National Black Disability Coalition Black Disability Studies Forum
Friday, June 7, 2013
10am - 3:00pm
Shiloh Baptist Church
340 Rev. S. Howard Woodson Jr. Way
Trenton, New Jersey
The National Black Disability Coalition is sponsoring a forum for Black scholars, clergy, advocates and allies on Friday, June 7, 2013, 10am – 3pm, to discuss the future of incorporating Black Disability Studies within Black Studies.
Black Disability Studies will provide much needed research in the disabled African American experience specifically to move forward public policy initiatives as how it relates to disabled African Americans and their families.
Black Disability Studies will also provide education of the disabled African American experience to students who are the future leaders and decision makers. The knowledge of this group will impact disabled African American life from historical, social, arts, cultural and theological perspectives.
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Are we talking the same talk after all of these years? Interrupting the conversation on Race & Disability
Even today when I read about race & disability most of the time it starts out as a problem and links to the “negative side” like poverty, lack of….. and so on. Yes we need to talk about the above but should we continue to start the conversation always the same way?
Another thing I have witnessed, in my 15 plus years, living, researching and reading about the realities of race & disability is that 9 times out of 10 the talks, books, studies come from outside the Black community. The work on race and disability is from White researchers, academics, journalists, authors, and social service providers.
Most recently the work is also being done by, Black scholars/services providers and sometimes parents who have been taught about disability rights and culture but not through a race lens.
I’m not saying that there is no work out there. However, on a larger scale that connects all of us is still not a reality. I also noticed that the research doesn’t connect the two I’s (1) Individual and (2) Institution/Organization experiences. It seems there are a lot of I stories but lacking Institution/Organization stories.
Last thing I’ve noticed through these years is there is only a little amount of talking/writing by people of color about the rich art, music, writings, cultural work, organizing, activism etc. by people of color with disabilities. We need to continue to interrupt this broken record conversation on how we talk, write, paint and more importantly how we live race & disability. Read more »
Dymaneke Mitchell, Ph.D., a member of NBDC and Assistant Professor at National-Louis University Secondary Education Department announces the publication of her book, Crises of Identifying: Negotiating and Mediating Race, Gender, and Disability Within Family and Schools (Educational Leadership for Social Justice)
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Faced with growing caseloads, declining federal aid, and spiraling health care costs, many states are electing to enroll high-cost individuals with chronic disabilities in Medicaid managed health and long-term service plans. They are doing so in an attempt to place program expenditures on a more sustainable course while simultaneously improving the quality and accessibility of services. The National Council on Disability (NCD) recognizes that managed care techniques can create a pathway toward higher quality services and more predictable costs, but only if service delivery policies are well designed and effectively implemented, and achieve cost savings by improving health outcomes and eliminating inefficiencies, not by reducing the quality or availability of care. Designing and operating a managed care system for children and adults with chronic disabilities poses unique challenges given the highly diverse, wide ranging health and long-term support needs of the disability population. Those challenges multiply when a state attempts to create a unified system of acute health and long-term services that merges Medicare and Medicaid funding streams. Read more »
Call for papers for a special issue of the Journal of Women, Gender and Families of Color on Race, Gender and Disability
Although there is much discussion on gender/sexuality and race/ethnicity or gender and disability, there is a dearth of studies about the intersection of race, gender and disability from a critical perspective. This special issue will focus on articles that critically analyze these intersections, from different disciplinary perspectives. We conceptualize these categories broadly to include interrogations into the lives of people of color but also white subjects from a critical whiteness perspective; focus on gender as it encompasses interrogations of femininity, masculinity, transgender or intersex subjectivity and any form of sexual expression and identity and their intersection; and disability to encompass not only impairment but also the socio-cultural aspects that accompany it. Articles can use a variety of methods such as theory based, qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, humanities based and more. These works should highlight the experiences of people, or their representations, with respect to race/ethnicity/nationality and gender/sexuality as they relate to disability.
Topics include but are not limited to:
Family caregiving or parenting at the intersections of gender/race/disability
Lived experiences of disabled women/people of color Read more »
By Phumlani aka Wacko Band 2-14-2013 - I’m the co-founder of G-Tazz Records and the Zululand Gospel Choir. I’ve loved hip hop music since I was young. We used to be a group of young boys and girls doing hip hop dance and music. Some people didn’t like what we were doing because we were sending a good message to the youth. Then I was stabbed next to my spinal cord. I used a wheelchair for a year. Fortunately I’m walking today, although I limp. But I thank God for that.
Now I’m behind the scenes working hard to uplift other talented youth here in South Africa. We came up with a theme focusing on what you are good at with my big brother Johannes for Your True Standpoint. You can join our page on Facebook and Your True Standpoint page as well.
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