May 2018


The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) serves as Congress' watchdog investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. As part of the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law by President Obama in 2016, the GAO was mandated to review state Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) programs to review their activities and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. PAIMI programs are designed to safeguard rights of individuals with serious mental illness, who are at higher risk of abuse and neglect due to their illness. 

The GAO found that in the eight states they reviewed, 74% of PAIMI cases were resolved...read more

National Disability Leadership Alliance Conference

The National Black Disability Coalition, The National Coalition of Latinos with Disabilities and the Harriet Tubman Collective have been invited to present on race and disability at the National Disability Leadership Alliance Conference by the Disability Intersectionality Summit Steering Committee on June 14th.

The Souls of Poor Folk traces the 50 years since 1968, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and thousands of Americans, alarmed at their government’s blindness to human need, launched the Poor People’s Campaign. As they marched up from the nation’s neglected shadows, Dr. King paused to answer a plea for support from sanitation workers on strike in Memphis. There an assassin snatched his life on April 4th. 

Broken-hearted, this “freedom church of the poor” gathered by the thousands in Washington. They erected “Resurrection City,” their encampment on the National Mall, to demand that their government address bitter poverty in the wealthiest nation in the world. They confronted ...read more

Remembering Disabilities Advocates of Minorities Organization, DAMO, (1998-2002) 
by co-founder, Gary Norris Gray


May 2018 -- DAMO has many meanings in many different cultures. In Korean it was a very popular television miniseries and in Asia it translated to an undercover female detective in the historical Joseon Dynasty. DAMO also means Tea Lady in Korean. In the Philippines the word DAMO in Tagalog means grass. DAMO is also a historical town in northeastern Somalia, but for African American disabled residents in the San Francisco Bay area DAMO would mean freedom, justice, and equality.

In 1972 four white disabled residents at the University of Califor...read more

Meet Dr. Jacob Appel

Wednesday June 20, 2018 7-9:30 PM

Has your loved one ever threatened suicide or made an actual attempt? Can anything be more terrifying for a family member than experiencing a loved one expressing the wish to die? What do you do? Do you rush to the ER? Do you call the police? Is hospitalizing the person with BPD the best solution?

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Sanders, Mikaal and Dallas, three of our Youth Caucus Members who have been directly impacted by the juvenile justice and mental health system, would like to attend the NJJN (National Juvenile Justice Network ) 2018 Forum in Durham, NC, July 16-18. 

Although two of our Youth Caucus Members, David and Jaleel, are attending through scholarships, we are in need of funding for three additional youth caucus members - Sanders, Mikaal and Dallas - to attend the NJJN (National Juvenile Justice Network ) 2018 Forum in Durham, NC.  

Please support them so they learn how to use their lived experiences to create change and develop...read more