2020 is an important year for disability rights in America, as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 30 years old this July. This landmark piece of legislation was the result of the hard work of activists in the disability justice movement, which is still in progress today. Here are some SPL resources from disabled artists and activists that can provide a great introduction to the theory, expression, and ongoing work that represents the history and practice of disability justice movement.
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Care Work is an essay collection published in 2018 by prolific poet, essayist, activist, and educator Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. It is an intersectional look at the ways that people who experience multiple systems of oppression (disabled people who also identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, queer, trans, or who are otherwise marginalized) work together to build community mutual aid networks through what Lakshmi calls care work, or the work of caring for one another as an act of resistance. These are beautiful essays that speak to Lakshmi’s individual experience as a disabled queer femme person of color, while examining the ways that other activists, artists, and other community members have worked together to build care networks as a means of enacting disability justice. Continue reading “Three on a Theme: Disability Justice”
Hello, my name is Isaac. I have worked for the Seattle Public Library for about a year now and I have come to appreciate a lot of what the Library has to offer. I have been recently helping the Library with the ADA anniversary movie project and I would have to say there is a lot I learned about working on the project. A good amount of it is looking up movies for the ADA event and shaving the movie list by narrowing down the number of movies. Growing up with autistic Asperger’s, I have always loved to read despite the challenges. I would never have imagined though that one day I would be working for the Library in downtown Seattle; what a joy and privilege.
Letters to Father Jacob
This is a movie that is about redemption and grace. A seemingly clueless blind priest and a cold former murder convict realize that there is more in common between them than they think.
Mozart and the Whale
Two non-stereotypical individuals with autism fall in love in this wonderful yet unusual movie. The girl in the movie has been through a deep life that we do not usually associate with special needs people.
Gifted is about a gentleman who adopts his niece after her mother passes away. When the niece is found to have high knowledge and her controlling grandmother tries to take advantage of it, the main character must try to make things right.
Continue reading “Celebrating 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The ADA Anniversary Movie Project”