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Day of Mourning 2017

posted Apr 7, 2017, 2:56 PM by Cori Frazer   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 2:56 PM ]
Brenda, a woman in a wheelchair, speaks before the crowd at Disability Day of Mourning. An ASL interpreter stands behind her.
For the third year, we came together with disability activists and the community in Pittsburgh to mourn the lives of disabled people lost to murder by their parents and caregivers. We heard fantastic and heart wrenching remarks by Brenda Dare and Dr. Bethany Ziss, as well as a history of the phenomenon from our director, Cori. The event was organized and MC'd by our Director of Public Policy, Jess Benham. We were honored to come together with our community to resist the narrative that disabled life is tragic.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the story. For more information on the Disability Day of Mourning, check out the Autistic Self Advocacy Network's Anti Filicide Toolkit and the Ruderman Family Foundation's White Paper.