Disability is Diversity Week

Lydia X. Z. Brown

Disability is Diversity Week

Disability is Diversity Week, formerly known as Disability Awareness Week, has had several successful years of education and consciousness-raising events and programs focusing on disability-related issues, rights, and experience. Disability is Diversity Week will continue its legacy of education and culture with a strong focus on disability as an identity of diversity and difference to be not only accepted but celebrated. If you have questions about accessibility of any event, or would like to request accommodations, please contact Carolyn Ogburn at 828-232-5050 or email caogburn@unca.edu

All events are free of charge, and open to the general public.

Join us for this year's Disability is Diversity Week, February 25-March 2, 2019 

Our Keynote Speaker: Lydia X.Z. Brown, on Saturday March 2, 2019

Highsmith Student Union, 225/226 

[Photo: Headshot of Lydia Brown, young East Asian person, with stylized blue and yellow dramatic background. They are looking in the distance and wearing a plaid shirt and black jacket. Credit to Adam Glanzman.]

Lydia will be hosting TWO workshops on March 2:

2:00 p.m "Rekindling and Reconnecting: Community-Building at Intersections of Queerness and Disability"

3:30 p.m. "Disability Justice Fights Racism: Confronting and Resisting the Ableism of White Supremacy"

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They have worked to advance transformative change through organizing in the streets, writing legislation, conducting anti-ableism workshops, testifying at regulatory and policy hearings, and disrupting institutional complacency everywhere from the academy to state agencies and the nonprofit-industrial complex. At present, Lydia serves as founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Services, stakeholder representative to the Massachusetts One Care Implementation Council overseeing health care for Medicaid/Medicare dually-eligible individuals, and board member of the Autism Women’s Network. Lydia recently completed a term as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, serving in that role from 2015 to 2017 as the youngest appointee nationally to chair any state developmental disabilities council. In collaboration with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa-Onaiwu, Lydia is the lead editor and visionary behind All the Weight of Our Dreams, the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color, published by the Autism Women’s Network in June 2017.

Most recently, Lydia has designed and teaches a course on critical disability theory, public policy, and intersectional social movements as a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University’s Experimental College, beginning in Fall 2016. Lydia is a past Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force, where they focused on reproductive justice and disability rights policy issues, and past Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership, where they focused on employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Lydia also worked for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network for several years as part of the national public policy team, where Lydia worked on various issues relating to criminal justice and disability, healthcare disparities and service delivery models, and research and employment disparities.

While an undergraduate student at Georgetown University, Lydia co-founded the Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective for intersectional disability justice organizing, led multiple campaigns to reform university policies on disability access that led to creation of a dedicated pool of funding for sign language interpretation and real-time captioning as well as an access coordinator position responsible for public and non-academic programming, single-handedly founded and coordinated the first Lecture and Performance Series on Disability Justice, served two terms as Undersecretary for Disability Affairs with the Georgetown University Students Association, spurred the university to convene a Disability Justice Working Group, provided training to numerous student groups and university departments and offices, and served on the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities’ consumer advisory council.

Lydia has been honored by the White House, Washington Peace Center, National Council on Independent Living, Disability Policy Consortium of Massachusetts, National Association for Law Placement/Public Service Jobs Directory, Society for Disability Studies, and American Association of People with Disabilities. In 2015, Pacific Standard named Lydia a Top 30 Thinker under 30, and Mic named Lydia to its inaugural list of 50 impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators. Their work has been featured in scholarly publications including Addressing Ableism: Philosophical Meditations via Disability Studies; Religion, Disability, and Interpersonal Violence; Barriers & Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability; Feminist Perspectives on Orange is the New Black; Torture in Healthcare Settings; Films for the Feminist Classroom; and community publications including The Asian American Literary Review; QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology; Criptiques; Tikkun; Rewire; Disability Intersections; Black Girl Dangerous; hardboiled magazine; POOR Magazine; The Washington Post; NOS Magazine; Sojourners; and The Establishment.

Lydia is now a Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern University School of Law, where they serve as an active member of the Committee Against Institutional Racism (representing the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association), the Transgender Justice Task Force, and the Faculty Appointments Committee, and are a founding core collective member of the Disability Justice Caucus. They have served on advisory boards to a number of research projects, including the National Center for Cultural Competence’s Embedding Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for UCEDD

Food provided by: Geraldine's Bakery, Baked Pie Company, and SGA.


Monday, February 25:

Event - Geek Trivia and Cosplay! 
Location - In the Sandbox (Ramsey Library) 
Time - 3:00-5:00 p.m.

GEEKTASTIC prizes for everyone!!!!

FREE SNACKS and PRIZES!!!!

Trivia categories: ALL areas of geekdom, including Sci-Fi, sports, fantasy, Marvel & DC, anime, gaming, etc.

Cosplay categories: MOST FABULOUS, MOST CREATIVE, and MOST OBSCURE.

Sponsored by: Disability Cultural Center, Office of Academic Accessibility, Office of Advising and Learning Support

Prizes Donated by: Wyvern's Tail, Asheville Pizza, Gamer's Haunt, Comic Envy, Jade McWilliams

 

Tuesday, February 26:

Event - Veterans with Disabilities Speak Out: a panel 
Location - Veteran's Center for Excellence, Highsmith 118
Time - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Veteran culture celebrates strength, and many veterans find the process of acknowledging and accepting disability brings unique challenges. Some veterans come to the service with disabilities; others become disabled through their experience in service. Please join this panel in which we'll hear from veterans with disabilities as they share their experiences in military and civilian life, and how they have navigated our campus community. 

Sponsored by: Office of Academic Accessibility, Veteran's Center for Excellence, Health and Counseling Center

Wednesday, February 27:

Film Screening - Defiant Lives: The Rise of the Disability Rights Movement
Location - Highsmith Student Union, Room 108
Time - 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

"A triumphant film that traces the origins of the world-wide disability rights movement. It tells the stories of the individuals who bravely put their lives on the line to create a better world where everyone is valued and can participate.

Featuring interviews and rarely seen archival footage, the film reveals how these activists fought to live outside of institutions, challenged the stigmas and negative image of disability portrayed by the media, demanded access to public transportation, and battled to reframe disability rights as a social responsibility relevant to us all."

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Vigo Inclusion Film Festival. Official Selection at the Sydney Film Festival. 

"A documentary on a civil movement that everyone needs to know about." Film Ink

"Essential Viewing" -- Dominick Evans (review here

Photo of woman in wheelchair appearing to drift upwards in water, words: Defiant Lives in bold black

Sponsored by: Office of Academic Accessibility, Disability Cultural Center

Snacks donated by: Mellow Mushroom, City Bakery

Thursday, February 28:

Event - Kim Clairy presents: ASD/ED Sensory Tool Box (This event is also part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.) 
Location - Brown 217
Time - 12:00-1:30 p.m. 

Please RSVP to nedawarenessweek@crcfored.com

Kim Clairy, licensed Occupational Therapist, ASD expert, keynote presenter, and international speaker, has unique expertise in understanding the intersection of Autism, Eating, and Sensory Processing Disorders. Diagnosed with all three, she struggled under a healthcare system uneducated on autism. Now in recovery from her eating disorder, Kim helps give voice to those with ASD unable to articulate their inner worlds. Through didactic and experiential seminars/trainings she shares her journey and professional expertise with clinicians, parents, educators, and the community nationwide.

Friday, March 1:

Event - Disability Day of Mourning
Location - Whitman Room (Ramsey Library) 
Time - 9:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. 

Sponsored by: Disability Cultural Center, Office of Academic Accessibility
 

Every year on March 1st, the disability community gathers across the nation to remember disabled victims of filicide–disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. Since 2017, UNC Asheville has stood in solidarity with the disability community across the United States and the world to acknowledge with grief and sorrow their deaths. 

"We see the same pattern repeating over and over again. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and  comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victims are disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. And then the cycle repeats." Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) https://autisticadvocacy.org/projects/community/mourning/

Please join us. 

 


Disability is Diversity Week is made possible through the generous sponsorship of:

Office of Academic Accessibility
Disability Cultural Center
Student Government Association (SGA)
Diversity Action Council
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Health and Counseling Center
PEPAH
Department of Education
Department of Psychology
Department of Political Science
Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Mark Gibney, Belk Professor 

...and the tireless efforts of volunteers and students (particularly students of Evelyn Chiang's PSYCH 312 class). Thank you!

 

Disability is Diversity Week 2016

 

Monday 11/7

Matt Glowacki – Able-Bodied Like Me

Alumni Hall, Highsmith Student Union 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

2016 Keynote Speaker Matt Glowacki

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.

 

Tuesday 11/8

Keelin Schneider Brown Bag Presentation (Faculty/Staff Only)

Whitman Room in Ramsey Library, 12 – 1 pm

Keelin Schneider, UNCA Alumni, is a Certified Health Education Specialist

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).

 

Wednesday 11/9

Neurodiversity: Creativity and Innovation Thrive When We
Welcome Diverse Minds

Whitman Room RAM 101, 12:30 - 1:30

Sparrow Rose Jones, author of “No You Don’t: Essays From an Unstrange Mind” and “The ABCs of Autism Acceptance.”

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” movie capture.

“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.

 

Thursday 11/10

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

 

MONDAY 11/2

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)
Cost: FREE!

Disability is Diversity Week 2015 Keynote speaker Eli Clare sitting on the a log along a west coast beach


The infamous Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, which declared involuntary sterilization laws constitutional in 1927, was built upon the body of Carrie Buck, a poor white woman from Virginia. Using history, poetry, images, and imagination, Eli Clare explores how disability, class, gender, and whiteness often collide and asks questions about the relationship between bodies on one hand and law, history, and metaphor on the other.

Hyannis House Presents:
Citizen Autistic
A Film Highlighting Autism Activists on the Frontlines

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Highsmith Grotto
Duration: 58 Min.
Cost: FREE!
Popcorn and Soda will be provided!

Citizen Autistic film cover photo


Citizen Autistic offers an inside look at the activists on the frontlines of the autism war—the fight for human rights and self-advocacy. Featuring interviews with Ari Ne'eman, President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Landon Bryce, founder of thAutcast.com, artist Robyn Steward, Clarissa Kripke, MD, and activist Zoe Gross, who discuss how Autism Speaks, one of the largest organizations in America, relies on propaganda to raise funds for genetic research without considering families touched by autism. Directed by William Davenport (Too Sane for this World), Citizen Autistic seeks to expose the controversies provoked by the organization's so-called advocacy by giving voice to some of the most articulate members of the communities it claims to represent.

 

TUESDAY 11/3

Someone Who Moves Like You:
A Discussion on Autistic Narrative in Film, Fiction, and Memoir

Time: 12 pm-1pm (Free Period)
Location: HIG 223
Cost: FREE!

local autism and neurodiversity advocate Carolyn Ogburn

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.  

KEYNOTE:
Eli Clare
Climbing the Mountain: Super Crips and Poster Children

Time: 7 pm
Duration: 60-75 min.
Location: Alumni Hall
Cost: FREE!
Books for sale after Keynote!

painting of Eli Clare in a forest with branches growing out of him


This event will be weaving together storytelling, poetry, and analysis of disability oppression, Eli Clare unpacks the lies and stereotypes that underlie the images of disabled people.

ELI CLARE’S BIO: “White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare happily lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written a book of essays Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (South End Press, 1999, 2009) and a collection of poetry The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion (Homofactus Press, 2007) and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. He's currently finishing a book of creative non-fiction called Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure.
 
Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference."
 
 
 

THURSDAY 11/5

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
Cost: FREE!

Sign saying "Eugenics Board: state action led to the sterilization by choice or coercion of over 7600 people, 1933-1973. Met after 1939 one block E.

This panel aims to engage students and the community in a UNCA multidisciplinary faculty-led panel discussion on the history/current state of forced sterilization. Using both a local and global perspective, we aim to highlight how forced sterilization affected people with disabilities and other marginalized peoples who were grouped under the category of "disabled" as a means to be coercively sterilized by their government.

Historically, North Carolina has the third highest sterilization rates in the US, and Buncombe county is fifth in the highest sterilizations per county in North Carolina. We believe it is important that students know our local history with forced sterilization and how the aftereffects may still be present today. Forced sterilization is often left out of popular history of the south and we believe there to be many intersections of intellectual thought which can further contextualize the violence perpetrated upon individuals with disabilities.The intersection of race and gender is very pertinent, as many black women whom sterilizations were forced upon were declared incompetent, a definition given to people with disabilities who were deemed unable to make their own medical decisions, as the documented reason for sterilization. 

 

THURSDAY 11/5

Center for Diversity Education presents
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Genealogy, Genetics and African-American History

Henry Louis Gates Jr.  One of America’s most prominent intellectuals and an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker

Time: 7 pm
Location: Kimmel Arena
Cost: FREE!

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.

 

FRIDAY 11/6

Invisible Disabilities and the College Experience:
A UNCA Student Panel

Location: Hyannis House
Time: 6 pm
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Cost: FREE!
Coffee and Tea will be provided!

Not every disability is visible

This panel, facilitated and given by UNCA students, will explore the college experience through the perspective of those with invisiable diabilities. As defined by the Invisible Disabilities Association: "The term invisible disabilities refers to symptoms such as debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments.  These are not always obvious to the onlooker, but can sometimes or always limit daily activities, range from mild challenges to severe limitations and vary from person to person." This panel will work to educate the campus community on the challenges of accessibility barriers to students with invisible disabilities and the ways we can create a more accessible UNCA.

Disability Awareness Week 2014

Disability Awareness Week 2014

 Movie poster for 'Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement'

Disability Awareness Week 2014 screened the award-winning documentary “Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement” followed by a Q&A session with the producer and director, Regan Brashear. Guest speaker, Carolyn Ogburn, gave UNCA students, staff, and faculty a lecture on The Autism Spectrum as Neurodiversity taking from her experience working with the TEACCH Autism Program which focused on self-advocacy, social skills, and cultivating nself-trust and self-knowledge for adults on the spectrum. Jade McWilliams also joined DiDW for a presentation on Understanding Autism & Supporting Students on the Spectrum. As a self-advocate on the spectrum, Jade McWilliams illustrated her own experience of living on the autism spectrum and what visual supports she uses in her daily life that assist her cognitive differences. Following her presentation, Jade McWilliams, Carolyn Ogburn, and UNCA’s Director of our own Office of Academic Accessibility, Joshua Kaufman, gave a panel discussion with audience Q&A about the Autism Spectrum.

Disability Awareness Week 2013

Disability Awareness Week 2013

bobby-mcmullen bobby-otter

Disability Awareness Week 2013 brought Bobby McMullen, an extreme athlete  who has remained competitive after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 12, the loss of his vision, years of dialysis, two double transplants, heart surgery, battling cancer, and having broken more bones than he can list, to UNCA for a screening of and panel discussion about the documentary “The Way Bobby Sees It”. A silent auction was held with signed items and bikes from Bobby McMullen. Alll proceeds benefitted the Asheville division of Industries for the Blind.  UNCA’s DiDW also included a screening of the 2012 film “The Sessions” based on the life and writings of Mark O’Brien, a poet and writer who became paralyzed from the neck down who longed to lose his virginity. The Office of Academic Accessibility had also partnered with Asheville's own BPM Fabrications for the exhibit “Challenging Our Perceptions”. BPM is a local prosthetic and orthopedic device manufacturer who ran this exhibit that blends art and technology in ways that allow orthopedic and prosthetic wearers to express their imaginations and personalities through unique, one of a kind devices.