Disability Rights Organizations

Making Videos Together

Whether your organization is based in Florida or Pennsylvania or Alaska, your constituents share the need to stay informed about their rights and benefits, and navigating the sometimes complex systems that sustain them. This information can help people access jobs, healthcare, housing - you name it.

So why not work together to get the word out?

Block by Block works with staff from Protection & Advocacy agencies to collaborate on short, easy-to-understand and very shareable videos on different disability rights related topics. When complete, each organization receives a version of the video, with their name, logo and contact information included. By working together, we share expertise, and share the costs.

There's two great ways to get involved. Join us in proposing and creating new videos - or order an existing video for your organization.

The Process

Develop

Together, we come with ideas and decide which videos to produce.

Collaborate

Through virtual meetings, we brainstorm ideas and review script drafts.

Produce

We make the video and share early cuts with sponsors for feedback.

Customize

When the content is locked, you receive a customized version of each video you sponsor.

The next process begins in the Summer of 2021.  Sign up to receive updates.

order your customized videos

Preview and order any of our current explainer videos. When complete, each video will feature your organization's logo and contact information at the end so your clients can reach you. Every video comes complete with English captions, and select videos are also available with Spanish subtitles, Spanish narration or both. Check out options at checkout.

What are Reasonable Accommodations in Housing?

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Tenants have a right to be safe and comfortable, and so it's important that tenants and landlords know the rules on reasonable accommodations and modifications in housing.


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Home is where you should be most comfortable. And if you have a disability, you have the right to make your home accessible and request reasonable accommodations. People with disabilities have the same housing rights as other tenants. You can not be denied access to rental housing just because of a disability. You have the right to fully use all the features and benefits of your housing. And you can't be charged extra just because of your disability. Tenants with disabilities have the right to ask landlords to change rules and procedures in order to ensure their housing is accessible. These are called reasonable accommodations. You might ask your landlord to give you an assigned parking space closer to your apartment. Allow you to use a mailbox at a lower level where you can reach it more easily. Allow you to mail in your rent check rather than making you pay rent in person. Permit you to have a service, assistance, or emotional support animal, even if they don't normally allow pets. And you can't be charged a pet fee for your animal as long as you request it and document your need. Landlords are generally required to grant these types of reasonable accommodation requests. That doesn't mean they have to do whatever you ask. They may offer a different solution. But they can't make these decisions on their own. The law requires an interactive process between you and your landlord. To be safe and comfortable, people with disabilities need to be able to fully move around and make use of their homes. Under fair housing law, you have the right to make your home more accessible to you, even if you are renting. These are called reasonable modifications. They may include modifications like widening the doorway so a wheelchair can fit through. Raising or lowering kitchen cabinets. Installing audio or visual alarm systems. Landlords aren't usually required to pay for these modifications unless the housing provider receives some types of federal financial assistance. But they must allow you to make reasonable modifications at your own expense. You might have to remove modifications when you move out. Landlords can't ask you to prove your disability just because they feel like it. But in some housing situations, you may have to provide documentation of your disability and disability-related needs. Documentation can be simple, such as a letter from a doctor or therapist. Landlords can not insist on unreasonable amounts of proof. If you're worried about asking your landlord for accommodations or modifications, you should know that it is illegal to punish or evict you simply because you asked for reasonable accommodations or modifications. Be prepared to discuss and negotiate. If you can, think of a few different ideas that would work for you and give your landlord some options. But even if you think the landlord may not understand why you need the changes you ask for, you still have the right to ask. Remember, people with disabilities who rent housing have the same right as any other tenant to live comfortably in their home.

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