Nothing about us without us passes!

A bit old news, but wanted to just celebrate the passage of the Nothing About us Without us, HB 1541, which states that any committee, task force, or work group pertaining to disability (or other population) have an individual with lived experience in that realm. While this has massive implication for a number of marginalized populations, this has been championed by disability advocacy groups who have worked tirelessly over the past few years to finally get it passed on it's third push. This will increase the inclusion of disabled voices in public policy, something that has needed to happen for a very, very long time.

So, great news! This should become the model for state and hopefully federal government going forward, as disabled voices are so frequently missing from conversations about disability. I can not tell you how many times I have been the sole autistic in the room at some committee, group, or meeting about autism. This needs to change, and it's great to see it happening at a legislative level.