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Intro to Disability Justice
Zoom - online conference
Madison, WI
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with Jay Botsford & Davey Shlasko

Tuesday, May 19, 2-4pm Central
Sliding scale $0-$45

This workshop introduces Disability Justice as a framework to help us make sense of wtf is going on right now, and as a movement with transformative potential in all times.

Disability, illness, and health have been dominating our news and social media these past few months. Many people are being called on to think about illness, disability and mortality in new ways.

Maybe in the current crisis youre noticing how interdependent you are with others. Maybe being home 24/7 is reconnecting you with your own body and mind in ways that feel challenging. Maybe the constant media focus on illness & health - often with undertones of ableism, racism, fatphobia and eugenics - is showing you how much you dont know.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to learn and practice with us.

In spite of celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this year, people with disabilities/disabled people* face intense stigma, violence, and barriers to fully participating in all parts of life.

This workshop is for anyone who is motivated to build their capacity to create a more just and accessible world for all bodies.

Through a lively combination of short presentations, discussions, self-reflection, and collaborative problem-solving, participants will:

- Gain understanding of the medical, social, and liberation models of disability
- Examine their own internalized beliefs about ability, disability, and health and how these relate to gender, race, class, fatness, and more
- Consider how these beliefs impact them and how they have impacted others
- Evaluate what they believe is possible/impossible in moving towards an accessible world and liberation for all bodies

*Both person-first and identity-first language are embraced by some disability communities and rejected by others. If that conversation is new to you, no worries, well talk about it during the workshop.

**If you like this workshop, you should also check out our Fat Justice workshop: https://fat-justice.brownpapertickets.com/

Accessibility notes:
To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone. If you're not used to this kind of online environment, don't worry - we'll help you figure it out!
We aim to keep the sessions accessible to the widest possible range of people. For example, almost all lecture content and all activity instructions will be presented both verbally and in writing, and all visual content will be described. If you need simultaneous captions for the discussions, let us know in advance and we can make it happen. If you have any other access needs that we haven't covered here, please contact us so we can figure it out together: davey@thinkagaintraining.com, 845-417-6518.

The sliding-scale registration fee operates on the "honor system," to keep the workshop accessible to people with a range of means. We trust you to select the price category that's fair for you.

About the trainers:

Davey Shlasko, managing consultant of Think Again Training & Consulting, is an educator, author and consultant whose passion is facilitating adult learning about, and in the context of, social justice movements. Daveys favorite consulting projects live in the overlap between individual growth and organizational transformation. In addition to managing Think Again, Davey has authored several chapters in the Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice series including curricula on classism, ableism, and cissexism (transgender oppression), and also teaches as a lecturer in Gender & Womens Studies at University of Wisconsin  Madison and in social theory and trans studies at Smith College School for Social Work. Davey has an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from UMass, Amherst, and has been writing and teaching about social justice issues since 2000.

Jay Botsford is an educator and activist who has been working on LGBTQ+ and health justice issues since 2002, providing training/consulting services, supporting youth to make change in their communities, and organizing for justice and liberation. Working on equity issues in higher education since 2016 at UW Madison, Jay previously spent more than 15 years working in social service nonprofit organizations. Ze has also been a sexuality educator for 16 years and co-hosts the Queer Sex Ed podcast. Jay is passionate about community care/mutual aid, building accomplices (not just allies), and centering health, healing, and pleasure in justice work.
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Zoom - online conference (View)
Zoom link and password will be emailed to all registrants
Madison, WI 53704
United States


Online / Streaming / Virtual
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Feb 17, 2018
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