By Kristy Trautmann

NEW Report on the Criminalization of Black girls and students with disabilities in schools

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FISA Foundation's grantee and partner, Gwen’s Girls, and the Black Girls Equity Alliance released a new report: Disrupting the Pathways to Juvenile Justice report.  Local data presents a stark picture of the ways Black youth and students of color with disabilities are disproportionately arrested and cited at school, often for minor offenses. Read More >

FISA Foundation invests in Black women leading change, help for victims of domestic violence, and essential services to people with disabilities during COVID-19

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Building upon its decades’ long commitment to social justice for women, girls and people with disabilities, FISA Foundation’s Board of Directors approved more than $250,000 in grants since April to advance gender-specific racial justice advocacy initiatives and for COVID-19 relief efforts focused on vulnerable groups including people with disabilities and … Read More >

Deadline extended to April 15 – The Heinz Endowments: Expanding Disability Inclusion and Access Request for Proposals

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As part of Disability Inclusion and Access: Moving Forward, The Heinz Endowments is inviting proposals that will help organizations become more fully inclusive of individuals with disabilities.  Proposals up to $20,000 will be considered. Areas of special interest to the Endowments include: Organizational assessment to identify barriers to inclusion of people … Read More >

New research on the effectiveness of Coaching Boys Into Men to prevent dating abuse

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Coaching Boys Into Men is an evidence-based sexual violence/dating violence program that supports athletic coaches to talk to male athletes about healthy relationships.  Dr. Elizabeth Miller and her team of researchers at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh announced the results of a study to test the effectiveness of Coaching Boys … Read More >

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 >

New initiative: Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward

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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 >