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Ableism Training

Monday, September 9 @ 9:15 am11:45 am

Registration Required

In its simplest form, ableism is the belief system that tells us it is better to be non-disabled than it is to be disabled. Ableism also examines disability discrimination on a systemic level by looking at the ways our society designs physically and socially segregated systems.” During this workshop, you will learn about visible and invisible disabilities and the often false assumptions that we all have about people who are living with them. Such harmful cultural ideas around disability are often supported and perpetuated through the language that we commonly use. Language is a key component to supporting equity or perpetuating stigma. The presenters will identify harmful language and provide more inclusive terms. They will also help to identify and challenge unconscious bias around disability, and society’s desire to lift up people with disabilities as heroes in our community simply because of their disability, and how this can diminish the real accomplishments made by these individuals.

Facilitated by: Disability Network

This training is hosted in a collaboration between Kalamazoo Community Foundation and ONEplace.

Ableism Training


Monday, September 9
9:15 am–11:45 am
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CEN/Van Deusen Room
315 South Rose St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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All Kalamazoo Public Library events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated in the event description. A library card is not required to attend. Events where space is limited may require prior registration or a free ticket to attend. Registration and ticket requirements are indicated in the event description. Guests who require special accommodations can submit their request to the event coordinator by calling 269-553-7800 or emailing events@kpl.gov.

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