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Grounded in Faith: Resources on Mental Health and Gun Violence

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WASHINGTON, DC: April 15, 2013 –The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), is proud to release Grounded in Faith: Resources on Mental Health and Gun Violence; available online at

The compendium is a resource for congregational leaders, disability advocates, and other concerned persons who wish to ensure that the on-going debate around gun violence prevention does not stigmatize people with mental illnesses, and deprive them of their rights and freedoms.

The mission of IDAC is to mobilize the religious community to take action on disability policy issues with Congress, the President and Administration, and society at large. IDAC is a diverse, nonpartisan advocacy coalition of 32 national religious organizations, including representatives from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh traditions, whose core spiritual values affirm the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.

“When discussing mental illnesses and gun violence, policy makers, media pundits and opinion leaders need to honor children and adults with disabilities,” said Ginny Thornburgh, IDAC Convener and Director of Interfaith Initiatives at AAPD. “That means seeing someone with a psychiatric disability as a person first, someone with a name, someone with dreams and goals, and someone who is a valued member of their community.”

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