Diversity, Equity, Inclusion


Racialized Ablism  September 15, 2020


How and why language shifts with meaning and how it is used.

How social construct has been built to lead us to where we are today.

Discussion on why people “people.”


Creating a Welcoming Environment for Different Cultures: Latinos and Native Americans

Audio Recording


Eileen Tohonnie and Socorro Arroyo-Merchain

How to address communication and language.

The importance of traditional greetings, introductions, and personalities.

How to serve people with unconditional positive regard and respect.




APRIL Annual Conference


Disability Justice and Solidarity Economy 

Dustin Gibson and Cheyenna Layne Weber


The session will convey the importance of an anti-capitalist approach to the fight for access. Using a framework of disability justice, we’ll cover an expansive understanding of disability and ableism that can support cross-movement solidarity work. We’ll invite participants into questions about how access can be increased through solidarity economies and an overview of what solidarity economy is. 


About Us - HEARD (behearddc.org)

PeoplesHub - Skills For A Local Revolution

Home - Solidarity Economy Principles

Disabilities Reported by Prisoners: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016 | Bureau of Justice Statistics (ojp.gov)




Each One, Reach One, Teach One: Diversity and Inclusion in Community Outreach and CIL Programs

Nina Colman William Thomas


Our session will promote Diversity, Inclusion and Peer Support within professional, public and personal spaces. Not all disabilities are visible, and therefore may be overlooked, while some are more stigmatized than others. Focusing upon building understanding and alliances between members of the cross-disability community only serves to empower all of us, of any gender, ability level, socioeconomic status or ethnic origin. Building and sharing our knowledge of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion renders it not work, or ongoing study, but a way of life, touching all whom we meet.

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Disability, Racism, Respectability

Ken Mitchell, Linda Pogue, Dustin Gibson, Jamilah Shepard


Discussion on the disability movement, marginalized groups, and moving forward. How to have that discussion on the disability movement, marginalized groups, and moving forward. How to have that discussion in your organization that doesn't divide us.



Keynote Session: Building the Next Generation of IL

Dustin Gibson, Fanisee Bias, Sarah Martinez


As we move forward as a movement, it’s important to think about how we are building the next generation of Independent Living. How are we ensuring that we are elevating and including all voices such as those from multiply marginalized backgrounds, young people, and those who are new to Independent Living. What can we be doing to engage a new generation of leaders? How do we support them, and ensure that as a movement we are continually growing and challenging ourselves? Join our amazing mix of panelists as they share their thoughts while hopefully sparking yours to think about Beyond 2020.



Youth Conference: Disability and Intersectionality

ChrisTiana ObeySumner


Discussion of the intersect between people with disabilities and the multiple identities that individuals live with daily and how they are all important pieces of our community.



Blurred Lines-Redefine Your Lane

Shelly Simmons, Kimberly Conner


The face of advocacy is changing daily. We will discuss redefining advocacy and the responsibility of the SILC. We will explore intersectionality and pushing boundaries while remaining in positions to be effective and true to your mission.




Building a Community Coalition “Us Protecting Us”

Ken Mitchell, Kendall Green-El


This workshop will focus on people with disabilities intersecting with people of color and addressing crisis response. Find out how we developed and continue to build a coalition of a peer led group that focuses on different issues dealing with first responders. The group worked to create a de-escalation of first responder's workshop to address the response with people with disabilities intersecting with people of color.



Outreach in BARS-Building Authentic Relationships

Mel Leviton, Christine Pisani


We cannot hope to build trust and understanding without first increasing our own cultural and linguistic competence. Why help me find a studio apartment when I want to live in a house crowded with my family? Why help me get food assistance, when what I really want is an accessible community garden to work in with my family? Why give me English lessons, when my family, my church, my employer and my friends speak French, Spanish or Burundi? Rather than selling our services and wares, we must first commit to listening and learning about cultures and communities other than our own. It takes commitment, time and risk. Active listening and learning mean that we hear what the community needs and wants before we attempt to offer anything. How do we write this into our plans and more importantly, implement it in our communities?



Independent Living Serving Alaska Natives with Disabilities (IL STAND) A Rural Southeast Alaska Perspective

Joan O’Keefe and Gail Dabaluz


 IL STAND Powerpoint


Keynote: Disability Solidarity Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free

Dustin Gibson and Vilissa Thompson




IL in Indian Country

John Nousaine, Doug Defoe, and Sunshine Lemieux


IL in Indian Country RTF

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