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Teaching Disability Justice with We Move Together (Virtual Workshop)

May 5, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

ID: Background features illustrations from We Move Together depicting children walking together. Graphic features a discussion bubble with the text, "Early Childhood Symposium 2022" inside the box. On the top left reads, "Bklyn Public Library" Text reads, "Thurs. May 5 @ 3:30pm (Virtual) Teaching Disability Justice with We Move Together with the writers and illustrator of We Move Together Kelly Fritsch, Anne McGuire, & Eduardo Trejos RSVP:" Graphic features an illustration of the writers and illustrator. On the far right is a person with dark brown skin, short brown hair, glasses, wearing a green shirt and khakis. In the middle the person has light brown skin and dark brown hair with bangs, red glasses, holding a cat in their lap and using a mobility device. On the far left the person is wearing a striped blue and white shirt and has fair skin. They have long brown hair and are wearing glasses. To the right of that illustration is the cover featuring a group of 4 people. To the far left is the feet of a service dog, a person with brown skin wearing red heels holding a cane, a person with dark skin in the center wearing shorts and a pink shirt, a person with white skin wearing striped pants and shoes, and a person with dark skin in a motorized chair wearing striped socks and shoes.

On Thursday, May 5th at 3:30pm, join the writers and illustrator of We Move Together for Brooklyn Public Library’s Early Childhood Symposium Workshop: Teaching Disability Justice with We Move Together!

Register here.

In this workshop, educators will explore:

  • What is intersectionality and how do multiple identities (race, gender) impact young children with disabilities?
  • How does intersectionality impact the day-to-day work: what happens in the classroom and referral process and how do we address these issues?
  • What are the needs of kids and families with disabilities and how do we support them?
  • Ableism and Microaggressions: How do we talk to young children about disability to promote inclusion and foster an anti-ableist mindset?

We Move Together is a picture book that follows a group of disabled and non-disabled kids as they creatively negotiate everyday ableist barriers and find joy and connection in disability culture and community. In this webinar, the creators behind We Move Together will talk about the experiences that led them to write this book and discuss how the key principles of disability justice can shape and guide our learning. The creators will then read from their picture book and introduce participants to sample activities found in the book’s accompanying free learning guide which includes 60+ pages of curriculum and printable templates aimed to support conversations about disability, accessibility, community building, and disability justice.

Kelly Fritsch is a disabled writer, educator, and parent living in Ottawa with her two kids and mischievous cat, Loulou. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University and Director of the Disability Justice and Crip Culture Collaboratory.

Anne McGuire is an associate professor in the program for Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity at the University of Toronto, where she teaches courses in disability studies and disabled childhoods. She is the author of War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence.

Eduardo Trejos is a Costa Rican multi-disciplinary artist. A lover of color, insatiable reader, and parent of three boys, he currently lives in Toronto where he works as a graphic designer.

All educators of young children are welcome and encouraged to attend, including caregivers, formal and informal childcare providers, paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, etc…