These are all virtual events. Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be available for all. Audio description will be added for primarily visual events. There is no cost to participate. But you will need to register at Eventbrite to get a password. An easy pass is available that will give you daily updates and passwords (for the cost of a T-shirt plus shipping). Event titles will all be Eventbrite links eventually.

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Join us virtually and safely in celebrating everything disability is and will become while remembering the struggle it has taken to get here.

SCHEDULE (Eastern Time) Changes daily

Week 1

July 26
2:00 PM
Orientation to the event.  Beneficiaries of the ADA speak to each of its titles. COVID-19 memorials, including to Congressman Isaac Robinson
July 27
11:00 AM What’s in Your Toolbox?
How the ADA works.How to find and use resources. 
How to build and grow your toolbox. How to have the ADA, the CILs, the community, people with disabilities, and most importantly yourself create and live your highest quality life that you choose by using your own “Life’s Tool Box”. Carolyn Grawi,  CIL of Northwest Florida

2:00 PM Zoom Refresher
Mike Bray, Associate Director for Dissemination and Technology at the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University in Detroit
July 28
2:00 PM Disability Culture and Performance
Petra Kuppers, author of Gut Botany: using performance and poetry as disability culture methods. In this hour-long session, Petra will introduce viewers to her creative practice as a disability culture artist and a poet. Enjoy listening to a few poems from  Gut Botany, a Made in Michigan poetry book from Wayne State University
July 29
Voting Access
Learn about your rights, what to do if you are denied your rights, and the history of voting rights denied.
July 30
2:00 PM Not Dead Yet
Our lives are worth living. Diane Coleman, Anita Cameron, and John Kelly.

7:00 PM What Is Disability Studies?
How and why it started, what’s changed, what the future holds, and why you might want to be a part of it. Devva Kasnitz,  Society for Disability Studies.
July 31
2:00 PM Supported Decision Making.
The ruling in Olmstead vs. LC furthered the scope of the ADA, however the promise conferred cannot be realized if people with disabilities do not have access to the support they need to lead self-determined lives and make their own decisions. John McCarty & Dana Lloyd,  The Georgia Advocacy Office. .
August 1
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM SING-A-LONG
Concert with Elaine Kolb,  Disability rights in word and song. Enjoy a bit of our musical history.

Week 2

August 2
2:00 PM Film – Intelligent Lives
Talk back led by Micah Fialka-Feldman and his family.
August 3
2:00 PM  The experience of disability: from Porgy & Bess to Ice-T
Anthony Tusler.
August 4
2:00 PM Create a Mural with Daniel  Cascardo.
Want to be part of an exciting collective art project? Join Daniel Cascardo, mural artist, for an engaging dive into his whimsical, brightly colored symbolic art featuring fantastic creatures and uninhibited imagination. He will introduce to you his mural art, his method, and begin a project with you.

Download a section of an art to alter, color and make your own. Send your finished work back by August 6th  via email. It will be combined with others’ work to form a community mural. Then join us to see the BIG REVEAL August 11th at 2:00.
August 5
2:00 PM ADA Title 1: Managing Your Health Condition thru Workplace Accommodations
Learn to ask for the right accommodation that meet your unique needs. Sheryl Ellis is the author of Making It Work: Managing Your Health Condition Through ADA Workplace Accommodations 

August 6
2:00 PM Rising Strong: Tools to Raise a Proud, Strong Person with a Disability 
Grounded in years of experience working as a career counselor at UC Berkeley, working primarily with students with disabilities, Meriah distills and presents best practices for parents of kids with disabilities. 

This workshop will give you the tools you need to help empower your child/adult with a disability and help you help them to discover the proud, empowered person that they are. 

7:00 PM Panel Discussion: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities
Disability rights organizations often cast parents as adversaries: overprotective and clueless about how to best advocate for their children’s rights in a society that marginalizes the disabled. Pamela Block, Allison Carey, and Richard Scotch.
August 7
2:00 PM Service Animals – Navigating Access to Work, Education, Healthcare, Housing, Transportation, Public and Private Services
Identify the differences between what a service animal is, as defined by the law and others (companion, emotional support). Amy Maes, Oakland Macomb Disability Network.
August 8
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance

Week 3

August 9
2:00 PM Film- Piss on Pity: the Story of ADAPT
Piss on Pity explores the power of a grassroots, disability rights network called ADAPT that is working to create a barrier-free, inclusive society. This first documentary, We We Will Ride, traces the origins and early history of ADAPT. Roustabout Media. Running time: 62 minutes. Talkback with producers Peters Grosz and Virginia Keller.  
August 10
2:00 PM Ableism
Ableism is like racism, hurtful, prejudicial stereotypes of people with disabilities by people both with and without disabilities. Michelle Nario-Redmond
August 11
2:00 PM The Big Reveal! The art of Daniel Cascardo and You! (Part 2)
Register for Disabled Athletes Panel

 2:30 PM Disabled Athletes Panel
Chet Kuskowski, and others.
August 12
2:00 PM COVID-19 Documents – Forms – Records!
What every disabled person must keep handy on a moment’s notice. Be Prepared. What will you need when you show p at the ER? Jill Gerrie, The Arc Michigan
August 13
2:00 PM Jody, a Memory from Laconia State Hospital
Hear one person’s story about her life growing up in a state hospital. Remember our history, so we never repeat it. Dr. Candance Cole-McCrea

7:00 PM What is Disability Justice? How is justice different from rights? How does disability justice include people that the traditional disability movement marginalized? Lydia X. Z. Brown
August 14
2:00 PM ADA Title 11: State & Local Government
What are the general non-discrimination requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applying to state and local governments?
Peter Berg, Great Lakes ADA Ct & Brad Hastings, Disability Network W. Michigan
August 15
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance

Week 4

August 16
2:00 PM Film- TBA
August 17
2:00 PM Stories from It’s Our Story
Scott Cooper brings us first person stories from It’s Our Story, of, by and for people with disabilities, which chronicles the diverse experiences of people with disabilities, and give our community collective voice.

7:00 PM  Intersections of Art, Autism and Activism
Activism, as the name implies, is the activity of challenging and changing power relations, whereas art is the expression and application of human creative skill and imagination. How does an autistic perspective change that? Dr. Sarmistha Talukdar will talk about their neuroqueer art, their art and invite participants to discuss what developing an artistic vision looks like for them.
August 18
2:00 PM My Dearest Friends Project
Jill Vyn and Chris Smit of DiisArt, bring us art by Oaklee Thiele that archives the stories of Disability culture, as our community is deemed disposable in the pandemic.l
August 19
2:00 PM What is Disability Culture?
“People with disabilities share a common history of oppression and a common bond of resilience. We generate art, music, literature… We claim our disabilities with pride as part of our identity. We are who we are, we are people with disabilities.” Steve Brown, Institute on Disabilty Culture, author of Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars. ”
August 20
2:00 PM COVID-19 Self-Care: Using Music and the Arts to cope
Music is pervasive in our society, and impacts the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual aspects of our lives. Jody Conradi Stark, Creative Arts Therapies.
August 21
2:00 PM Disability Activism in Colonial America
Disabled people were systematically persecuted in early America. How did we get shut from life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and how did we fight back for equality? Daen.
August 22
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance

Week 5

August 23
2:00 PM Film- TBA
August 24
2:00 PM
Tom Olin, Photojournalist of the disability movement (tentative date)
August 25
2:00 PM The Uncounted. The Victims of COVID-19 who Live in Group Homes
Why is this is happening and what solutions should we be advocating for? Loren Glover, Associate Director, The Arc-Detroit.
August 26
2:00 PM A Short History of Progressive Art Studios for Adults with Disabilities
A progressive studio is a widely used term to describe art studios for adults with disabilities that help participants build careers as contemporary artists. Progressive studios do not teach art using the classical art school model, but rather encourage individual creative expression and self-fulfillment by supporting intuition and material exploration unique to each individual. There are some 60 such studios across the United States and many more around the world. Slides and discussion. Anthony Marcellini
August 27
2:00 PM Deaf History and Technology
Jaipreet Virdi, deaf from the age of four, shows us how medicine and popular culture have framed hearing loss through history, and how evolving technology affects deaf people’s experiences. She is the author of the newly published book, Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History.
August 28
2:00 PM Building Strong Networks and Accomplishing your Dreams
Olegario “Ollie” Cantos has been a disability rights leader and activist for more than 30 years. He’ll share his time-tested and proven experiences in building networks. These techniques can help bring people together at all levels, delivering impact.
August 29
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance

Week 6

August 30
2:00 PM Film- My Girl Story Director Tameka Citchen-Spruce
August 31
2:00 PM Disabled and Black in America, history and activism. TBA
September 1
2:00 PM Folk Music Drop-in Concert
Listen and join in for a virtual concert featuring some of our community’s most creative troubadours. Peter Leidy, Johnny Crescendo, Davids Rovics, Elaine Kolb and others
September 2
2:00 PM Film Preview T4 Memorialization and the Holocaust in Germany Today
This film explores the’ thoughts of a group of undergraduate students while touring contemporary memorials to disability mass murders in psychiatric institutions during World War II. David T. Mitchell, director and Cameron Snyder-Mitchell, filmmaker will do a talkback after the preview.
September 3
2:00 PM How to include people with disabilities in mainstream activism
Learn how Detroit Disability Power is mobilizing Detroit’s disability community to fight for inclusion, rights, and respect, alongside and included with mainstream activists and protesters fighting for justice. Dessa Cosma, Detroit Disability Power
September 4
2:00 PM COVID-19 Post-traumatic Stress & Disability
Candace Cole McCrea
September 5
2:00 PM Wheelchair Sports
Jerry Sarasin, Mobility Works

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance

Week 7

September 6
September 7
2:00 PM TBA
September 8
2:00 PM Poetry Jam
Dropping in: Stephen Kuusisto, Maria Palacios, Laurie Lambeth
September 9
2:00 PM TBA
September 10
2:00 PM The Olmstead Act
City of Detroit, Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity.
September 11
September 12
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance

Week 8

September 13
September 14
2:00 PM ABLE Accounts – Establish Wealth w/ a Disability
SSI penalizes people with disabilities from acquiring wealth. Learn about ABLE accounts and change your life.
Gordon Fuller
September 15
2:00 PM Complex Adaptive Technology
Chet Kuskowski
September 16
2:00 PM Native American Perspectives on Disability
Candace Cole-McCrea
September 17
2:00 PM TBA
September 18
2:00 PM Stutterer Interrupted: The comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen! Author & comedian Nina G with Jessica Justice.
September 19
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance

Week 9

September 20
2:00 PM Film – TBA
September 21
2:00 PM The City of Detroit and the Disability Community
September 22
2:00 PM Criminal Justice and people with IDD
Loren Glover
September 23
2:00 PM TBA
September 24
2:00 PM Sex & Disability
Barbara Hill & Kim Austin-Baker
September 25
2:00 PM TBA
September 26
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Virtual Dance and Send-off
Is this the end or the beginning? Dance and give feedback via chat.
September 27
Virtual Disability Pride Parade – details coming soon!

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