Diversability

Celebrating our diverse disability lived experiences through the power of community

Diversability is an award-winning movement to rebrand disability through the power of community.

Outing: Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference
Nov
13
to Nov 15

Outing: Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference

Since 1996, TransCen, Inc., a Rockville, Maryland non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful work and community inclusion, has operated the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the Center is one of the 10 regional ADA Centers that comprise the ADA National Network. The Centers provide information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” Though federally funded, the ADA Centers are not enforcement or regulatory agencies, but helpful resources for individuals and entities with rights and responsibilities under the ADA.


The Mid-Atlantic ADA Update is presented by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, a project of TransCen, Inc. and funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant #90DP0089) under the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The content of this conference does not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.





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Outing: Presidential Forum on Disability
Jan
13
9:30 PM21:30

Outing: Presidential Forum on Disability

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and REV UP Texas are proud to announce Elected for Inclusion, our national nonpartisan Presidential forum on disability issues. The forum will take place on January 13, 2020 at the AT&T Hotel and Convention Center in Austin, Texas in advance of Super Tuesday and the November 2020 elections.

More details to come.

Elected for Inclusion - the Presidential Forum on Disabilities Issues will place the pressing questions the disability community faces on center stage and give major party Presidential candidates an opportunity to discuss policy decisions that affect approximately 23% of the American electorate.

AAPD and REV UP Texas are hosting Elected for Inclusion as a means of highlighting the power of the disability vote. In 2020, over 35 million eligible voters will be people with disabilities. The number of “disability voters” increases to over 62 million when we consider the ripple effect of the disability vote that connects families, friends, advocates, educators, providers, and other individuals that interact with people with disabilities.

AAPD President and CEO Maria Town stated, “Now, more than ever before, Presidential candidates know they must address issues important to the disability community and involve people with disabilities in their campaigns. Elected for Inclusion is an unparalleled opportunity for candidates to set forth their platforms and better understand this powerful, growing constituency.”

The disability community has a significant stake in the results of local, state, and federal elections this November. Our elected officials determine the direction and funding of the programs and services people with disabilities rely on for healthcare and independent living. Justin Dart, father of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and AAPD co-founder, said it best: “Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.”

For more information on Elected for Inclusion: A Presidential Forum on Disability Issues and the REV UP Campaign, visit www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/. The REV UP Campaign offers a host of information on registering to vote, increasing civic engagement, and state-specific resources and events.

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Partner: Moving The Needle: Diversity & Inclusion in Film & TV
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00
LA

Partner: Moving The Needle: Diversity & Inclusion in Film & TV

Speakers, live music, comedy, networking, raffle prizes, and more

About this Event

This Warehouse, 1767 Blake Avenue, Los Angeles 90031

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Please join us for a fun, inspiring night celebrating diversity & inclusion in film & TV. 

We have a great lineup of speakers, a live Hip Hop orchestra performance and comedy set, raffle prizes, and more. 

Also, there will be plenty of time for networking. And, we may have some special guests in attendance! 


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Emcee:

Margarita Reyes (Actress, Producer, Founder of ACantar Productions)


Speakers:

Dominick Evans (Director, Writer, Public speaker, Mixer streamer, Advocate for inclusion in media, Founder of #FilmDis)

Ann James (Advocate for people of color on stage and screen, Artistic Associate at Short + Sweet Festival Hollywood, Educator, Stage Director)

E.R. Ruiz (Actor, Hip Hop artist, "Sons of Anarchy," "This is Us," "Get Shorty," "American Sniper," "Happy Face")


Performers:

Ensemble Mik Nawooj (Arts nonprofit, Hip Hop orchestra)\

Sahana Srinivasan (Actress, Comedian, Filmmaker, Host of "Brainchild" on Netflix, Writer )


Schedule:

6:00 -- Doors & Registration open

6:40 -- Welcome & Opening remarks 

6:45 -- Live performance by Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN)

7:10 -- Lightning talk and Q&A with Dominick Evans via Skype 

7:25 -- Comedy set by Sahana Srinivasan 

7:35 -- Lightning Talk and Q&A with E.R. Ruiz 

7:50 -- Lightning Talk and Q&A with Ann James 

8:05 -- Raffle winners announced

8:15 -- Closing remarks 

8:20 -- Networking begins

10:00 -- End of event

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*Sign-language interpreter will be present

*Wheelchair accessible

*On-site and nearby parking 

*Light refreshments 

*Raffle prizes

*10% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit SheSees.org 


**If you would like to attend but require financial support for a ticket, please send an email to mtn.diversity@gmail.com; and we will do our best to assist you. Thank you. 

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Moving The Needle reserves the right to use any photographs/videos taken at any event organized by Moving The Needle, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photographs/videos. Moving The Needle may use the photographs/videos in publications or other media material produced, used, or contracted by Moving The Needle.




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Outing: Neurodiversity in the Workplace National Conference
Nov
7
to Nov 8
DC

Outing: Neurodiversity in the Workplace National Conference

Join to learn how Fortune 500 companies and other employers, large and small, are partnering with community resources, higher education, and state agencies to build more inclusive hiring programs that deliver business results. Experts will share their best practices, model programs and strategies to hire, train and manage uniquely talented individuals with autism and other neurological differences.

When: 11/7, 8 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET and 11/8, 8 a.m. ET to 1:30 p.m. ET

Where: BWI Airport Marriott

Registration Fee: $275

Accessibility: ASL interpretation, large print text, wheelchair access, allergy support, service animals welcome

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Nov
3
12:45 PM12:45
SF

Outing: SPILL THE DISABILI- TEA™: A DISABILITY JUSTICE WORKSHOP

Sunday November 3, 2019 • 12:45 PM - 3:00 PM
ASL will be provided if requested by 8am Friday November 1st
Childcare will be provided if requested by 10am Sunday October 20th


What is Disability Justice? People often express feeling intimidated and ill-equipped to unpack what we've been taught about disability, and how to support and advocate for disabled people in our everyday lives. This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for you to dive into the magic of disability justice with SURJ and Alex Locust at the helm.

With "Spill the Disabili-Tea™", Alex will be facilitating an interactive discussion of disability justice for those committed to elevating their support for disabled folks in their community. Using his lived experience, education, and advocacy know-how, he'll lead a candid conversation exploring issues around disability and Disability Justice.

BUILDING ACCESS

The doors for the Sierra Club building will be locked, so please arrive by 12:45. There will be a greeter in the lobby until 1:15. If you are driving, please try to carpool and arrive early to leave time to find a spot. Street parking is generally available in a 3-4 block radius.

The Sierra Club Offices are on the 13th floor. There is a bank of elevators that go to the 12th floor and above.

BUILDING ACCESSIBILITY

There are two entrances to Sierra Club Office building on Webster and 21st both of which are accessible for mobility devices. The building has an elevator, and the kitchen space, conference room, and all restrooms can also accommodate mobility devices.

REMOTE ACCESS

We will be trying out a remote access plan for those who cannot physically attend the meeting. This will be a Live Stream and will only be available during the time of the workshop. Please let us know if this option suits your needs after RSVP'ing below by emailing: accessibility@surjbayarea.org by 8:00 AM on Friday November 1st.

QUIET SPACE

We will provide a space for folx to retreat to if they need quiet space during the workshop. This space is provided to create a more accessible event. The location of the space will be pointed out at the workshop.

SCENTS

The Sierra Club’s space endeavors to offer a scent-free environment; however as the Club is currently transitioning towards the use of only scent-free products, we cannot guarantee an entirely scent-free space. We ask everyone to please arrive at meetings fragrance-free to support access for folks who experience multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. This means using only body products and laundry detergent that say “fragrance-free” or “unscented” on the label and do not have scented ingredients.

RESTROOMS

While some of the restrooms are still labeled in a gender-binary way, the Sierra Club’s office policy is that all restrooms are gender neutral and we will have signs posted to mark the restrooms as such. We ask that you respect people’s gender identities and expressions by making all restrooms available to anyone, regardless of lived or perceived gender identity. We ask that folks choose the restroom that is right for them, and that no one question a person’s chosen restroom.

COST ACCESSIBILITY

This event is sliding scale, meaning pay what you can afford or are comfortable with. The sliding scale is from $20-$80 is below.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds, if you are unable to pay please RSVP here.

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Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Outing: Tech Talks: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

Tech Talks is a monthly event that brings the worldwide tech community together under the same roof to achieve and improve diversity, inclusion, and equity in the tech space. We aim to represent and influence the interests of all people and abilities in today’s tech industry. We want to ensure that we are aware of the latest trends as well as the realities and history of diversity, inclusion, and equity in tech.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?:

You! I often hear people say, "I'm not in tech," "I'm not [ethnicity] or [disability]," "I already know everything about diversity," or "D&I should be common sense!", but there’s much to be learned by all. Be curious, come open to learning, and be equipped to share what you learned at Tech Talks with your team the next day!

EVENT FRAMEWORK:

With the spirit of a hackathon, we ask the speaker(s) to share their expertise or project with our group. During their presentation, speakers are encouraged to share resources and how their topic might be applied in the real world (i.e. classroom, work, etc.) with the group. At the end of the presentation, S(he) will present the audience (you) with 3 problems s(he) needs help solving.

Your mission will be to come up with small, actionable steps the speaker can take that will have an immediate impact on our industry and/or lives. Audience engagement is highly encouraged. We'll use live polling, small groups, roundtables, share back, etc. to come up with concepts, share experiences, and provide our speaker with solutions.

EVENT BREAKDOWN:

5:45 - Event set up
6:15 - Doors open
6:30 - Event start
7:45 - Event end
8:00 - Clean up

Accessibility: Ring the 4th floor and take elevator to 4th floor. The Old Street station does not have lifts. Attendees need to take the train to King's Cross and take a bus from there to Futurice site.


SPEAKER REQUEST:

Tech Talks is always pleased to consider new speakers and topics to keep our programs fresh and relevant. While we welcome your participation and expertise, please note that we cannot provide an honorarium; this is a volunteer/pro-bono opportunity.

https://forms.gle/RcGuXhgctZTxeHTF8

TOPIC IDEAS AND GET INVOLVED? Not a speaker or facilitator, but have a great topic for discussion or want to get involved? Complete this form:

https://forms.gle/9JwikpS56NkbdSgX9

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Oct
18
to Oct 19

Partner: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join Connect Inclusively, Access Point, and Diversability for a joint outing to a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show in Philadelphia on Friday, October 18. We are meeting at 11:30 PM for an exciting night with Rocky Horror Picture Show! They are accessible, and have Captiview and Fidelio. Who's dressing up??

Questions, please don't hesitate to contact Vicki at (267)788.5946

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Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00
SF

Outing: Disability Equality Index (DEI) – Benchmarking Disability Inclusion

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, DisabilityI:IN and Disability Inclusion Network Invite you to an evening of learning and connecting.

During this panel discussion, we will learn about the DEI and hear from the panelists how they leveraged the tool to help their organization to become authentically and creditably disability inclusive. Topics covered will include Culture & Leadership, Enterprise-Wide Access, Employment Practices, Community Engagement and the Non-U.S. Operations benchmark categories.

Join us to discover how your organization can leverage the power of the DEI to develop winning business strategies by enhancing disability inclusion practices.

Moderator:
Becky Kekula, Director, Disability Equality Index, Disability:IN

Panelists:
Erin McGregor, Global President of ENABLED Employee Network, Ombuds Manager, Chevron

Danny Allen, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, SAP Global Diversity & Inclusion Office

Sunday Parker, Accessibility Outreach Program Manager, Salesforce User Experience, Global President, Abilityforce

Marcus A. Williams, MBA, M.A. Min, Military & Individuals with Disabilities, Talent Strategy Programs Leader, Kaiser Permanente

The event will take place at LinkedIn San Francisco Campus

Agenda
6:00 to 6:30 — Mix & mingle
6:30 to 6:45 — Opening announcements
6:45 to 7:45 — Panel Discussion
7:45 to 8:00 –- Q & A

How to find us

When you arrive, please go to the main reception desk where our lobby receptionist will greet you for check-in.

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Outing: Superfest Disability Film Festival
Oct
12
to Oct 13
SF

Outing: Superfest Disability Film Festival

  • Berkeley Freight and Savage and SF Contemporary Jewish Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Superfest International Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. Since it first debuted in a small Los Angeles showcase in 1970 it has become an eagerly anticipated international event—co-hosted by San Francisco's Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State. For more than 30 years, Superfest has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens. Superfest is one of the few festivals worldwide that is accessible to disabled filmgoers of all kinds. 


When: October 12 at Berkeley Freight and Salvage & October 13 at SF Contemporary Jewish Museum


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Outing: Care Agenda Town Hall: Expanding LTSS for All
Oct
9
3:15 PM15:15
LA

Outing: Care Agenda Town Hall: Expanding LTSS for All

  • Great Wolf Lodge (Garden Grove, CA) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Attend a town hall about solving California’s need for more accessible and affordable long-term supports and services (LTSS), so that all of us can live and age with dignity.

Please note: The Care Agenda: LTSS* for All Town Hall is happening during the 3rd Annual Independent Living Conference, but you do not have to be registered for the IL Conference to attend the Town Hall. All conference attendees and the general public is invited to attend for free. All are welcome! Please just make sure to register!

The event will include a panel discussion with state legislators on the challenges that people with disabilities and older adults face when seeking affordable long term supports and services (LTSS) and the personal care attendants who provide crucial LTSS.

Be sure to fill out the RSVP so that we can provide all necessary accommodations including translation services, captioning, ASL, etc.! RSVP Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TownHalls4LTSS

The town hall is sponsored by the Disability Organizing Network and UDW/AFSCME Local 3930. This town hall is supported by the California Aging and Disability Alliance.

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Oct
8
10:00 AM10:00
SF

Outing: #MoreThanMoney: The Role of Funders in Addressing Ableism

Ableism: a social attitude that having a disability makes someone a less valued member of society. It assumes that the ways able–bodied people live are the best ways to live. 

In addition to grantmaking, advocacy funders play a critical role in advancing social justice: agenda-setting and shifting narratives. But while more and more disabled people are being included in philanthropy, funders often overlook ableism as an area of structural discrimination, even here in the Bay Area where disability civil rights were born. Because many funders' understanding of ableism continues to lag, they have little motivation to push for ableism's inclusion on broader social and political agendas. This leaves disabled people cut off from the wealth of social and political capital, and the power to shape narratives, that funders bring to other areas of social justice work. This briefing aims to build a sense of community and engagement between funder allies and disabled funders/advocates by: 

  • Educating funders about ableism and the unmet funding needs for disability advocates to do anti-ableism work

  • Looking at the cultural difference between two disability narratives in funding: charity and equity

  • Discussing how funding disability cuts across most funding areas/priorities

  • Motivating funders to see fighting ableism as a social justice issue

  • Inspiring funders to advance access in the field of philanthropy by applying a disability inclusion lens to improve internal practices and in making funding decisions

  • Including a "real talk" time for the group to talk more informally about ever-changing language usage and disability terminology

Accommodations and Transportation
The Ed Roberts Campus is wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided.by request.  Please send request by Wednesday, Oct 2. Please refrain from using scented products. The Ed Roberts Campus is located at Berkeley's Ashby BART Station. Please click here for complete transportation and parking information.  

Agenda

10:00 am – 10:45 am: Panel Discussion, moderated by Nancy Wiltsek

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Speaker presentations and Q&A

12:00 noon – 12:45 pm: Lunch and small group “real talk” discussion, led by Ingrid Tischer

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm: Tour of Ed Roberts Campus (optional), led by Susan Henderson, Executive Director of Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)”

Target Audience

This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders.

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Outing: Haben Girma - Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Outing: Haben Girma - Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

Join us at Third Place Books to learn about the incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage. Haben Girma will appear in conversation with Dr. Catherine M. Cole, Dean of the Arts at the University of Washington.
 

*this event is free and open to the public*

Haben grew up spending summers with her family in the enchanting Eritrean city of Asmara. There, she discovered courage as she faced off against a bull she couldn't see, and found in herself an abiding strength as she absorbed her parents' harrowing experiences during Eritrea's thirty-year war with Ethiopia. Their refugee story inspired her to embark on a quest for knowledge, traveling the world in search of the secret to belonging. She explored numerous fascinating places, including Mali, where she helped build a school under the scorching Saharan sun. Her many adventures over the years range from the hair-raising to the hilarious.


Haben defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. She learned non-visual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. She developed a text-to-braille communication system that created an exciting new way to connect with people. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities.


HABEN takes readers through a thrilling game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a treacherous climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at The White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating memoir is a testament to one woman's determination to find the keys to connection. 

 

Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, and a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honored Haben. Her work has been featured in the Financial Times, BBC, Washington Post, NPR, and more. 

Catherine M. Cole is Professor of Drama and Dean of the Arts at the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

ASL Interpreters will be available at this author event.

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Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00
SF

Outing: Disability Connect: Tech Disability ERG Panel + Mixer

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Tech Disability Project and Adobe welcome the tech disability community and allies for an evening of learning and connecting. 

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Disability ERG* Leaders at leading tech companies followed by time for networking. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

We will be recording the event so that all can access this panel discussion - please register for a remote ticket if you'd like to receive the recording link. 

All are welcome!

Panelists
Govind Balakrishnan, VP Creative Cloud Product and Services and AccessAdobe Executive Sponsor (Adobe)
Srin Madipalli, Product Manager and Able@ Lead (Airbnb)
Iris McLeary, Software Engineer and Mixability Lead (Mixpanel) 
Sunday Parker, Accessibility Outreach Program Manager and Global President of Abilityforce (Salesforce)
Natasha Walton, Founder of Tech Disability Project, Moderator

Have questions for our panelists? Instead of taking live questions during the panel, we are collecting questions ahead of time. Please email any questions you have or topics you hope we'll cover to techdisabilityproject@gmail.com. 

Event Agenda
6pm: Doors open
6:15: Panel beings 
7pm: Networking hour
8pm: Event ends

Access Information
Wheelchair accessible
CART
ASL Interpreter
Quiet room
Gender neutral restroom

We strive to meet the access needs of every person who would like to attend this event. Please email techdisabilityproject@gmail.com with any access questions or needs that we can accommodate.

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Outing: Positive Exposure 109 Grand Opening
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00
NYC

Outing: Positive Exposure 109 Grand Opening

  • 14 West 109th Street New York, NY, 10025 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Positive Exposure 109 for a community space dedicated to celebrating human diversity through arts and culture.

Positive Exposure 109 is a an ADA compliant gallery, lecture hall, performing arts center, visual arts studio and community space devoted to celebrating human diversity through arts and culture. Set on NYC’s Museum Mile at 109th Street, Positive Exposure 109 will serve as central hub for showcasing the work of visual, performing and literary artists as well as providing educational and cultural programming. This multi-purposed community space will be the first of its kind, with a mission to break down barriers and broaden society’s perspective on diversity and inclusion for schools, teachers, families, community groups and help care professionals in New York City and the world around.

Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6-8 PM ET

Friday, Oct. 4 from 6-8 PM ET

Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11AM - 1 PM ET (Family Day), and 5-7 PM ET



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Outing: Disability Rights are Domestic Workers Rights! Bay Area Meeting
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00
SF

Outing: Disability Rights are Domestic Workers Rights! Bay Area Meeting

Disability Rights are Worker Rights! Worker Rights are Disability Rights!

Saturday October 5, 2019 from 2pm-5pm PST

Come learn the history of disability in the U.S. and how it connects fundamentally to the oppression of domestic workers. Jessica Lehman will lead us through an interactive timeline that will lift up important milestones in Disability Rights and Disability Justice organizing, as well as shine light on the intersections of ableism and racism and how that connects to Domestic Worker Rights organizing. (More background below.)

We will also discuss our CA statewide campaign to win a new social insurance program to help all Californians afford long-term care and other Long-term Services and Supports, which we see as being critical to reshaping our Care Economy so that it works well for everyone.

Light refreshments provided- bring something to share if you can! Please RSVP to request childcare, attendant support and other accommodations.

Background:
Ableism, or discrimination and oppression based upon disability, harms not only people with disabilities but also contributes to the devaluation and dehumanization of all of us who are not wealthy, white cis-gender men or who don’t have “normal bodies.”

Home attendants who provide critical personal care assistance to people with disabilities so we may live in our homes and communities are among the lowest paid of all domestic workers. Many homecare workers acquire disabilities in the course of their work, yet few can afford the costs of homecare once they need it themselves. Not surprisingly, domestic worker leaders have been key advocates for universal child care and universal home support policies.

Disability Justice is a growing field of activism and theory that brings clarity to how intersecting oppressions are centered in the body and how all of our liberation depends upon the end of ableism, but also the end of capitalism, racism, heteropatriarchy and the many systems of oppression that mutually reinforce the power structure in this country.

Image description:
During 2014 Disability Capitol Action Day in Sacramento, seniors and people with disabilities from Hand in Hand and Senior and Disability Action hold a sign that reads "No to the Cap on Hours for IHSS Workers! Yes to in-home support and better jobs!"

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Outing: Adult Empowerment Retreat
Sep
20
to Sep 22
NYC

Outing: Adult Empowerment Retreat

The retreat is a weekend-long interactive and fun event designed for adults 21 years and over with disabilities to explore and experience increased independence, socialization, self-esteem and overall growth through such topics as health/wellness, relationships/intimacy, advocacy and others. Workshops provide ample opportunities for one-on-one and group interactions and are structured in a variety of ways including presentations, hands-on activities, movement and art. The retreat is coordinated, facilitated and led by individuals with disabilities. Come for one or two days or come for the whole weekend!


Registration: There is a registration fee, based on the days attending, to help cover the costs of the event, which can be paid when you register. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Scholarships: This year, with funding from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, we have a limited number of scholarships available for those who wish to attend but can not cover the costs of travel or lodging. 

The Scholarship application process is closed.

Additional expenses: SBRN will sponsor a luncheon on Saturday for all attendees.  Additional meals, personal care assistance and other retreat costs not covered by a scholarship are the responsibility of each attendee. 

Hotel Rooms: Room reservations at the Crowne Plaza Edison Hotel can be made online at: Crowne Plaza Edison Reservations or you can call the hotel directly at (732) 287-3500 or (866) 279-4813. Be sure to have your credit card available.


If you need any additional information about the retreat, please email Millie Gonzalez at mgonzalez@thesbrn.org or call SBRN at (908) 782-7475.

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Partner: Night at the Museum
Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

Partner: Night at the Museum

  • Museum of the American Revolution (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Connect Inclusively is hosting it's 2nd social event! A Night at the Museum is an evening of AFTER HOURS FUN! Take a tour, join on the games like Revolutionary War Beer Pong, and hang out with us in the cafe! Food and drinks are available for purchase at the cafe (including alcohol).

Sponsored by Disability Pride Philadelphia Inc., Access Point Philadelphia, Diversability, and were are looking for more sponsors. Email Vicki at connectinclusively@gmail.com for more information.

$5 advanced ticket through EventBrite, $10 at the door.

Please let us know if you need an accommodation 72 hours in advance, so we can provide it. The museum is accessible.

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Partner: Chicago Summer Spectacular Concert, Center Stage for Access and Accessibility
Sep
14
11:00 AM11:00

Partner: Chicago Summer Spectacular Concert, Center Stage for Access and Accessibility

Come out to Chicago’s Navy Pier for three hours of amazing music, dance, storytelling, comedy and more by some of the city’s most talented performers with and without disabilities! Highlights of this free concert include:

  • Special guest performer Avett Ray, a seven-year-old piano YouTube sensation who happens to be visually impaired and has appeared on national television including American Idol and the Today Show

  • Performers from Chicago’s best entertainment venues like School of Rock Oak Park, MOMENTA, and Young Chicago Authors, Mister Danny of Chicago Magic Lounge

  • WGCI Radio personality and comedian Leon Rogers as emcee

Be “ALL IN” for access and inclusion by joining us for an unforgettable day at The Pier!

  • When: Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Where: Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago
    Wave Wall Performance Platform, located adjacent to the Centennial Wheel
    In the event of rain, the event will be held inside Navy Pier’s Food Experience near Ben & Jerry’s

  • Tickets: This is a FREE event!

  • Getting There: Navy Pier is served by CTA bus lines and also has several drop off locations for paratransit services. Click here for a map of Navy Pier

  • Accessibility: Navy Pier is accessible to all visitors. For more information, click here

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Outing: Limb Loss Education Day
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Outing: Limb Loss Education Day

Join us for a day of learning from great presenters, meeting new friends over lunch, trying out adaptive activities AND experiencing a great exhibit area of prosthetic products and services.

Registration is FREE. On-site registration is also available; however, we encourage you to register in advance in order to save your spot and ensure we have enough lunches for everyone. Questions? Call 888/267-5669 or email lled@amputee-coalition.org.

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Outing: NYPL Photo Describe-a-thon
Sep
12
3:00 PM15:00
NYC

Outing: NYPL Photo Describe-a-thon

  • Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in New York for a photo describe-a-thon.

Bring your digital photos (on a flash drive, in the Cloud or on your mobile device) and work with a team of volunteers to get them organized and described. To register, just email Chanceyfleet@nypl.org or call (212) 621-0627.

This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs.




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Partner: Tech Inclusion SF 2019
Sep
11
to Sep 12
SF

Partner: Tech Inclusion SF 2019

We are excited to be a partner at San Francisco’s Tech Inclusion again this year! The conference will take place on Wednesday, September 11th to Thursday, September 12th. The theme this year is equity, empowerment and allyship. Tickets start at $299, but can be purchased for 20% off at this link.

We have 2 guest tickets (valued at $299-499) if you are interested in attending and the cost is prohibitive to you. To be considered for a guest ticket, email info@mydiversability.com on what Tech Inclusion means to you AND which speaker/session you are most excited about and we'll select the attendees later this month.

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Outing: Traveling to Love - Canada to Key West
Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Outing: Traveling to Love - Canada to Key West

Join us in welcoming Marcalee Sipski Alexander to Philadelphia!
Marcalee and her husband Craig are on a 2,500-mile journey from Canada to Key West to raise awareness on the impacts of extreme weather for persons with and without disabilities.

Marcalee will be walking through Philly in September and we want to be sure our community shows up to show our support!

Join us in traveling from Jefferson to Love Park - demonstrating to Philadelphia the impacts people with disabilities face during and after extreme weather events that are only increasing in frequency.

Gather with us at 11AM on September 8th at 10th and Walnut!
We will start our march/roll at 11:30AM off to Love Park - where we will have a handful of speakers, learn about the Day for Tomorrow on 9/22, and rally until 2PM.

American Sign Language (ASL) provided & available throughout the event.

Extreme weather events are impacting all of us, but for people with disabilities we are 2-4 times more likely to die or be injured during and after disasters, we need our nation to take action now!

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Partner: Haben Girma - Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Sep
7
3:00 PM15:00
SF

Partner: Haben Girma - Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

  • Book Passage at the Ferry Building (map)
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Today, September 7th from 3:00 p.m. PT to 4:30 p.m. PT

In Conversation with  Lainey Feingold 

Haben Girma defines disability as an opportunity for innovation. She learned non-visual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. Haben pioneered her way through obstacles, graduated from Harvard Law, and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities. Haben takes readers through a thrilling game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a treacherous climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at The White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating memoir is a testament to one woman's determination to find the keys to connection.

Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer focusing on digital access, an international speaker, and the author of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits.

If you need disability accommodations, please contact Cheryl McKeon, (415) 835-1020 , events@bookpassage.com

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       This is the second annual Forum, to be held annually during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.   About this Event  Join us for our  Disability Inclusion Forum 2019  to find solutions to close the disability employment gap. The forum is a unique opportunity for corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders to learn best practices, develop new ways to increase employment for people with disabilities (PWDs), and network with industry leaders.   The forum is held during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We have confirmed participation from several leading businesses, including Northrop Grumman, Starbucks, Accenture, Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson, and DuPont.   Caroline Casey , an award-winning social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum will be the keynote speaker for the event. Casey has committed to creating inclusion for all so that everyone can live their life without limit or labels.   Following the forum, the Georgetown University Disability Studies Program will co-host Disability and Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry featuring a performance and conversation with actor and singer  James Ian  (MSB '05, JD '10) and internationally-recognized disability rights activist  Judith Heumann.      Topics will include:      Building new talent pipelines for qualified job candidates with disabilities, and how to make sure your existing pipelines are accessible.    Understanding the challenges in recruiting and employing PWDs – and solutions to those challenges.    Ensuring that organizations are accessible to PWDs – as job candidates and customers.    Navigating the process of self-identification and its implications for recruiting job candidates with disabilities.    Integrating disability inclusion as an extension of company values.    Learning about the lived experience of PWDs at different career stages.        
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Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30
DC

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  • Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business (map)
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This is the second annual Forum, to be held annually during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

About this Event

Join us for our Disability Inclusion Forum 2019 to find solutions to close the disability employment gap. The forum is a unique opportunity for corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders to learn best practices, develop new ways to increase employment for people with disabilities (PWDs), and network with industry leaders. 

The forum is held during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We have confirmed participation from several leading businesses, including Northrop Grumman, Starbucks, Accenture, Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson, and DuPont.

Caroline Casey, an award-winning social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum will be the keynote speaker for the event. Casey has committed to creating inclusion for all so that everyone can live their life without limit or labels. 

Following the forum, the Georgetown University Disability Studies Program will co-host Disability and Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry featuring a performance and conversation with actor and singer James Ian (MSB '05, JD '10) and internationally-recognized disability rights activist Judith Heumann. 

Topics will include:

  • Building new talent pipelines for qualified job candidates with disabilities, and how to make sure your existing pipelines are accessible.

  • Understanding the challenges in recruiting and employing PWDs – and solutions to those challenges.

  • Ensuring that organizations are accessible to PWDs – as job candidates and customers.

  • Navigating the process of self-identification and its implications for recruiting job candidates with disabilities.

  • Integrating disability inclusion as an extension of company values.

  • Learning about the lived experience of PWDs at different career stages.

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Partner: Close the Camps
Aug
28
12:00 PM12:00
SF

Partner: Close the Camps

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (map)
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Calling all Fat people, all Disabled people, all Seniors, all our loved ones, and anyone who has experienced being separated, shut away, controlled, disposed of, incarcerated in prisons, nursing homes, fat camps, psych institutions, or generally told they are the problem for society’s woes to UNITE in solidarity with migrants. Together we demand an end to the brutal treatment of migrants, an end to concentration camps, and an end to ICE. We know Disabled POC are at greater risk for incarceration and deportation. And we know that part of disability justice means we must absolutely hold community members whose impairments are created intentionally as a result of state terror, incarceration, border policing, war, and so many tools of domination. As Disabled and Fat people of many communities, we know and therefore must insist:

NO BODY IS DISPOSABLE!

WE ARE RESILIENT AND STILL HERE!

WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE ERASURE OF IMMIGRANTS!

Join us in person if you can, outside the ICE office in San Francisco, 630 Sansome St. If you can, wear an outfit that celebrates your resiliency or the resiliency of your community. (Whatever creative interpretation this means to you.) Just like we refuse to be pushed away and forgotten about, we refuse to let go of our people incarcerated in the camps. Bring signs, chants, friends, your precious sacred bodies, and your vital spirit of resistance, resilience and solidarity.

We’ll post ideas in the Facebook event discussion for actions folks can also do in support: from home, from bed, etc. If you need support getting to the action please post that on the event page or by contacting us. We strongly encourage people to form crews/squads if that makes sense for you or your org; we have found as disabled and fat activists this is often the best way to combat isolation and for individuals to get needs met in public.


ACCESS:
This action is on a public sidewalk in a flat area. It’s 6-8 blocks from BART. We are investigating nearby parking and transportation. We will have ASL interpreters. More access details to come.

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Outing: This is Now: Haben Girma
Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30
SF

Outing: This is Now: Haben Girma

Haben Girma, daughter of refugees and the first Deafblind woman to graduate from Harvard Law, has been honored for her activist work by President Obama, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and more. In August, she visits with award winning journalist Angie Coiro to share her life story.

Riddled with laughter, warmth, inspiring perspective, and hair-raising incidents of world-travel, don’t miss this discussion of Haben.

Raised by two Eritrean refugee parents who survived a 30-year war, Haben learned to value courage and community early. In her lifetime so far, she has traveled the globe, mastered non-visual techniques for navigating both salsa and the electric saw, climbed an iceberg and faced a bull, and attained the prestigious degree that helps her advocate for increased access and equity for disabled persons. She does this all, joyfully, using innovations that allow her to move readily through abled spaces as a deaf and blind woman.

Haben accepts no limits to the future of herself or others. With guts, humor, and wisdom, she insists:

Disability is an opportunity for innovation. Inclusion is a choice. Can we build a stronger community and better world for everyone through these ideas? Visit Kepler's on August 21st to join in that hope.


If you are a guest attending this event and need disability accommodations, please contact events@keplers.org at your earliest possible convenience. Please include the name and section in which tickets were purchased, the number of guests attending, and complete information about the accommodations needed, along with a contact number at which you can be reached.

Tickets to Kepler’s Literary Foundation events are not tax-deductible. Tax deductible donations can be made online at keplers.org/donate

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Outing: Advocating for Access in the Arts: Community Spotlight on the Asian Art Museum
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00
SF

Outing: Advocating for Access in the Arts: Community Spotlight on the Asian Art Museum

  • Asian Art Museum (Koret Education Center) (map)
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The Bay Area Arts Access Collective, The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State, and The Bind Posse are co-hosting a panel and open conversation in connection to the Asian Art Museum's Access and Inclusion Tasforce and their accessibility efforts.

Program Description: This workshop will explore opportunities and strategies for making exhibitions and museums more accessible for visitors with disabilities at the physical, virtual, and cultural level, with the aim to go beyond compliance and instead celebrate the important perspective disabled people bring to our world. In the last two years, the Asian Art Museum has made such an effort. This event seeks to share lessons learned from the perspective of both Asian Art Museum staff and the disabled community members (The Blind Posse and community workshop participants), whose expertise made this progress possible, while also providing details of access features now available. With an open conversation about the progress made, the challenges faced, and the work ahead, this event seeks to engage arts & culture professionals, arts funders, and enthusiasts, with a call to action for further collaboration and activism to support museums that seek to go beyond compliance. 

Panelists and hosts include:

Allison Wyckoff, Director of External and Community Programs, Asian Art Museum

Andrew Lau, Digital Project Director, Asian Art Museum

Cecile Puretz, Co-Founder of the Bay Area Arts Access Collective (BAAAC), and Access and Community Engagement Manager at The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Deborah Clearwaters, Director of Education and Interpretation, Asian Art Museum

Emily Beitiks, Assistant Director of the Paul. K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State

Georgina Kleege, Author, Access Consultant, and Professor at UC Berkeley

Indra Mungal, Senior Educator for Public Programs, Asian Art Museum

Josh Halstead, Design Educator and Disability Advocate

Stanley Yarnell, Founder of the Blind Posse

And additional Disability Community Charrette participants to be announced.

Event Accessibility:

  • The event space is accessible to wheelchair-users, those who use mobility devices, and visitors who need to avoid stairs.

  • Parking: A white zone for visitor drop-off/pick-up is located on Larkin Street in front of the museum entrance. Limited accessible parking spaces can be found along Fulton and Larkin streets.

  • ASL interpretation and CART real-time captioning will be available

  • Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on every level.

  • Welcoming environment for service animals.

  • Scent-Free Event: All BAAAC events are scent-free; please refrain from wearing products with fragrance such as perfume, cologne and lotion.

To request additional accommodations, please contact the Asian Art Museum ADA Coordinator 415-581-3598 (Relay calls welcome) or communityengagament@asianart.org

For more questions about this program contact Allison Wyckoff awyckoff@asianart.org or 415-581-3666

For more information on accessibility at the Asian Art Museum (including directions, parking, restrooms, and more) visit: http://www.asianart.org/visit/accessibility.

Cost: This event is FREE, please RSVP to save your spot by emailing bayareaartsaccess@thecjm.org or registering through Eventbrite.

Location: Koret Center (1st floor). Volunteers will be positioned at the entrance near the admissions desk to assist with wayfinding.


Image description: Black bold text "Advocating for the Arts: A Panel & Community Spotlight on the Asian Art Museum Access & Inclusion Taskforce." The "Advocating for Access in the Arts" is set against a pink background and the remainder of the title is set against a warm yellow background. Design by Isabelle Smeall.

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Partner: When We Walk
Aug
3
2:30 PM14:30
NYC

Partner: When We Walk

WHEN WE WALK documents director Jason DaSilva’s struggle to parent as primary progressive multiple sclerosis changes his health, his family life, and his independence. We journey with DaSilva and his family as he faces the challenges and trials of the American healthcare system and how this has effects on his activism, filmmaking, and his personal life.

We have two free tickets available for a community members interested in writing a review on our blog. Email katy@mydiversability.com for more information. We also have a discount code for all community members. Use the code DIVxAAIFF42 for 20% off!

The showing is on August 3rd at 2:30 p.m. The film lasts 77 minutes, and tickets are $16 (before the discount).

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