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Rights and Justice
We promote policies to ensure disabled people of color and those most marginalized by ableism and other forms of oppression can participate in the economy and democracy.
We broaden the public discourse by decision-makers to increase the focus on consequences of poverty and inequality for people with disabilities and their families. We also coordinate collaborative discussions between the reproductive justice and disability communities on issues of inclusive economic growth.
We advance legislation and executive action to streamline access to programs and optimize effectiveness in serving people with low incomes, particularly people with disabilities. We defend Medicaid, Social Security, the ADA, and other policies that support people with disabilities and their families.
We develop research, policy analyses, and messaging tools to raise awareness around the specific challenges that multimarginalized disabled individuals face, particularly focusing on Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, women, and immigrants.
We advance legislation and executive action that expand voter access, particularly for the disability community, and increase collaboration between the disability community and democracy groups.
The Disability Justice Initiative promotes policies to ensure disabled people of color and those most marginalized by ableism and other forms of oppression can participate in the economy and democracy.
Director, Disability Justice Initiative
Jul 8, 2021
Danielle Root, Mia Ives-Rublee
Aug 5, 2021
Valerie Novack, Kelly Moh
May 27, 2021
Jaboa Lake, Valerie Novack, Mia Ives-Rublee
Feb 12, 2021
Vilissa Thompson, Nora Ellmann, Rebecca Cokley, 1 More
Jamille Fields Allsbrook
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Policymakers must take steps to address the recent rise in disability, which has been fueled by long COVID.
Oct 26, 2023
Mia Ives-Rublee, Anona Neal
Join the Center for American Progress as we celebrate 20 years of innovative policy solutions and look boldly forward to a progressive future.
Oct 25, 2023
This toolkit provides guidance for reproductive rights and disability rights organizations and others who seek to submit a comment on the Biden administration’s proposed rule on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Sep 21, 2023
Mia Ives-Rublee explains how instituting Medicaid work requirements could be detrimental to thousands of Americans.
May 16, 2023
The Center for American Progress recently hosted a roundtable of more than 20 advocates from the reproductive and disability rights and justice communities—and has compiled the top five policy priorities important to focus on this year.
Jan 31, 2023
Mia Ives-Rublee, Emily DiMatteo, Amina Khalique, 3 More
Kierra B. Jones, Anona Neal, Maggie Jo Buchanan
Using new data from the U.S. Census Bureau to examine the impacts of long COVID on the labor market, this report recommends that employers, unions, and policymakers create better workplaces for disabled workers and all workers.
Dec 21, 2022
Mia Ives-Rublee, Rose Khattar, Anona Neal
Disabled Americans describe their, often dehumanizing, experiences trying to overcome unnecessary barriers to access vital assistance from the government.
Dec 5, 2022
Justin Schweitzer, Emily DiMatteo, Nick Buffie, 4 More
Mia Ives-Rublee, Ala Al Sadi, Hai-Lam Phan, Toni Pandolfo
Unnecessary barriers make accessing basic supports extremely difficult for disabled people across the country.
Justin Schweitzer, Emily DiMatteo, Nick Buffie, 1 More
Mia Ives-Rublee discusses how the Supplemental Security Income program helped her overcome the structural barriers to employment and economic security that millions of disabled people experience and urges lawmakers to strengthen the program.
Oct 27, 2022
Experts discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act while highlighting the important intersection between immigration and disability rights.
Aug 25, 2022
Emily DiMatteo, Mia Ives-Rublee, Trinh Q. Truong, 3 More
Toni Pandolfo, Andrew Sonntag, Ala Al Sadi
Civil rights protections designed to protect disabled people from discrimination, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, are powerful tools for ensuring that disabled asylum-seekers have access to the protection and services they need in the U.S. immigration system.
Aug 24, 2022
Trinh Q. Truong, Emily DiMatteo, Mia Ives-Rublee
Emma Budway describes her experience as a nonspeaking autistic woman under guardianship and the benefits of less restrictive alternatives.
Aug 11, 2022
Emily DiMatteo, Mia Ives-Rublee, Vilissa Thompson, 5 More
Ala Al Sadi, James Mertz, Hai-Lam Phan, Toni Pandolfo, Daniel Turner
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