We know people with disabilities often live with the burden of stigma placed on them by others – often making them feel ashamed of having a disability, not being like everyone else, not being included.
We believe that stigma is often a matter of people not understanding the disability, not knowing what to say or how to act – or even fearing the person who looks or acts differently than they do. Stigma creates the misperception that a person with a disability is without value, unable or even less than a person without a disability.
We believe with education comes understanding, integration and an end to stigma.
2013 Mini-Grants Awarded
The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association announced on Friday, September 27, 2013, the first of two winners of the $2,500 mini-grant for 2013. The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in Milton, PA, was awarded the grant for Project YouToo, a proposed collaborative effort between the CSIU and Geisinger Medical Center. Read more...
The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association announced on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the second of two winners of the $2,500 mini-grant for 2013. Colin Buckwalter, a 20 year old from Reinholds, PA was awarded the grant for publishing a Backyard Travel Guide to Lancaster County. Read more...
Funding for the STIGMA Project is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.