Disability 101: Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

This multi-media workshop explores disability identity as celebratory rather than stigmatized and emphasizes the responsibility of society to create disability justice. Participants will view Barbara J. Diamond’s film Zoom In, which features artists and activists with disabilities from the Pacific Northwest who share their experiences with microaggressions and development of disability pride. Through presentation, film, and hands-on activities, participants will gain a transformative understanding of disability, common microaggressions, and concrete strategies to address disability bias in the workplace.


NWPEDC Handout (1)

NWPEDC Handout (2)

About the presenters


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Barbara J. Diamond is a graduate of NYU Law School and has practiced civil rights law for over 30 years, including litigating disability justice claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. The founder of Diamond Law Training, Barbara is a filmmaker who uses film to promote discussions of bias and race, gender, LGBTQ status, and disability. Her training and consultant clients include the City of Gresham, the Lake Oswego School District, the Washington Education Association, and Portland State University, the University of Oregon Labor, Employment, and Research Center (LERC) and the Oregon Law Center.


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Marina Moro is a co-trainer for Diamond Law Training and draws on disability justice and intersectionality as core lenses for her work. In addition to facilitation, she performs data analysis and program development for DLT.  Previously, Marina worked for Laborers’ Local 483 and the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College, where she created educational programming on racial and LGBTQ justice.