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Hispanic Heritage Month

A young Latina, Stephanie Farfan is both completing her master’s degree and working at RespectAbility, a nonprofit fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, as the Policy, Practices and Latinx Outreach Associate. Farfan first joined RespectAbility as a Fellow in the Spring 2018 Cohort. She returned in August as a full time staff [click to continue...]

There are 4,869,400 Latinx and Hispanic Americans living with a disability in the U.S. Only 37 percent of working-age Latinx and Hispanic Americans with disabilities are employed in the U.S., compared to 73.9 percent of working-age Latinx and Hispanic Americans without disabilities. This is in line with the rest of the country, with fully one-in-five Americans [click to continue...]

Rockville, Md., Oct. 16 – The country just finished celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on September 15, 2017 and ended October 15, 2017. National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture. It is important [click to continue...]

Rockville, Md., Oct. 16 – For more than 20 years, scholar Dr. Victor Pineda has been an advocate for the disability community. Pineda himself is a wheelchair user and originally was diagnosed with muscular atrophy, a disease that causes the muscles to deteriorate; however, after being examined later in life, doctors concluded that the specific [click to continue...]

Rockville, Md., Oct 15 – Actress and producer Salma Hayek Jiménez has embraced her disability – dyslexia – from a very young age. Born in Mexico, Hayek was sent to a Catholic boarding school in New Orleans at the age of 12 where she was quickly expelled for setting all of the nun’s clocks back [click to continue...]

Rockville, Md., Oct. 15 – Two years ago, pop star and actress Selena Gomez strutted onto Ellen DeGeneres stage wearing a black floor-length dress and heels. Her hair was slicked back and wavy. Her face held a look of intention. She sat with both a stiff back and smile and told Ellen and the world [click to continue...]

Rockville, Md., Oct. 15 – Known for her sexy and confident female roles in Lost and Fast and Furious, Michelle Rodriguez, a Hispanic actress, now has set her eyes on writing and directing movies. “I want to write and direct, but it’s not easy with ADD. I have a hard time focusing when I’m alone. [click to continue...]

Rockville, Md., Oct. 15 – Jeison Aristizábal was born in one of the most impoverished areas in Cali, Colombia. Now he runs a nonprofit to provide educational and medical support for kids who live in the same conditions that he grew up in. Aristizábal was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after he was born and [click to continue...]

Rockville, Md., Oct. 15 – Fans of the hit CW show Jane the Virgin know star Gina Rodriguez as an open personality on social media. She frequently posts about topics important to her—feminism, body positivity, politics—but she recently opened up on Instagram about a topic the actress had not previously discussed—her anxiety. Rodriguez posted a [click to continue...]

Rockville, Md., Oct. 15 – Frida Kahlo, a Mexican woman who had multiple disabilities including polio as a child and spinal and pelvis damage from a car accident, became a world-renowned self-portrait painter. At the age of six, Kahlo was bedridden will polio. The polio virus cause damaged to her right leg and foot. She [click to continue...]

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