Disability is Diversity Week
All events are free of charge, and open to the general public.
12-1 Disability Cultural Center
Join us for a discussion of ableism and non-disabled privilege, together with a rousing game of POWER Bingo. Snacks!
9-10:30 Whitman Room
Lights, Camera, Disability: Exploring the Intersection of Disability and Popular Culture Join Accessibility Specialist Katie Smith as she highlights how the media has portrayed people with disabilities. Explore common stereotypes of the disabled body and mind, discuss what those stereotypes mean, and engage in figuring out how you can help in making a more inclusive culture!
10-10:45 Whitman Room
Micro-learning course: What is the ADA and why should I care? Take a quick dive into the 30-year history of the Americans with Disabilities Act, what it is, what it is not, and where it might be going.
Grotto: 5:00 Q&A on Education and Inclusion
Join Leroy Wray and members of the education department to learn more about the history and practice of including students with disabilities in K-12 education
5:30 Including Samuel, documentary film
Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.
9-11:00 Whitman Room -- Student Org Fair and Accessibility Hacks
Come meet three student orgs centered on students with disabilities, and learn about tools and strategies your peers are using to help them through college. See demonstrations of Good Notes, C-Pen, Livescribe, and more!
- Disabled Student Union (DSU)
- ASL Club
- College Diabetes Network (UNC Asheville Chapter)
10-11:00 Kimmel Lab -- Learn about Immersive Reader, the new tool from office.com (free for UNCA students, staff, and faculty) The immersive reader is a full-screen reading experience to increase the readability of content. It was designed to support students with dyslexia and dysgraphia in the classroom, but it can help anyone who wants to increase their fluency or needs help decoding more complex texts. It can also aid writers in studying the craft of writing since it provides a tool for analyzing the more technical aspects of a piece of writing. Also includes: translation tools, math transcription, and more.
9:00-11:00 Whitman Room
Off the Rails: The Darius McCollum Story
This documentary feature follows Darius McCollum from a young black, autistic boy who loved trains to a black, autistic teenager who illegally learned to drive them, to a black, autistic adult who was repeatedly arrested for impersonating an employee of the NY Subway. As a boy in Queens, New York in the 1970s, Darius McCollum he felt happiest when riding the subway with his mother. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. He was there often enough to make friends with transit workers---who eventually taught him to drive trains. At 15, he took unauthorized control of a packed train and drove it eight stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements. Over the next three decades, McCollum commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying on route and on schedule, without ever getting paid. He attended transit worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions for a union he didn't belong to. He was arrested, repeatedly, eventually spending many years in jail.
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!
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Disability is Diversity Week 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 X. Z. Brown, JD
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 email@example.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
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!