2019

FISA’s Blog

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by Kristy Trautmann Serving as Executive Director of FISA Foundation is truly the best job in the world. Every week, I get to meet with smart people who have good ideas for improving the world; my job is to help them if I can. Some of those interesting conversations become … Read More >

New resource library to promote basic accessibility

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Are your organization’s public meetings and events always hosted at accessible locations?  And do you ask at registration whether participants need accommodations like ASL interpreters? Is your organization’s website and social media accessible to people who are blind? Do you always caption your organization’s videos? When you release reports or … Read More >

Philanthropy should do better at including people with disabilities

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Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation and outspoken proponent of the inclusion of people with disabilities came to Pittsburgh in November as a guest of FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. Walker became widely known by his blog, Ignorance is the enemy within: On the power of our privilege, and … Read More >

FISA announces a new initiative!

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FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments convened nearly 250 nonprofit and foundation leaders on November 21 to launch Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward.  About 1 in 4 American adults has limited mobility, difficulty hearing or seeing, learning differences, mental health conditions, autism, or other disabilities that affect a major part … Read More >

How People with Disabilities Are More Vulnerable to Abuse

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FISA Foundation has partnered with many local nonprofits to increase awareness about the prevalence of abuse against people with disabilities, and to support the development of strategies to respond to and prevent abuse. This month, FISA grantee and partner, Blackburn Center has authored this blog on the topic: The Truth … Read More >

Strengthening Inclusion

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We were pleased to read an article on inclusion in this month’s Stanford Social Innovation Review! How to Make Design Thinking More Disability Inclusive: A three-tiered framework for making human-centered design more inclusive of people with disabilities can help organizations improve their own programs. By Durell Coleman & Marie Trudelle Mar. 22, … Read More >

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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I honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please read this op ed co-authored by FISA’s executive director, Kristy Trautmann with Kristen Houser, Chief Public Affairs officer of PA Coalition Against Rape: It’s ‘he said, she said’ by design Published om TribLive on March 31, 2019 (excerpt) We’ve lost track of the … Read More >