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These documents explore the intersection between the disability movement and the movement to change the mental health system.

News Item MFI Ashley Alert: Nine-year-old given injections to stunt growth
MindFreedom joins other disability rights group in speaking out to oppose how nine-year-old Ashley, who has intellectual and physical disabilities, is being given drugs to minimize her height and weight.
Page The link between the "mad movement" and the cross-disability movement is crucial.
The psychiatric survivor/mental health consumer movement -- also known as 'mad movement' -- accelerated in the early 1970's at about the same time as the general cross-disability movement that addresses concerns of all people who end up with some type of disability label.
Folder Basic info on AMPLIFY training: Cross-Disability & Mental Health United!
AMPLIFY is a workshop co-developed by MindFreedom International about how mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors can AMPLIFY their individual and collective voice, by building on the strengths of allies such as the cross-disability movement! MFI has given this workshop throughout Oregon, and internationally!
Article Historic Speech by Justin Dart About Mental Health & Cross-Disability
Justin Dart is considered the "Father of the Americans With Disabilities Act," and was also a key bridge builder in connecting the cross-disability movement, and the psychiatric survivor/mental health consumer movement. One of his last speeches was in front of the major annual meeting of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).
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Caitlin Belforti: Psychiatric survivor, young adult leader, student

Caitlin is a survivor of maltreatment of Adelphi University's student counseling center. A young adult new to the movement, Caitlin hopes to continue to her involvement in the psychiatric survivor movement and bring more attention to an issue that is all too prevalent and all too ignored. Also an actress and a poet, Caitlin hopes to use the medium of performing arts to spread awareness, and to reach fellow survivors. She says, “Many thanks to the support I have received so far from the cool crowd that is MindFreedom!" Caitlin is speaking at the MindFreedom International peaceful protest of the American Psychiatric Association in Philadelphia, OccupyAPA 2012.
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