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D Center winter events

Weekly Events:

ASL Club. Every Wednesday 3:30 PM – 5 PM

ASL Club is a space for Deaf, HOH and ASL-speaking folks to practice ASL and learn about Deaf culture. No registration required, just show up.

Mad Campus Every Thursday starting 2/4/2016. 5:30 PM- 7 PM

Mad Campus is a peer based group for students who identify as being mad/ mentally ill/ Having the Weird Brains/ neurodiverse, or some or all of the above. You don't need a doctor's note and you don't need to have an official diagnosis, you just have to be interested in hanging out with other people who have been or felt nuts to build community, share resources and talk about it.

Low Stim Nap and Snack. Every Wednesday starting 1/27/2016. Noon to 1 PM

Do you want a place to chill with low lighting, take a power nap or drink a beverage? Come over once a week and power nap, snack and be quiet together.

Special Events:

Tuesday, February 16, 4 PM: Self Advocacy Workshop, AKA, how to get your professors to listen about your disability accommodations!

What should you say to professors about your accommodations? Do you have to disclose your disability to you professor? What about to your peers and classmates? 

This workshop will answer these questions and more to help students with disabilities advocate for themselves in the classroom and in social settings. We will focus on helping students craft an accommodations "elevator speech" to use with professors to clarify what accommodations you have and what this will mean for their class. In addition, we will also talk briefly about advocating for yourself in social circles.

Facillitator Bios:

Kiana Parker currently works at Seattle University as an Alternative Media Coordinator in Disabilities Services.  Kiana received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and History in 2005 from the University of Washington and is currently involved in multiple projects to improve the accessibility of public transit In the city of Seattle.

Melissa Ka’iulani Pico currently works as a Learning Specialist with Learning Assistance Programs at Seattle University. Her background is in Social Work (MSW from UW) and Disability Studies, and she has focused her work on helping individuals and families build their navigational capital.

Thursday, February 18: Leroy Moore film screening and workshop!

UPDATE: This will be just one event, starting 7:00pm

Location: The D Center, Mary Gates Hall 024

Where is Hope: A Firm on Police Brutality Against People With Disabilities

Leroy Moore is a Leroy Moore is a Black writer, artist, hip-hop\music lover, community activist and feminist with a physical disability. He is one of the founding members of the National Black Disability Coalition. He is also is the founder of Krip Hop Nation, an international network of hiphop artists with disabilities. His first book, The Black Kripple Delivers Poetry and Lyrics, just dropped. He is also a co-founder of Sins Invalid.

Thursday, February 25, 3:00 PM, Slumber Party Self-Care/Love Workshop with Lyric Seal!

"Slumber Party" is a workshop that is exactly what it sounds like. Come get comfy and cozy with queer porn star, advice columnist, and disability justice activist Lyric Seal! Based on the advice column of the same name, which launched on in 2014, with Slumber Party, Lyric decentralizes the role of the sage, the expert, the advice giver to create a space for all bodies to figure out how to get our needs met around love, sex and relationships of all kinds. We will be doing some body grounding and meditation, viewing a short erotic film, letting ourselves ask the questions our hearts ask quietly, and collaborating on both ground rules for answering ethically and lovingly, and on the answers themselves. Low impact and low pressure, but with high sweetness and high reward should you choose to come.  

Sagit Mor lecture, Mon Feb 1st, 12:30, THO 317

The Disability Rights Movement in Israel

Visiting Professor Sagit Mor will be presenting "Disability Rights Movement in Israel: Sources, Achievements, and Challenges" on Feb 1, at 12:30pm in Thomson 317. You can find more information about her lecture here:

Abstract: In recent years, Israel has witnessed a growing movement of people with disabilities who claim their rights and fight for their place in society through legal and other means. This development was a result of changes in Israeli society, in the disability community, and in the legal arena. Prof. Sagit Mor will address the local and global forces that shaped the history of disability activism in Israel, that are characterized by the turn from charity to welfare to rights. While the disability activism, protests, and lobbying efforts led to some remarkable achievements they still face significant challenges.

Bio: Sagit Mor is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, Israel. She is an Israel Institute Teaching Fellow visiting the University of Washington for the 2015-2016 academic year (affiliated with Law Societies and Justice program (LSJ) and the Jewish Studies program). Following the completion of her doctoral studies at New York University School of Law, she was an Ed Roberts postdoctoral fellow in disability studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral dissertation won the Association for the Study of Law Culture and the Humanities 2007 Dissertation Award.

Please note, this event is a Brown Bag Lunch. No need to RSVP, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Feb 5, noon, Heather Evans talk

DS brown bag on the phenomenology of impairment, Fri, Feb 5, 12pm, in MGH 024

Presenter: Heather Evans, PhC, Sociology Department

Title: "Living the Paradox of 'Invisible Disability': A Phenomenological Analysis of Acquired Impairment"

Please join us Fri, Feb 5th, 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Mary Gates 024 (the UW D Center)


This presentation draws on data from twelve life history case studies to provide a phenomenological analysis of how people who have acquired non-apparent or episodic impairment through accident, injury, or chronic illness negotiate multiple identities. The study shows that both social and physical liminality are core experiences of this phenomena, focusing on the ways in which uncertainty and disclosure decision-making shape the daily interactions of people with non-apparent impairment.


Heather is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Fellow in the Comparative Law & Society Studies Program at the University of Washington. She is currently working as a pre-doctoral lecturer on the UW Bothell campus.  She has conducted both statistical analyses and ethnographic fieldwork. Heather’s dissertation examines the paradox of ‘invisible disability’, focusing on legal consciousness and intersecting identities among people who have acquired non-apparent impairment as adults. Broadly, she is interested in processes of marginalization, how new social spaces are created, and perceptions of citizenship among marginalized people. Heather is also the organizer of the UW Disability Studies Graduate Interest Group (DS GIG) sponsored by the University of Washington Simpson Center for the Humanities. For more information on this program, see:


CART captioning and ASL interpretation will be requested for all talks.

The D Center is located in the basement of Mary Gates Hall, room 024. It’s wheelchair accessible.

We ask that you please be fragrance free, for the health and well being of community members with chemical sensitivity. For more info:…/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email

Physical therapists with disabilities: DS brown bag

Jan 15, 12-1pm, MGH 024, Christine Toma

Physical Therapists with disabilities: Assessing the impact of disability on physical therapy education and the PT workforce

Christine Toma

Accessibility information:

Please do not wear any strong fragrances, for the health and wellness of community members with chemical sensitivity. We have requested CART captioning and ASL interpretation for this talk.


Purpose: This presentation reports a survey of the impact of impairments on individuals in the workforce and educational barriers with respect to people with disabilities, assessing the advantages and disadvantages of having a disability as a Physical Therapist, PTA, or Physical Therapy/PTA student.

Methods: The survey design used the New General Self-Efficacy Scale (Chen, Gully, & Eden, 2001) to describe therapists’ perceived self-efficacy, and a newly developed tool that assessed participants’ limitation(s), experiences and performance in the physical therapy profession, as well as perceived discrimination. Three sub-scales of 8-9 items were designed to assess different dimensions of discrimination: severe negative, moderate negative, and positive.  A separate survey was sent out to PT/PTA administrators to explore educational barriers. 

Results: 54.3% of participants changed their practice setting due to their impairment.  25% of participants stated their limitation had a strong negative impact on their job, 41.7% reported a slight negative impact, 16% reported no impact, 8.3% reported a slight positive impact, and 8.3% reported a strong positive impact on their job.  Only 2.7% of participants report that their employers are dissatisfied with their performance.  The biggest barrier to educating students with disabilities was determining reasonable accommodations and transferring such accommodations to the clinic.

Conclusion: The findings reveal facilitators and barriers of working as a Physical Therapist with an impairment, and are a first step to improving disability diversity such that the field would be more representative of the population it serves.


Christine Toma is a graduate of the Masters of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Toronto (2008). She worked several years in orthopedic outpatient Physical Therapy, then worked as a Teaching Associate in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Washington for several years. Having an impairment of her own, her research interest lies in exploring fair education and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities within the field of Physical Therapy.

Her project was supported by a Harlan Hahn Disability Studies award.

Rooted in Rights a project of Disability Rights Washington

Brown bag: Tina Pinedo, Disability Rights WA, Jan 8th

Reel Change: Video, Social Media & the Disability Rights Movement.

Join us for the first Winter quarter Disability Studies brown bag talk:

January 8, 2016, 12-1pm

MGH 024 (D Center)

Reel Change: Video, Social Media & the Disability Rights Movement

Presented by: Tina Pinedo, Video Production Manager at Disability Rights Washington

Accessibility information:

CART captioning and ASL interpretation have been requested.

The D Center is located in the basement of Mary Gates Hall, room 024. It’s wheelchair accessible.

We ask that you please be fragrance free, for the health and well being of community members with chemical sensitivity. For more info:…/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email


This Brown Bag presentation will demonstrate how crucial and effective video advocacy is to the disability rights movement. Disability Rights Washington <> (DRW) is a private, non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. In March 2015, DRW launched Rooted in Rights<>, a multi-channel platform for people with disabilities, self-advocates and their friends, families and allies. The mission of the project is to tell stories of the continuing fight for equal rights for people with disabilities, locally and internationally. Since its launch, Rooted in Rights has produced over 40 videos covering topics including: emergency planning, service animals, mental health access in jail, accessible curb cuts, and voting. A few short Rooted in Rights videos will be screened during the presentation to establish how creative content can help amplify legal rights issues related to people with disabilities, and how other disability rights advocates can get involved.

Follow Rooted in Rights on social media!

Facebook<> | Instagram<> | YouTube<> | Twitter<> | Blog<>


Tina Pinedo is the Video Production Manager at Disability Rights Washington. Tina interned with DRW throughout her time as a student at Seattle University, majoring in Communication Studies. At DRW, she accompanies staff attorneys on monitoring visits with video equipment, in order to document conditions of facilities and interview people with disabilities. Tina became a disability rights advocate after witnessing the disproportionate segregation of people with disabilities in prisons, hospitals and institutions. She hopes real implementation of equal rights and treatment of people with disabilities can be improved through visibility and awareness of the barriers and stereotypes that people with disabilities face.

Save the dates! Winter brown bags

Please mark your calendars for these lunchtime Disability Studies Program talks in Winter quarter 2016.

All brown bag seminars will take place Fridays 12-1pm, in MGH 024 (the UW D Center).

Jan 8, Tina Pinedo, Disability Rights Washington, "Reel Change: Video, Social Media, and the Disability Rights Movement"

Jan 15, Christine Toma, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, “What is the Impact of Disability on Working Physical Therapists?”

updated! Feb 5, Heather Evans, Sociology Department, "Living the Paradox of 'Invisible Disability': a Phenomenological Analysis of Acquired Impairment"

Feb 26, 12pm, Tiffany Woelfel, Marissa Pighin, Marianna Grady, "The Intersection of Sexual Violence and Disability: Campus Experience and Policy”; 12:30pm Marcella Ascoli, "Disability Space in Public Parks"

March 4, Sherrie Brown, College of Education, and Disability Studies Program, "Juvenile Justice and Youth With Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: investigating Special Education in Washington State"

Details about the presentations will be emailed and posted on the DS Program website, closer to the dates:


CART captioning and ASL interpretation will be requested for all talks.

The D Center is located in the basement of Mary Gates Hall, room 024. It’s wheelchair accessible.

We ask that you please be fragrance free, for the health and well being of community members with chemical sensitivity. For more info:…/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email

Happy New Year!

Joanne (

CFP Cripping the Comic Con 2016

Proposal deadline Feb 8, 2016. Conference at Syracuse U, April 1st.

Call for Proposals

Deaf-initely Ironic…?


April 1, 2016

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

DEADLINE for Proposals:  February 8, 2016

Join us for our fourth annual “Cripping” the Comic Con, where “con” means conference and comics convention.  This year’s main themes are irony, humor, and Deaf cultural pride.  We wish to explore the ways in which irony and humor reflect and create understandings and interpretations of disability in popular culture. 

Each year, the symposium provides 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.

In No Respect (1989), an aptly titled foundational text underscoring the ways in which popular culture is oftentimes perceived as “low culture” and therefore undeserving of scholarly (and popular) attention, author Andrew Ross “…argues that the making of ‘taste’ is hardly an aesthetic activity, but rather an exercise in cultural power, policing and carefully redefining social relations between classes” (Routledge, 2015).  Irony frequently serves a parallel function in highlighting power dynamics and issues of marginalization.  There are many theories that seek to explain the meaning and purposes of humor. 

Rather than taking on only one of many philosophical approaches – the aggression and hostility hypothesis, the catharsis explanation, etc. – we are more interested in examining how humor and irony serve to critique, amplify, and disrupt popular cultural understandings of disability by and about People with Disabilities (PWDs) and our allies and friends.  Social critique via humor is famously present in myriad d/Deaf spaces.  Many d/Deaf individuals do not identify as PWDs, but as members of a cultural group and community, and/or as a linguistic minority.  Some d/Deaf people identify in numerous ways, simultaneously, or depending upon context.

What do humor and irony imply and what emotional labor do they accomplish when considering daily quality of life perceptions, family dynamics, and so on?  How are these vital subjects portrayed in numerous facets of popular culture?  What new imaginings are possible?

From comic strips to graphic novels to films to games that include and, in some cases, feature characters with disabilities, humor remains a vibrant and creative focus for establishing connections and imagining strategies in the lives of PWDs and allies.  In what ways do humor and irony counter, deepen, and complicate issues of stigma and isolation?  There are many ways to be Deaf, Blind, Autistic, etc., and diverse experiences need to be addressed by creators of comics, film, and other media.  What are some strategies that can be used to politicize the comics and film industries?  Aspects of these ideas and questions were articulated during our 2013 post-symposium session, “Disability Activism and Fandom: A Roundtable Strategizing on Fandom as a Target of/Resource for Activism,”

Anyone can participate in “Cripping” the Comic Con.  Although some of the language in this Call for Proposals is decidedly “academic,” and some of the folks who participate may self-identify as “academics,” this symposium is really for everyone, and we mean it.  All are welcomed; please feel free to submit your ideas for consideration.  We seek to promote a culture of inclusion.

Michael Bérubé tells us that “every representation of disability has the potential to shape the way ‘disability’ is understood in general culture, and some of those representations can in fact do extraordinary powerful—or harmful—cultural and political work” (1997, p. B4).  These representations encourage audience members to come to an acceptance and understanding of the wide range of differences that exist among us.

Submissions incorporating genres that do not typically receive sustained attention in mainstream scholarly spaces are encouraged. These include but are not limited to the following:

·         films, movies, videos, television shows (including reality TV, animated TV)

·         advertising, newspapers, magazines

·         comic cons, dragon cons, geek cons, movie cons, cosplay, cult fandom, the “geek syndrome”

·         games, gaming, toys, action figures comix, anime, motion comics

·         digital media and digital effects

·         visual arts, painting, photography, deviantART, alternative and alternate art forms

·         poetry, expressive arts, popular fiction, imagetext, fanfic, slash, alternative and alternate forms of literacies

·         material culture, multimedia, social media, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

·         websites, blogs, memes, zines

One of our primary goals as symposium organizers is to create opportunities for all participants—particularly students and emerging scholars—to share their work. 

Another of our primary goals is to assure that all information associated with the symposium is accessible and equitable.  The symposium organizers and the proposal review committee strongly support the notion that “academics have a responsibility to make their work relevant for the society they exist within” (Jurgenson, 2012); this premise includes making Disability Studies relevant and accessible to members of disability communities (Ne’eman, 2012). 

Since representations in popular culture are generally created outside of academic environments, it is especially important for the general public and not just “academics” to engage in conversations about popular culture and disability.  Representations have the potential to affect everyone.  We all benefit from discussing and learning about disability and popular culture in ways that include and welcome everyone’s participation. 

This event is meant not only to address often unmet needs in scholarly spaces and beyond, but also to address these vital areas/concerns:

1.        Popular culture studies and literature do not pay consistent or adequate attention to disability; when this attention is paid, it is often via “special issues” of journals, etc. 

2.        Further, “Popular culture is…the discursive terrain on which larger social issues are played out, often unobtrusively and masked as entertainment–and this is precisely why pop culture needs to be examined even more closely...” (Nayar, 2011, p. 172).  These issues include not only our understandings of diverse minds and bodies, but representations and intersections of identities, including but not limited to gender expression, sexual orientation, race, class, ethnicity, size, age, veteran’s status, etc.

3.        Popular culture studies and literature continue to have a mixed reception within certain mainstream academic spaces.  Because popular culture is still sometimes not taken seriously within some of these spaces (even among some Disability Studies scholars and practitioners), its status remains, for some, “discounted” (at times, popular culture studies may even be perceived as “deviant”).  Consequently, this symposium’s organizers aim to:

a.         critique what is often described as “deviant”

b.         question and disrupt what “counts” as academic, mainstream, and normative

4.        The symposium will be consistent with values that underscore the disability rights movement: we seek to make collective investments in disability pride, identity, and cultures.  In “cripping” the status quo, we assert, purposefully, “Nothing about us without us.”  For more information on what we mean by “cripping,” please visit this page on the “Cripping” the Comic Con website:

5.        We will always welcome submissions based upon the variety of issues and strategies that were identified during our 2013 post-symposium session, “Disability Activism and Fandom: A Roundtable Strategizing on Fandom as a Target of/Resource for Activism,” including but not limited to the following topics and questions:

·         The relationship between disability rights activism and fandom

·         Accessibility of cons and fan-related spaces

·         How to engage fandom communities further in the disability rights movement

·         Have there been opportunities for change in how fandom communities approach disability? If so, how?

·         What are the discourses that are produced when “reboots” happen with comic characters?

·         How might we all participate most fully at events during which disability is or is not prevalent, especially when the events involve and in some cases privilege popular culture?

·         How and in what ways might cosplay choices be perceived and harnessed as forms of activism, from a disability cultural standpoint?

·         How might we take advantage of “teachable moments” in the context of addressing the intersections of disability, fandom, and popular culture?

·         The transformative potential of art, and considering ways for “creating representations on our own terms”

·         Being aware of the ways in which gatekeepers to traditional media and large independent media may prohibit access to disenfranchised populations, including People with Disabilities

Submission Guidelines and Instructions

Proposal types and formats may include, among others:

1.      Individual presentation

2.      Panel presentation

3.      Discussion/workshop/roundtable

4.      Performance/video/film/art entry

5.      Poster session

Please note that other forms of proposals are fully welcomed, and the above list is not exhaustive.  If you have something particular in mind, please explain the details and parameters of what you imagine, via your proposal submission(s). You are also welcomed and encouraged to submit more than one proposal.

If your submission is a performance/video/film/art entry, you are responsible for securing permissions and rights for public viewing.  Videos and films should be open captioned and descriptions of any artwork or other images will be required.  Audio descriptions of videos and films may also be required, depending upon the nature and style of the videos/films being submitted.


Each proposal must include:

1.      Name

2.      Affiliation (if applicable)

3.      Contact information (including email and phone/video phone)

·         If there is more than one presenter, please indicate the main contact and lead presenter (if these are two or more individuals, please indicate this information).

4.      Title of presentation/activity/etc. (15 words or less)

5.      Short description (50 words or less)

6.      Full description (1000 words or less)

How to submit your proposal(s) -- please choose one of the following options:

1.        Via our symposium website:

2.      Via Fax: 315-443-4338.  Please indicate CRIPCON SUBMISSION on Fax cover sheet.

3.      Via regular mail:

“Cripping” the Comic Con 2016
c/o SU Disability Cultural Center
805 S Crouse Ave, 105 Hoople Bldg.
Syracuse, NY 13244-2280

Additional Information

Information and content produced as a result of this symposium may be published, with participant and presenter consent, via Beneath the SURFACE (BtS), an open source digital repository on disability and popular culture. BtS is available to the academic community as well as to the general public, and includes an array of resources regarding disability and popular culture. 

We will provide a designated time and area for “Open Space.”  Open Space is an opportunity for participants to create spontaneous and/or planned topical interactions with each other: a way for you to create your own symposium “sessions.”  There will also be vending and exhibition tables, art stations, and other opportunities for networking, gaming, etc. that will follow the thematic tracks of the symposium.  The particular tracks will be identified once all submissions have been reviewed by the proposal review committee.

All confirmed participants (whether presenting or not) will receive information on:

1.      Completing registration

2.      Requesting accommodations

3.      Expressing dietary preferences (some but not all meals will be included with registration)

All participants will be responsible for the cost of their own lodging and travel.

To keep informed, please visit us online!

Website for “Cripping” the Comic Con:

“Cripping” the Comic Con on Facebook:

“Cripping” the Comic Con on Twitter: @cripcon


Bérubé, M. (1997, May 30). The cultural representation of people with disabilities affects us all.  The Chronicle of Higher Education, B4-B5.

Jurgenson, N. (2012, May 11). Making our ideas more accessible. Washington, DC: Inside Higher Ed.  Retrieved September 19, 2012 from:

Nayar, P. K. (2011). Haunted knights in spandex: Self and othering in the superhero mythos. Mediterranean Journal of Humanities, 1/2, 171-183.

Ne’eman, A. (2012, May 14). Making disability studies accessible.  Washington, DC: Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN). Retrieved September 19, 2012 from

Ross, A. (1989). No respect: Intellectuals and popular culture. New York and London: Routledge.

Routledge. (2015). About the book: No respect. Retrieved December 4, 2015 from

Sagit Mor

Disability in Israel new class!

Exciting opportunity for DS and LSJ students. Professor Mor is a leading scholar of disability critique of law and bioethics from Haifa.

JSIS C 489 B/ LSJ 491 B/ DIST ST 430 B

Professor: Sagit Mor
MW 11:30am-1:20pm
Credits: 5 I&S

In recent years, Israel has witnessed a growing movement of people with disabilities who claim their rights and fight for their place in society through legal and other means. This development was a result of changes in Israeli society, in the disability community, and in the legal arena – both locally and globally. This course introduces disability as an important, yet largely neglected, perspective to the understanding of Israeli society and the place of disabled people in it. Students will read contemporary scholarship on disability in Israeli society and culture from multidisciplinary perspectives, including sociology, anthropology, history, cultural studies, law, and bioethics. Students will learn about the history of Israeli disability policy, the turn from charity and welfare to rights, the changing forms of disability activism, and the conflicts and tensions that shape the structure of the disability community in Israel. A special emphasis will be given to the legal arena and the role of law in bringing about social change. After several introductory classes, students will examine specific issues, including: employment, accessibility, education, independent living, disability allowances, prenatal testing, and abortion policy. The examination of these issues will introduce the students to some significant challenges that Israeli society is facing today.

For more information, see:


Instructor's Bio:

Sagit Mor is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, Israel. She is an Israel Institute Teaching Fellow visiting the University of Washington for the 2015-2016 academic year (affiliated with Law Societies and Justice program (LSJ) and the Jewish Studies program). Following the completion of her doctoral studies at New York University School of Law, she was an Ed Roberts postdoctoral fellow in disability studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral dissertation won the Association for the Study of Law Culture and the Humanities 2007 Dissertation Award.

Mor is the co-founder of the Collaborative Research Network of Disability Legal Studies at the Law and Society Association (LSA) and of IDSN, the Israeli Disability Studies Network, and is the Director of the Law and Health LL.M. Program at the Haifa Faculty of Law.

Mor’s areas of interest include disability critique of law, law and society, law and social change, torts, bioethics, and health law. Her publications examine social, legal, and historical aspects of disability rights, social welfare policy, employment discrimination, the right to access, access to justice, prenatal screening wrongful life claims, and intersex surgeries. Her current research focuses on disability and torts. She is co-editor of the Hebrew Disability Studies Reader (forthcoming).

ArtBreak Dec 5, 2pm, Henry Galler

Comics events coming up

Dec 3 talk by Jose Alaniz; Dec 5 workshop by ET Russian. Free & open to the public.

Disability and Comic Studies: Conversation with Jose Alaniz

DATE Thursday, December 03, 2015
TIME 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm PST

EVENT SPONSOR Comics Studies Graduate Student Interest Group

Jose Alaniz, UW Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media will present his article "Standing Orders: Oracle, Disability and Retconning"

Please join me for an ArtBreak

ART TALK and COMIC SURGERY workshop with E.T. Russian

DECEMBER 5, 2015 • 2-3:30PM • Saturday • The Henry Art Gallery (@ University of WA)  15th Ave NE & NE 41st St 

E.T. Russian, Seattle-based artist, author, filmmaker, performer, educator, and healthcare provider, leads a gallery and studio-based workshop inspired by the themes and intimate processes of Body Parts.  'BODY PARTS' is a new exhibit at the Henry Art Museum featuring collage-based paintings, sculptures and pieces by Wangechi Mutu, Thomas Hirschhorn, Annette Messager, Eva Kotatkova, and Daniel Gordon among others.

Russian introduces "comic surgery" techniques that use drawing and writing to explore themes of identity, fragmentation, evolution, future, and resilience. Leave with an eight-page comic created by you! This workshop is recommended for ages 13 and up.

1990 picture from bottom of stairs up to Red Square, white male wheelchair user in foreground, protest in background

Give feedback UW accessibility, Dec 4, 12pm, MGH 024

Share your experiences in person or online!

When: Friday, Dec 4, 12-1pm 

Meeting location: MGH 024 (the UW D Center)

What: The Campus Mobility Framework (CMF) Initiative will host a discussion in which all are invited to share your thoughts and concerns.

The CMF is seeking your feedback about accessibility issues on UW Seattle campus including parking, pedestrian routes, signage, shuttle services, and public transportation connections.  Please join us for this meeting!  An online survey will also be made available for sharing suggestions and experiences.

Background: The Campus Mobility Framework Initiative is being undertaken by the Office of the University Architect and Transportation Services.  It aims to develop a plan for maintaining and enhancing the network of transportation resources including pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular, and transit.  The CMF is currently in the information gathering phase.  The goal for the Dec 4th discussion is to reach out to the campus disability community and others interested in and impacted by issues relating to campus mobility and accessibility, to inform the design team about what’s working and what’s not, and to discuss opportunities for improvement.

Access information for this event:

Mary Gates Hall is not kept scent-free. Please limit/do not wear fragranced products or essential oils in the D Center, to make the space more accessible for those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity. There will be scent-free soap in the bathrooms. For more info,

Mary Gates Hall north and east entrances are wheelchair accessible.

The bathrooms on this floor will be temporary labeled gender neutral for this event.

ASL interpreters and captioning (CART) are *not* currently provided at the event. If you wish to make an accommodation request, contact

Questions? Contact Bree (Disability Resources for Students), or Joanne (Disability Studies).