Decolonizing Dreams: A BIPOC Celebration of ADA30

July 24th, 2020 to July 25th, 2020

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For the longest, disabled Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have been dominated by our connection to the medical industry and institutions. These images and stories often evoke pity, pain, and even brutality. Although that is part of our reality, it only gives a narrow perspective on the narrative of people with mental/physical health conditions and often erases race altogether.

Hosted by the National Alliance of Multicultural Disabled Advocates (NAMD Advocates), we are proud to announce our upcoming event, Decolonizing Dreams: A BIPOC Celebration of ADA30. Through a two-day virtual event, hosted on July 24 and July 25, participants will engage in creative conversations that explore the complexity of racial identity mixed with mental and physical health conditions. The NAMD Advocates in partnership with Jen White Johnson will conclude the celebration by hosting a live mural painting on July 26 to honor Black disabled people, and those that have lost their lives to state violence. Ultimately, Decolonizing Dreams will create a space for disabled BIPOC to acknowledge the legacies of disabled people of color, discover the culture of disability in color, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.