October 24, 2016
Disability Policy Consortium Weekly Update


Did you miss me or at least my newsletter.  There was no Update last week because I was laid low and in the hospital by a kidney stone.  Yes, it hurt like the dickens. I am healing, but our newletter is brief  this week.

We have a wrap up of our Annual Award Ceremony and a reminder of two upcoming events.  We will be back next week with a full edition of the Weekly Update.

As always, happy  reading.

John Winske
Disability Policy Consortium
DPC News: One Wonderful Evening

On Thursday, October 13th more than 150 guests joined the DPC in honoring the accomplishments of four extraordinary people.  Each if our awardees use their talents each day to increase opportunities for all people with disabilities in Massachusetts. 

Ruthie Poole is a leader who helped defined and then developed the civil rights movement for people who have lived experiences of psychiatric diagnosis or trauma.  

As emergent young leaders of the Autistic community, Lydia X.Z. Brown and Finn Gardiner are defining a movement for inclusion and acceptance.  They teach us that a true movement must include all the oppressive forces that can limit human rights.  Their exploration of intersectionality gives us a vision for an inclusive future.

Over the last decade, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, through the leadership of Audrey Shelto, has invested significant resources in Disabled Advocates Advancing our Healthcare Rights (DAAHR), the DPC and the Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL).   These resources have ensured that our community has had a seat at the table as health care changes have transformed service delivery.

We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors. This year was our most successful event and raised more than $30,000 to fund our advocacy efforts,
DPC News: Accessible Transportation and Uber - A Discussion

When:  Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M.

Where:  Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA  02116

We are almost out of space at this event, so if you are interested in attending please register immediately.

As a person with a disability, your transportation options are changing. UBER is a leader in providing a fast, effective and affordable option. Your input and expertise about what is needed to provide this service and access to driving opportunities to all people with disabilities - including those that use wheelchairs and other mobility devices - and seniors is requested. 

Parking is available at the Transportation Building. Public Transportation is encouraged

Come share your experience and expertise with us and representatives of UBER over a light dinner.

** RSVP Required **

This Event Is Free & Open To The Public - Space Is Limited

RSVP and Request Accommodations by 5 pm on October 20th to Amanda Gasparonis at mail@dlc-ma.org or 617-723-8455 x 123

Please let us know right away if there is an accommodation you need.

Sponsored by:

Disability Law Center
Boston Center for Independent Living
Disability Policy Consortium
DPC News: Summit Tickets Available

Just a quick reminder that tickets are now available for the Disability and Intersectionality Summit.  We also want you to know we have virtual tickets available for the summit.  If you cannot attend in person we will be broadcasting over the internet.  If you buy a virtual ticket, we will email you a password and link to attend.

The summit will be the first in New England to explore this timely subject.  It will be a great opportunity to explore the future of our struggles for inclusion, acceptance and social justice.

The speakers and their topics are:

Keynote: Heather Watkins "Have Cane Will Strut to New Disability Activism"

Lydia X.Z. Brown "Disability Justice Intersection with Racial Justice, and Queer/Trans Liberation"

Victoria Rodriguez Roldan "Crazy and Trans: Mental health disability and trans identity"

Shain M. Neumeier "For Your Own Good: Coercive Care in the Lives of Marginalized People"

Holly Pearson "Rethinking/Reapproaching Institutional Diversity: From an Intersectional Critical Spatial Lens"

Mickey Thomas "Whips and Chains Excite Me Too: Kink & Disability"

Jessica Gimeno "Breaking Down Barriers in Asian-American Mental Health"

Alisha Vasquez "(dis)Ability, Capitalism and Nation-States"

Vilissa Thompson "#DisabilityTooWhite: Disability Community And Its Diversity Problem"

Eddie B. Ellis, Jr. "Open Your Eyes"

Maria Hernandez (Conchita) "Being Disabled and Undocumented: Experience and Resources"

Lynx Sainte Marie "Further Beyond the Pavement: Disability, Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities"

This promises to be a noteworthy, thought provoking event. Don't get left out, get your tickets to what promises to be a great day here
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