February 28, 2020 2PM-3PM
National Day of Mourning
497 State Street Rochester, NY Room 112
Join us in commemorating the people with disabilities who lost their lives at the hands of family members or caregivers.
Disabled people are twice as likely as nondisabled people to be victims of violent crimes. Every year, the national
media covers dozens of stories about murders of people with disabilities by family members or caregivers, with
many going unreported. Too often, the coverage focuses on sympathy for the murderer because they had to live
with, or care for, a person with a disability. The message being portrayed to the public is our lives – not our deaths –
are the tragedy.
During our annual candlelight vigil, we will be reading the names aloud of the people with disabilities who were
murdered. We understand this action is triggering to some, however, it is important we come together as a community
to acknowledge the lives of these individuals. We will also share individuals’ personal stories, to commemorate their
contributions to our community.
Join us, and the Disability Community across the nation, in reminding the world our lives are worth living!
The venue is accessible. Alternate formats will be provided.
Sign Language interpreters will also be provided.
Center for Disability Rights, Inc.
Integration, Independence, Civil Rights
For more information, please contact our Advocacy Team: firstname.lastname@example.org/585.546.7510