Disability and Race:
A Discussion about Stigma, Culture and Resources
In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Thursday, May 20th at 5:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time
REGISTRATION: Register for this free, community event on Eventbrite
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About the Disability and Race Panel Event
In a culture that is becoming increasingly more “woke” regarding racial disparity, people of color who live with disabilities still find themselves in a position wider society is unaware of: keeping their disability hidden for reasons of safety, and employment. While most of us live with disabilities who are not of color, encounter discrimination, we do not face the same dilemmas when disclosing our disabilities.
This panel, made of up people and professionals of color who also live with disabilities, will cover this topic with three primary focuses:
- How the stigma of disability factors into daily decisions that can impact safety and well-being for people of color with disabilities.
- How the culture of our communities’ shapes what we can talk about regarding our disabilities, or if we can talk about it at all.
- How the allocation of resources that do not favor communities of color, ultimately leave members of those communities who live with disabilities at a greater disadvantage, than their white counterparts.
About WeCo’s GAAD Events
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is Thursday, May 20th. WeCo provides free programming for this worldwide event, each year, as part of our mission.
WeCo Free Public Training Series:
Accessibility and Visual Design – Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
Many web and graphic designers want to include individuals with disabilities in the outcomes of their work, but find it challenging to grasp how to make that happen. Led by Lynn Wehrman, Founder and President of a mission based digital consulting company, staffed by digital technologists living with disabilities, WeCo Accessibility Services. Lynn will help attendees understand:
- How users with different disabilities interact with the visual aspects of your design.
- How non-visual access happens with visual design and why it is an important part of inclusion.
- The impacts of design inaccessibility on the user.
- Positive next steps you can take to ensure that your designs are accessible and inclusive.
- Resources for learning more.
Accessibility Twin Cities MeetUp
Accessibility Twin Cities is a MeetUp that brings together people who work in the accessibility testing industry, as well as those interested in learning more about how digital accessibility works. These bi-monthly virtual gatherings, held via Zoom, are for accessibility testing professionals and have a growing membership from the Minnesota Twin Cities area and from communities across the world. No matter where you live or work, you can join Accessibility Twin Cities MeetUp! Everyone is welcome!
How do I join?
Membership for Accessibility Twin Cities MeetUp is $5 for the year. Head over to the MeetUp website to learn more and sign up. You’ll receive invitations and reminders for all of our meetings!
(If you cannot afford the $5 fee, please reach out to us for assistance.)
When does the group meet?
ATC meets on the last Monday of every other month via Zoom meeting. Program runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. CST
June 7, 2021 – Moved from May due to May 31st being Memorial Day & the 20th being GAAD – Launching the Accessibility Journey
July 26, 2021 – Accessibility Inclusion and Understanding Cognitive Disabilities
September 27, 2021 – Topic to be announced.
November 29, 2021 – Topic to be announced.
Archived MeetUp Recordings Available
Recordings of past MeetUps are available to all MeetUp members! Please join us to gain access to this wealth of information.
Sponsored by WeCo Accessibility Services and Optum Health.