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New resource library to promote basic accessibility

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 >

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Philanthropy should do better at including people with disabilities

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 >

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FISA announces a new initiative!

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 >

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How People with Disabilities Are More Vulnerable to Abuse

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 >

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Strengthening Inclusion

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 >

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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 >

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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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