Ford Foundation to Focus on People with Disabilities

EQUALITY | Admitting a mistake was made by overlooking the needs of people with disabilities while revamping its programs to focus on inequality, the Ford Foundation pledged Monday to review of its policies and practices on the issue. In doing so, Foundation President Darren Walker said that the foundation will focus on integrating an inclusive perspective across all of their grantmaking. (Equals Change Blog, 9/12)

The fact is, people with disabilities—whether visible or invisible—face harsh inequalities. People with physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental health disabilities do not benefit from the same opportunities as those without. This inequality is pervasive, and it regularly intersects with other forms of inequality we already address in our work … by asking the extra question, are we mindful of the needs of people with disabilities?—we will see new opportunities we otherwise might have missed.

CORPORATE GIVING | Congrats to WRAG member Citi for being named a finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Awards. WRAG’s very own Katy Moore was a judge for this year’s awards. Good luck to all the finalists!

HOUSINGLandlords Exploit D.C. Rent Control Laws, Jacking Up Prices After ‘Concessions’ Expire (City Paper, 9/1)

– Howard University gets big national ranking jump among “Best Colleges” by US News & World Report, and is ranked second among Historically Black Colleges. (WTOP, 9/13)

– Head Start Regulations Aim to Reduce Rules by 30% (NPQ, 9/12)

RACEEnrollments surge at historically black colleges amid rise in racial tensions (WaPo, 9/11)

HEALTH | Licensing for medical marijuana growth in Maryland is criticized over last minute changes. (WaPo, 9/12)

POVERTY | American teens are particularly vulnerable to the risks of food insecurity. (City Lab, 9/12)

JUSTICETreating Young Offenders Like Adults Is Bad Parenting (Atlantic, 9/9)

NONPROFITSStudy of Arts Nonprofits Shows Donations Drop as Audience Numbers Rise (NPQ, 9/8)

It’s been 3 weeks since the Olympics ended, and I miss the “Phelps Face” – Buffy