8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. Keynote: Our Experiences, Our Truths: Understanding the Intersectional Lives of Disabled People
Vilissa Thompson, LMSW
Founder and CEO RampYour Voice!
When it comes to the largest minority group in the United States and the world, our experiences cannot be overlooked. This exclusion and erasure is especially harmful to the lives of disabled people of color, who are living intersectional lives that must be told fully to capture the unique barriers and triumphs that exist. Centering the experiences of disabled people of color, particularly Black disabled people, is imperative so that freedom and liberation can become reality. As Black disabled Ancestor Fannie Lou Hamer is infamously known to have stated, “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” The injustices we dismantle will be successful once solidarity leads the work that we are determined to do. That solidarity and work must include disabled people of color; no exceptions or excuses will suffice.
11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion: join community members and professionals who will share their personal and professional experiences in this social justice topic.
Michael Glanz, Executive Dir., ARC of the Quad Cities; Alyse Schmidt, Associate Dir. Accessibility Resource Center, St. Ambrose University; Emmanuel Smith, PABSS Advocate, Disability Rights Iowa