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portrait by Riva Lehrer of Nicola Griffith as Snow Leopard

DS Symposium! Full schedule now up

May 12-14, 2016, UW Seattle & Bothell. "Making Disability Public: Art, Scholarship, Activism"

Symposium website:

FB event for CFP (link)

2016 Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium

Making Disability Public: Art, Scholarship, and Activism

Free public events May 12-14, 2016, hosted by the Disability Studies Program, University of Washington.  Join us!

Events will take place on the campuses of UW Seattle and UW Bothell.

We request that you RSVP by April 29th for all Symposium events you wish to attend, using this form:

Note: Lunch will be provided on Saturday, May 14, to those who RSVP by April 29.

Information about accessibility, locations, and invited speakers will be posted as soon as possible.

Please be scent-free, for the health and safety of our community members with chemical sensitivity.


The Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium 2016: Making Disability Public: Arts, Scholarship, and Activism, involves several events that are free and open to the public at the University of Washington Seattle and Bothell campuses, May 12-14, 2016.  This year, the symposium will feature events that showcase talented artists, highlight advocacy being done on our campuses and in our communities, and provide space for scholars to share work in the field of Disability Studies. Emerging scholars and activists are especially encouraged to submit their manuscripts, posters, and art pieces, and all are invited to attend the full symposium in which we engage with ways of making disability public through arts, scholarship, and activism.

Important Dates

  • May 1: Workshop participants submit final papers to assigned groups
  • May 12, 1:00-2:30pm, ARC 2nd floor, UW Bothell: Riva Lehrer, "Jarred: Self Portrait in Formaldehyde"
  • May 13, 4:30-7:00pm, ODE 220: Disability Arts & Culture: An Evening with Riva Lehrer & Nicola Griffith & posters/art
  • May 14, 10am-5pm, HUB 250: Critical Collaborations: Disability Studies in Teaching, Service, and Advocacy, symposium panels & posters/art & workshops
  • May 14, 7-9pm, HUB 332: JUST ADDED "Un(dis)sing Our Abilities Film Screening, sponsored by the D Center (FB event:

Symposium schedule:

Thursday, May 12, 1:00-2:30pm

Riva Lehrer talk, “Jarred: Self Portrait in Formaldehyde”

University of Washington, Bothell, ARC, 2nd floor

What does it mean to encounter oneself as an exhibit in a medical museum? Riva Lehrer talks about her experience of staring, both as the subject of viewers’ curiosity, and as a portrait artist who considers how to be ethical as she depicts other non-normative bodies.

Event co-sponsored by Disability Studies Program, and UWB Social Justice Organizers

We are pleased to welcome Chicago-based artist Riva Lehrer, an award-winning painter, writer, and speaker whose work explores issues of identity and cultural depictions of disability. Her visual art and writing have been featured in several documentary films and publications. Among her best-known projects is “Circle Stories,” a series of portraits of disabled people with careers in the arts, academia, and activism (website:  

Campus map and directions to UW Bothell, Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), 2nd floor (URL

Friday, May 13, 4:30-7:00pm

“Disability Arts & Culture: An Evening with Riva Lehrer & Nicola Griffith”

University of Washington, Seattle, ODE 220

  • 4:30-5:00 Poster and Art Display

  • 5:00-7:00 Presentations by Nicola Griffith and Riva Lehrer

We are pleased to welcome Chicago-based artist Riva Lehrer, an award-winning painter, writer, and speaker whose work explores issues of identity and cultural depictions of disability. Her visual art and writing have been featured in several documentary films and publications. Among her best-known projects is “Circle Stories,” a series of portraits of disabled people with careers in the arts, academia, and activism (website:  We're also honored to host a reading & discussion with Nicola Griffith, whose science fiction and historical fiction novels include AmmoniteSlow River, and Hild (website:

Attendees on Friday will also be invited to the poster session of student disability studies research, art, and social justice engagement.

Sponsored by the Disability Studies Program with support from several other UW units

Campus map and directions to Odegaard Library (ODE), Room 220 (URL!/oug)

Saturday, May 14, 10:00am-5:00pm

“Critical Collaborations: Disability Studies in Teaching, Service, and Advocacy”

University of Washington, Seattle, HUB 250 and CMU 202

Full-day symposium with keynote panels, poster and art session, and manuscript workshops, sponsored by the Disability Studies Program and several other campus units (see below).

  • 10:00-12:00 Keynote panel: Incorporating Disability Studies into Our Work and Supporting Students

    • Venue is HUB 250.

    • Panelists: Maud Steyaert, Director of Disability Services, North Seattle College; Ryan Parrey, Lecturer, Acting Director of Disability Studies Certificate Program, Eastern Washington University.

    • Presentations and discussion will address best practices for integrating disability studies into the curriculum, especially for pre-service professionals; making courses meaningfully accessible; and recognizing and countering forms of academic ableism, audism, and neurotypicality in the classroom and on campus.

  • 12:00-1:30 Lunch & Poster session

    • Venue is HUB 214.

    • Lunch will be provided to those who register in advance.

    • Participants will browse the poster session of student disability studies research, art, and social justice engagement.

  • 1:45-2:45 Keynote panel: Eugenics and Disability: Advocating for a Public Apology in Washington

    • Venue is HUB 250.

    • Panelists: Stephen Jones, Director of Washington State University Bread Lab; Joanne Woiak, Lecturer in Disability Studies Program, University of Washington; Noah Seidel, Self-Advocacy Coordinator of The Arc of Washington State.

    • Presentations and discussion will explore the history of eugenics in Washington, the recent push for public apologies from state governments, and work happening locally to craft a meaningful apology for eugenics and forced sterilization in Washington.

  • 3:15-5:15 Concurrent workshops: Emerging Scholarship in Disability Studies 

    • Venue is CMU 202. Rooms for each workshop group will be posted.

    • Workshop papers will be pre-circulated to those who submitted paper proposals or signed up as moderators.

    • Participants will break into small groups to workshop manuscripts and other projects. This is designed to be a space for scholars (especially graduate students) to give and receive feedback on article drafts, grant applications, or other written works-in-progress.

Campus map and directions to Husky Union Building (HUB), Rooms 250 and 214 (URL

Campus map and directions to Communications Building (CMU), Room 202 The Simpson Center for the Humanities (URL

Saturday, May 14, 7:00-9:00pm

"Un(dis)sing Our Abilities Film Screening”

University of Washington, Seattle HUB 332

Sponsored by the UW D Center and the Disability Studies Program

Campus map & directions to Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 332 (URL

FB event (URL

This screening is closed captioned for HoH/Deaf folks, and includes one movie that is audio described. Please refrain from wearing fragrance so that beloved community members can attend.

Featuring a Q&A with the curator and filmmaker Lisa Ganser and participating artists Tobi Hill-Meyer, nomy lamm and other artists TBA.

NOTE: Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase and is 18+.

Call for Proposals (CFP) for papers / posters / art [CLOSED]


You should participate if you are an undergraduate, graduate student, post-doc, or faculty member of a post-secondary institution, a recent graduate, or someone with work, volunteer, or activist experience related to disability studies.  Submission formats include a written manuscript to be workshopped by other participants, poster, or art piece.


We are interested in proposals that have potential to contribute to the field of disability studies. Disability studies challenges the traditional ways that disability is constructed in society.  It focuses on the social, cultural, and political meanings of disability, including its intersections with other identity categories.  Disability studies addresses the pervasive oppression of people with disabilities and emphasizes the roles of disabled people in defining problems and evaluating solutions.

We are accepting two types of submissions:

  • Papers to be workshopped on Saturday afternoon.
  • Posters and art work to be displayed on Friday evening and/or Saturday during lunch.

Note: Limit one submission per author/artist.


Participants will break into small groups on Saturday afternoon to workshop their written manuscripts, which will be circulated prior to the symposium. This is designed to be a space for scholars (particularly graduate students) to give and receive feedback on article drafts, grant applications, or other written works-in-progress. Submissions will be sorted into working groups based on shared areas of interest, methodologies, or themes. Written work should be submitted in English. Papers may not exceed 50 double-spaced pages including references and appendices.

Note: We are also seeking moderators for the workshops. Moderators are welcome to submit a manuscript proposal as well.

Posters/Art Work

Prepare a poster or art work to display and discuss on Friday before Riva Lehrer's presentation and/or during lunch on Saturday. If you prefer not to discuss your work with the public, you may include a 1-page narrative explaining the piece and its connection with Disability Studies.


Please use the CFP & registration form by April 7th:

Anne Balay in mechanic's uniform standing at a locker

Anne Balay, "Working Class Queers"

May 11, 4pm, Smith 102, this talk is co-sponsored by DSP, Labor Studies, English, GWSS, Q Center

Speaker: Anne Balay

Time: May 11, 2016, 4:00-5:30pm

Location: Smith 102

Title: Working Class Queers: Stories of Public Health, Surveillance, and Dignity

Anne Balay is the author of Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers. She is a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College and a former long-haul trucker.


Balay does ethnographic work on 21st-century queer life as it manifests in blue-collar work settings. Combining oral history with participant observation, she challenges tenacious assumptions about class, work, sexuality, and courage. Her talk at UW examines working-class women's anger, both in the steel mills of Northwest Indiana and driving the big rigs that saturate the American landscape, that has somehow remained invisible. Collecting and analyzing narratives from these women (both cis and trans) fosters a better understanding of working-class attitudes about such issues as guns, gays, and globalization.


Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Disability Studies Program
Department of English
Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Comparative History of Ideas Program
Q Center

Accessibility information:

We will have CART captioning and ASL interpretation at this talk.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office, preferably at least 10 days in advance, at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at

News: UW DS scholars at Trans Health Conference

Kai Kohlsdorf and Tash Hansen-Day

Kai is a PhD student in GWSS and he's worked as a TA and instructor for Disability Studies; Tash received their BA in Disability Studies and worked at the D Center.  At the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, they will present their project on "Disability Justice and Trans Justice: Intersections, Connections, and Centering Disabled Trans Activists."

Link: Full story on the webpage of the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

CFP for 2016 Harlan Hahn DS grants

Deadline: Sun May 22, 2016, 11pm. UW students, staff, and faculty may apply.

Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund Grants 

Disability Studies Program, University of Washington 

Call for Proposals, Spring 2016

Award Description

The Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund was established by the generous gift of the late Harlan D. Hahn, disability activist, political scientist, and disability studies scholar, to the University of Washington’s Disability Studies Program.  The Harlan Hahn awards typically range between $500 and $5,000.  The number and amount of the grants awarded depends on the quality of the individual projects and the overall number of eligible proposals received.

2016 Call for Proposals

The Disability Studies Program is pleased to announce that the Harlan Hahn Fund call for proposals is now open for Spring Quarter 2016.  Current students, faculty, and staff from all three University of Washington campuses are invited to submit a grant proposal.  Applications must describe research, writing, or activist projects that are framed within, aligned with, or potentially informed by the academic field of Disability Studies.

Awarded Harlan Hahn funds may be used for:

•       Support of academic research projects, pedagogical research, or writing projects in Disability Studies or informed by Disability Studies.

•       Travel to conferences in the field of Disability Studies or related to Disability Studies, to present research or to participate in the Disability Studies academic community.

•       Support for the development of a course with Disability Studies content.

•       Support for disability related activist endeavors (e.g. web development, meeting support) that are aligned with Disability Studies.

Application Process

Application deadline: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 11pm.

All application materials should be submitted to the Catalyst dropbox:

The Harlan Hahn Fund Committee will notify the award recipients of its decisions by June 3, 2016.  Applicants may request feedback from the Committee for improving their chances in the next year’s competition. Please contact Professor Sara Goering (

To apply, submit all of the following:

  1. A brief (1-2 page) proposal outlining the specific activities that will be funded by the Harlan Hahn grant, how the project fits the award criteria, and the expected outcomes.
  2. A brief personal statement describing how the applicant exemplifies the award criteria.  This should include a description of the applicant’s Disability Studies related experience, research, teaching, and/or career goals, and an explanation of how the grant support will advance the applicant’s research and/or education.
  3. Resume/CV.
  4. Official or unofficial academic transcript (for students), or UW employment history (for staff and faculty).
  5. Name and contact information for one professional reference.
  6. A detailed narrative budget justification.  Request a specific total amount of funds needed for the project, and provide estimates for how funds will be spent on particular needs. Sample spending categories are outlined in “Selection criteria.”

Eligibility Requirements


  1. You must be an enrolled University of Washington undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application.
  2. Eligible applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA in Disability Studies courses or equivalent demonstration of academic excellence in areas related to Disability Studies (e.g. courses completed in related disciplines, courses taught as a graduate teaching assistant, or scholarly work conducted as a research assistant).
  3. Eligible applicants may also provide evidence of commitment to issues of social justice related to people with disabilities (e.g. work, volunteer, or activist experiences) and/or Disability Studies scholarship.


  1. You must be a University of Washington academic or staff employee with a minimum 50% appointment at the time of application.
  2. Eligible applicants should have exhibited and sustained efforts towards incorporating the Disability Studies approach into research and/or teaching and contributing to the knowledge base of Disability Studies.
  3. Eligible applicants may also provide evidence of commitment to issues of social justice related to people with disabilities (e.g. work, volunteer, or activist experiences) and/or Disability Studies scholarship.

NOTE: Everyone interested in submitting a proposal is welcome to consult with members of the Harlan Hahn Fund Committee about the grants and/or the application process.  Please request a consultation as early as possible in the preparation process. For 2016, the contact person is Professor Sara Goering (

Selection Criteria

Disability Studies content.  We are interested in proposals that have potential to contribute to the field of Disability Studies (DS).  DS focuses on the social, cultural, political, and historical meanings of disability.  DS is not medicine, special education, or professions oriented towards prevention or treatment of disabilities, but it should inform those disciplines.  The field of Disability Studies explores how disability has been constructed, demarcated, and represented in culture and art, laws and policies, professional practices, and everyday life.  The intersections between disability and other identity categories such as gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity are addressed in DS teaching, scholarship, and activism.  The voices and roles of disabled people themselves are emphasized in defining problems and evaluating solutions.  For more information about the field, please visit the websites of the UW Disability Studies Program ( and the Society for Disability Studies (

Concept and impact.  We will be looking for proposals with a well-conceptualized research methodology or manuscript idea.  For research and/or writing projects, explain how you plan to disseminate your findings or what other concrete products you anticipate. If you propose attendance at a conference, explain how this conference will inform your future work or how your contribution to the conference disseminates Disability Studies content.  If you propose to develop a course, explain how the course will be implemented and made sustainable.

Budget justification.  We will evaluate whether the proposed budget is appropriate to meet the stated goals of the project.  Include in your narrative explanation: clearly defined and realistic expenditures; a plan of action to implement spending; exact dates or clearly defined time frames for completion of segments of the project; full description of the conference, people who will be hired and for what skills, survey population, etc.  Also identify whether Harlan Hahn funds will be sufficient to cover all costs of the activities, and what additional sources of funding you have sought and/or received for the project.  Provide approximate values for expenditures in any of the following categories:

  • Salary (NOTE: Salary is subject to applicable UW benefits costs) 
  • Travel costs
  • Conference fees, lodging, per diem
  • Research subject payments
  • Routine supplies
  • Research or writing support services (e.g. fees to outside consultants)
  • Other (provide explanation)

Previous grantees. Past performance with Harlan Hahn Fund awards will also be taken into consideration when assessing an application by a previous winner.

Additional Information for Applicants

Payment of grants.  After the decision process is complete, each grant recipient will be required to consult with the Disability Studies Program fiscal administrator and devise a precise budget.

Required outcomes.  Recipients of the Harlan Hahn Grant are expected to give a Disability Studies Program brown bag talk or other public presentation, as well as submit a short written summary of how the funds were spent.  Funds must be used for the proposed project.

Time to completion.  All grant-funded activities must be completed by June 30, 2017.

Questions.  If you have any questions about the grants and/or the application process, please contact Professor Sara Goering (

Application deadline: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 11pm.

All application materials should be submitted to the Catalyst dropbox:
Eli Clare smiling in front of driftwood on wide empty beach

Eli Clare at UW, Apr 27-29

Join the D Center and UW Bothell for these events!

We’re lucky to have these fantastic opportunities to meet Eli Clare, queer disabled writer and activist.  Please read all the way thru for additional information about Eli’s events on the UW Bothell campus!

FB event for his Friday April 29th appearance at UW Seattle, sponsored by D Center:

Brilliant Imperfection: A Reading with Eli Clare

Friday, April 29, 2016 7-9PM 

Husky Union Building 332

The D Center is proud to welcome noted queer and trans disabled writer and activist Eli Clare to Seattle for a reading and discussion of his new book. Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure! This is our keynote event for D Month. Join queer disabled writer and activist Eli Clare for an exploration of cure and diagnosis. Using memoir, history, and critical analysis, Eli uncovers how cure as an ideology serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, prioritizes lives, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. He grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we all have with our bodies and minds. He tells stories and histories from disability communities, people of color communities, fat activist communities, and queer and transgender communities, always drawing upon interlocking experiences of race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender. 

Meet & Greet with Eli Clare!

Friday, April 29, 12:00-2:00pm

MGH 024 (the D Center)

Join us for casual conversation and snacks with Eli! 

Please do not wear any fragrances. We have not scheduled ASL interpreters or CART captioning for the meet & greet. Please contact DSO or Joanne (

Access info for the HUB event:

The HUB building is wheelchair accessible, and adjacent to parking lot N22, which is reserved for disability parking. There are all-genders bathrooms that are wheelchair accessible on the same floor as the event. Arm-free chair seating and wheelchair/ scooter seating is available. This event will be CART and ASL interpreted. We ask that everyone come fragrance free, and will have air purifiers on site. We will also livestream the talk for folks who can't physically be present.

About Eli:

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare happily lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written a book of essays Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation and a collection of poetry The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. His newest work, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, will be released early next year. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference

We have three separate events scheduled at the University of Washington, Bothell campus.

Please share this out to departments and individuals you think may be interested!

Public Lecture - Bodies as Home: Notes on Cure, Disability, and the Natural World

Wednesday, April 27, 6:30pm

ARC 201 (Top Floor Overlook), UW Bothell

FREE: Open to the public

Registration encouraged but not required at

Workshop – Disability, Access, and Outdoor Recreation

Thursday, April 28, 9:00am

ARC 202 (Top Floor Overlook)

FREE: Outdoor professionals and student leaders encouraged to attend

Registration is required at Brunch will be provided.

Poetry Reading

Thursday April 28, 2:30pm

UWB Plaza

FREE: Open to the Public

Registration is encouraged but not required at


Melissa Banks, Program Manager of Outdoor Wellness

Department of Recreation & Wellness

Division of Student Affairs | University of Washington Bothell | Phone: 425-352-3828
Riva Lehrer standing next to her portrait of self and dog

Spring 2016 DS brown bags

Fridays at noon MGH 024: Apr 15 films of Riva Lehrer; May 20 Yonas Seifu; June 3 ET Russian

Spring 2016 Brown Bags

Please be fragrance free. We have requested CART captioning and ASL interpretation for all events.

Friday, April 15, 12:00-1:20, MGH 024

Screening & discussion of Riva Lehrer’s documentary films on disability art & culture:

"Code of the Freaks" AND “Self Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer”

Riva will be a featured presenter at the DS Symposium on Fri, May 13, 4:30-7pm, ODE 220. "Making Disability Public: Arts, Scholarship, and Activism." RSVP here by Apr 29th:

Friday, May 20, 12:00-1:00, MGH 024

Yonas Seifu, MBA, “My Intersectional Journey”

Link to 2012 news story:

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. 


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

D Month is starting! April 7 events in MGH 024

Party 4:30pm! Zine workshop 7pm!  Please direct questions to

D Center 4th Anniversary Party!

Thursday, April 7, 2016 4:30-6 PM Mary Gates Hall 024 Come celebrate 4 years of the D Center, UW's center for Disabled, Deaf, chronically ill, mad and neurodiverse students, staff and faculty!

Come hang out and:
*eat cupcakes and pizza (including gluten free and vegan)
* add to the D Center's murals in progress of disability pride and history at UW
*find out about out upcoming events for D Month, including a campus visit by disabled queer and trans writer and activist Eli Clare, a screening of Un/Dissing Our Abilities, Periwinkle Cinema's screening of short films on disability and sexuality, and a Deaf/ASL performance night!*
*meet and hang out with other disabled and Deaf and sick and mad and neurodivergent students, staff and faculty on campus!
*Let us know what you want out of the D Center in 2016
and more!

ASL interpreted, wheelchair accessible, please come fragrance free (and tell your friends)

Stick around for an amazing D Center zine workshop afterwards!

Open to all!

Co Sponsored by DO-IT, and more cosponsors to come

D Center Zine Workshop!

Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:00-9:00 PM Mary Gates Hall 024 Join zinester Kayla Rosen to learn about zines, self-published "magazines" that often cover radical topics the mainstream media won't represent. We will discuss the history and social context of zines, demonstrate examples of some zine-making techniques, talk about how to make zines more broadly accessible, and provide time and materials to make your own zine pages. You can submit your creations for publication in a D Center zine.

We’ll provide materials for all sorts of fun and meaningful pages: printer paper, scissors, glue sticks, tape, scrapbook paper, magazine scraps for collaging, pens, and more. We will not have typewriters or printing in the D Center, so please come prepared with any typed materials you want to include in your creation. Feel free to bring any other scent-free supplies you’d like to use as well.
Cultures of Representation: Disability in World Cinema Contexts

Professor Jose Alaniz's new publication

This recently published collection includes Professor Jose Alaniz's essay "'Autism Function' in 'Anton's Right Here.'" Check it out!

Sherrie Brown talk! Juvenile justice & disability

Winter's final brown bag seminar! Fri, March 4, 12-1pm, in MGH 024 (the UW D Center)

Speaker: Professor Sherrie Brown, College of Education and Disability Studies Program

Title: "Juvenile Justice and Youth With Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: investigating Special Education in Washington State"

Date & place: Fri, March 4, 12-1pm, in MGH 024 (the UW D Center)


We will have CART captioning and ASL interpretation.

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


There have always been school-aged children (youth) involved in the justice system—as victims or offenders—however, it is only recently that attention has been given to the fact that a disproportionate number have disabilities.  Questions are being raised as how to improve interventions for at-risk children prior to any involvement with the justice system, what strategies can benefit youth while they are incarcerated, and how to minimize recidivism.  We are a long way from answering these questions for non-disabled youth let alone those with disabilities.  However, these and other questions specifically for the population of youth with disabilities must be investigated in order to ensure that youth are not being punished because of their impairments. 

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the University of Washington, the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), and Disability Rights Washington (DRW) have committed to a long-term collaboration focusing on youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities in the juvenile justice system.  Specifically, we are investigating how youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities become involved in the system, how to prevent such involvement, and if youth are incarcerated, how to ensure appropriate interventions to maximize successful outcomes when they return to the community.  This presentation describes one of the collaborative projects—i.e., a study that began in 2012 investigating the connection between special education and juvenile incarceration in Washington State. 

Harlan Hahn DS award talks: Feb 26, 12-1pm

Please join us for these presentations by UW students!

Location: Mary Gates Hall 024 (the UW D Center)

Date: Fri Feb 26, 2016, 12-1pm

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"


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

Abstracts & Bios

Tiffany Woelfel is a student in the MSW, MPH and Global Health’s HIV/STI Graduate Certificate programs.  Her areas of research include social media and research ethics, addiction, HIV, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Tiffany will present on her Hahn-funded project, which included co-hosting a workshop on Graphic Narratives that empowered students to share their stories of oppression and resilience using the art form of comic books, and co-authoring a campus-wide evaluation plan that would estimate the prevalence of comorbid disability and sexual violence (SV) among UW students and find new ways to best coordinate campus services specifically for student survivors of SV with disability. 

Marcella Ascoli graduated last year with her BA from UW Bothell in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. Over the summer of 2015, Ascoli conducted an ethnography of public parks in the King County area, using spacial theory to investigate public space and its inclusion - or in many cases exclusion - of people with disabilities. The project helps to challenge the idea that ADA requirements are the top bar to meet in terms of accessibility, and will result in the creation of an interactive map and an accessibility scale, comparable to the “walkability scale” used in many Seattle metro neighborhoods.