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Upcoming program: Out of the Shadows: The Disability Civil Rights Movement from No Pity to Me Too

Temple University Institute on Disability is sponsoring a Lecture by Joe Shapiro Tuesday, December 4, 2018 9:30 AM – Noon (Check in begins 8:30 AM) This is a free event. LOCATION: Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Go to Registration Joseph Shapiro has covered disability stories since 1987. Shapiro … Read More >

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Introducing “Men and #MeToo;” results of a public poll

Results of a new poll, funded by FISA Foundation, indicate that most men think it’s important to believe women who speak publicly about harassment or abuse.  Yet, these same men are divided in how they feel about the #MeToo movement. Read the report — Men and #MeToo: What do men in … Read More >

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Schools must do more to stop sexual harassment

FISA’s executive director, Kristy Trautmann, penned this powerful op ed that was printed in the Tribune Review. See article online.   Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior as a 17-year-old high school student is the latest in an unfolding national conversation about sexual assault. Unfortunately, not much has changed since … 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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