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Disability & Hate Crimes Laws (current as of January 2017)
This page summarizes and provides full-text of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia’s laws (if any) on hate crimes. It provides an explanation of different types of hate crimes laws and a short criticism of why they are harmful — basically, because they put more people in prison instead of looking beyond prisons.

Autism Self-Disclosure Pocket/Wallet Cards
These pocket-size cards are designed for use by autistic people in lieu of autism information/awareness cards available online that usually carry messages such as “I’m sorry about my child’s behavior, h/she has autism,” or “this person has autism; please call this other person for help right away because h/she doesn’t understand.” (Binary language intentional.) Those messages are often pathologizing (i.e. making autism a medical problem) and belittling (such as by assuming the autistic person must have the card handed over on their behalf, and cannot communicate themself), but there are also a number of reasons why actually autistic people might want to have cards available that disclose their status as autistic.

Brief Abled Privilege Checklist
This list is meant to serve as an educational tool to help people with and without disabilities become more aware of everyday interactions or observances that are impacted by ableism. This checklist can be used as a private, individual exercise; a group exercise during a workshop or training about disability or ableism (especially as part of diversity, inclusion, or social justice programming); or a resource for learning in general. Feel free to use this checklist at your event!

Visual Guide to “How Bills Become Law in Massachusetts”
This is a text and visual combined guide that explains the process for ideas to become bills and then to become laws, specific to the legislative process in Massachusetts. I originally created this guide for a workshop I did to train Massachusetts people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the legislative process. Also check out this text transcript of “How Bills Become Law in Massachusetts.”

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I am an educator, activist/organizer, speaker/trainer, policy advocate, and writer focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people.
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