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Disability and Equity: A Deeper Conversation




This presentation will engage participants in learning from life experiences of people with disabilities and the disability rights movement. Presenters will discuss where the gaps lie in inclusion of people with disabilities, centering on those with identities that are underrepresented or systemically marginalized. With that background in mind, presenters will share recommendations for including people with disabilities in equity conversations such as the ten principles of disability justice. Participants will work in small groups to talk about these issues and begin to make plans on how to address them in their organizations and advocacy work.


Understand disability rights history and the ways communities of color have been underrepresented in the disability rights movement and disability services. Learn practical steps of how to include disability as part of the equity conversation, including recommendations from the presenters and ideas from fellow participants. Be equipped with a plan of how to move forward in including people with disabilities.


Social justice and disability – history of disability, challenges of the disability rights movement relating to race. Individual stories – presenters Allison and Keirsi share their personal stories about living with disability. Recommendations – ideas for how to be allies and practical suggestions for including disability in equity conversations. Group discussions – participants add their ideas to the recommendations, prioritize where they want to start, and create a basic plan to get started in this work.

This workshop fulfills a requirement for 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training


– A lift is located on the north side of the building (on Belmont St) – A ramp is located in the parking lot on the south side of the building – Ramp and lift entrances are equipped with ADA door openers – All 3 levels of the building have elevator access – Gender specific restrooms on the main level are ADA accessible and equipped with automated doors – Gender neutral restroom on the lower level is ADA accessible and equipped with an automated door – Possibility to adjust lightning in the training room

For any questions or requests, please contact Aila Hauru at ailah@ywcapdx.org or (503) 294-7480