Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities — General Support (2020)

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Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $50,000 to Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities (HEARD) for general support. HEARD advocates on behalf of deaf and disabled people affected by mass incarceration. It plans to use this funding to host trainings for advocates and organizers, produce materials on disability justice, and make police and prison abolition events more accessible to deaf and disabled people. Our criminal justice reform team hopes that HEARD’s work will continue to raise awareness among advocates and policymakers about the interconnections between disability justice and criminal justice reform.

This follows our May 2018 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities — General Support (2018)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. HEARD staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $50,000 to Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf Communities (HEARD) to hire a program coordinator. With the increased capacity, HEARD plans to spend more time advocating on behalf of deaf and disabled people affected by mass incarceration. They plan to educate deaf and disabled communities about their rights and to train and support attorneys and advocates on how to work with and protect the rights of deaf/disabled defendants as well as incarcerated and formerly imprisoned people. We hope HEARD’s work will raise awareness about the rates of disability in prison among advocates and policymakers.

This is a discretionary grant, and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.