Unlearning Ableism

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Unlearning Ableism is a discussion series about disability issues and ableism as a system of privilege and oppression.  For these discussions, we come together, share our own experiences around a topic, and engage with perspectives from disability culture. We welcome all people to join us, whether you identify as disabled, nondisabled, or somewhere in between.

Our discussions start from the idea that ableism shapes ideas, interactions, representations, and institutions that touch all of our lives. So it is worth understanding how ableism impacts us as a kind of oppression and as something that gives privilege. This series is also interested in understanding how ableism interacts with with other forms of privilege and oppression that may be related to racial or ethnic identity, gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, age, immigration status, and more.

Fall 2020- Unlearning Ableism: The Recordings

For Fall 2020, we offered our Unlearning Ableism discussions as pre-recorded videos of the DCC staff having a conversation about a given topic. For each session, the DCC hosted a live-screening of the video on Zoom, followed by a live Q&A.

We’re also posting each video here so that folks can watch them on their own time. We’re happy to engage with you if you have any questions or thoughts you want to work through– just email us at dcc@uic.edu.

1. Access Labor (Fall 2020)

2. Ask Us Anything! (Fall 2020)

Unlearning Ableism: The Recordings- Ask Us Anything (11/09/2020)

Video description: Title slide is black with bold white letters that say “Ask Us Anything.” After that is a conversation with the video showing a grid of windows with an ASL interpreter and four DCC staff, DCC Director Margaret Fink, Program Coordinator Lily Diego-Johnson, Grad Assistant Sylvie Rosenkalt, and Grad Worker Jordan Alcantar.

Unlearning Ableism: The Recordings- Access Labor (9/29/2020)

Video description: Title slide shows the Unlearning Ableism flyer, which has bold white text and a pair of blue lips with a blue speech bubble and multi-colored squares. Then there are some explanatory intro slides with a blue background and white text. After that is a conversation with the video showing each speaker while they are talking, including DCC Director Margaret Fink, Program Coordinator Lily Diego-Johnson, Grad Assistant Sylvie Rosenkalt, and Grad Worker Jordan Alcantar.