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Page from Shapereader comic. Raised shapes on wooden board.

Nov 3, Shapereader: Comics for the Blind

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Thurs, Nov 3, 4pm, Allen Auditorium. Please join us for this presentation by artist Ilan Manouach!

SHAPEREADER: COMICS FOR THE BLIND  

A PRESENTATION BY ILAN MANOUACH

November 3, 2016 at 4pm – Allen Auditorium

Description

Working at the intersection of anti-narrative experimental art, comics and disability, Greek artist Ilan Manouach has received accolades for his Shapereader, a series of panels in various media and textures, designed for reading by the blind. 

Mr. Manouach will present the Shapereader project and discuss his work on November 3 at 4pm in Allen Auditorium (in Allen Library) on the UW campus.

Co-sponsored by the UW Disability Studies Program, CHID Program, Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media, and the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416051152026757/

Accessibility information:

We have requested CART captioning and ASL interpretation for this event. Allen Auditorium is wheelchair accessible at the upper level. Please do not wear any strong fragrances, to keep this event accessible to community members with chemical sensitivity.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu.

ET Russian art exhibit closing party Oct 28!

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Casting Shadows at Jack Straw Gallery, https://etrussian.com

CASTING SHADOWS, my first solo exhibition, debuts September 9 – October 28, 2016 at the Jack Straw New Media Gallery in Seattle (read Stranger review here).  Opening night is September 9 (7PM), the Artist Talk is September 30 (7PM), and the closing night event is October 28 (7PM) (Co-sponsored by Short Run Comix & Arts Festival).

CASTING SHADOWS is a multi-sensory video installation of comics that explore disability culture and the human experience. Projections of hand drawn comics and original soundscapes envelop the viewer in a wash of story. CASTING SHADOWS is a cultural conversation that considers themes of animal-human interdependence, aging and connection, family, the role of assistive technology, and homeCASTING SHADOWS has received support from Art Matters the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Jack Straw Foundation and the University of Washington Harlan Hahn Award.

Two white women seated at a table readings numbers on a page.

First Fall brown bag! Oct 28, math & disability

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Join us Friday, Oct 28, noon, for this talk by Katherine Lewis & Dylan Lynn, "Rewriting Our Understanding of Mathematical Learning Disability"

Rewriting Our Understanding of Mathematical Learning Disability

When: Fri, Oct 28, 12-1pm

Where: Mary Gates Hall 024 (the D Center), University of Washington Seattle

Accessibility

Please be scent free for the health and safety of community members with chemical sensititive. We will have CART captioning and ASL interpretation at this event.

Description

How do you solve the problem: 8x3=?  Most adults simply retrieve the answer from memory, requiring only a fraction of a second.  This problem took Dylan, a statistics major with a mathematical learning disability (MLD), over 10 seconds to solve. Rather than retrieving this solution from memory, she was solving a series of independent calculation problems each with an intermediate sum. Although it is well documented that students with MLDs have difficulties solving basic number fact problems, research has rarely, if ever, examined the ways in which students, like Dylan, might be solving problems differently. In our study Dylan collaborated with a researcher to document her difficulties and compensatory strategies in videotaped interview sessions.  This work pushes back on the dominant deficit model used in studies of MLDs, and consider issues of access and compensation through an emancipatory research approach.

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Dylan Lynn

Dylan Lynn has a BA in statistics from University California, Berkeley and spent 4 years working as a data analyst in the tech sector. She recently switched careers and is now a private math tutor focusing predominantly on elementary aged students with a variety of learning disabilities. Having a math learning disability herself, Dylan seeks out new ways to teach and explain math by tapping into her own experiences. She has also participated in collaborative research with Katherine Lewis to explore her unique experiences with a math learning disability.

Katherine Lewis

Katherine Lewis is an assistant professor at the University of Washington's College of Education. Her research lies at the intersection of math education and special education and is concerned with understanding the nature of mathematical learning disabilities. Dr. Lewis’s work centers on an understanding of disability in terms of cognitive difference rather than deficit. This theoretical orientation – informed by a Vygotskian perspective of disability and Disability Studies – involves identifying differences in student’s understanding as they occur in authentic learning environments, evaluating the accessibility of instruction, and considering ways in which students may compensate.

Party at the D Center!

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Thurs, Oct 6, 5-7pm, in MGH 024.  **WELCOME BACK PARTY**

Welcome to the new school year!

Join us next Thursday, October 6th from 5-7pm in the D center (MGH 024) for pizza and cupcakes!

Get to know the staff and familiarize yourself with the center. We hope to see you there!! 

Mary gates hall front entrance is wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms will be accessible to all genders during the event. The D center is kept scent free so we ask that you do not wear any scented/fragranced products in order to make the space accessible to those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity. If you come with a scent we will ask that you wash off with scent free soap (provided).

If you have any questions, concerns, or accessibility details that were not addressed here please email dcenter@uw.edu

Young white man wearing sweats, seated in a manual wheelchair with colorful wheels, in front of a brick building.

Russian disability film: free screening!

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Oct 3, 4pm, in CMU 226: Pineapple & director Q&A

Join us for this US premiere screening of Pineapple, a feature-length indy romantic comedy about a wheelchair-user who can walk, but can't find love.  Followed by Q&A with the director & disability activist Vladimir Rudak.

When: Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, 4-7pm

Where: CMU 226 (Communications Building), University of Washington

Vladimir Rudak is a filmmaker, musician and disability activist in Russia.  Pineapple tells the story of Gena, a wheelchair user who secretly has regained the ability to walk, but prefers to remain an “invalid” in social life—until he falls in love.  Like Rudak’s previous feature film work (Tough Guys Don’t Dance), the film offers a critique of the social perception of people with disabilities, and offers an irreverent, charming, and quirky comical take on the idiosyncracies of daily life in today’s Russia. The film will be presented in Russian with English subtitles, and followed by a talk back session (with consecutive translation) with Rudak about the work. Rudak also plays in the popular band Kto Kak Mozhet.

More info click here, or contact Jose Alaniz, jos23@uw.edu.

Co-sponsored by the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies, Department of Slavic Languages, and Disability Studies Program.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu.

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Sara Goering on neuroethics

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Recent article with captioned video about Sara's work! 

Navigating the Ethics of Neuroscience.

She is a UW Professor in Philosophy and in Disability Studies.

Film Review by José Alaniz

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Read Professor Alaniz's most recent film review in KinoKultura

D Center is hiring a professional staff position!

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Closing date: July 8th, 2016.  See UW Hires webpage. Questions? write to dcenter@uw.edu

Leah Lakshmi, the outgoing advisor, writes:

The D Center is hiring a new Advisor!  The post is here: https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/ENG/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&jobhistory=1&szOrderID=134325  and closes July 8.  This is a 20 hour a week position with full benefits doing programming, coordinating and financial tracking for UW Seattle's disabled and Deaf student community center.  We know there are amazing folks in our community who could do a great job- please apply!

From the job announcement:

The D Center supports, empowers, and mentors disabled, Deaf, chronically ill, and neuro diverse students and enhances the visibility and engagement of disability experiences on the UW-Seattle campus.  The D Center strives to create an inclusive, accessible space affirming of all bodies, minds, and identities by fostering a sense of community and a culture of social justice and pride. 

The D Center has an outstanding opportunity for a Part-Time 50% Counseling Services Coordinator. 

The Counseling Services Coordinator supports D Center operations and staff and collaborates with other student entities, student services, and academic programs to develop and fulfill its mission.  The position will maintain an affirming and supportive environment through advising, communication, education, and advocacy for the D Center’s staff and student leaders.  The Counseling Services Coordinator will cultivate and promote the mission of the D Center throughout campus and raise awareness of disability justice, needs, and accessibility. 

The Counseling Services Coordinator will lead and manage aspects of the center including, but not limited to: developing and implementing programs; hiring and training student staff; developing and managing budgets; and developing and maintaining referral sources. The position will work with the disabled and Deaf community to create leadership opportunities for students and enhance the cultural efforts at the University. 

To see the requirements & to apply, go to "Staff Jobs", "UW Jobs" and search for position # 134325, under "Student Services" for the D Center.

https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/

Still image from Casting Shadows. A drawing in black and grey ink of a dog with mottled fur, and a person with dark skin and a cane, walking down the sidewalk together.

E.T. Russian "Casting Shadows"

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Friday, June 3, 12:00-1:00, MGH 024

E.T. Russian, “CASTING SHADOWS: The making of a multi-sensory installation piece about disability culture and the human experience”

CASTING SHADOWS is a multi-sensory, audio-video installation piece of comics that explore disability culture and the human experience. As an artist with a physical disability I was compelled to create this piece because storytelling is vital and the disability experience is characterized by isolation and often misunderstood. CASTING SHADOWS explores themes of animal-human interdependence, family, employment, homelessness, the body, the brain, race, sexuality, illness, parenting and connection. CASTING SHADOWS offers storytelling on multiple sensory levels (audio, visual and spatial), making this piece accessible to a wide variety of audiences. This talk will explore the process of making this project, including interviews, sound recordings, photography and original illustrations. CASTING SHADOWS will have its debut exhibition at The Jack Straw Foundation in Fall 2016. 

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E.T. RUSSIAN is a multi-media artist, author, filmmaker, performer, educator and healthcare provider living in Seattle, Washington. Russian is the author of The Ring of Fire Anthology (2014) and has published work in The Seattle Weekly, The Graphic Medicine Manifesto (2015), Gay Genius (2011) and The Collective Tarot (2008). Russian is a member of Seattle comic collective THE HAND, an Advisory Board Member for Seattle’s Short Run Fest, an organizer centered in Disability Justice, a featured performer with Sins Invalid and dance company Light Motion, and Co-Director of documentary Third Antenna (2001). Russian has lectured at Universities, conferences and community organizations across the country, and received support from the Seattle Office of Art & Culture, The Art Matters Foundation, The Jack Straw Foundation and the Harlan Hahn Award in Disability Studies from the University of Washington. Russian is a documentarian at heart and believes storytelling is a powerful tool for the liberation of all people. Learn more at ETRUSSIAN.COM

More news from/about E.T.!!

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JUNE 4, 2016 / SATURDAY / 11PM-9PM Olympia, WA I will be tabling the OLYMPIA COMICS FEST And I will also be on a panel with cartoonist Tatiana Gill talking about bodies in comics
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JUNE 9, 2016 /SATURDAY /5-9PM Seattle Art Museum I will be tabling at the opening of the new exhibit... GRAPHIC MASTERS This is a great new exhibit featuring graphic illustrations by famous painters such as Goya, Rembrandt and Picasso, as well as well-known cartoonist R. Crumb.  Short Run Fest is curating a group of Seattle cartoonists who will be selling their comics and zines and film-make Clyde Petersen is curating animations, as well.
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* Also, last night I was on Hollow Earth Radio 
With my comic collective T H E    H A N D! We were interviewed by #DJLuluNation Check it out at: https://www.mixcloud.com/LuluNationTalkShow/    (to be posted soon)

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Yonas Seifu talks about his "Intersectional Journey"

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Disability Studies brown bag talk. Join us on Friday, May 20th, 12-1pm, in the D Center (MGH 024)

Yonas Seifu, "My Intersectional Journey"

May 20, 12-1pm, MGH 024.

A stray bullet strike me in the back of the head and voila, I am shoved into my journey from temporarily able-bodied person to physically impaired person. 

As if being a Black Immigrant Male was not enough. 

Now, I am navigating another socially constructed group and battling the various gate keepers.

Going through the struggles, enlightenment, somewhat accepting and the battle to equalize.

Equipping myself with the language I needed to describe what I had been going through.

Defining successful endgame with the disability perspective. 

Article below about my situation in the Seattle Times: 

UW grad works to become whole 6 years after bullet shattered life 

Throughout my journey I have had some positive and not so positive experiences. These lessons have taught me a tremendous amount of coping capabilities. I have been writing and recording resilience stories. Learning the history of disability and how it has been constructed and a forced boundary on individuals has been strengthening my confidence.  

Topics I will cover:

The panic, devastation, coping and accepting. 

Relationships in immigrant family and culture and community.

Pursuit of romance, education, and a career.