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Events, Committees, and Surveys

Disability Studies Program and campus disability community events

Spring 2014 Brownbag Talks: 

March 14, 2014 (Friday), CHDD Building Room 301, 1:30-2:30 PM. Becky Matter, M.A.: Wheelchair Provision in Namibia and Zimbabwe

April 25, 2014 (Friday), Savery Hall Room 408, 12-1:20 PM ET. Russian, DPT: The Ring of Fire Anthology: Writing and Art Explore Disability Justice, Healthcare, and Erotica

May 2, 2014 (Friday), Savery Hall Room 408, 12-1:20 PM. Heather Evans, Ph.C. ‘Disability Consciousness’: Impairment & Identity under the Legal Lamp Post

May 28, 2014 (Wednesday), Savery Hall Room 408, 12-1:20 PM. Jose Alaniz, Ph.D. Disability in Post-Soviet Russian Cinema

Presentation: Disability in Sierra Leone and Haiti. When: Tues. June 25, 1-3pm. Where: Allen Auditorium. We invite you to attend a presentation titled “Disability in Sierra Leone & Haiti” sponsored by the Disability Studies Program and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Tues. June 25, 1:00-3:00 pm. Allen Auditorium, Allen Library, ground floor, north wing, room 181L. Speakers: Abs Dumbuya, Sierra Leone: Dr. Dumbuya is Executive Director of the Dorothy Springer Trust whose mission “is to advance the prospects of disabled people in Sierra Leone through education and vocational training, with a focus on Information, Communication and Technology.” June Hanks, Haiti: Dr. Hanks is Director of the Medical Teams International Haiti Advantage Program located in Les Cayes, Haiti, the only full-time, professionally staffed program providing physical rehabilitation and prosthetic & orthotics services in southern Haiti. Topic: Speakers will discuss disability and the lived experience of people with disabilities in Sierra Leone and Haiti, will highlight national and local level initiatives related to disability, and will discuss ongoing needs for services, supports, and advocacy in these low- resourced settings.

Spring 2013 Disability Studies brownbag talks:

Discussion about a chapter from the book When the Spirit Catches You, Thurs. May 16, 12:00-1:15 pm, Savery 408, contact Anne Crylen ( in advance to get the readings.

Harlan Hahn Award winners roundtable, Fri. May 31, 12:00-1:15 pm, Savery 408.

Perspectives on Disability in Comics: From the Silver Age to the Digital Age, with Jose Alaniz, UW Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Kate Diebel, UW Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching, Fri. June 7, 12:00-1:15pm, Savery 408.

D Center free public events in May (link to D Center Facebook page and link to calendar):

Leroy Moore of Krip Hop Nation, workshop on police brutality and people with disabilities, May 10, 500-7:30pm, Ethnic Cultural Center Black Room; Leroy Moore, workshop on krip hop, May 11, 3:00-5:30 pm, in Alder Hall.

Deaf Spotlight: two films on audism, Sat. May 18, 2:00-5:00 pm, Kane 120.

Accessibility in the Arts with Director Billie Rain, Tues. May 21, 7:00-9:00 pm, HUB 106.

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES INTERNATIONALLY: IS THE U.S. FOR IT OR AGAINST IT? When: Thurs. May 16, 5:00-8:00pm. Where: William Gates Hall 138 (UW Law School). The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights treaty which aims to promote, protect, and ensure full and equal enjoyment of all human rights for people with disabilities. Although the CRPD was inspired by the American with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Senate refused to ratify the treaty in December, 2012, in an embarrassing setback to the Disability Rights Movement. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider ratification of the CRPD again this year. The purpose of this event is to explain the CRPD and its importance around the world, to examine why the U.S. Senate refused to ratify it, and to explore strategies to achieve ratification of the treaty in 2013. SPEAKERS: Joelle Brouner is the Executive Director of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council and longstanding and well-respected member of the national and international disability rights community. Brouner has extensive knowledge of disability in public policy, disability rights movements and culturally-relevant support for survivors with disabilities who have experienced violence. Andrea Parra is an attorney and faculty member of the University of the Andes, in Bogota, Columbia. Parra directs the Program of Action for Equality and Social Inclusion at the University, the goal of which is to advance global human rights for disenfranchised and minority populations. Parra’s law degrees are from Boston University, Universidad de Los Andes and University of Ottawa. Matthew Metz is an attorney and President of the Greater Seattle Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. He assists many people with disabilities in his legal practice. RSVP to Jodi Rose, Disability Rights Washington: The event will have ASL interpreters and captioning. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing fragrance/scents. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at This event is presented by Disability Rights Washington, the Disability Law Association, and the Disability Studies Program.

Related campus activities

The UW Committee on Disability Issues (CDI) serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice President and Vice Provost for Minority Affairs and Diversity and the Vice President and Vice Provost for Student Life. The goal of the CDI is to advance systemic change and overall improvement of campus climate for faculty, staff, students, and other UW community members with disabilities. Input and energy from members of the UW community are welcome! CDI committee members particularly encourage students, faculty, and staff of color to provide input, especially individuals with disabilities. For information regarding the committee or to attend a meeting, please contact one of the 2011-12 co-chairs, EG Sekins at or Ellen Taylor at Upcoming meeting times, with location still to be decided: Tues April 3, 3:30-5:00pm; Mon April 16, 2:30-4:00pm; Tues May 1, 3:30-5:00pm; Mon, May 21, 2:30-4:00pm; Tues June 5, 3:30-5:00pm.

Please take the time to fill out this quick survey regarding the development of a mentorship program through UW's Disability Resources for Students Office! Background information for survey: The University of Washington recognizes that students with disabilities can be positively influenced by observing role models with similar disabilities and by developing positive relationships with other people with disabilities. The UW Disability Resources for Students Office is in the process of developing a DRS Mentoring Program! Through this mentoring program we hope to connect University of Washington students with disabilities with UW faculty, staff, students, alumni, and/or community members with disabilities. Through this program we wish to take advantage of the experience of our communities’ resources—mentors who have been there, can relate, and have life experiences that could create valuable connections to our UW students with disabilities. In order to better serve students with this mentoring program we would like to get some information about: 1) what types of students would be interested in a mentoring program; 2) what kind of program they would be interested in; and 3) what kind of program they would be most likely to access. All responses to this survey will be kept confidential and only used to gather information to inform the development of the mentoring program. If you would like to ask any questions or provide comments regarding this survey, please contact: EG Sekins, Graduate Student Assistant, DRS, OR Disability Resources for Students,, 206-543-8924 (V), 206-543-8925 (TTY), 448 Schmitz Hall


Autumn 2013

RUSS 420, Disability in Russian Culture. T/Th 2:30-4:20. Instructor: Jose Alaniz. What is “disability”? What is “health”? What is “normal”? What is a “body”? This course will examine how these questions have historically been answered in Russia and its cultural productions involving disability, focusing on 19th -21st-century literature and art. Among our topics: the grotesque, the “holy fool” and the “cult of suffering.” We conclude with a consideration of the disabled in late/post-Soviet Russia – a (still-ongoing) historical moment in which discourses of disability have reached unprecedented levels– and ponder the future of disability rights in Russia. (flyer)

Summer 2013

REHAB 496 / DIS ST 430 (6 credits) Disability in Limited Resource Environments: Brazil. Program directors: Mark Harniss (Rehabilitation Medicine,; Becky Matter (Center on Technology & Disability Studies, This course addresses disability in limited resource environments in an international context. Using Brazil as a cultural, political, and socioeconomic context, students will explore a wide range of issues related to disability in low-middle income countries including prevalence and demographics, measurement, access and barriers to health care and rehabilitation, availability of assistance and support, accessibility of built environments and information technologies, and access and barriers to education and employment. We will address these diverse issues using the twin themes of international human rights and development. Students will engage in both service and research activities. Instruction will be in English.

Winter 2013

LSJ/CHID/DIS ST 434 Civil and Human Rights for Disabled People (M/W 1:30-3:20)

LSJ/CHID/DIS ST 332 Disability & Society: Sex and Disability (T/Th 1:30-3:20), instructor Joanne Woiak

DIS ST 430 DS Topics: Disability Literature, and Philosophy (T/Th 10:30-12:20), instructors Sara Goering and Christy Ibrahim

DANCE 336 Integrated Dance: History, Methodology, and Praxis (T/Th 2:30-4:20). Investigates and practices ways of teaching and creating dance suitable for diverse participants with a broad range of physical and conceptual abilities. Addresses the history, background, and varying practices of integrated dance, instructor Jurg Koch.

Summer 2012

Summer 2012, ASL 134 Intensive First-Year ASL. 15 credits. Covers first year ASL taught in a length of nine weeks, M-Th, 8:45 am to 1 pm. This course fulfills UW foreign language requirements. For more information:

Spring 2012, CHID 496H Focus Group: A Cultural Center for the Disability and Deaf Communities: Creating a Vision. 2 credits C/NC, Thursdays, 5-7pm, MGH 085. Through a Comparative History of Ideas focus group, students are planning the opening of a cultural space on the UW Seattle campus that will serve the disability and Deaf communities. Students will form an advisory board, write a mission statement and vision for the Center, and discuss how they want it to function. During class sessions, discussions will address themes including Disability and Deaf Studies, student activism, and intersections of academia and the Cultural Center. For more information, please contact Ann Luetzow at

Autumn, Winter, Spring 2011-2012

Spring 2012 B H 497A Special Electives: History of Eugenics. Instructor: Joanne Woiak. T/Th 3:00-4:50, Health Sciences Building. This Bioethics & Humanities course also counts for Disability Studies and CHID requirements.

Spring 2012 LAW H 530 Disability Law. Instructor: Christy Thompson Ibrahim. Tues 3:30-6:40. All graduate students are welcome.

Spring 2012 ANTHR 479A The Anthropology of Disability. Instructor: Heather Clark. M/W 8:30-10:20.

Spring 2012 Class, 3 credits, Soc W 576 Empowerment Practice with Persons with Disabilities. Fridays 9:30-12:20. Add codes can be made available upon request. Contact instructor, Jerry Kessinger

Winter 2012 LSJ 491 A Topics in Rights: Disability and Citizenship: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Instructor: Joanne Woiak. T/Th 1:30-3:20.

Summer 2011 Integrated Dance Summer Intensive 2011. Hosted in the Dance Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. Now open for registration. Registration: Open five-day intensive, Aug. 15-19: Offering integrated technique class, composition/repertory, community jam and guest presentations. Open to participants of all types and levels of dance training, age range 16 and older. Roundtable for artists and educators, Aug. 20-21: intended for experienced artists and educators with a particular interest in educational and choreographic processes in mixed-ability groups. (Participation by application and selection). Please note, this is an independent course hosted by the UW Dance Program. You do not need to be a registered student at the UW to take part. Contact instructor and facilitator Jurg Koch,

Spring 2011 CHID Focus Group: TITLE: Kripping Culture: Disability Identity and Representation in Contemporary Media Time: Spring Quarter, Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm. 2 credits (C/NC). Where: Mary Gates 284 Contact: Monica Olsson (, Ann Luetzow ( This focus group will explore representations of disability in contemporary media, including blogs, facebook, youtube, film, and television. We will investigate media narratives of varying disability experiences including body image, race, class, gender, disability culture, and sexuality.

Funding Opportunities, Jobs, Internships, and Graduate Programs

Call for Proposals: Harlan Hahn and Dennis Lang Awards for Disability Studies – Spring 2013. Deadline: Mon. May 13, 5pm.

The UW Disability Studies Program is pleased to offer three scholarly awards:

Dennis Lang Award for UW undergraduate and graduate students (up to $500)

Harlan Hahn Student Scholarship for UW undergraduate and graduate students ($500 - $5000)

Harlan Hahn Research Award for UW faculty and staff ($500-$5000)

Student proposals will be considered for both the Lang and Hahn scholarship awards, but students cannot win both awards in the same academic year. All deadlines are Monday May 13th by 5 p.m.

Student awards

The Dennis Lang Award and the Harlan Hahn Scholarship are merit-based monetary awards for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington who demonstrate promise in the field of Disability Studies.

Applicants should have

• a minimum 3.0 GPA in Disability Studies courses or equivalent demonstration of academic excellence in areas related to disability studies (including, for instance, courses taught as a graduate teaching assistant or scholarly work conducted as a graduate research assistant)

• evidence of commitment to issues of social justice related to people with disabilities (e.g., work, volunteer or activist experiences, academic outreach) and/or disability studies scholarship.

(The Lang award is for students who “embody Dennis’ spirited commitment to and academic excellence in field of Disability Studies”; the Hahn award is for scholarship in the field of disability studies.)

Award funds may be used for:

• Travel to conferences as a participant or as a presenter • Support for academic research projects (e.g., surveys, incentives for subjects, books) • Development or support for activist endeavors (e.g., web development, meeting support, etc.) • Assistance with accessibility issues • Other academic/activist goals pertaining to disability studies

To apply, please submit:

• a personal statement that includes a) a brief proposal for how the funds will be used; b) a statement about how the applicant exemplifies the award criteria; and c) a short description of the applicant’s disability studies related experience, research and/or career goals.

• name and contact information for a reference • resume/CV • academic transcript

Please make sure all materials are contained in one document. Submit to the dropbox at by 5:00 PM May 13.

Faculty/staff awards

The Harlan Hahn Research Award is for full or part-time UW faculty and staff for projects that include, but are not limited to:

• Pedagogical research in disability studies, including course development. • Travel and attendance at a disability studies related conference. • Research and writing of a publishable article or manuscript on disability studies.

To apply, please submit:

• a proposal (1-2 pages) that describes how you will use the grant, including a brief personal statement of how this support will advance your research and/or education in disability studies and the outcomes expected;

• a one-page budget

Please make sure all materials are contained in one document. Submit to the dropbox at by 5:00 PM May 13.

All award notifications should be made by June 1. Questions? Contact Kurt Johnson,

The number and amount of the awards will depend on the quality and quantity of applications.

Faculty, staff and students from any of the three UW campuses are eligible to apply.

Recipients will be expected to lead a Disability Studies brownbag discussion or other public presentation and provide a short written summary of how the grant funds were spent before the end of the academic year following the award.

For all awards, activities must be completed by the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Past performance under these awards will be taken into consideration when assessing an application by a previous award winner.

The University of Washington’s Disability Studies Program Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund was established by the generous gift of the late Harlan D. Hahn, disability activist and political scientist. For more information on the Harlan Hahn Fund, please see: .

The Dennis Lang Award was established by the generous support of the University's Disability Studies community. For more information on the Dennis Lang Award, please see:

Pamela E. Yee Gender and Disabilities Studies Award

Amount: $500 to be split between a Graduate and Undergraduate Student at UW. This award is given annually to an undergraduate and graduate student for a written and/or visual project on any topic that most successfully integrates gender and disabilities studies. Submissions and Award Details: 1. The Awards committee will accept quarterly submissions beginning in the Fall, 2012. 2. The award will be split equally between a graduate student and an undergraduate currently enrolled at the University of Washington. If there is no awardee at the end of the academic year, the award will remain in the fund. 3. The prize will be decided by the GWSS Awards Committee at the end of Spring Quarter and will consider projects submitted within the previous 18 months.The deadline has been extended to June 14, 2013. Submit award application materials to the P.E. Yee Gender & Disabilities Studies Award drop box. (Word document). Please direct any questions to GWSS ( See also

Online BA in Disability Studies, City University of New York.

The first of its kind in the country, the online BA in the CUNY School of Professional Studies offers six required courses, including Disability and Society, Disability and Embodiment, Disability Narratives, Disability in History, and Disability Law and Policy. Students then choose from four concentrations, one of which is Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. Course descriptions can be found here:

Master's Degree Program, The University at Buffalo Center for Disability Studies (

We are excited to announce a new formal concentration in disability studies at the level of the master's degree. "Master of Arts (M.A.) in Humanities-Interdisciplinary, with a formal Concentration in Disability Studies." A unique two-year Interdisciplinary Masters Degree in the Humanities with a formal concentration in Disability Studies at the University at Buffalo. Our interdisciplinary program’s core and elective courses come mostly from disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences. We especially encourage those students interested in taking an historical approach to the study of disability to apply to our program. In the second year, the Masters program offers ample opportunities for students to pursue independent study and internships. We are now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 academic year. Please direct any queries to Mike Rembis (

M.Sc. in Disability Studies at Trinity College Dublin.

You can check our video here: For more information on the course, please visit our website at or contact Ms. Ailish Kennedy Ph: +353 1 896 3885 or This innovative M.Sc. in Disability Studies provides a common ground for the inter-disciplinary study of disability. This M.Sc. is likely to comprise a student body coming from the private and public sectors including disability service providers in management positions; disability activists and members of advocacy organisations; policy makers; graduates from the Social Sciences, Education, Political Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Applied Health Sciences with a strong interest in the disability field. The programme provides students with a deep understanding of disability from social, historical, cultural, economic and political perspectives. Graduates of the M.Sc. will be equipped with the knowledge, analytical skills and insight to translate rights into reality in the field of disability both nationally and internationally. The programme is run by the National Institute for Intellectual Disability in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. Disciplines within Trinity contributing to the teaching and management of the M.Sc. include Nursing and Midwifery, Law, Occupational Therapy, Religions and Theology and Economics. The course includes frequent input from leading scholars in the field of Disability Studies nationally and internationally and hosts seminars and guest lectures offered by visiting academics.

Internships (Link) NCIL Policy Internship Program.

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is announcing 2 internship positions at our headquarters in Washington, DC. The NCIL Policy Internship Program is open to students and individuals pursuing a career in a field relevant to NCIL interests, particularly Independent Living and disability advocacy. Although not a requirement, preference shall be given to individuals with disabilities. This program will provide real Washington policy experience to participants at a highly respected national organization. The program includes 2 internships, with positions lasting from January 15th – May 15th, and September 1st – December 15th. Interns are required to work 10-15 hours each week based out of NCIL headquarters in Washington, DC; actual schedule and hours to be negotiated with the Executive Director. Although internships are unpaid, NCIL will cover the cost of all job-related travel to meetings, and assist interns with post-graduation job placement at related organizations. NCIL will also assist students seeking academic credit if the opportunity exists at their school. Successful candidates completing the internship program will gain valuable policy experience in Washington, and will be ideal candidates for open positions at NCIL, CILs, and other advocacy organizations across the country. To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to Austin Walker at

Disability History Association Graduate Student Scholarship.

As part of our commitment to promoting the work of disability historians, DHA is proud to announce this year’s graduate student scholarship to attend professional academic conferences. This award is not restricted by the geographic location or type of professional academic conference. The fellowship committee will award either 2 applicants $250US or one applicant $500US, depending on strength of proposals and need. The Association will cover expenses to convert currencies if necessary. To apply for this scholarship applicants should provide a one-page (roughly 250- word) cover letter outlining when, where, and what kind of conference will be attended. Applicants should clearly explain their reason for wanting to attend the conference and what benefits are anticipated by this experience. For example, a candidate may have been accepted to present a paper or may want to interview for jobs at the conference; another may want to do both or may want to learn more about subjects presented that relate to his/her own work. For more information on the scholarship please contact Susan Burch at

Fellowship (Link) Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Submissions accepted until position filled.

Applicants must have received their doctoral degree within the last four years in any of the following disciplines: Disability Studies, Public Health, Public Policy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or a related field with relevant experience. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Submit documentation via email to Mary Kay Rizzolo, Associate Director, Dept. of Disability and Human Development (

Calls for Papers

Tool for searching current information about health, science, and medicine funding opportunities, conferences, CFPs: Research Raven (Link).

Panel CFP: "Embodied Identities: Race, Disability, and Social Justice in the Arts". Reed College, Portland, Oct. 26, 2013. Submission deadline: Aug. 20, 2013. Portland, Oregon’s Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) is presenting a panel discussion on the intersections of race, disability, embodiment, and social justice in the arts on October 26, 2013 on the campus of Reed College. This call for papers seeks local, national, and international academics, artists, and activists who wish to present a paper on this topic to submit proposals by August 20, 2013 to the DACP Visual Arts Coordinator, Stefanie Snider ( Presenters will be notified by September 1, 2013 of their application status. A reception will take place in conjunction with the panel. The arts can be powerful articulations of experiences with both oppression and empowerment in contemporary society. Analysis of positive, negative, and neutral artistic representations from a social justice perspective can help to increase our cultural awareness of just how prevalent and important the arts are to the issues we face in our everyday lives. This panel seeks to explore the wide variety of ways in which multiple forms of art have helped to give voice to and affirm embodied notions of race and disability as tools of social justice on local, national, and international levels. Individuals from all disciplines working on issues of race, disability, embodiment, and the arts are encouraged to submit a proposal. The Disability Art and Culture Project’s mission is to further the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities. DACP views disability as a natural and valuable variation of the human form. DACP believes that affirmative disability identity is intertwined with racial, gender, social, and economic justice. With this mission in mind, the Disability Art and Culture Project is interested in cultivating discussion about the intersections of racialized and disabled identities across the arts, including, but not limited to: theatre, dance, performance art, music, conventional fine arts (painting, sculpture, printmaking, etc.), and multi-media visual and performing arts. Presentation submissions do not need to be restricted to a particular historical time period or culture, but please be culturally- and historically-specific in your analysis. To submit a proposal for consideration, please send a 250-500 word abstract of your paper, a current CV or resume, and a brief (100-250 words) biography to Stefanie Snider at by August 20, 2013. Completed presentations should be 15-20 minutes long and may make use of visual, auditory, and other accompaniments to make them more easily accessible to a diverse audience. Final drafts of presentations will be due by October 20, 2013 in order to be made available to the audience in large print. ASL interpretation will be provided. While we would love to be able to include presenters from a wide variety of locations and backgrounds, please keep in mind that DACP is unable to provide funding for travel to the panel. “Embodied Identities: Race, Disability, and Social Justice in the Arts” is co-sponsored by Disability Art and Culture Project, the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College, and the Office for Institutional Diversity at Reed College. Learn more about the Disability Art and Culture Project at its website, If you have any questions or concerns about this call for papers, please do not hesitate to contact Stefanie Snider at We appreciate your input in helping to make this a successful event!

Symposium CFP: The Minnesota Symposium in Applied Disability Studies, October 11-12, 2013. Submission deadline: Aug. 26, 2013. The University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Disability Studies invites proposals for presentations for its fourth annual symposium, October 11-12, 2013. Proposals must meet the following criteria: 1) Presentations must be collaborations including at least one student and one faculty or other professional mentor. 2) Presentations must be works-in-progress. 3) Topics must be in “applied disability studies,” with a clear and direct relationship to practical outcomes intended to improve the situation of the disability community. We encourage submissions from a broad range of fields, including those not typically represented in disability studies. 4) We especially encourage presentations that concern mental disability, but final selection will reflect a diversity of topics. 5) Each presentation will be 50 minutes, a 10-15 minute introduction and 35-40 minutes for questions and discussion. We encourage informality and limited use of media. It is our policy to post presentation materials online in advance for perusal by attendees, to maximize opportunities for discussion. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and bios of all presenters (including academic or professional affiliations), 100 words maximum. Send via email to Alex Lubet, by August 26, 2013, 4pm. Keynote speaker: Michael L. Perlin, Professor of Law, Director of Mental Disability Law Program, Director of International Mental Disability Law Reform Project, Justice Action Center. An internationally-recognized expert on mental disability law, Michael L. Perlin has devoted his career to championing legal rights for people with mental disabilities. A prolific author of 23 books and nearly 250 scholarly articles on all aspects of mental disability law, Professor Perlin says that his ninth book, THE HIDDEN PREJUDICE: MENTAL DISABILITY ON TRIAL (American Psychological Association Press, 2000), “reflects the essence of the work he has done throughout his career.” The book is an attempt to educate society about how the fear of persons with mental illness creates a hidden bias against them that prevents equal justice, a form of discrimination he calls “sanism.”

Conference CFP: Attachments: Queer Investments in Capital and Globalizations. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, March 6-8, 2014. Submission deadline: Oct. 1, 2013. For more info: Organized by the Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies. Sponsored by the Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies. With keynote speaker, Robert McRuer, Professor of English, George Washington University. Professor McRuer will be presenting on his latest book project on “cripping global austerity politics.” McRuer is the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability and co-editor of Sex and Disability. The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies invites proposals for our second conference, “Attachments: Queer Investments in Capital and Globalizations” at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. The conference will be a two-day series of conversations in race, ethnic, queer, sexuality, gender, and disability studies, attending to the affective and economic investments in and resistance to financial, sexual, cultural, legal, political, national, and global economies. We invite papers which extend recent debates about homonationalism and “slow death” to consider the ways in which queer attachments to and resistance of capital, globalization, and the state trouble dominant notions of progress. We encourage presenters to consider the multitude of ways in which investments and attachments can be or have been made queerly: investment in communities, in institutions, in movements, in “the future,” in citizenship, as well as time and monetary investments; and attachments to debt, relationships, dreams, contracts, medicine/medical interventions, to prosthetics, identities, to cultural and political obligations, to liberalism, radicalism, and so on. We hope to create a vibrant space for intellectual exchange with an emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship. We welcome submissions from graduate students from a wide range of fields, including gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies, American studies, geography, history, education, media and communication, sociology, and cultural studies, among others. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to): Affect, attachments, and investments; Immigration, citizenship, and diaspora; Empire and colonialism; Labor: sexual, affective, activist, academic, etc.; Production and consumption of media, aesthetics, and culture; Race, place, and identity; The politics of idleness, unproductivity, and failure; Kinship, family, and coalition; Consumption, consumer culture, and tourism; Neoliberalism and biopolitics; Industrial complexes: military, non-profit, prison, and medical; Disability and crip politics; Post-humanism, animality, and technoscience.

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more than 100 words to by OCTOBER 1, 2013. Conference applicants will be notified by November 1. TRAVEL GRANTS for presenters will be available, sponsored by the Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies. We will award up to three travel grants of up to $500 each. More details will be available upon acceptance to present. The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies (GIGSS) is a group of graduate students from all disciplines and all levels who are committed to creating new opportunities for interdisciplinary conversation and research in sexuality studies at the University of Minnesota. The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies, named for the late University of Minnesota alumnus, is dedicated to the advancement of GLBT scholarship across the University and in the broader Twin Cities community. For more info:

DREAMzine. Submission deadline: Nov. 20, 2013. The Second Issue of DREAMzine will go online and we’d like to publish your work! This is a chance to show off what you can do to the world and so the theme of our next issue is “Don’t Dis My Ability!” We hope that this will be interpreted broadly and we encourage creativity in your submission. Ideas for submissions include articles, essays, cartoons, artwork, interesting class papers or reports, short stories or films, poetry, photographs, interviews, book and film reviews and more. Or, send us your ideas—we’re looking for things that are important to you and that you would like to share with the larger disability community.

Please be sure to check out the “Guidelines for Submissions” on the DREAM website at If you are a former college student with a disability, a faculty member, a nondisabled student, or family member, you’re also welcome to submit something to DREAMzine, but please remember that our target audience is college students with disabilities. Have quite a bit you’d like to share? Then consider suggesting a regular feature, especially if you would like to take charge of writing it. If you are a cartoonist, would like to write an advice column, want to share your blog, or have other ideas for ongoing features, feel free to submit them, as well.

Submissions and suggestions must be submitted electronically and cannot be returned. Go to the DREAM website at for more details. All submissions for the next issue must be received no later than November 20, 2013. Please submit your articles, Michelle White at by November 1st. Submissions must be in word form or a jpeg. For any other file types please email me to ask.

Michelle White, M.A. History, Co-founder of DREAM,, Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education At Syracuse University

Conference CFP (link): Disability Disclosure in/and Higher Education. A national conference to be held at The University of Delaware, Newark, DE, October 25-27, 2013. To register for the conference, visit We also have a Facebook group--anyone is welcome to join-- We post regular updates on our conference website, but the Facebook group is a great way to connect with others attending, find roommates, share travel arrangements, and otherwise pose questions and share information about the conference, about the University of Delaware or Newark, DE or about anything relevant to the conference. Plenary Speakers to include: Mel Chen, University of California-Berkeley; Alison Kafer, Southwestern University;Bradley Lewis, New York University; Ellen Samuels, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Katherine D. Seelman, University of Pittsburgh. What does it mean to disclose disability in the context of higher education? This conference will engage scholars from across the country in multi- and inter-disciplinary conversation and collaboration around this question. More specifically, it will explore disability disclosure, a deeply complex social and cultural phenomenon, as it happens in higher education. Such attention comes at a moment when, 23 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, people who grew up with the protection and access provided by the law at their backs are now enrolling as students and populating the academy as professionals and faculty members. For submission types and proposal guidelines, please see our Call for Proposals.

Conference CFP. FANTASTIC! HEROIC! DISABLED? “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON, April, 2013, Syracuse University. DEADLINE for Proposals EXTENDED until: January 25, 2013. This symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga. Websites: and Twitter: @cripcon Facebook:

Symposium on Disability, Technology and Rehabilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries. Submission deadline: Jan. 21, 2013. Symposium dates: June 27 & 28, 2013. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Center for Technology and Disability Studies, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. The Symposium on Disability, Technology and Rehabilitation in Low and Middle Income Countries will bring together researchers, clinicians, consumers, consumer led organizations, technology developers and providers, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders who focus on improving and increasing access to technology and rehabilitation products and services with the goal of ensuring full inclusion and participation for people with disabilities in low-resourced communities in low and middle income countries. To receive email updates about the symposium, sign up at:

CFP Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Title: Disability and Visual Culture. Guest Editors: Dr Alice Hall (University of York) and Professor Tobin Siebers (University of Michigan). Submission deadline: July 2013. In the last two decades, there has been an unprecedented explosion in visual culture. If we live in the ‘age of the image’, what does this mean for disability studies? From the Venus de Milo to Marc Quinn’s *Alison Lapper Pregnant *(2005), or Diane Arbus’s photographs to the media representations of the London 2012 Paralympians, visual representations of disability call into question notions of normalcy, aesthetic value and beauty. This special issue aims to bring together writing from an international base of scholars working on the intersection between disability studies and visual culture. The issue will consider whether the representation of disability changes the presuppositions underlying theories of visual culture. How is disability made a part of visual culture? When is it visible, invisible? Is it confined to one aesthetic register, the ugly, for example? Does disability need to be representational to enter visual culture? Are there codes for the visual recognition of disability? The issue will also consider the exchange between different kinds of visual and verbal ‘texts’ in relation to the representation of disability. What does it mean to ‘read’ a visual representation of disability and, conversely, how does the language and theory of visual studies shift our understanding of literary writing about disability? We define ‘visual culture’ broadly to encompass film, theatre, sculpture, photography, painting, advertisements and digital media. Contributions that consider the relationship between literary writing and visual culture are also welcomed. A one page proposal should be emailed to by the end of July 2013. Contributors will be selected and notified by 1st October 2013. (Full drafts of the selected articles will be due on 1st March 2014). Questions about prospective submissions should also be directed to Alice.

Journal (Link) Title: Special Issue on New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies. Deadline: Aug. 15, 2013. Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy is seeking new work for a special issue on disability with the general theme of New Conversations in Feminist Disability Studies. In 2001 Hypatia published its first special issue on feminist philosophy and disability. Since that time, there has been a great deal of disability scholarship in feminist and queer theory. A new special issue provides the opportunity to consider interventions, innovations, and transformations in feminist theory occasioned by theories and concepts that animate feminist disability studies, disability studies, queer disability studies/crip theory. Within philosophy, much of the discussion of disability has occurred in the areas of bioethics, ethics of care, and social and political philosophy. This work remains crucial for furthering philosophical understanding of disability. In addition to these areas of philosophy, this special issue seeks to provide a space for new feminist philosophical analyses of disability, as well as new feminist, queer, and feminist queer crip conversations between scholarship on disability in ethics and social and political philosophy and scholarship on disability in epistemology, science studies, environmental philosophy, ecofeminism, queer ecology, aesthetics, critical race theory, metaphysics, phenomenology, and queer theory. Papers should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of notes and bibliography, prepared for anonymous review, and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words. For details please see Hypatia's submission guidelines Please submit your paper to manuscript central (Wiley-Blackwell) website: When you submit, make sure to select “Disability” as your manuscript type, and also send an email to the guest editor, Kim Q. Hall:, indicating the title of the paper you have submitted.

Past Events

Workshop (Link) Title: Sexability. When: Wed. Nov. 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Where: Johnson Hall, Room 111. Sexability is a workshop on sex and disability presented by the local business Babeland, which specializes in providing honest, fun, sex-positive education. Presented by ASUW GBLT Commission and ASUW Student Disability Commission.

Public Talk (Link) Title: The New ADA and Its Impacts on Universities. When: Tues. Nov. 30, 2:00-3:00. Where: Parrington Hall Commons Room 308. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Don Brandon, project director of the Northwest Disability Business Technical Assistance Center, will address the multitude of changes to the law since its enactment and the effects of the law on higher education. Presented by the ASUW Student Disability Commission.

Disability Studies Brownbag discussion. When: Wed., Dec. 1, 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Where: Savery 408. Speakers: Dennis Lang and Anjali Truitt. Topic: Claiming Impairment.

Community Event (pdf file) Title: Have Your Say - A Community Forum on Independent Living Design. When: Mon. Dec. 6, 4:00-6:00. Where: Parrington Hall Room 308, University of Washington. Ph.D. student Rinkle Shah (

Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, "Arts-Based Research." Jan. 4, 4:00-5:30 pm. UW Bothell, Building UW1, Room 280.

Brownbag talk Title: Invisible Disabilities and Medicalization as Legitimation, Laura Back, Ph.D. student, Wed. Jan. 26, 12:00-1:30pm, Savery 408.

Lectures, films, and exhibit (Link) (Flyer pdf) Unspeakable: Disability History, Identity, and Rights. Jan 25 - Mar 17. This series of films and lectures sponsored by the Disability Studies Program and the Student Disability Commission is presented in conjunction with "The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic" exhibit at UW Odegaard Library, 2nd Floor. Online exhibit website (requires Adobe Flash Player). When Willard Psychiatric Center in upstate New York closed in 1995, workers found hundreds of suitcases in the attic of an abandoned building. The suitcases and their contents bear witness to the rich, complex lives of their owners prior to being committed to Willard.

Lecture (Link) Title: Resisting Shame, Making Our Bodies Home, Eli Clare, writer and activist, Thurs. Jan. 27, 2:30-4:30, Parrington 309. Sponsored and organized by ASUW Student Disability Commission, GBLT Commission, Women's Action Commission, DS Program.

Lecture (Link) Title: Yearning for Carrie Buck, Eli Clare, Fri. Jan. 28, 6-8pm, Odegaard 220. Sponsored and organized by ASUW Student Disability Commission and DS Program (Unspeakable series).

Dance performance: A Collaborative Performance Response to the Willard Suitcase Exhibition. Tues. Feb. 8, 3.30-4:20pm. Venue: Meany 267.

Geoff Reaume (York University) LECTURE Thurs. Feb. 10, 6:00pm, Odegaard Library 220, "Memorializing Mad People’s History: Preserving Our Past through Archives and Activism."

Brownbag talk Title: AccessSTEM in Higher Education," Noah Siedel, Disability Studies major, Fri. Feb. 18, 12:00-1:30pm, Savery 408.

Licia Carlson (Providence College) LECTURE: "Gender, Disability, and the Dynamics of Institutionalization." Mon. Mar. 7. 6-7:30pm, Odegaard 220.

Brown bag talk at Department of History: Jeff Brune (Gallaudet University) "What Every Historian Should Know about Disability History (and What They Lose by Ignoring the Field)." Mon. Feb. 28, 12:00-1:00pm, Smith 203E.

Jeff Brune (Gallaudet University) LECTURE "Blind Like Me: John Howard Griffin, Disability, and the Fluidity of Identity in Modern America." Tues. Mar. 1, 6-7:30pm. Odegaard 220.

Joanne Woiak (UW Disability Studies) LECTURE: "Voices from the Washington Archives: Eugenics and Forced Sterilization in State Institutions." Tues. Mar. 15, 6:00-7:30pm, Odegaard 220. Series web site

Disability Studies Program brownbag talk. When: Fri. May 6, 12:00-1:30pm. Where: Savery 408. Who: Megan Morris, Ph.D. candidate. Title: "Reducing Barriers to Healthcare Access for People with Communication Disabilities: A Pilot Curriculum for Medical Students."

Disability Studies Program brownbag talk. When: Fri. May 13, 12:00-1:30pm. Where: Savery 359. Who: Ann Luetzow, Disability Studies major. Title: Politics and Rights: A Disability Perspective.

Joanne Woiak, "Cripping Revolution," Fri. Nov. 18, 12-1:15, Savery 408, DS brownbag.

Joyojeet Pal, "The Culture of Workplace Visibility for People with Vision Impairments in Bangalore," Fri. Dec. 9, 11:30-12:45, Savery 408, DS brownbag.

Disability History Month Celebration. Thurs. Oct. 27, 3:30-5:30, Walker-Ames Room in Kane Hall. Disability History Month in Washington is intended to increase understanding of the contributions people with disabilities have made to our society, increase respect and promote inclusion, and inspire students with disabilities to feel a greater sense of pride. Please join us for this celebratory event featuring a panel discussion about the history of disability activism and scholarship at UW. Refreshments provided. All welcome! Link to UW President's announcement.

Disability Awareness Week (link), May 23-28, 2011. Sponsors: ASUW Student Disability Commission and Disability Advocacy Student Alliance. Events:

Every Body Freeze, Now. Flash mob for disability awareness. When: Wed. May 25, 12:00-12:30pm. Where: Red Square. For detailed description, go to

Cripping Culture: A Live Poetry Slam and Art Show! When: Thurs. May 26, 6:30-8:30pm. Where: Parnassus Cafe, Art Building 007.

Please join us for the Disability Studies Program Year-End Celebration! When: Mon. June 6, 4-6pm. Where: Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220. Celebrate our community and the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff over the last year, including our graduating Individualized Studies Majors, Disability Studies Minors, and affiliate graduate and professional students. Your friends and family members are most welcome to join us. Snacks will be provided. In order for us to be accessible to people with chemical sensitivities, please do not wear scented products.

Elizabeth Lockwood, “Deaf Community Activism: Lessons Learned from Uruguay,” Thur. Feb. 9, 12-1:15 pm, Savery 408

Aditya Ganapathiraju, “Dis-Existentialism,” Fri. Feb. 17, 12-1:15 pm, Savery 408 (Link to video of a version of this talk on YouTube)

Ronnie Thibault (2011 Harlan Hahn award winner), "Can Autistics Redefine Autism? The Cultural Politics of Autistic Activism,"Fri. March 2, 12-1:15 pm, Savery 408

ASUW Student Disability Commission is excited to announce two events featuring Leroy Moore and Krip-Hop Nation: (Link to pdf file of the event poster) Title: Broken Bodies, PBP: Police Brutality Profiling Friday. When: Fri. Feb. 10, 5:00-7:00 pm. Where: University of Washington, Odegaard Library, Room 220. This workshop will talk about POOR Magazine and its connection to the issue of police brutality in the disability community featuring Leroy Moore. Police brutality in the disabled community will be discussed as well as how Hip-Hop artists use their talents in cases of police brutality. Leroy will also discuss the origins of Krip Hop Nation and talk about current projects and activism opportunities. There will be audio and visual cases by Hip Hop artists with disabilities and participants will have the option to do an exercise based on these cases. Title: Under 1 Nation: Zulu & Krip-Hop. When: Sat. Feb. 11, 5:00-9:00 pm. Where: University of Washington, Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall 225. This a multimedia presentation featuring Hip-Hop performances by artists with disabilities including Leroy Moore and King Khazm. Using Hip-Hop as a cultural platform, police brutality and profiling within the disability community will be discussed as well as the justice system's relationship to the Black and disability community. This presentation will feature music, audio, and film presentations as well as a panel discussion.

Disability Studies Program Year End Recognition and Celebration

When: Fri. June 8, 2:30-4:00. Where: Odegaard Library 220. Please join us in recognizing and celebrating our 2011-2012 accomplishments and graduates! Refreshments will be provided.

Spring 2012 Disability Studies brownbag discussions

Title: Imagining a Disability and Deaf Cultural Center. Who: Emerson Sekins and Ann Luetzow. When: Fri. May 4, 12-1:15. Where: Savery 408. Title: Are Your Electronic Documents Accessible? Who: Terry Thompson, DO-IT. When: Fri. May 11, 11:00-12:15. Where Savery 408. Title: Signature Wound: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and the U.S. Military Healthcare Bureaucracy. Who: Anna Zogas. When: Fri. May 18, 12-1:15. Where: Savery 359.

Disability Pride Week, May 21-15, 2012, ASUW Student Disability Commission (

MON MAY 21Kick-Off Event (featuring a performance by King Khazm) @ Red Square, 12-1PM. Sexability Workshop by Babeland @ Parrington 309, 5:30-7:30PM.

TUES MAY 22 Disability & Sexuality FemSpace @ Savery 151, 4-5PM

WED MAY 23 Disability Justice: Intersectionality and Grassroots Organizing @ Condon 110A, 5:30-7PM.

THURS MAY 24 Cripping Culture Poetry Night @ Parnassus, 6-7:30PM.

FRI MAY 25 ASL Club’s 1st Annual Performance Night @ Savery 264, 6PM

“The Work of Social Change: Generations of Disability Advocacy, 1820-1968,” Laurie Block, Executive Director of the Disability History Museum. Date: Friday May 10, 2013, 10:30am–12:30pm. Location: HUB 250, University of Washington Please join us! This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. We request that you register by emailing Description: This talk will highlight the key roles played by parent advocates, Deaf community pioneers, and independent living advocates in transforming opportunities available to people with disabilities, from the early 1800s to the first disability rights legislation. Laurie Block is a public historian who develops innovative media projects and educational forums that use archival materials and oral history to foster community dialogue about contemporary social issues. Sponsored by UW Disability Studies Program.

The D Center presents: Crossroads of Disability and Deafness in Higher Education with Wendy Harbour from Syracuse University. When: Tues. May 14, 6:00-7:30pm. Where: Bagley 131. FB Event: From lived experience to discrimination, ableism and audism in the workplace, to creating a cultural community, Dr. Wendy Harbour shares her experiences as a Deaf professor of Disability Studies working in the field of inclusive higher education. She will also provide insight on her work with the disability cultural center at Syracuse, the only other school- funded Disability/Deaf Cultural center in the country! Please join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion! There will be a question and answer period after the presentation. BIO: Wendy S. Harbour teaches courses in disability studies, inclusive K-12 education, and disability in higher education at Syracuse University. Her areas of expertise are disability studies in education, universal design for learning, postsecondary disability services and accommodations, and transition from secondary to postsecondary settings. Recent publications include contributions to Seeing Clearly: Ethnical Considerations in the Education of Children who are Deaf (Gallaudet University Press) and Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice (Harvard Education Press), as well as co-editing Special Education for a New Century (Harvard Education Press).

Tuesday, May 14th from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Location: University of Washington Seattle, Bagley (BAG) Hall 131. FREE Admission. ACCESSIBILITY: Please remember to be fragrance free. There will be voice-interpreters provided. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days. Please contact for any further questions, comments or concerns.


The Disability and Deaf Cultural Center (D Center) grand opening celebration will be on Friday, April 5, 4:30-7:30pm! We are located in Mary Gates Hall room 024, on the UW Seattle campus. All are invited! The grand opening will be an informal gathering where everyone will get to meet some new wonderful people in our community and have free food! We will be offering gluten-free and vegetarian options. D Center staff Lee and Christine will be giving some remarks and comments regarding the D Center’s missions and what we are looking forward to. Remarks will take place 4:30-4:45pm and again at 6:15-6:30pm.

Our Facebook event: Our website:

ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS: This event provides ASL interpreters and captioning. This space is wheelchair accessible. You may locate the elevator on the left when entering Mary Gates. This event will be fragrance-free. Here is a link for suggestions to be fragrance free: Baking soda will be available at the space.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

No flash photography will be taken at the event. Some of these pictures will be posted on Facebook as well as the D Center website. If there are any questions or concerns, please email

Some other reminders include: The D Center has an Interpreter Request form. This form is available to request for ASL interpreting, Deaf-Blind interpreting and/or captioning. This request is a great way to create accessibility for folks. Any registered organizations or groups at the UW are eligible to apply for this request. The form to request for interpreting is found here: At the link of the form also includes a detailed policy list that we will abide by. Please let us know if you have any questions! Please forward widely.

The D Center also has a workshop/event ideas call. We will present these events during Spring Quarter. We welcome all ideas from anywhere (outside of Washington state too). The application may be found here: and it is due April 5, the same day as our opening!

I hope to see you all there at the Grand Opening!! Christine Liao, Media and Publications Coordinator, D Center at the University of Washington

The D Center at the University of Washington and ASUW Student Disability Commission presents "Dis-Abilities, Diverse-Abilities and Dangerous Gifts" workshop. When: Monday, April 8th, 7-9pm. Where: HUB (Husky Union Building) room number 214.

Dis-Abilities, Diverse-Abilities, and Dangerous Gifts"--A workshop with The Icarus Project Co-Founders Jacks McNamara & Sascha Altman Dubrul. This workshop is offered by the founders of the Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network, online community, and alternative media project by and for people living with the experiences of emotional distress that are often labeled as mental illness. It will explore the intersections of mad pride and disability justice. We will facilitate an open dialogue around questions such as: • How do we understand neurodiversity and dangerous gifts? Does a healthy social ecology need a spectrum of minds and sensitivities, rather than a uniform model of wellness? Would we even be considering calling ourselves “disabled” if we didn’t live in in a capitalist system that requires consistent productivity and social conformity? • What does it mean to be survivors of trauma and oppression who struggle with disabling consequences, but don’t define ourselves as fundamentally broken? How do the intersections of race, class, and gender complicate and contribute to experiences of disability? • How do we create a world where we can all show up, exactly as we are, with our bodies and our minds, while also recognizing our potential for healing, recovery, and transformation? • How does the language we use to frame our struggles have the potential to create opportunities for solidarity and connection, or to further isolate and disempower us?" --via Jacks and Sascha BIOS: Jacks McNamara and Sascha DuBrul are the founders of The Icarus Project and co-authors of the book Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness. Jacks This is also the subject of the poetic documentary Crooked Beauty. They are writers and educators who have toured extensively across North America and Europe offering workshops and sparking dialogue in venues ranging from the US Social Forum and the Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities to activist gatherings and college classrooms. Both diagnosed bipolar, and for Jacks, living with chronic illness and chronic pain, they bring their lived experiences into the room. The Icarus Project is a radical mental health support network, online community, and alternative media project by and for people struggling with extreme emotional distress that often gets labeled as mental illness. We envision a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework. We believe these experiences are dangerous gifts needing cultivation and care, rather than diseases or disorders. By joining together as individuals and as a community, the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and collaboration can inspire hope and transformation in an oppressive and damaged world. Participation in The Icarus Project helps us overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness." -- via

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Winter quarter DS Program brownbag talk. When: Fri. Jan. 11, 2013, 12:00-1:15pm. Where: Savery 408. Title: "Ashley X Comes of Age: Alternatives to Socio-Sexual Restructuring." Stephen Rosenbaum, Visiting Senior Lecturer, UW School of Law. Approximately six years ago, Ashley X’s story became front page news. Surgery had been performed on the young girl over a period of two years at Seattle's Children's Hospital: She had a hysterectomy to prevent menstruation and her nascent breast buds were removed to prevent development. She underwent an appendectomy and completed estrogen therapy to speed up the natural closure of her growth plates. In January 2007, Ashley’s parents set up a blog to explain their reasoning for their decision “and to share their story with families of other children who might benefit.” Ashley is now 16. What are some alternative stories that may be shared about autonomy, care, support and benefit? Before coming to UW, Steve Rosenbaum served for many years as staff attorney with Disability Rights California and senior litigation attorney with the Disability Rights, Education & Defense Fund. He teaches disability rights law at Stanford and social justice courses at UC Berkeley. Steve has written several articles on the subjects of disability, special education and human rights and was the father of a young man with physical and intellectual disabilities.