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From the Editor

I hope you enjoy this issue devoted to the important topic of intersectionality. We are fortunate to have a knowledgeable contributor who has written a thoughtful article on the topic. 

Best to you and yours,

Maria Schaertel

What is Intersectionality?

"Intersectionality" was coined in 1989 by professor Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe how race, class, gender, and other individual characteristics “intersect” with one another and overlap. Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, has spent more than 30 years studying civil rights, race, and racism. For more information about Kimberlé Crenshaw and her work, read her TED Talk bio.

Activist Jeiri Flores challlenges us to act upon intersectionality knowledge

"When Kimberle Crenshaw created the term, “intersectionality”, she described how people with multiple identities are oppressed; specifically, she discussed in her case, as a black woman who in the working world, was impacted by both sexism and racism. At the time, Crenshaw argued that folks' narrow view of things limited their understanding of what people with multiple identities face day to day.

As time has gone on, the concept of intersectionality has evolved, and today there is not a place that doesn't talk about or work toward intersectionality. The idea is to celebrate and acknowledge folks for who they are, what they represent, and what they experience.

With a heightened focus on how the world interacts with them based on their age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, etc., the concept of intersectionality requires folks to see through a lens that recognizes how discrimination, power, and oppression affects one's everyday life.

Now the question is, what will you do once you acknowledge folks' intersections? How will you challenge the status quo? And most importantly, are you seeing folks as a whole?" 

Jeiri Flores is a disability rights advocate, writer, speaker, and a fellow who shares her perspectives as a person with a disability to Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities training, community service, research and policy efforts. She provides insights regarding inclusion, citizenship, disability intersectionality, and challenges that remain unaddressed by society.


Intersectionality: The Pieces of Me Online Conference

October 18 ~ 9:00am until 1:00pm

Join us to learn more about intersectionality and disability, how our identities interact to impact our lived experiences, and why this matters.

Keynote Speaker: Keith Jones, President & CEO of Soul Touchin’ Experiences

$10/person registration fee. Scholarships are available to cover registration fee. Please contact us at 585-224-7248 or [email protected] to request scholarship before registering.

ASL and Spanish interpretation provided.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.

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Mind the Gap program at Starbridge

Could you or someone you know use some help bridging the gap between getting a diagnosis for your child and receiving services? Learn more about Mind the Gap by calling the Starbridge Intake number at (585) 224-7359 or use the Contact form on the Starbridge website.

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