Including Disability in the Equity Conversation @ YWCA of Greater Portland, Portland [17 November]

Including Disability in the Equity Conversation

13:00 - 16:00

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YWCA of Greater Portland
4610 SE Belmont St, Portland, Oregon 97215
Class description

Disability is often on the outskirts, even when it comes to equity conversations. This presentation will engage participants in learning from the life experiences of people with disabilities. Covering a range of topics from concrete tips for increasing accessibility to increased risk of abuse to social justice and disability, this conversation will equip participants to increase their community consciousness and inclusive thinking and actions.

Learning objectives. Participants will:

— Learn how to become more inclusive community members
— Understand the prevalence of abuse towards people with disabilities and learn some safeguards
— Learn how to include disability as part of the equity conversation
— Understand accessibility and how to be more accessible

Basic outline:

— Individual stories – presenters Allison and Tracy share their personal stories about living with disability. Video from prominent speaker, Stella Young.
— Social justice and disability – discussion of the need to include disability in the equity paradigm, including the concept that disability is natural
— Increased risk of abuse for women with disabilities – fear of institutions and dependency factor
— Preventing and responding to trauma
— Accessibility – physical space, program inclusiveness, life hacks for making things accessible
— Increasing community consciousness – strategies for communication and connection

We want this session to be as accessible for everyone as possible, including for people with disabilities. Please let us know what we might do to accommodate your needs or requests and we will do our best to make arrangements. Please contact Aila Hauru at [email protected] or (503) 294-7480.
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