Disability Politics 101 (Online)
With Gabrielle Peters, Sarah Jama, Spring Hawes, Q, Rabbit Richards, Pamela Hope and Iva Cheung
October 3, 2021
Gabrielle Peters has called ableism the rebar of our economic, political, social and cultural system. The histories of ableism and racism are interwoven and as the late Mel Beggs said, “There is ableism somewhere at the heart of your oppression, no matter what your oppression might be.”
This session will begin with an overview of the history of Modern Western Ableism and the history of disability activism. In addition to providing an overview of key concepts such as crip theory, disability justice and radical accessibility, participants will learn what it means to apply an intersectional disability lens to issues they will determine at the time of registration such as housing, environmental policy, urban planning, extreme weather preparation, policing, and carceral care.
This session will feature a range of disabled presenters and facilitators with varied lived experiences and intersecting identities. This process involves unlearning as well as learning.
Poverty, institutionalization, eugenics, and other acts of violence will be discussed but participants will be given the opportunity to opt out by muting and turning captions off during these segments.
Live captioning and ASL interpretation will be available.
“Too many new learnings to count. This was, hands down, my absolute favourite session of the entire conference. The incomparable wisdom and lived experience of Gabrielle, her riveting presentation, and the unbelievably detailed graphics she presented are some of the best lecture work on disability I’ve ever had the privilege of learning from”- Anonymous Participant
Sunday, October 3
10:00 – 1:30 PT (including a 20 minute break)
1:30 – 2:30 PT (lunch break)
2:30 – 4:30 PT (including a 20 minute break)
This event will take place on Zoom, a video conferencing tool. You may download the application for free. You will also need a device with speakers, microphone, video, and internet connection. You may test your Zoom connection in advance. A short tutorial for Zoom etiquette will be provided at the beginning of the event.
A portion of the session will be recorded for registered participants to review content as a tool to deepen their learning. Please note that not all segments will be recorded in order to support a container of trust and sharing.
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Currently the platform we use does not have image caption functionality. We are working with our web developer to correct this. Here are descriptions for the images used on this page:
Gabrille Peters Presenter Image: Cross-stitch of wheelchair on blue background.
Sarah Jama Presenter Image: Sarah facing the viewer while sitting in a wheelchair in front of a white background.
Spring Hawes Presenter Image: Close up of Spring Hawes’ face looking away from the viewer, smiling, with a white background in the back.
Q Presenter Image: Q is sitting in a wheelchair with a raised fist in the air and a smile on their face. Q is sitting in front of a brick wall with roadsigns in the background.
Rabbit Richards Presenter Image: Double daylight exposure of Rabbit amidst orange flowers. They are wearing a denim button down and a cowbone necklace, with their short hair twisted and shaved over the ears.
Pamela Hope Presenter Image: Pamela is standing in a brightly lit hallway, wearing thin-rimmed glasses and has long auburn curly hair.
Iva Cheung Presenter Image: A cartoon in black ink on a white background of a stick figure with long, straight, dark hair and glasses, looking straight ahead.
Gabrielle Peters is a disabled writer and policy analyst and a commissioner on the Vancouver City Planning Commission. She is co-founder of Dignity Denied and the Disability Filibuster and has been a leading voice in applying a disability lens to local, provincial and national policy issues. Gabrielle’s work often focuses on further developing the radical theory of accessibility by integrating the lessons of disability justice, harm reduction, trauma-informed practice and grassroots community development and transformative change activism. She was lead author of the Broadbent Institute’s policy submission to the BC Government on future accessibility legislation, co-author of the Vancouver City…
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Sarah Jama is the Executive Director at the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO). She is a community organizer from Hamilton, ON with Cerebral Palsy who does work around combating anti black racism, policing, and housing insecurity. Through DJNO, she works to tackle systemic ableism by building up capacity in disabled organizers to challenge structures locally, provincially and nationally. In her past role as Senior Program Coordinator at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, she ran a Civic Leadership Program which sought to help Black and racialized youth to understand their place in working inside and outside of institutions to…
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Spring Hawes is a tetraplegic. She has been an entrepreneur, an elected official, and is currently an appointed board director for Interior Health. She was a candidate in the previous provincial election. She is co-founder of Dignity Denied, a board member for a large peer group of wheelchair users, and has chaired an accessibility advocacy non-profit for many years. In her public life, she has been outspoken on the rights of women and marginalized and disabled people. She is passionate about working to ensure all people live well and envisions a world that embraces diversity and fully includes all people.
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Q is a white queercrip artist, educator, and death doula primarily living and working on the unceded, stolen, never surrendered land of the Pilalt and Ts’elxwéyeqw tribes of the Stó:lō Nation. Its workshops and writing are grown from joy and spite found in queer Mad, disabled, and sick community, without whom it would likely not be alive and certainly not half the queercrip it’s proud to be.
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Rabbit Richards was born on occupied Lenape territory in Brooklyn, NY. Their people have never rooted for more than one generation anywhere for as long as their history can trace. Their father’s family claims Kyiv and Minsk; their mother’s family remembers St Thomas and St Croix, islands of the Carib, Arawak, and Ciboney. Rabbit is learning how to exist on stolen land in a marginalized body. Relentlessly compassionate with fierce integrity, Rabbit is passionate about anti-oppression and accessibility work and is deeply invested in the conversations that are provoked by their art.
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Pamela Hope is 40 years old and was born with disfiguring congenital disabilities causing shortened neck and webbing, hard of hearing, unsymmetrical face and shoulders. She acquired partial paralysis and C-PTSD later. I don’t tell ppl what my disability is called because I don’t appreciate the misinformation about it online. Currently working in the broker world. Degrees in English and Sociology. Speaking about Guilermo Del Torro’s fascination with ‘monsters’, intersections with disability, modern day freak shows and medicine, disfiguremisia, and being disfigured.
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Iva Cheung is a Certified Professional Editor, health communication researcher, and plain language trainer, and she works with underrepresented groups to co-create accessible health information. She teaches the Plain Language in Health Literacy course for SFU Continuing Studies’ Plain Language Certificate program.
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