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Community Listening Sessions on Disability and Neurodiversity
April 15th, 2:00 - 3:00
April 20th, 2:30 - 3:30 and 5:30 - 6:30
Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park, 1309 Halley St Durham, NC 27707 (Masks Optional, Walk-in, Free)
A space for members of the community to come together in conversationabout their lived experiences and perceptions of disability and neurodiversity for the purposes of indentifying needs in order to increase access to supports and resources. Food Provided.
Autistic Perspective Series: Employment
April 25th, 12:00 - 1:15
Autistic people face significant barriers to finding employment and thriving in the workplace, even as "Neurodiversity" hiring initiatives grow. In fact, research shows that Autistic people have the lowest employment rates among all disability groups and experience a high rate of underemployment. Biased expectations and neuro-normative beliefs are the primary reason so many Autistic people face barriers in acquiring and maintaining employment. They are also the reason why Autistic people are less likely to be considered for decision-making or leadership positions. The neurotypical constructs that have been ingrained in society prevent many employers from seeing the benefits of a neurodiverse workforce or the shifts they could make to not only improve the access, inclusion, and experience of neurodivergent employees, but for their entire company. In this panel discussion, autistic individuals will share their own perspectives related to employment.
Learn more about the series here
Pop Up Origami Class
May 6th, 1:30 - 3:00
Design Studio at the Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd. Durham, NC 27707 REGISTER HERE
(Sliding Scale $5-$15 per person - cash, vemno accepted on site)
Come and enjoy a class where we will explore the art of origami through frun and interactive models. You don't need to be a kid to enjoy paper planes and jumping frogs! If there is a traditional or nostalgic model you would like to make, be sure to mention it, we may very well build it!
This class is instructed by Alexander Roa @roaorigami
All materials will be provided.
May 20th, 1:00 - 4:00
Intro to Disability Justice Community Workshop
Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park, 1309 Halley St Durham, NC 27707 (Masks Required, Pre-registration Required, Siding Scale Fee)
This workshop will dive into the history and language of disability and introduce the principles of Disability Justice and the Neurodiversity Movement. It will explore the ways ableism shows up in our communities, schools, workplaces, and selves. Attendees will develop the foundational skills to apply this framework to their current work (as people, caregivers, professionals, employers, colleagues, family members, etc)
Facilitated by T Land and Rezilience Williamson
Community Day at Part & Parcel
May 27th, 2:00 - 3:30
Part & Parcel, 1901 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707
Drag Story Hour with Stormie Daye, with books focusing on Environmental Justice, and FREE Locopops!
FREE Chair Massage with Tim
Torchlight Residency Exposition
May 31st - June 10th
Opening Reception: June 6th, 6:00 - 9:00
Perfect Lovers Gallery, 2823 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704
(Masks Optional, Free to the public during business hours)
Autistic Perspective Series: Communication
TBA, 12:00 - 1:15
(Sliding Scale Donation Suggested, but not required)
Film Screening: The Smell of Money
In partnership with the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, we invite community to this film screening and discussion about the intersection of environmental racism and disabilty, as well as to learn more about NCEJN is doing on a local and state level to pursue environmental justice. View the trailer to the film here.
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