Upcoming Events

Image: Color photo. Many clay sculptures on a red patterned carpet. The sculptures, large and small, repeat the word “no.” They are a crowd of no’s, the word “no” raining down.
Image: Color photo. Many clay sculptures on a red patterned carpet. The sculptures, large and small, repeat the word “no.” They are a crowd of no’s, the word “no” raining down.

Dis/Rep: “The Basis of Movement is Our People.” Discussing the Disability Justice Primer.

This is a rapid response to the current protests against state violence toward Black people.

This is also a relaunch of DACP’s study group Dis/Representation and is in partnership with the Portland Office of Community and Civic Life. 

This four-part online study group will focus on four sections from Sins Invalid’s Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People, a Disability Justice Primer (2nd Edition). 

This is an anti-racist, queer, and trans-positive space.

In each two-hour session, via video conference with ASL and CART (live captions), we will read a section of Skin, Tooth, and Bone aloud and then discuss.

The timing will be flexible and participants are welcome to come and go as they please.

The sessions will be co-facilitated by Disabled equity activists/artists The Curiosity Paradox, with the support of transmedia justice producer Claudia Alick of Calling Up Justice.


Thursday, June 18, 6-8pm PST: “Sins Invalid Statement on Police Violence” (pgs. 47-53)

Saturday, June 20, 2-4pm PST: “Principles of Mixed Ability Organizing” (pgs. 69-71)

Thursday, June 25, 6-8pm PST: “Disability Liberated” (pgs. 107-11)

Saturday, June 27, 2-4pm PST: “Disability Justice Timelines” (pgs. 124-134)


We will provide all participants with a PDF or text version of Skin, Tooth, and Bone, by Sins Invalid.

And we will ask each participant to use their own personal bodymind experience of Disability as a primary source of information.


Follow this link to register: https://forms.gle/anjNpoggWCfUADdE8

Each session will be done via video conference with ASL and CART (live captions).

All sessions will be recorded, transcribed, and shared with those who register.

All who register may choose their level of involvement. It is alright to attend all sessions. It is also alright to attend none of the sessions and watch the videos later.

Past Events

Five IAVDC dancers, three women and two men, dance in a studio with wooden floors and white walls, wearing shiny silver costumes.Disability Equity in the Arts: From Access to Liberation | 10.19.17

Details: At our October discussion, a panel of Disabled artists, Kiersi Coleman, Eliza Jensen, Grant Miller, India Harville and Kathy Coleman will be discussing what it truly means to have Disability equity in the arts. We will address how to move beyond tokenism and charity to full integration, what it means to include disability aesthetic and Disabled bodies and minds in art; the question of training and rigor; and how to enact Disability Justice in the arts. Click here to learn more.

Time & Location:

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Portland Community College Cascade Campus
Terrell Hall Room 202

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

Click here to learn more about how to participate virtually.