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Defined and Shared: The Voices of Systemic Ableism

Event Date
Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 02:30PM

Creating protective environments is a powerful prevention strategy that can impact entire communities. Prevention efforts are still often aimed at marginalized communities--doing prevention for a community rather than prevention with a community. Protective environments can be ineffective for people with disabilities when Disabled people are not at the center of the work.

During this webinar participants will learn from a panel of people with disabilities who will explore the ways systemic ableism keeps those with disabilities relegated to the margins. Systemic ableism includes the systems, regulations, and rules embedded in the fabric of society such as national laws, organizational practices, neighborhood norms, and even our own belief systems. 

The outcomes of systemic ableism can often punish Disabled people. Almost half of the people who die at the hands of police have some kind of disability. When a person with a disability works and earns too much money, benefits may be stripped from them. Another instance of systemic ableism is sidewalk ordinances. A city can make street corner sidewalks accessible, but require businesses to make their own drives accessible. This practice results in an unusable sidewalk for a person who uses a wheelchair.

Indiana Disability Justice commits to bring live captioning (CART) to each webinar. The presenters in this webinar will be speaking English and the PowerPoint slides align with ADA guidelines. Let IDJ know if you have additional access needs, including slides ahead of time, or if you need the slides in larger print, by emailing IDJ Webinar Coordinator Jennifer Milharcic at Please let IDJ know what we can do to increase accessibility on the evaluation you will receive after the webinar.

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Indiana Disability Justice
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