Universal Design, Accessibility and the Streets of Lima, Peru

Two small busses on the street at night.
© Dave Nold

Strolling through San Isidro, a municipality of Lima, Peru, you get the impression that they had accessibility in mind. Curb cuts on every corner, ramps leading into stores, restaurants and some private homes. And plenty of clearly marked blue spots for parking. I wonder how strictly the parking was enforced since when crossing the street I learned that Stop signs are more of a suggestion.
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SHAME ON YOU, ANDERSON COOPER: 60 Minutes Mocking the ADA

Arlene Mayerson,
Directing Attorney, DREDF
Anderson Cooper would be the first to call out Donald Trump’s ridicule of a reporter with a disability with righteous indignation. Yet, on December 4, 2016, Cooper used the 60 Minutes broadcast to throw people with disabilities under the bus in the name of journalism. He used his power and prestige to denigrate the first comprehensive civil rights act on behalf of people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the honorable lawyers that enforce it.  Cooper could not have been more successful if his intent was to lead the parade of horribles against the ADA. I suggest that presenting a skewed piece of journalism that serves only to undermine the first national law providing civil rights protections for people with disabilities is at least as harmful as mocking a reporter with a disability.
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Beyond Outrage: Civil Rights, Not Pity

Arlene Mayerson,
Directing Attorney, DREDF
I have been thinking a lot about how outraged people and the media are about Donald Trump’s mocking of Serge Kovaleski, a disabled reporter. Polls show that this mockery is the most unpopular of all of Trump’s outrageous racist, sexist, xenophobic, bullying, insulting statements and portrayals. As a disability rights lawyer for the last almost 40 years, I have been pondering this reaction. I am wondering how this reaction relates to the aims of the disability rights movement to fight against discrimination, segregation and exclusion.
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Memories from the Celebration

ACCESS IS THE BEST MEDICINE: Fighting for Equality in Health Care

Photos and Videos from DREDF’s 37th Anniversary

September 15, 2016

Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, California

Mary Lou and Denise seated at a table and laughing.

Left to right: Mary Lou Breslin and Denise Sherer Jacobson

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