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Lurie Institute and Ford Foundation Release "Civic Engagement and People with Disabilities" Report

May 2020

We are pleased to announce the release of “Civic Engagement and People with Disabilities: A Way Forward through Cross-Movement Building,” a report produced in collaboration with the Ford Foundation about the barriers to civic engagement that people with disabilities encounter, and ways advocates and organizations can make civic engagement more accessible.

Lurie Researchers Recieve Heller Awards

April 2020

Congratulations to three of our Lurie Institute team members who were recipients of esteemed Heller Awards.

Dr. Monika Mitra is the 2020 recipient of the Mentorship award. A PhD student noted of their first few weeks at Heller, "Monika immediately took me under her wing and helped me think through my goals. She then made many suggestions on steps I could take and I value her honesty and experience. She has truly demonstrated what it means to be a mentor without any other vested interests." While receiving her award Monika noted the importance and responsibility of mentorship. "We as researchers need to hold the door open for those who come after us."

Sandy Ho is the 2020 recipient of the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity award. This honor is given to a Heller community member who goes above and beyond their roles and responsibilities to make noteworthy contributions to help advance inclusive excellence. Sandy helps enrich experiences for faculty, staff, and students both at Heller and the wider Brandeis community, and has led national initiatives though projects with the Lurie Institute and the Disability Intersectionality Summit. Sandy expressed solidarity with marginalized community members, including Brandeis dining workers. She "hopes Brandeis will be a leader by offering those marginalized workers and their families protections around health and employment."

Dr. Ilhom Akobirshoev is the 2020 recipient of the Early Career Research Investigator. A nominee stated, "in addition to the exceptional research that he conducts, what really sets Ilhom apart is his generosity and kindness and his willingness to guide, mentor, and share his knowledge and expertise with anyone who needs help." Ilhom thanked Dean Weil and Heller School leadership for setting a tone of academic freedom and empowering researchers to produce new knowledge to advance social justice.

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Ari Ne'eman, Disability Advocate, Joins Lurie Institute as Visiting Research Scholar

January 2020

Ari Ne'eman, co-founder of the Autistic Advocacy Network, former member of the National Council on Disability, and doctoral student in Health Policy at Harvard University, will be joining the Lurie Institute as a Visiting Research Scholar. He plans to work primarily with the Community Living Policy Center, our postdoctoral program, and the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities.
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Lurie Institute Releases Inclusive Language Guide

January 2020

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy is pleased to announce the release of the Inclusive Language Guide, a quick primer on how to write about disability and health in a way that respects the dignity, autonomy, and personhood of the people being described. Rooted in disability justice and backed by extensive research, the Inclusive Language Guide is a valuable aid for people writing about disability and health.