Beyond Compliance: Making Events and Workplaces Accessible for People with Disabilities
Thursday, July 13, 2017 3:00 pm
4:30 pm PT
In-person | San Francisco, CA
Think of the curb cuts that appear on *most* street corners. They were built thanks to the advocacy of wheelchair users, but now benefit parents with strollers, bike riders, delivery people, and travelers with wheeled suitcases every day. This workshop will explore opportunities and strategies for making your events and workplaces more accessible for people with disabilities with an aim to go beyond "compliance" and instead celebrate the important perspective disabled people bring to our workplaces.
About the Speakers:
Emily Beitiks received a Ph.D. in American Studies with a focus in Disability Studies at the University of Minnesota. She has social justice classes at the University of Minnesota, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Davis. Beitiks is a former senior program associate for the Center for Genetics and Society. In her current position as Associate Director of the Paul Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, she continues her work as a scholar and advocate of disability to showcase how disabled people bring unique value that can benefit us all. She was the project director for "Patient No More," a multimedia, interactive exhibit which modeled new standards for exhibit access, and she also serves as coordinator for Superfest International Disability Film Festival, which prides itself on being the most accessible film festival in the world.
Alex Locust has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Miami, Florida and an MA from the Clinical Rehabilte University. He has worked at the Department of Rehabilitation, the Paul Longmore Institute on Disability, and Stonewall. Recently, Alex has begun leading workshops for organizations and universities around the Bay Area on "Microaggressions," focusing on race, sexuality, and disability.