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Hayden Kristal: GaySL Workshop & Stand-Up Comedy

Posted on October 13, 2017

Friday, Oct. 13:
      GaySL Workshop | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | CMU 203
      Stand-Up Comedy Show | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage

Hayden Kristal (they/them/theirs) is a Deaf, bisexual, Jewish, transgender activist and stand-up comedian. Living their life at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities led them to a career as a professional speaker exploring the intersections of disability, gender, sexuality, particularly within the spheres of activism and social justice. They have brought their funny, engaging, and interactive workshops and speeches to dozens of conferences and schools all across North America. In 2016, they delivered their first TEDxTalk, and were the recipient of a Catalyst Award from the University of Missouri, for their dedication to creating change for and within the LGBTQ community.  Read the rest of this entry →

What’s in a name? 

Posted on May 03, 2017

Disability Resource Center to become Accessibility Resources

We are changing the name of our office from Disability Resource Center to Accessibility Resources. There is a national trend among disability services providers to shift from a medical model of disability to the social model of disability. The “medical” model looks at what is wrong with the individual whereas the “social” model looks at what is wrong with the environment that is making it difficult for all to participate. We prefer to look at disability as a human variation and another form of diversity rather than a deficit. Also, some of our students don’t want to be labeled as someone with a disability because of the negative stigma frequently associated with the term disabled.  Read the rest of this entry →

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