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Diversity includes Disability

30 years later, people with disabilities remain on an uneven playing field. We must continue to work for access and inclusion as the norm, not the exception. 

 

Add your voice in support of people with disabilities with this pledge and we will send you our free ADA 30 sticker so you can spread the message of disability inclusion! Sign the pledge below:

Get your sticker when you sign the pledge

 

 

More ways to explore Disability Pride and build an inclusive world:

          

          Click here to download our Ally Action Steps

Some simple things you can do in your life to be more welcoming to people with disabilities and work for the equality promised by the ADA!

 

Celebrate and learn about Disability Pride from different perspectives with the resources in our Read, Watch, Listen List! 

Links to books, movies and podcasts where people with disabilities share their stories.

          

          Click here to download our Etiquette Guide

 

 

          

Grab one of these shirts to show off your Disability Pride and support SDI’s programming! Click here to see all of the designs in several colors. Proceeds go directly to fund the programs of Starkloff Disability Institute.

Diversity includes Disability

This July we celebrate Disability Pride Month and the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! Years of work by disability activists and advocates paved the way for this landmark legislation to guarantee the equal rights of people with disabilities. And there is still more work to be done.

 

We are celebrating this anniversary by expanding on the current national dialogue because diversity includes disability. Join us for our ADA 30 series to explore how the many identities a person has – disability, race, gender, class – intersect and shape their experience in the world. Get involved in the conversation and advocate for the promises of the ADA to be upheld for all (and get a free sticker to show your support)!

 

ADA 30 Events

Join us at these free virtual events throughout the month! Registration required (click on event title to register).

 

Vote

Make Your Vote Count: Why and How to Vote During a Pandemic      

July 1 at 1:00 pm CDT – MISSED IT? CHECK OUT THE REPLAY!

 

Missouri has an important election on August 4th and the pandemic is presenting new challenges to making sure your voice is heard. Sarah Schwegel, Public Policy and Advocacy Specialist at Paraquad, is here to discuss getting involved and making changes in your community by voting. Sarah will cover:

  • Why voting is important and how to register
  • Accessible voting/requesting an absentee ballot
  • What to do on Election Day if you decide to vote at your polling location

 

There will be time to assist anyone with registration or absentee ballot requests.

 

 

Media

Reporting on Disability with Dignity     

July 10 at 10:00 am CDT – MISSED IT? CHECK OUT THE REPLAY!

 

When writing about a person with a disability, is the first word that comes to your mind “inspirational”? If so, this is the webinar for you! In this interactive webinar, you will learn:

  • The historical representation of people with disabilities in the media
  • Common misconceptions and language mistakes
  • How to speak about Disability with dignity and from an empowering point-of-view

 

National

Black Disabled Lives Matter (Part 1)

A national outlook from thought leaders 

July 16 at 1:00 pm CDT – MISSED IT? CHECK OUT THE REPLAY!

 

A conversation with distinguished national thought leaders Dr. Donna Walton and Janet LaBreck

 

This two-part series explores the ways a person’s multiple identities – such as disability, race and gender expression – shape their experiences at work, in the community and with others who share none, some or all of those identities.

 

This event is brought to you by Starkloff Disability Institute and Diversity Awareness Partnership.

 

Individual

Black Disabled Lives Matter (Part 2)

An intimate view from self-advocates in our community     

July 24 at 12:00 pm CDT

 

A conversation with Starkloff Career Academy alumni

 

This two-part series explores the ways a person’s multiple identities – such as disability, race and gender expression – shape their experiences at work, in the community and with others who share none, some or all of those identities.

 

This event is brought to you by Starkloff Disability Institute and Diversity Awareness Partnership.

 

Music

Gaelynn Lea in Concert and Conversation      

July 30 at 7:00 pm CDT

 

Gaelynn Lea, winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, will share her music and her story in the finale of SDI’s Americans with Disabilities 30th Anniversary celebration!

 

The singer-songwriter and violinist has graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, House of Blues and even BBC World News. She has shared her story as an artist and person with a disability on The Moth and the TEDx stage. Please join us for a night of music and conversation with Gaelynn Lea!

 

 

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