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REAL:Reject Economic Ableist Limits announces the 2018-2019 Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute!

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Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute
Saturdays October 6 – December 8, 2018
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Application deadline: Saturday September 15, 2018 at midnight
How to submit:  Email your application to

The intent of the Institute is to build power in disability communities by bringing together disability leaders and creating a collective home where our voices come first. Our cross disability and intersectional Institute will be based on the principles of Disability Justice. We envision that through this training, leaders will gain skills and knowledge in accessible organizing while we learn from each other. We are prioritizing the following identities to make up our cohort of leaders: 50% BIPOC, 50% Queer and 100% Disabled. Leaders will participate in interactive training sessions featuring:

    • building grassroots movements
    • disability culture and art
    • race, racism
    • intersectionality
    • using relational access and engagement of our bodies for liberation
    • capitalism
    • policy change
    • internalized oppression and truth-telling

Leaders will utilize these concepts to tackle real-world issues through action oriented community building and activism.

Our vision is to build a statewide Disability Justice Coalition to address institutional ableism and demand change.

Participant Expectations

    • Attend all sessions.  2 sessions may be missed in case of emergency.  Please make all effort to let us know in advance:
    • Commit to ongoing collaboration for 8 hours per month for an activism project through March 31, 2019 with one of the following organizations.  These 8 hours include one monthly REAL: Reject Economic Ableist Limits meeting. Participants receive a stipend of $300 upon completion of their 6-month commitment.
    • Meet regularly with the facilitator guiding your activism project, and fill out monthly reports.
    • Update the cohort and facilitators on the work you did during your activism project through storytelling performance, or a presentation at the final celebration for the Institute.
    • The Institute is open to applicants of high school age or older.

Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute Facilitators:
Kathy Coleman, MSW
Saara Hirsi
Nykki Milano

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