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Disabled Women's History Month: A Conversation on Living with Disabilities and Standing in Your Power


Nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States have a disability, yet for generations we've been taught to fear, isolate, and treat people with disabilities as second class citizens. Current political movements tend to ignore the disabled or cast a shadow on the needs of our community when we should be empowering and supporting them. At the same time, reproductive movements consistently use “what if the child is disabled” as common pro-choice rhetoric that speaks to the disposability of disabled people in society. But what does it mean to be disabled or to live with disabilities? How can we change perceptions and learn to embrace what makes us different, unique, and beautiful?

Learning Outcomes:

In this #WerkshopWebinar, we’ll

  1. Learn about the Disabled Rights Movement

  2. Demonstrate the work and impact of disabled women in history

  3. Change current perceptions of what it means to be disabled and ways to be an ally or accomplice

  4. Identify ways to stand in your power as a person with disabilities

This Werkshop Webinar centers the experiences of women of color but anyone is welcome to join.


Meet the Presenters

Ola Ojewumi

Ola graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s degree in government and politics. As a student, she founded two nonprofits, the Sacred Hearts Children’s Transplant Foundation and Project ASCEND. These organizations provide college scholarships to low-income students, funding for women's education programs, and distributes teddy bears and books to children awaiting organ transplants across the United States.

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Doris Quintanilla

Doris suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2015 while at work. The accident set her back for two years and she had to fight tooth and nail for her right to receive the care she needed to get better. As a result of her personal healing journey, she now advocates for people with disabilities to have a fair, just, and dignified life where they can reach their full potential.