Help us celebrate our 2nd birthday!
On October 8, 2021, we celebrated the second anniversary of our public launch -- two years of finding for communication access and rights for people of all ages and disabilities who cannot depend on speech alone to be heard and understood. Please help us mark this occasion by raising $20,000 -- and to ensure we can continue this critically important work! We cannot succeed without your support. Thank you!
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What we have accomplished with your help
On October 18, 2019, we sued one of the largest school districts in the United States over its discriminatory and harmful use of dangerous restraint and seclusion against students with disabilities. Since then, among other things, we have also:
- Created a COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit
- Negotiated two nationally precedent-setting complaints with the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services affirming the rights of patients with communication disabilities to access a support person in the hospital
- Worked with a group of nonspeaking autistic people to create a viral, impactful, and award-winning 5-minute film called LISTEN
- Hosted two educational webinars on issues with guardianships and conservatorships for people who cannot rely on speech to be understood
- Created a toolkit about the rights of AAC users to access necessary in-person communication supports during virtual learning
- Surveyed families of AAC-using students nationwide on their experiences during remote learning
- Hosted a webinar for AAC users to interact with leading disability rights icon (and CommunicationFIRST Board member) Judy Heumann
- Sent a Communication Equity Call to Action to the new Biden-Harris White House
- Filed amicus briefs in several cases, including in support of Britney Spears’ right to choose her own attorney in her conservatorship case
- Hosted multiple paid guest blogs by AAC users
- Summarized each of the published studies on COVID-related risks to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities
- Petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to add text and video options to the Suicide Lifeline
- And lots more!
- BUT -- we have so much more to do!