AJE is excited to share the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) free April programming in their #LiberatingWebinars!
Disability Justice & Crip Technoscience: Racism & Ableism in AI & the Future of Technology
Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are ubiquitous, affecting pretrial bail determinations, health care resource allocation, school admissions, credit reporting, hiring, and policing. For disabled people, technology has often both created and enabled greater access and also threatened to sever access while promoting eugenicist ideas about cures. What interventions do Disability Justice and the emergent field of crip technoscience (named first by Aimi Hamraie and Kelly Fritsch) make into conversations about AI and the future of technology? Where does “algorithmic fairness” or “algorithmic bias” fall short in addressing racism and ableism?
Friday, 23 April 2021, at 5pm ET / 4pm CT / 2pm PT
Disrupting Educational Ableism & Racism: Disability, Race, & Trauma in Schools
“Schools and the legal system tend to label these children as disobedient, disorderly, and dis/abled while simultaneously ignoring the voices of the children themselves. This pathologization then is perpetuated through the labeling, surveillance, and punishment of unwanted students along with the silencing of their voices.”
– Subini Ancy Annamma, in The Pedagogy of Pathologization: Dis/abled Girls of Color in the School-prison Nexus
For many disabled people, school is not a safe place. Instead, it is a place where we are subjected to coercive and involuntary treatment, isolation and bullying from peers, abuse in the name of help, and constant surveillance and criminalization – all of which cause and exacerbate trauma. Black and Brown disabled students – especially those who face additional vectors of marginalization – face the brunt of ableism and racism in schools. How can neurodivergent and other disabled people make critical interventions and inroads into educational advocacy? How can we do anti-oppression, liberation-focused work within carceral spaces like the family regulation system, the legal system, and the educational system?
Sunday, 25 April 2021, at 4pm ET / 3pm CT / 1pm PT
Health Justice is Disability Justice: Disabled Perspectives in Public Health Research, Policy, & Advocacy
The COVID-19 pandemic helps reveal ableism in our laws, policies, and practices through health care rationing proposals, disastrous vaccine rollouts, and relief measures that have failed to assist disabled people impacted by loss of personal attendant care, forced to work in high-risk jobs, and disproportionately more likely to experience homelessness, domestic violence, and food insecurity. What do disabled advocates, scholars, and policy experts have to offer public health research, policy, and advocacy? How can disabled people’s knowledge, wisdom, and offerings disrupt and end unjust and inequitable pandemic policies and practices?
Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 5pm ET / 4pm CT / 2pm PT