Disability Justice Beyond the ADA
This session promotes a fundamental shift in how many understand disability, which has long been posed as an individual challenge or barrier to participation. The standard of inclusion has been limited only to what the law requires under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This session asks participants to adopt instead the transformative lens of disability justice, which emphasizes the responsibility of society to create collective access and celebrates disability culture. In addition to this shift in understanding, participants will gain a number of concrete tools to which they can apply their work. The session will cover common microaggressions, intervention practice, and “implicit bias audits” to evaluate whether policy, culture, and environmental factors within an organization go beyond inclusion to actively welcome disabled people and promote their leadership.
As a multi-media session, the workshop will draw on diverse methods. Participants will view Barbara J. Diamond’s film Zoom In, which features organizers and artists from the Pacific Northwest who discuss their experiences with disability microaggressions and development of disability pride. The session will include an art walk, hands-on activities, and facilitated discussion. Together, participants will learn how to incorporate disability justice into workplace, organizational, and broader advocacy as a vital component of any equity work.
About the presenters
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.
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.