The sixth annual
Disability and Change Symposium

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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DisEnfranchised in Higher Ed:
Disability Identity, Advocacy, and Cultural Equity

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Registration (event is free, but registration is strongly recommended)

About DisEnfranchised in Higher Ed: Disability Identity, Advocacy, and Cultural Equity

"DisEnfranchised in Higher Ed." is a statement with roots back to the 1970's, a time when disability was a disqualifying characteristic and students with disabilities were routinely rejected admission to universities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 are two of the federal laws that fundamentally changed the shape of university admissions processes. Almost 30 years after the ADA, at this Symposium we will pause to look beyond the "de minimus" legal standard of access/accommodations and reflect on the current state of the lived experience of Disability in Higher Ed. including questioning Disability Identity, Advocacy, and respecting the unique cultural voice and contributions of disability through Cultural Equity.

The University is a place where community gathers in discourse. This year's Symposium is an invitation to come together to recognize and discuss the individual and collective experience of disability on campus: disclosed/non-disclosed, visible/hidden, permanent/temporary disability/ies that manifest(ed) yesterday, today, or may appear tomorrow.

This year's Symposium privileges first-person voices and experiences, including yours, as Symposium attendees. In addition to our traditional speakers/panels, this year we invite the attendees to actively participate in the discourse through afternoon workshops: crafting our own unique stories for individual advocacy, creating welcoming campus culture, and creating inclusive classrooms. The day will end with a networking session dedicated specifically to Temple University's inclusive culture.

About the Disability and Change Symposium

The stated goal of the annual Symposium is "to create conversation that transcends any one-dimensional depiction of people with disabilities, and foregrounds the multidimensional lives of our speakers - as writers, educators, performers, and advocates."

The Disability and Change Symposium is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference focusing on cultural equity and disability. The event is free, accessible and open to the public.

Know Before You Go!

Please visit the Know Before You Go page for maps and directions, transit and parking information, accessibility and accommodations, seating information, lunch options, and downloadable program and handouts.

Brief Agenda

  • 8:00 a.m. Check-In
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote
  • 10:00 a.m. Student Panel
  • 11:00 a.m. Advocacy Panel
  • 12:00 p.m. LUNCH (ON YOUR OWN)
  • 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Know Your Rights Panel; Creating a Welcoming Campus Culture Workshop
  • 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Storytelling for Advocacy; Creating an Inclusive Classroom
  • 3:00 p.m. "Campus Connect" – Temple Networking Event for Disability Awareness

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Organized by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, the Symposium is an outcome of collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability whose mission is "to foster collaboration across Temple University on disability-related projects including research, teaching, programming, publication, and grant-seeking. By connecting with one another, Council members help build community among the growing number of people at Temple whose work engages with disability."

We also want to recognize the voices of students with disabilities (the Student Advisory council), who contributed to shaping this 2019 Symposium:

  • Mara Bloom, College of Education, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Community Engagement and Psychology (est. 5/2019)
  • Thomas Duliban, College of Liberal Arts, Philosophy, University Honors Program (est. 5/ 2019)
  • Khalil Hills, College of Education, Leadership & Career Studies
  • Mark Jankowski, Masters of Science - Neuroscience (est. 5/2019)
  • Cathleen May Moyer, MSS, LSW, MSEd (she/her/hers), College of Education, LEND Fellow for Special Education
  • Coreen Payne, College of Public Health, MPH/MSW (est. 5/2019)
  • Jessica Walker, College of Public Health, Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) (est. 8/2019)

The Institute on Disabilities, Temple University College of Education is pleased to recognize some of our #DisChange19 Symposium Partners/Sponsors from Temple University: