 2021 Fire Session

Emily Ladau and Sandy Ho share perspectives on disability rights and justice frameworks as ways for philanthropy to move equality and equity forward.

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Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu Asks Philanthropy to Shift How It Chooses to Allocate Funds

A call for funders to reconsider existing grantmaking practices that perpetuate oppression.

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Marq Mitchell Offers Guidance on How Funders Can Support Justice for Marginalized Communities

Insights on what funders must be aware of to truly advance justice through their grantmaking work.

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Keris Jän Myrick Calls on Philanthropy to Center People with Lived Experience

Why it's vital for grantmakers to center people with lived experience in their grantmaking work.

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Journey to Inclusion Series: Participatory Disability Grantmaking

Learn from disability advocates serving on participatory grantmaking committees.

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Supporting Disability Inclusion Among Creative Groups

by Lane Harwell, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation The Ford Foundation's Creativity and Free Expression (CFE) program...

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Daphne Frias Celebrates Resilience of Disabled People as an Asset to Fighting Climate Change

Daphne Frias shares her perspective on why the resilience and knowledge of the disability community are vital assets to the work to fight climate change.

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Dr. Yolanda Muñoz Urges Climate Justice Funders to Include Disabled People

Dr. Yolanda Muñoz discusses why it's imperative to include the disability community in grantmaking work that addresses climate change.

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Valerie Novack Discusses Environmental Racism

Valerie Novack highlights the cause and effect connections between environmental racism and disability.

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How to Foster Meaningful Connections with Disability Advocates and Organizations

The most vital component of achieving social justice is centering the leadership and perspectives of marginalized communities. Funders must actively...

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Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Disability and Economic Justice

Click here for a transcript of this webinar. In the United States, full and equal participation in society is a...

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Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Disability, Arts, & Culture

Powerful insights on rethink our understanding of how to support truly disability-inclusive arts and culture.

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Dr. Joseph Stramondo Addresses the Relationship Between Technology and Disability

Dr. Joseph Stramondo urges a reconsideration of how technology is used in relation to disability, focusing on technology as a...

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Dr. Subini Annamma Urges Philanthropy to Center BIPOC Disabled People

Dr. Subini Annamma urges philanthropy to stop centering whiteness and shift toward centering BIPOC disabled people. Click here for a...

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Dr. Subini Annamma Addresses the Connection Between Mass Incarceration and Eugenics

Dr. Subini Annamma shares the ways in which mass incarceration is connected to eugenics. She addresses both the disproportionate incarceration...

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Lydia X. Z. Brown Calls On Philanthropy to Center Multi-Marginalized Disabled People

Lydia X. Z. Brown calls on philanthropy to center multi-marginalized disabled people within their work and equitably redistribute resources. Click...

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Lydia X. Z. Brown Addresses the Ableism of Algorithmic Technologies

Lydia X. Z. Brown addresses the ableism of algorithmic systems and the impact this has on the disability community--especially multi-marginalized...

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Victoria Rodriguez-Roldán Addresses the Connections Between LGBTQIA+ and Disability Identities

In this excerpt from the Disability & Philanthropy Forum's webinar on gender, sexuality, and disability, Victoria Rodriguez-Roldán calls upon the...

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Leslie Templeton Addresses the Connections Between Disability and Experiences of Sexual Violence

In this excerpt from the Disability & Philanthropy Forum's webinar on gender, sexuality, and disability, Leslie Templeton addresses the connections...

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Robin Wilson-Beattie Addresses Ableism and Racism in Reproductive Healthcare

In this excerpt from the Disability & Philanthropy Forum's webinar on gender, sexuality, and disability, Robin Wilson-Beattie addresses how ableism...

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Journey to Inclusion Series: Learning from Disability-Led Organizations

Click here for a transcript of this webinar. “Nothing about us without us,” is a guiding principle of the disability...

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Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Climate Change and Disability

Click here for a transcript of this webinar. Adverse effects of climate change disproportionately impact the global population of people...

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Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Gender, Sexuality, and Disability

Click here for a transcript of this webinar. Successfully advocating for the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQIA+ people requires...

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Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Health Equity and Disability

Click here for a transcript of this webinar. According to The Missing Billion, disabled people are three times as likely...

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Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Racial Equity and Disability

Click here for a transcript of this webinar. Disability cuts across all identities, but the impacts of systemic disability discrimination...

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How Philanthropy Can Support Disabled Parents

by Robin Wilson-Beattie Having spent almost 17 years as a parent who has chronic, physical, and mental health disabilities, I’ve...

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Eugenics: Historical Practice to Present Day Technology

by Dr. Joseph Stramondo Sir Francis Galton coined the term “eugenics” in 1883 to refer to the belief that the...

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Eugenics and Disability

Many of the earliest philanthropists in the U.S. were significant ideological and financial supporters of the eugenics movement. According to...

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Connections Between Gender, Sexuality, and Disability

One in five women ages 18 and older are disabled. The United Nations, through their work toward full gender equality,...

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Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar Addresses the Need for Disabled Leadership in Research Funding Efforts

In this excerpt from the Disability & Philanthropy Forum’s webinar on health equity and disability, Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar speaks to...

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Andrés Gallegos Addresses Ableism in the Medical Field

In this excerpt from the Disability & Philanthropy Forum’s webinar on health equity and disability, Andrés Gallegos speaks to the...

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Anti-Black Racism and Ableism in the Workplace

by D'Arcee Neal When I went for a job interview in the summer of 2015 for a high-powered federal position,...

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Connections Between Health Equity and Disability

When it comes to health care, significant disparities abound between people with disabilities and non-disabled people. From physical barriers and...

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Taryn Williams Addresses the Need to Work Toward Economic Justice with a Disability-Explicit Lens

In this excerpt from the Disability & Philanthropy Forum's webinar on racial equity and disability, Taryn Williams discusses the critical...

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Conchita Hernández Legorreta Addresses How Ableism and Racism Affects Disabled Immigrants

In this excerpt from the Disability & Philanthropy Forum's webinar on racial equity and disability, Conchita Hernández Legorreta speaks to...

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D’Arcee Neal Addresses Intersections Between Ableism and Anti-Black Racism

In this excerpt from the Disability & Philanthropy Forum's webinar on racial equity and disability, D’Arcee Neal speaks to the...

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Guidance for Foundations on Creating Disability Advisory Groups

As part of a commitment to upholding “Nothing about us without us” and consulting with the disability community, teams may...

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Chicago Community Trust Webinar on Race and Disability

As part of their "Conversations With..." speaker series, which explores high-profile topics with some of today’s most strategic thinkers in...

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Connections Between Climate Change and Disability

People with disabilities are both the most vulnerable and the most overlooked population when it comes to addressing the effects...

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My Experiences as a Filipino/Black Woman with a Disability in Philanthropy

by Nikki Brown-Booker, August 2020 I am a Filipino/Black woman with a disability who works in philanthropy. When I enter...

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Disability History: An Introduction

Go on a journey with disability rights activist Lawrence Carter-Long as your guide in this video overview of the rich history...

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Alice Sheppard: Disability as an Art

Meet Alice Sheppard, a dancer and choreographer who uses a wheelchair. In this video, she encourages us to rethink our...

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Claudia Gordon: Barriers to Inclusion

Meet Claudia Gordon, the first Black Deaf female lawyer in the United States. In this video, she encourages a perspective...

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Disability Inclusion & Philanthropy: An Introduction

Throughout your disability inclusion learning journey, it's vital to listen to the wisdom and insights of the disability community. This...

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Disability Rights History: A Brief Introduction

Disability rights are universal civil rights and human rights, but these rights are not yet fully realized by society. Though...

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What is Disability?

This introductory resource explains how disability is defined and the "models of disability," or frameworks, that are used to understand...

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Webinar – COVID-19 and Disability: A Call to Action for Philanthropy

COVID-19 demonstrates that disability inclusion in philanthropy is more crucial than ever. In this webinar, hosted on April 22, 2020...

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Disability Rights Hashtags and Disability Rights Activists for Grantmakers to Follow

This resource offers several starting points for connecting with the disability community on social media. Please note: This list is...

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Road Map for Inclusion: Changing the Face of Disability in Media

This resource addresses the gaps in disability representation in mainstream media and addresses ways to fill these gaps. Road Map...

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Know Your Disability Rights Laws

In this resource, you'll learn about key disability rights laws. While meaningful disability inclusion is about more than just complying...

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Intersections Between Racism and Ableism

This resource offers insights and resources to better understand the strong connections between racism and ableism. For our work to...

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The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Brief Background

Celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by learning about the history and intent of the...

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What is Disability Justice?

In this resource, you'll learn about the origin and definition of disability justice as a movement and framework. Disability Justice...

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Resources on Disability & COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, philanthropy must further the commitment to ensure the disability community is not left behind.

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Recommended Reading on Disability

Written works on disability have shaped the Disability Rights Movement. These selections are helpful and insightful starting points.

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