Disability is Diversity Week
Join us for this year's Disability is Diversity Week, March 26-30 2018.
Monday, March 26:
Event - “Disability: Language, Attitude, and Justice”
Location - Whitman Room
Time - 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Brief Description: Christa Mullis (UNCA 2017) presents “Disability Attitudes, Language, and Justice,” a workshop that aims to teach participants about disability as a matter of diversity, community, culture and justice. How we talk about disability is more than just a matter of being “politically correct” or “sensitive.” It is a matter of how we think about disability, and bring justice, respect, autonomy, dignity, and human rights to disabled people who face both individual, systematic and institutionalized ableism.
This event is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. Refreshments will be provided.
Tuesday, March 27:
Event - Students with Disabilities Panel
Location - Brown Hall 217
Time - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Brief Description: The panel will feature students with non-apparent or “invisible” disabilities, including Endometriosis and other chronic medical conditions; ADHD and Autism Spectrum; and Dyslexia. These students will share their experiences, insights, and views through their time both on and off campus. Students will be given the opportunity to respond to questions from the moderator and ask their own questions.
This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Accessibility. Refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, March 28th:
Event - ASL Bingo
Location - Karpen Hall 038
Time - 6:00 pm to 8:00 p.m.
Brief Description: Hosted by the UNCA ASL Club, ASL Bingo is a great game to teach basic American Sign Language vocabulary, such as alphabet and numbers. It is a simple game of Bingo, where instead of shouting the letters and numbers, you sign them. Random letters will be drawn at random, and students mark the corresponding letter on their cards. The first to cover 5 letters in a row, column, or in diagonal wins the round! Join us in Karpen Hall 038 at 6 P.M. and engage with other students using American Sign Language (ASL) in a fun and simple game of Bingo.
Thursday, March 29th:
Event - Film Screening + Open Mic Night (Laura Hope-Gill)
Location - Highsmith Student Union 104 - RESERVATION CONFIRMED
Time - 8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Brief Description: Bring 3-5 minutes of your creative writing to read aloud (or request another person to read it aloud!), perform a musical instrument, or bring artwork to share. The event will be facilitated by Laura Hope-Gill (see bio below) and is open to all students who would like to participate in a Disability is Diversity Open-Mic Event. Following the open mic, the documentary Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty will be shown. (CW: Discussion of sexual content, some scenes depicting sexual interactions)
Laura Hope-Gill received her diagnosis of sensorineural deafness in her early 30s. She directs Asheville Wordfest and also the M.A. in Writing Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University where she also directs the Certificate in Narrative Healthcare Program. She wrote an essay about her deafness in 2009 that received an NCArts Fellowship, and she written and published many more poems and essays about deafness since (including this one: HAL-9000, Bach, and the Personal Physics of Going Deaf.) In her writing, she has discovered that deafness has taught her how to listen and how to teach others how to be better listeners. Without writing, she is pretty sure she would have stayed in the first stage of her diagnosis, a state of shocked despondency. Writing has filled her deafness and life as a deaf mother and friend with meaning.
Friday, March 30th:
Event - Game Night with UNCA Gaming Club
Location - Brown Hall 217
Time - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Brief Description: Games include a 6-player Catan, Pandemic, Uno, The Resistance, MTG (intro decks for new players), and Yugioh. A friendly intro to Dungeons and Dragons will be offered for any interested players. Bring a favorite game to share!
Disability is Diversity Week is made possible through the generous sponsorship of:
Office of Academic Accessibility
Disability Cultural Center
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Disability is Diversity Week 2016
Matt Glowacki – Able-Bodied Like Me
Alumni Hall, Highsmith Student Union 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Matt Glowacki is a highly sought after diversity speaker, successful entrepreneur, and former Paralympian. In Matt’s keynote talk for Disability is Diversity Week (DiDW) he will explain the concepts of “Intersectionality” and "Passing" within a framework of Disability and Social Justice. Matt will encourage you to break down barriers that may exist between the able-bodied and those who have a disability and explain why it is important to have high expectations for everyone. Matt has delivered his messages of diversity to over a million people and two sitting Presidents of the United States. He is the most-booked diversity speaker on college campuses for the past 10 years, helping students better understand social justice and diversity and why they are important. Matt teaches students about how to find happiness and how to see potential in themselves and others and shares insights about personal disabilities and challenges. In addition to being named Campus Activities Magazine’s 2014 Best Speaker Matt has also been named the Best Diversity Artist for 2010 and 2013.
Event Co-Sponsors: Associate Provosts Office, Student Health Service, Residential Education, CESAP, UNCA’s Athletics Department, Education Department and the Humanities Program.
Keelin Schneider Brown Bag Presentation (Faculty/Staff Only)
Whitman Room in Ramsey Library, 12 – 1 pm
Keelin Schneider is a UNC-Asheville Alumni (class of 2000) who went on to complete a Masters in Health Sciences (with a concentration in Health Education) at Western Carolina University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. As an adult, Keelin received an Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum diagnosis that has helped her provide context to many experiences she had as a student, both at UNC-A and WCU. She will discuss what she’s learned from her personal experiences, education, and personal research, and will share ideas and suggestions on how to create a more inclusive classroom, including the use of some Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies. Keelin will be presenting information that can be used by educators in working with students who may or may not have a formal diagnosis and/or Letters of Accommodation (LOAs) from the Office of Academic Accessibility (OAA). Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Accessibility (OAA) and the Disability Cultural Center (DCC).
Neurodiversity: Creativity and Innovation Thrive When We
Welcome Diverse Minds
Whitman Room RAM 101, 12:30 - 1:30
Sparrow Rose Jones is an Autistic writer, artist, public speaker, and activist. Jones is the author of “No You Don’t: Essays From an Unstrange Mind” and “The ABCs of Autism Acceptance.” More information about Jones can be found at http://www.sparrowrose.com.
Movie Night: Lives Worth Living
Highsmith Grotto, 7pm-8:30 pm
“Lives Worth Living” is both an historical documentary about the disability rights movement and a chronicle of the lives and experiences of its leaders who refused to remain unseen and unheard. People with disabilities are one of the largest minority groups in the United States today as well as on the UNC-Asheville campus. For most of US history people with disabilities were subjects, not citizens. People with disabilities were unable to access schools, public transportation or allowed to vote, and hundreds of thousands were institutionalized and/or forcibly sterilized, all of which was legal! This movie uses archival footage and interviews with leaders from within the disability rights movement and independent living movements as well as government leaders who were key to the passage of the landmark civil rights legislation the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While our society has made great strides in recent decades, there is still work to be done. Join us to learn more about the history of this movement.
UNCA Students with Disability Panel and Q&A
Location HIG 224, 12pm-1pm (Free Period)
The panel will be comprised of UNCA students who have disabilities. They will be sharing their perspectives, insights, and views gained through lived experiences from their time both on and off campus. In addition to responding to prepared questions from the moderator, there will be time provided for audience members to ask questions.
Disability is Diversity Week 2015
Eli Clare presents guest lecture Yearning Toward Carrie Buck:
As part of the Humanities Lecture Series
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Humanities Lecture Hall (HLH 139)
Hyannis House Presents:
A Film Highlighting Autism Activists on the Frontlines
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Highsmith Grotto
Duration: 58 Min.
Popcorn and Soda will be provided!
Someone Who Moves Like You:
A Discussion on Autistic Narrative in Film, Fiction, and Memoir
Time: 12 pm-1pm (Free Period)
Location: HIG 223
This discussion, facilitated by local autism and neurodiversity advocate Carolyn Ogburn, will explore the ways in which autism is portrayed in the media and the construction of autism as narrative. The way we understand each other’s experience, and often even our own, is shaped by the medium of story, whether fiction, nonfiction, television or film. During this event we will share some examples of autistic representation in popular culture, and discuss some of the implications these representations carry for autistic people in our culture today.
Climbing the Mountain: Super Crips and Poster Children
Time: 7 pm
Duration: 60-75 min.
Location: Alumni Hall
Books for sale after Keynote!
Forced Sterilization Use on Persons with Disabilities and Other Marginalized Identities
A Multidisciplinary panel Discussion
Featuring Dr. Pamela Laughon, Dr. Heidi Kelley, Professor Keith Bramlett, Dr. Mark Gibney
Time/Duration: 12-1 pm (Free Period)
Location: ZAG 227
Center for Diversity Education presents
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Genealogy, Genetics and African-American History
Time: 7 pm
Location: Kimmel Arena
Disability is Diversity Week pauses to encourage and allow the community to attend the talk by Henry Louis Gates Jr. One of America’s most prominent intellectuals and an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, will give a free public talk, Genealogy, Genetics and African-American History, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena. This event is free and open to the public.
Kimmel Arena doors will open for this event at 6 p.m. with general admission seating for the public. Floor-level seats will be reserved for honored ASCORE guests and ticketed UNC Asheville students, faculty and staff. Ticketed floor seats not occupied by 6:45 p.m. will be available to the public on a first-come first-served basis. Backpacks and outside food and drink are not permitted in Kimmel Arena. For more information, visit cesap.unca.edu.
Invisible Disabilities and the College Experience:
A UNCA Student Panel
Location: Hyannis House
Time: 6 pm
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Coffee and Tea will be provided!