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