In recognition of Juneteenth and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work we're very pleased to announce that NYAIL's webinars for June and July will be presented by Keri Gray.
 
Keri’s work centers on exploring the intersections of race, gender, and disability across the workplace. We're excited to welcome Keri to our webinar series and as a part of the ongoing work on D.E.I. in our community.
 
The 2022 NYAIL Webinar Series is sponsored by Waymo.
 
Disability Inclusion & Intersectionality with Keri Gray
on June 30th from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
 
NYAIL welcomes Keri Gray to our 2022 Webinar Series for two special presentations in June and July. June's webinar is, "Disability Inclusion and Intersectionality". We hope you will join us as we follow the Juneteenth holiday celebrations with this opportunity to learn about continuing important work on race and disability.
 
Between COVID-19, racial tensions, and rising work expectations, disability and mental health awareness with organizational leaders is more important than ever. This session addresses the relationship between race and disability and establishes a common language around intersectionality. You will walk away with insights into cultivating programs, practices, and building an organizational culture that is grounded in racial justice, disability justice, and inclusion. Expected learning outcomes include:
 
  • Gain awareness on the interconnected nature of disability and race.
  • Identify what limits trust and safety on a team.
  • Understand the importance of intersectional efforts across your organization.
  • Cultivate tools to recognize and combat bias in the workplace.

 

Sanction our Scars: A conversation on storytelling that centers those most impacted.
On July 13th from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
 
NYAIL welcomes back Keri Gray to our 2022 Webinar Series for a special presentation in July, "Sanction our Scars: A conversation on storytelling that centers those most impacted."
 
For the longest time, disability narratives have been dominated by its connection to the medical industry and institutions. These images and stories often evoke pity, pain, fear and even brutality, particularly across Black and Brown communities. This workshop helps participants wrestle with the relationship between power, stories, and identity. It also enables participants to identify where they can tell fuller stories that are inclusive of the experiences of Black & Brown people with disabilities. Expected learning outcomes include:
 
  • Identify and challenge cultural myths and outdated perspectives on body image and performance.
  • Develop tools that interrupt negative biases through inclusive channels of expression.
  • Demonstrate authentic communication and create community with people of color with disabilities.

On Tuesday, March 22nd, NYAIL and our partners in the Fair Pay for Home Care campaign hosted a press conference in Albany. A video of this press conference is available below.


As part of a nationwide Disability Day of Mourning (DDOM), disability rights advocates across New York State will be holding a virtual vigil on March 1st to honor the lives of disabled people murdered by their families and caretakers.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), which tracks these cases, has compiled a list of over 1600 reported murders of people with disabilities by relatives or caregivers over the last 40 years. The total number of killings is likely higher than the amount which are reported in news media. This problem is made worse by irresponsible news coverage which presents these murders as the sympathetic acts of loving and desperate parents, by a justice system that often gives a lighter sentence to a parent who kills a disabled child, and by the dangerous cultural prejudice that says a disabled life is not worth living.

ASAN held the first Disability Day of Mourning in 2012 as a response to the murder of George Hodgins, a 22-year-old autistic man from California, by his mother. ASAN has continued to organize the event each year, partnering with other disability rights groups including Not Dead Yet, the National Council on Independent Living, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, ADAPT, and the American Association of People with Disabilities. Disability Day of Mourning is a national event, with 30-40 participating cities each year.

Little public attention is paid to the disabled victims of these violent acts. Media coverage and public discourse about such killings frequently justify them as “understandable” and sometimes “merciful,” rather than appropriately condemning these crimes and those who commit them. The national Disability Day of Mourning is a time for the disability community to commemorate the many lives cut short. By honoring disabled victims of murder and celebrating the lives that they lived, these vigils send a message that disability is not a justification for violence.

A vigil for people across New York State will be held online via Zoom and Facebook Live, and will begin at 3:30 pm on March 1st. The event is being organized by Not Dead Yet, the New York Association on Independent Living, and Aging NY.

For more information, view the event details at https://www.facebook.com/events/482557133243570. You can directly register for the Zoom webinar using the link https://bityl.co/AoYl.