Accessibility Week 2021: Dis/ability & Social Justice
Recordings from Accessibility Week 2021
About Accessibility Week
Accessibility is everyone's responsibility.
That's why the Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS) and the Center for Engaged Pedagogy (CEP) partnered together for an inaugural week of programming focused on dis/ability, accessibility and inclusion. We are especially grateful to our partners for this week:
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
Instructional Media & Technology Services (IMATS)
Sloate Media Center
Erica Mann Jong Writing Center
Athena Center for Leadership Studies
Recordings from Accessibility Week 2021 are below and are available to Barnard and Columbia community members. Please note that these recordings are captioned.
Disability Justice for Our Futures and Our Freedom, a Keynote Speech featuring Lydia X. Z. Brown.
Disability Justice is a radically intersectional framework necessary to sharpen our political analysis, clarify our demands, and shape our everyday activism and organizing practice. Disability Justice offers radical and revolutionary ways of reimagining our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the communities where we live, work, and learn. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Disability Justice offers urgent and vital interventions for addressing and ending the myriad harms of race science/eugenics, the medical/carceral industrial complex, and capitalist oppression. Disability Justice enables us to understand and examine interpersonal, systemic, structural, and institutional ableism and its intersections via legacies of pathologization with queermisia and transmisia, capitalism, settler-colonialism, and white supremacy. Disabled people at the margins of the margins have always been at the forefront of movements for justice and freedom, building networks of care and solidarity, and creating social and cultural transformations that enable us to experience rest and practice active love as co-teachers and co-learners.
Join the directors of the award-winning documentary Crip Camp, Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, and editor Eileen Meyer, for a panel and audience conversation about the making and production of Crip Camp, moderated by architecture faculty member Ignacio G. Galán. Topics will include the disability civil rights movement; ways to include disability in conversations around equity; the importance of representation of disability on-screen; and other subjects.
Workshop led by Selise Bourla, BC '23 Speaking Fellow and psychology major.
This workshop will engage a broad discussion of ableism in the classroom, academia, and society at large. Establishing a broad discussion of ableism will create a necessary foundation for exploring some fundamental principles of inclusive spaces. We will also touch on some practical tips that can support participants in implementing inclusive practices and universal design both in the classroom and more broadly in the spaces they create, facilitate, inhabit, and lead.
Super Sonic, written and directed by Saleem Gondal, opens with a hard of hearing individual communicating with a love-interest through dance. Gondal uses the film to share his experience with accepting his hearing impairment and using body language to express himself. By hosting a post-screening conversation with Gondal and representatives from CU Sign, this event will foster a dialogue that discusses the influence of narratives that feature hard of hearing characters; accessibility in film; and explores the power of sharing personal narrative.
A Panel Conversation with Ariana Gonzalez Stokas, Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Barnard College; Chris Baswell, Professor of English, Barnard College; and Sarah Morrison, Professor of Computer Science, Barnard College. Moderated by Holly Tedder, Director of the Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services.
This panel conversation discusses dis/ability in academia and how this identity is important to the mission of diversity, equity and inclusion work on college campuses.
Workshop led by Holly Tedder, Director, Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS)
Disability-related accommodation requests have been on the rise in recent years, with many more students with disabilities registering with disability services nationwide. In order to help facilitate an inclusive academic environment for students with disabilities, it’s critical that faculty members first understand the legal underpinnings of the reasonable accommodations process, the role of faculty in this process, and the purpose of individual accommodations. This workshop will discuss the basics of this process in order to establish a shared understanding of how best to accommodate many different students with disabilities. This workshop will also provide a foundation for faculty to start thinking about how to signal inclusiveness to students, establish a supportive classroom environment, and learn best practices for talking to students about their accommodation plans. All faculty members are encouraged to view this workshop.