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Events

As a nonprofit organization, we require support and investment from people in the St. Louis community and beyond. We present volunteer, fundraising and other event opportunities to our friends to get involved with our work throughout the year. We also actively reach out and engage with individuals, businesses and communities through “Disability Talks” led by our Co-Founder Colleen Starkloff and Young Professional Board activities.

Explore below to find ways to join the Starkloff Disability Institute community.

Upcoming Events

Sarah Schwegel
Make Your Vote Count: Why and How to Vote During a Pandemic Date: Jul 1, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Location: Zoom

The Starkloff Disability Institute is proud to present this conversation with Sarah Schwegel about getting involved and making changes in your community by voting. This webinar will uncover:
— 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

Submit your questions in advance to be answered by Sarah. We will allot time to assist anyone with registration or absentee ballot requests.

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Reporting on Disability with Dignity Date: Jul 10, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Location: Zoom

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

Register now to submit a question in advance for Lori Becker to answer during the webinar. Additional limited opportunities to ask questions will be available during the presentation.

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Dr Donna Walton and Janet LaBreck
Black Disabled Lives Matter (Part 1): A National Outlook from Thought Leaders Date: Jul 16, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Location: Zoom

Dr. Donna Walton and Janet LaBreck, leaders in the Disability Community, discuss the experiences of Black Disabled Americans and the impact multiple prejudices have on their lives.

This two-part series will help the audience develop an understanding of how multiple identities – such as disability, race and gender expression – intersect to shape a person’s experience within the structures and systems of our society as well as within each of these communities.

Audience members will learn to identify the power they hold in the workplace and community as well as actions they can take to be in solidarity with others. Participants will find resources for developing skills around identifying and challenging their own implicit biases.

This discussion will be moderated by Lori Becker, Chief Operating Officer of Starkloff Disability Institute, and Melissa Brickey, Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership.

Please submit your questions for Dr. Walton and Ms. LaBreck when you register.

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Black Disabled Lives Matter (Part 2): An Intimate View from Self-Advocates in Our Community Date: Jul 24, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Location: Zoom

A panel of Starkloff Career Academy Graduates will discuss their experiences of being Black and Disabled in St. Louis.

This two-part series will help the audience develop an understanding of how multiple identities – such as disability, race and gender expression – intersect to shape a person’s experience within the structures and systems of our society as well as within each of these communities.

Audience members will learn to identify the power they hold in the workplace and community as well as actions they can take to be in solidarity with others. Participants will find resources for developing skills around identifying and challenging their own implicit biases.

Presented in partnership with Diversity Awareness Partnership.

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Gaelynn Lea in Concert Date: Jul 30, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Location: Zoom

Join us for a night of live music and conversation with acclaimed musician and Disability Rights Advocate, Gealynn Lea!

Gaelynn, 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!

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