Events

Disability Community Day of Mourning — March 1, 2021

UNC Asheville’s Disability Cultural Center, together with the Office of Academic Accessibility, marks the Disability Community Day of Mourning on March 1. Since 2012, members of the disability community have gathered to remember disabled victims of filicide–disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers. UNC Asheville held its first memorial vigil in 2017. The Disability Community Day of Mourning 2021 will mark the fourth gathering to mark this somber occasion, and the first time this vigil has been held virtually. Please watch this space for more information.

For more information about disabled lives lost to filicide, visit the Disability Day of Mourning website, https://disability-memorial.org/

 

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Non-UNCA events that may be of interest:

The Lenoir-Rhyne Visiting Writers Series Presents an Evening with Laura Hope-Gill (2018 presenter at UNCA’s Disability is Diversity Week)
Thursday, 1/21/2021, 7pm (Zoom presentation) Click here to open link to Zoom Event Registration. 

Laura Hope-Gill’s upcoming book, The Deaf Sea Scrolls, recounts the year that she was diagnosed with sensorineural deafness, during which she drew upon her experiences teaching Basic Education to people on the fringe of society to redefine herself as a person with disability, removed from her accustomed place of privilege and access. In addition, she partners with doctors and other practitioners in medical contexts to study the biopsychosocial impact of writing in medicine. Her essay, Finding the Heart of Medicine, is featured in the 30th Edition of the North Carolina Literary Review. In November, Hope-Gill premiered the short film she co-produced with Climate Listening Project, Planet Prescription, examining the connection between story, climate crisis, medicine, and asthma. She is currently co-writing a play with acclaimed Palestinian-British playwright, Ahmed Najar, which was supposed to be produced this Spring in London but is now on hold. She also partners with the Director of Arabic Studies at Yale University, Dr. Jonas Elbousty, on translations and a book club focusing on contemporary global literature. She is connected with scientists and writers in Scotland through the Scottish Centre of Geopoetics and frequently teaches and interviews foremost Scottish climate campaigner and Human Ecologist, and Indigenous Scot, Alastair McIntosh. Laura holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College and is an NC Arts Fellow for Creative Nonfiction. She was recently named the 2020 Bost Distinguished Scholar. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Writing and Director of The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at LRU and is this semester’s Visiting Writer in Residence.

 

Two exciting panels sponsored by AWN in January as part of their #LiberatingWebinars series. All sessions will provide ASL interpretation (with a CDI), CART captioning, and video and audio-only connection options.

Abolition, Deinstitutionalization, and Decarceration in the Pandemic

Monday, 25 January 2021, at 8:00 PM Eastern 

RSVP
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abolition-deinstitutionalization-and-decarceration-in-the-pandemic-tickets-136762491293
(registration is free)

The pandemic has hit hardest and deadliest in institutions including jails
and prisons, psych hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, and large-scale
developmental disabilities institutions. This webinar will discuss
connections between disability justice and abolition, explain
deinstitutionalization and decarceration, and explore strategies that
advocates and organizers are using to challenge ableism, racism, and other
forms of violence arising during the pandemic.

Panelists

– *Dustin P. Gibson* works in the tradition of deinstitutionalization
and has worked with Centers for Independent Living (IL) in Pittsburgh, PA
and both of the national IL organizations. He is the Access, Disability and
Language Justice Coordinator at PeoplesHub, a Peer Support Trainer with
Disability Link in Atlanta, GA and a founding member of the Harriet Tubman
Collective.

– *Shain M. Neumeier* is a lawyer, activist, and community organizer,
and an out and proud member of the disabled, trans, queer, and asexual
communities. They focus on ending abuse and neglect of disabled youth in
schools and treatment facilities. Shain has worked with the Intersex and
Genderqueer Recognition Project, the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network,
and the Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth.

Moderator

– Lydia X. Z. Brown, AWN Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs

Please note that after registering on EventBrite, you will also receive
instructions for receiving a Zoom link. AWN will host this event on Zoom as
well as livestream to Facebook.

Surviving Burnout from Ableism & Racism in the Pandemic

Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 1:00 PM Eastern

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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/surviving-burnout-from-ableism-racism-in-the-pandemic-tickets-136764441125
(registration is free)

Disabled people in Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and mixed-race
communities live and struggle against the trauma of racism and ableism
every day. During the pandemic, our communities have witnessed and
experienced constant violence – in the medical and psychiatric systems, in
the criminal legal system, in the educational systems, and in our own
homes, communities, and movements. We are all burned out and far beyond
capacity even though we are often on the front lines fighting for justice
and freedom. This webinar will discuss what it means to survive burnout
from racism and ableism during a global pandemic, and how we can offer care
to each other outside of harmful systems.

Panelists

– *Allilsa Fernandez* is a mental health and disability advocate and
activist. They are currently Advocacy and Policy Senior at ENDependence
Center of Northern Virginia, and member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project?s
Shelter Organizing Team. He is a board member of the National Council on
Independent Living, DREAM, and ISPS-US. She is also a peer specialist and
aspiring lawyer.

– *Dom Chatterjee* (they/them) is a freelance editor, holistic health
educator, and the lead organizer behind QTPoC Mental Health. They seek
healing through peer support, aerial arts, music, baking, and writing. Find
the community-driven resources they organize on restforresistance.com.

Moderator

– Lydia X. Z. Brown, AWN Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs

Please note that after registering on EventBrite, you will also receive
instructions for receiving a Zoom link. AWN will host this event on Zoom as
well as livestream to Facebook.