This workshop is an introduction to Disability Justice, an ongoing practice that we can all participate in. Disability Justice recognizes the inherent worth of every person and sees us as whole beings with differing strengths and needs. It helps us have a better understanding of disability while challenging all to address the ways we think about, and label, bodies, minds, and senses.
Disability Justice was created because previous disability movements did not center the experiences of people with intersecting identities such as those who are disabled and a person of colour or Indigenous, a person with a disability living in poverty, people with disabilities who are queer or trans, etc.
As a movement started by trans, queer, disabled people of colour, Disability Justice encourages all to engage with each other and create and explore new ways of doing things. Collective access understands that everyone has access needs and that those needs are not shameful. Through community building, we can collectively share responsibility for these needs, being vulnerable with one another while knowing our strength is recognized. We can actively work to move away from segregation, isolation, and ableism towards accessibility, equity, connection, and interdependence.