May 10 talk on disability advocacy, HUB 250

May 10 talk on disability advocacy, HUB 250


“The Work of Social Change: Generations of Disability Advocacy, 1820-1968,” Laurie Block, Executive Director of the Disability History Museum. Fri. May 10, 2013, 10:30am–12:30pm. HUB 250 (map). Lunch will be provided. Please join us! This event is free and open to the public. 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. What values underlie social change? Are the motives behind social justice work the same from one generation to the next? Why did the goals of particular activists prevail or ebb? There will be opportunity for audience questions and conversation about this history and its significance for disability justice today.

Speaker biography: 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. Her work, including the Disability History Museum ( and the From Affliction to Citizenship curriculum project, seeks to recover, chronicle, and interpret the historical experience of people with disabilities, and to promote understanding of disability and dispel lingering assumptions and stereotypes.

Accessibility information: This event will have ASL interpreting and captioning, thanks to the support of the UW D Center ( This event is wheelchair accessible. Upon entering the main entrance of the building, there are elevators to the right. The room is on the second floor. 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 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.

Information about directions and parking can be found at A number of Metro Transit routes stop at the University of Washington HUB. Disability parking is available in lot N-22.

If there are any questions, please email Joanne Woiak, This event is sponsored by the Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington,