An Introduction to Dis/Representation

The point of this series is to encourage discourse and increase understanding of disability. This effort seeks to challenge assumptions and break down barriers – to encourage critical thinking, empowerment, and social justice. Please review the objectives and intentions outlined on our About Us page.

See the Schedule for a listing of the topics to be covered in 2016-2017

Discussion Ground Rules

  • When you speak:
    • Raise your hand (or otherwise indicate that you have something to say)
    • One person talks at a time: Presenters or facilitators will let people know when it’s their turn to talk
    • Say your name
    • Use “I” statements: speak from your own experience, where possible
    • Move-up, move-back: Take time to listen if you are a talker, and move up if you tend to be quiet
    • Use the “whoa”: If you don’t understand something or have a point that just can’t wait, raise your hand and say “whoa”
  • Respect ourselves and each other:
    • Respect the strengths and limitations of all: Disagreement is fine. But, this is a discussion, not a debate. We are interested in learning from each other and thinking about different perspectives.
    • Confidentiality: Practice confidentiality. When sensitive issues arise, please only discuss the issues and not the person.
  • Please take care of yourself!
    • Eat, go to the bathroom, stretch, leave, come back. Please let us all know if you need any accommodations to participate.

Additional Context

There are some great resources listed in our archive.  You can also take a look at past discussions in the “Schedule of Events 2016-2017″ menu.  Please take a look if you’re interested in some additional information and context for Dis/Representation.

Online Participation in Discussions

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