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New Walking Towards Justice Discussion: Addressing Ableism in Your Built Environment (October 29, 2019)

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Webinar Title: Addressing Ableism in Your Built Environment (A Walking Towards Justice Episode)

Webinar Date/Time: October 29, 2019 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific

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About the Webinar

As a follow up to our earlier Walking Towards Justice episode, Connecting and Allying with the Disability Rights Movement,  America Walks is excited to bring the series back for an episode that will explore the topic of ableism and how it informs our programs, places, and interactions, “Addressing Ableism in Your Built Environment.”  We invite you to join us on October 29, 2019 where we will will look at how individual, organizational, and institutional privilege intentionally and unintentionally creates barriers to the safe, accessible, and equitable spaces to walk and move that we all aspire to create. Join us as we explore the topic of ableism and hear from experts on proactive and immediate ways we can contribute to dismantling the pervasive daily exclusion that people with disabilities experience every day. 

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Explore the topic of ableism and how it is found in programs, policies, and places related to walkable and moveable communities 
  • Hear from experts on their own perspectives and experiences with ableism 
  • Learn tools, resources, and ways to dismantle the barriers ableism creates 

Recommended Reading:

“Disabled People Don’t Need To Be “Fixed” — We Need A Cure For Ableism” by Wendy Lu

About the Panel

Moderator

Karin Korb is Lakeshore Foundation’s Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator. Ms. Korb holds an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Kean University and a Masters of Sports Management from Georgia State University. She is deeply passionate about inclusion of persons with disability at every level of  life. Korb is also a two-time Paralympian and has served on the coveted USOC/USP Athletes Advisory Council for the past eight years representing seven sports.

She is a certified life coach with the International Coaches Federation and offers a highly diverse level of experience having worked with local, national and international clients of varying organizations to create ongoing opportunities for sports integration. Most recently, her efforts in sports diplomacy with the US State Department have taken her to Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, Colombia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

She serves on multiple boards including the Alabama FBI Citizens Academy, a Friend of Mind, Baseline Tennis, the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program, the Is-Able Organization’s Advisory Board,  the International Tennis Federation Player’s Council and is currently Chair of the Alabama Obesity Task Force’s Advocacy Committee. She has worked on behalf of the International Tennis Federation’s Global Development Initiative, 1Team Global Action, NBC Universal Sports, both the United Nations International Sport and Social Impact Summit and Women’s Initiatives and most recently Champions for America’s Future. She was awarded the 2018 Athletes in Excellence award by the Foundation for Global Sport Development which recognizes elite-level athletes who have dedicated themselves to bettering their local or global communities through mentorship, service, and volunteerism.

Her career in both advocacy and policy has spanned over two decades, and she always has her eyes on the pulse of humanity and how she can best collaborate, convene and represent the intentional actions of inclusivity.

Panel

Candace Cable uses a variety of methods to teach experience based Understanding Disability Education UDE, comprised of disability groups defined, language, history, do and don’t, myths, bias, sports as well as the principles of *ADA, *ACAA, *IDEA the United Nations *CRPD, *SDG. Written and visual media supports this work and the creation of opportunities to build core competences on disability for non-disabled people to dismantle their fear of disability and understand that disability is a human life experience we will all have in our lifetimes. She is emphasizing the importance of becoming an ally in the cohesion of all people participating and contributing in a diverse equitable society. She is a seasoned, competent, open-minded, creative leader, teammate, educator and collaborator. She is experienced in identifying diversity and inclusion issues and developing strategies and tools for businesses and organizations on how to address, understand and engage the immense talent of disabled people in their communities and work environments. Download her full resume here.

A young Chinese American woman smiles at the camera against a pink background. She's wearing glasses, a tracheostomy tube and an orange jacket.Wendy Lu is a national reporter and speaker on disability issues based in NYC. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Bustle and more. Wendy writes about the intersection of disability and politics, education, family, etc. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School.

Social Media: @wendyluwrites on Twitter and Instagram

Read the recommended reading “Disabled People Don’t Need to Be “Fixed”- We need a Cure for Ableism” by Wendy here. 

Vincent A. Robinson, Sr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 18, 1972 in Bankhead Court housing projects. Bankhead Courts was infamous for pimps, prostitutes, gangsters and drug dealers.

Vincent was deeply influenced by his environment and had no readily available mentors or role models during his formative years.  At the age of thirteen, he purchased a new Cadillac from drug profits. His choices in life led him to a point in his life where he was shot at point blank range with a street sweeper shotgun.

The result of the violence reduced his physical body to a coma like state and both legs to nothing more than a mass of jelly. In order to save his life, the medical staff was forced to surgically remove both legs, causing him to become a double amputee. His personal testimony on how he became a force in what he perceived to be his “new normal” life is an inspiring and powerful message for any and all willing to listen.

We know that young black men score below their peers compared to other racial and ethnic groups; the disparities are endless. Graduation rates, literacy rates and the potential for gainful employment are at their lowest, yet filling our prisons in disproportionate numbers! When you place an additional identifier (disability) to the systemic and existing discrimination towards African American men and boys, the numbers are staggering! Vincent knows through collaborative efforts, coupled with his powerful message – We can create systemic change! Vincent seeks to be available to the brotherhood of African American men and boys who also have a disability; to empower those who have been historically silenced and continue to be voiceless.

Today Vincent is on a personal stop-the-violence campaign. He has authored the best selling book “How the Streets Changed Me and Almost Took My Life” and stresses unity and love in all of his messaging. Vincent began his push from Atlanta to Chicago September 27th on absolute faith. He knew one thing: “I would make it to Chicago.” He has now traveled over 600 miles, using the strength of his arms. He supports and advocates for the built inclusive environments that make life as a disabled person truly accessible for all. He has met hundreds of people on his journey creating awareness and action; there is so much more to do. Vincent chooses to be a powerful man of color and lives to be an example of hopefulness, optimism and inclusion as he travels across varying parts of the country to spread his influential message: “KEEP PUSHING”.