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Disability Inclusion: A Radical Departure from Philanthropy’s Past

Emily Harris reflects on philanthropy's ableist past and urges the sector to move forward in a way that truly embraces disability inclusion.

Disability Inclusion: Required – Episode 13 – The Impact of Funding Disabled Media Makers

Inevitable Foundation co-founders Richie Siegel and Marisa Torelli-Pedevska discuss the importance of supporting authentic disability representation in the media.

Disability Inclusion: Required – Episode 12 – How Can Philanthropy Help Dismantle Healthcare Inequities?

A conversation with Dr. Bonnie Swenor, Endowed Professor of Disability Health and Justice at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, about the many healthcare inequities that the disability community experiences due to ableism and inaccessibility

Disability Equity Webinar Series: Disability Rights Activism and Organizing

A look into how disability rights activism shapes public policy.

Fact Sheet: Disability & Democracy

Democracy is not just about having the ability to vote and make an informed choice, but it’s also knowing that everyone…deserves that opportunity and that right. Therefore it’s up to [all of us] to ensure that we bring everyone to the table and that everyone has a voice.

Cory Lira: Why Philanthropy Needs to Fund Disabled LGBTQIA+ Communities

Learn about the key issues facing disabled LGBTQIA+ communities, and how philanthropic funding can support solutions.

Masen Davis: Why HIV/AIDS is a Disability Justice Issue

Learn why the HIV/AIDS movement requires both LGBTQIA+ rights and disability justice lenses.

Daphne Frias: Why Disabled Activists Are Excellent Climate Leaders

Learn about the essential qualities that disabled activists bring to climate advocacy - and why funders should be prioritizing them.

How Funders Can Increase Disabled Women’s and Birthing People’s Access to Reproductive Healthcare

Author Sarah Katz addresses concrete steps that philanthropy can take to improve access to reproductive healthcare for women and birthing people.

Mona Abhari: Why Disability Justice is Crucial for Labor Organizing

Learn about the systemic barriers facing disabled workers and why disabled leadership is necessary for labor movements.

Joan Morris: How Labor Discrimination Impacts Disabled Black Women

A Black disabled worker shares the devastating effect that labor discrimination has on Black disabled women.

Dr. Zoie Sheets: Why Funders Need to Listen to Long COVID Patients

An urgent call for funders, healthcare providers, and organizers to follow the leadership of those living with Long COVID.

Dessa Cosma: Why “Compliance” is Not Enough for Accessible Housing

Learn why it’s important to shift away from viewing accessibility through the lens of compliance.

Disability Inclusion: Required – Episode 11 – Reflections on Ableism, Anti-Blackness, and Honoring Black Disabled Ancestors

A conversation between Olivia Williams and Dr. Sami Schalk on the connections between ableism and anti-Blackness, shines a spotlight on historical and contemporary Black disabled activism, and uplifts why it's essential to fund the groundbreaking work of Black disabled folks.

Dr. Subini Annamma: How Racism and Ableism Work to Criminalize Disabled Children of Color

A deconstruction of the racist and ableist ideologies that criminalize Black and Brown disabled children.

Jamelia Morgan: How Policing Impacts People With Non-Apparent and Psychiatric Disabilities

Learn how over-policing can lead to violence against disabled communities - and what funders can do about it.

Proposed Census Bureau Changes and the Impact on the Disability Community

Learn more about proposed changes to Census Bureau disability data collection.

Disability Equity Webinar Series: Disability in Indigenous Communities

Learn why applying disability-explicit lenses to philanthropic work is critical to achieving justice for Indigenous communities.

Disability Equity Webinar Series: Disability Pride, Joy, and Visions for the Future

Celebrate disability pride and learn about the impact of funding disabled joy.

Disability Equity Webinar Series: Disability and the Care Economy

What are infrastructures of care, and why are they important for disability justice?

Disability Equity Webinar Series: Disability Justice and Labor Rights

Learn why the leadership of disabled workers is crucial for labor rights organizing.

Disability Inclusion: Required – Episode 9 – Get to Know the Disability & Philanthropy Forum Team

A fun, insightful conversation with the team members of the Disability & Philanthropy Forum.

Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Disability and Long COVID

Learn about the implications of Long COVID — both for those newly disabled by COVID-19, and those who already live with other disabilities.

We Cannot Achieve Housing Equity Without Accessibility

Dessa Cosma, the Executive Director of Detroit Disability Power, reflects on her experiences with housing inaccessibility and urges policymakers and funders to take action toward a more equitable housing sector.

Disability Inclusion: Required – Episode 6 – Disability-Inclusive Civic Engagement

A conversation with Dom Kelly, Co-Founder, President & CEO of New Disabled South, and Jalyn Radziminski, Founder of Count US IN; Commissioner and Vice Chair for Indiana Disability Rights’ Protection and Advocacy Services, and Director of Engagement at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, on why it's essential to incorporate disability into all civic and political engagement work.

Jennifer Lee: How Disabled and Asian American Communities Form “Parallel Narratives of Resistance”

An exploration of how systemic oppression and persistent anti-Asian violence marginalize disabled Asian Americans.

Heather Watkins: Disabled Black Women and the “Strong Black Woman” Stereotype

An example of how the “Strong Black Woman” stereotype particularly burdens disabled Black women.

Disability Inclusion: Required – Episode 4 – Disability Identity and Pride

A conversation on disability pride with Ryan Easterly, Executive Director of WITH Foundation, and Justice Shorter, a Disability Justice advocate and international advisor for disability inclusive humanitarian and disaster assistance.

Disability Inclusion: Required – Episode 3 – All About Accessibility

A conversation with Taryn Mackenzie Williams, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, on accessibility--what it means, how to implement it, and why it makes the world a just, equitable place.

Disability Inclusion: Required – Episode 2 – Disability 101

A conversation with Maria Town, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, that shines a light on disability and offers insights for wherever you may be on your learning journey.

Day Al-Mohamed: Why Media Created by Disabled Artists is So Important

An explanation of how disability representation in media shapes public perceptions.

Lillie Lainoff: How Writing Can Be a Platform for Representing Disabled Youth

Learn how amplifying disabled voices in literature can lead to dismantling internalized ableism.

Jen White-Johnson: Why Joy Must Be the Center of Disability Narratives

A personal look at ableist stigma in education and how disabled joy can dismantle it.

Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Disability, Policing, and Mass Incarceration

We must dismantle the systemic racism and ableism that criminalizes disabled people.

The Disabled Mindset: Embracing My Disability Identity

Learn more about Sarah Napoli, the Forum's Learning Services Director, in this blog post about her experiences coming into her disability identity.

Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Disability and Housing

A dialogue about the economic disparities that disabled people encounter when trying to find a place to call home.

Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Disability and Lived Experiences of Communities of Color

Applying disability-explicit and race-explicit lenses to philanthropic work is critical to achieving equity and justice.

Disability & Philanthropy Webinar Series: Disability and Leadership

Learn what is possible when philanthropic leadership centers disability and disabled people.

Cara Reedy Flips the Script on Societal Perceptions of Disability

A reflection on how we talk about disability and encourages us to reconsider the language we use.

Mia Ives-Rublee Explains Why Poverty is a Policy Choice

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

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.

Fact Sheet: Disability and Economic Justice

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

Fact Sheet: Disability 101

Learn more about the disability community, frameworks to understand disability, and key disability terminology.

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.

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.

Rebecca Cokley Unpacks Philanthropy’s Ableist History

A call to use the mechanisms of philanthropy to address inequities, first by acknowledging its roots in ableism.

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.

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.

Valerie Novack Discusses Environmental Racism

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

How to Foster Meaningful Connections with Disability Advocates and Organizations

This resource offer suggested starting points for forging meaningful connections and partnerships with the disability community.

Supporting Mental Health in Philanthropy

Insights on incorporating a mental health focus within both internal operations and grantmaking practices.

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...

How to Make Accessible, Inclusive Self-Introductions

The process of introductions during group gatherings are an important way to ensure a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible experience for...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Journey to Inclusion Series: Disability Language

Click here for a transcript of this webinar. Words matter. Wherever foundations may be on their journeys to inclusion, questions...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Eugenics and Disability

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

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,...

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...

A Conversation about Disability and Language with Julie Petty

Emily Ladau, Digital Content & Community Manager for the Disability & Philanthropy Forum, interviews Julie Petty, Project Trainer, Initiatives on...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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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What does self-disclosing a disability mean?

This blog post was written collectively by the Ford Foundation's Disability Employee Resource Group. While few Ford staff members have...

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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...

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...

Four Ways We Can Work Towards Creating Inclusive Workspaces

By Sarah Napoli, Project Officer, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Open Society Foundations, July 2020 When the pandemic hit the globe...

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Disability Inclusion 101: Getting Started and Tips/Tools for the Journey

In this webinar, hosted on July 14, 2020 by the Presidents' Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy, Adela Ruiz from...

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...

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...

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...

Disability Inclusion & Philanthropy: What Funders Need to Know

This extended video combines our Introduction and Message to Funders videos for streamlined viewing purposes. It features the perspectives of...

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...

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...

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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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...

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...

Disability and Language

This resource seeks to provide tips on rights-affirming language and narratives preferred by people with disabilities. It is a starting...

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...

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...

The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Brief Background

Learn about the history and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), its impact on the disability community, and...

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...

What is Ableism?

This introductory resource provides a working definition of ableism along with information to help reflect on ableist practices. Ableism is...

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.