In response to current events, Executive Director Stephanie Quigley issued the following statement:
“Abilities in Motion supports the right of any person with a disability to live an independent, self-determined life. Our advocacy does not stop there. We renounce discrimination of any kind and will not allow America to be overrun with hate and fear. We cannot stay silent and ignore blatant, systemic racism, and then again stay silent when justice is not served. Abilities in Motion will continue to fight against injustice, protect human rights, and be part of the change.”
Human Rights Team Statement Regarding George Floyd
This past week marked the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd; and while there has been one conviction, this is not enough. There are still 3 former police officers who need to answer for their crimes. We need to keep the pressure on the judicial system to have justice not only for George, but for all those still seeking justice.
Please, join AIM’s Human Rights Team in continuing to push for ongoing reforms. We can begin this process by ensuring accountability through legislation, including the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (117th Congress (2021-2022). This legislation is critically necessary, but only one step in addressing hundreds of years of racial inequality and oppression. Further, this critical legislation develops a framework to prevent and remedy racial profiling by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 has stalled in the Senate, but President Biden has stated he will support it.
The HRT members will be contacting their legislators asking that they vote for HR 1280 – George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. Won’t you join us?!
Below is the link to find your legislators: www.govtrack.us
(Ctrl + click on the link, roll down to Find your representative and Senators' box and write your address in it & click go; you will have the list of your Representative and Senators. You can also choose Legislators on the top menu, click on Members of Congress, insert your address and state in the appropriate box; and you will have the list of your senators)
Sample Call Script:
Hello, my name is __________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to support H.R. 1280, The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. We need policies to stop police misconduct and to end anti-Black police brutality. I urge Representative _________ to support the passage of this bill. Will the Representative do so?
Human Rights Team
Responding to the variety of current threats to human rights, such as voter suppression and racial inequality, Abilities in Motion formed a Human Rights Team consisting of a diverse group of AIM staff.
The Human Rights team will help identify and address inequality within the organization and in our community through timely social justice initiatives.
Abilities in Motion's Human Rights Team’s mission is to advocate, promote, and protect human rights for all.
Statement from Co-Chairs:
"Early in 2020, with the significant increase of social unrest in the United States of America, it became clear to Abilities in Motion that it was necessary to create a team of employees who will discuss issues related to human rights such as racism, police brutality, and LGBTQ+ concerns and come up with probable solutions.
Observing and acknowledging that there are Human Rights violations occurring on all fronts, Abilities in Motion has recently formed a Human Rights Team whose mission is to advocate, promote, and protect Human Rights for all.
The Human Rights Team has begun working both internally with our staff, as well as externally with our consumers and community, to address the issues of voter suppression, anxiety due to the recent pandemic and political climate, and create trainings to help educate and inform.
In the future, we hope to collaborate with agencies, local governments, and other members of the community to help address these issues."
—Afiyo Awouya and Erin Johnston
Quality Assurance & Compliance
Abilities in Motion is committed to providing the best possible service by the best possible methods available. In order to accomplish this, AIM is dedicated to a systematic and dynamic process of continuous quality assurance. AIM’s Quality Assurance and Compliance staff routinely review and revise policy, meet and discuss best practices with staff, evaluate consumer files and services, and comprehensively offer recommendations to improve AIM’s functioning as an agency as a whole.
Monthly Quality Assurance meetings include representation from staff across the organization. The QA committee discusses service efficiency, procedure effectiveness, staff dynamics and morale, the process of continuous quality assurance, and more.
AIM’s dedication to its consumers and its staff demands the highest standards for service and efficiency. There is no finish line. There is always something refine, something to improve. It is the Quality Assurance and Compliance department’s goal to run that marathon, always reaching for the next improvement.
If you have comments and or suggestions relating to quality assurance and compliance, please call 610-376-0010. Your feedback is welcome and appreciated.
Abilities in Motion is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability. We aim to adhere as closely as possible to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0, Level AA), published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These guidelines explain how to make Web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Adherence to these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly to everyone. While Abilities in Motion strives to adhere to the guidelines and standards for accessibility, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website and we are currently working to achieve this. Be aware that due to the dynamic nature of the website, minor issues may occasionally occur as it is updated regularly. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility.