Come examine disability as a social justice issue in our film and discussion series, Disability Justice: Past, Present, Future. The year 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of landmark civil rights legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), championed by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. The ADA was designed to guarantee that people who have disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life. Our exploration begins with the history of the ADA and progress since its enactment. Discussion of disability often becomes a discussion of the ADA, medical diagnoses, and personal limitations. Our series will expand the consideration of disabilities. Through the thoughtful selection of documentaries and the guidance of discussion facilitators, Disability Justice: Past, Present, Future will refocus participants’ views as together we consider the cultural and social contexts of disability. Together facilitators and participants will examine their own and societal conceptions of difference and disability as we explore how well (or whether) the Pledge “And Justice for All” is embraced by the United States.
The first film event in this series is "Lives Worth Living", Wednesday October 21st 7-9pm at the Center for Multicultural Education, UNI. (Light refreshments will be served) Follow Student Disability Services & Rod Library Facebook pages for future events dates and up to date information.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UNI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Ashley Brickley, Student Disability Services, at 319/273-2677 or firstname.lastname@example.org, at least one week prior to the event.