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Pittsburgh philanthropies launch Disability, Inclusion, and Access to foster a better, more inclusive equity agenda

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In November, FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments launched Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward.  We invited our grantees and foundation colleagues across the greater Pittsburgh area to explore “a better equity agenda,” one that includes the largest minority group in the world: people with disabilities. Read More >

A cigarette only changes your life if you’re Black

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Newsflash: Kids, especially teenagers, do things they aren’t supposed to do. But there is wide variation in the consequences of youthful, impulsive decisions. Take the example of smoking at school.  Plenty of kids get away with smoking – once or hundreds of times.  Some kids get reprimanded, lose privileges or … Read More >

If there ever was a silver bullet… it might look like this

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I was working at a rape crisis center in the early 2000’s, when the field of prevention was in its infancy.  I knew in my bones that the risk reduction strategies being sold to women (go out in groups, carry your keys, look in the backseat before you get into … Read More >

Retribution and Justice

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In the last several years, there have been nearly daily headlines about sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by high profile men Awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual assault is at an all-time high. But a majority of men still believe that victims are treated fairly when they disclose abuse and seek justice. This is far from the truth. The costs of reporting sexual harassment and abuse are very high for many victims. Most face some form of negative repercussion or retribution for disclosing.  Read More >

Living with the cracks and broken places

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There is something very satisfying about pulling weeds. Especially when the soil is moist but not too wet. Sometimes, if you get a good grip on the base of the stem and apply just the right amount of pressure, the whole root system comes out in one piece. It doesn’t … Read More >

Tripping over barriers, and learning from them

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In America, we have a long history of “separate and unequal” when it comes to people with disabilities. We frequently use the term “special needs” as a descriptor. But needing to go to school, to work, or to the store, to the doctor and the movies, to use public transportation, sidewalks and parks – these are not special needs. People with disabilities want access to the same things that everyone else takes for granted.  Read More >