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Let’s Not Repeat the Past: History Meets Disability Advocacy 2018

The Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium and the Heinz History Center present: “United States Disability Policy: A Rich History, An Unsure Future” by Michael Gamel-McCormick, Disability Policy Director for U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Following the talk, a vibrant panel of leading regional advocates will discuss how the disability rights … Read More >

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Announcing FAIR:PLAY, a new tool to promote equity for girls

FISA Foundation is proud to announce that its grantee and partner, Women’s Law Project, has launched FAIR:PLAY, a new tool to expose schools that are shortchanging girls in athletic opportunities, and to give girls, parents and advocates the tools to advocate effectively. Read More >

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ABLE Accounts: A new savings program for people with disabilities

The ABLE Act created a new type of savings account for people with disabilities.  Similar to a 529 account for college savings, ABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities and their families to save money for a range of future uses, without jeopardizing continued benefits and services because these funds are … Read More >

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University Presidents speak out against campus sexual violence

Sexual assault against college women (and men) has been in the news in recent years, with good reason: research consistently finds that about 1 in 5 college women and 1 in 16 college men experience some form of sexual violence.  In southwest Pennsylvania, we have an important story to tell … Read More >

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A Silent Majority Helps No One

Just a few weeks ago, FISA held a focus group of local high school girls to ask them about sexual harassment at school. These are things they reported happening every day: catcalling, spreading of sexual rumors, jokes and comments about girls’ appearance, being touched inappropriately, sexting. In their high schools (public, private and parochial), there is a culture where young men get laughs and approval from their friends for treating girls like objects, or worse. The comment that stayed with me the most was, “Guys trade nude photos of girls like Pokemon cards.” Read More >

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Healthcare Reform and People with Disabilities

FISA's executive director, Kristy Trautmann, was invited by the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee to testify about the importance of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid on the 1.7 million PA residents with disabilities. She began with this: The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania and numerous other advocacy groups agree that “the Affordable Care Act has been the most significant law to promote health and well-being of people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act.” Read More >

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Point Park University to Host Coaching Boys Into Men Summit

The Coaching Boys into Men program exists to help coaches build respectful behavior among players and help prevent sexual harassment, sexual assault and relationship abuse. This evidence-based leadership program is specifically developed for coaches to be easily incorporated into regular coaching strategy and sessions. To learn more about this program … Read More >

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See powerful new documentary: Audrie & Daisy on November 10

This nightmare scenario has become all too real in today’s world: A fourteen year old girl who really wants to appear grown up responds to the invitation of an older high school student she thought was a friend to come to a party, drink and have fun.  When she wakes … Read More >

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