Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Equal Rights Center launches new campaign

The Equal Rights Center (ERC) is getting ready to launch an exciting new multi-faceted campaign – “What’s Wrong with this Picture?” – which will educate people across the nation on what civil rights mean for people with disabilities, and barriers to look for in accessibility. 

The focus of our campaign will be a ‘game,’ in which users are shown a picture and are asked to identify the inaccessible feature.  In this way, people with and without disabilities will have a fun and stimulating forum through which to learn more about what federal law mandates.  Users will also find additional resources on accessibility, an easy to use complaint form, and real testimonials from people with disabilities encountering accessibility barriers in their daily lives.

ERC is asking your help in gathering real testimonies.  The project will be made stronger through the voices of real people, with various disabilities, who can share their experiences.  The testimonies need only be one to two paragraphs, can include a picture or not, and can be submitted with a real name or anonymously.  They would also love to share any videos which you think would be appropriate – of personal testimony, or of civil rights issues in general for persons with disabilities.

Please pass this along to your list, staff, advocates, and community members to submit testimonies of barriers to accessibility, or stories of reasonable accommodations or modifications, by January 31, 2011.  The focus of the campaign is housing, but we welcome public accommodations and employment stories.

Please email or send your testimonials to:

Robyn M. Powell, Disability Rights Program Manager
Equal Rights Center 
11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 450Washington, D.C. 20036 
(202) 370-3210

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