Upcoming SCCADVASA Conferences and Regional Trainings
Widening Pathways: Improving Access for Survivors with Disabilities Conference, September 23rd – 24th, 2021
It is critically important to understand how to provide reasonable accommodations that help survivors with disabilities access services. However, the voices of those with disabilities need to be heard when considering how accommodations are provided. By utilizing a disability justice perspective, this conference will provide information and discussion opportunities for advocates to learn how to involve individuals with disabilities more directly in the assessment of service needs and service care standards.
This training will provide attendees with the knowledge of how to ensure services are accessible and address disability justice principles:
- Intersectionality: “We do not live single issue lives” – Audre Lorde.
- Leadership of Those Most Impacted: “We are led by those who most know these systems.”
- Recognizing Wholeness: Each person’s life is full of history, life experience, and inherent worth.
- Centeredness in Community Support and Intervention:
- All children and adults should have ways to build skills needed for safety.
- Education must be free, inclusive, and accessible.
- It should be provided in multiple languages, including sign languages.
- People who are disabled should be both teachers and students.
- Commitment to Cross-Movement Organizing: Shifting how social justice movements understand disability and contextualize ableism, disability justice lends itself to politics of alliance.
- Sustainability: We pace ourselves, individually and collectively, for our lives and work to be sustainable long term. Our embodied experiences guide us toward ongoing justice and liberation.
- Stephanie Woodward, Co-Founder Disability EmpowHer Network
- Olga Trujillo, President/Owner of Olga Trujillo Consulting and author of: The Impact of Physical and Sexual Violence: A Personal Journey Revealed and The Neurobiology of Trauma: Understanding Victim Behavior and Implications within the Criminal Justice Process
- Justine “Justice” Shorter, Disability Justice advocate & Black Disabled Lives Matter amplifier and National Disaster Protection Advisor for the National Disability Rights Network
- Tristen Taggart, agender antiviolence activist and Disability and Trauma Project Coordinator at FORGE
- AccessJax, the OVW Disability Grant funded project in Jacksonville, Florida will lead a learning session entitled Celebrating Systems Impact: Involving Law Enforcement in Our Work.