Launched in April 2016, the STIGMA Project is an ongoing, statewide campaign to eliminate the stigma associated with people with disabilities. In a 2012 survey conducted for PMHCA, nearly 80 percent of Pennsylvanians said they believe society thinks of individuals with physical, mental or intellectual disabilities “with discomfort and awkwardness.” However, most people would say they do not contribute to the stigma surrounding people with disabilities.
People contribute to stigma in ways they don’t even realize. With the help of disability organizations across the state and the media, we are capturing the attention of Pennsylvanians!
People are now more aware of the problem and getting engaged in a solution.
We encourage everyone to visit the Let’s Think Again website and…
- View powerful videos of people with disabilities responding to stigma, and explaining how and why certain actions and statements impact others
- Take the Stigma Quiz to gauge your personal level of stigma and gain a better understanding of why certain thoughts and actions are stigmatizing
- View pledge videos of high profile Pennsylvanians taking the pledge to end stigma
- Take the pledge yourself! Include an action you will take to help eliminate stigma, and we will mail you a free pledge bracelet
- Send us personal stories of stigma experiences along with a photo and we will highlight them on social media
- Get engaged on social media (Facebook and Twitter)
- Listen for Public Service Announcements on your local radio stations
- Watch for promotions within your community to view a thought provoking and provocative documentary on stigma which is set to premier later this year
We believe with awareness, education, understanding, engagement and action, we TOGETHER can end stigma.
Funding for the STIGMA Project is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.