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Disability Awareness, Rights, and Justice
February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Disability has always been part of being human. This panel discussion will provide an understanding of disability awareness and etiquette. Beginning with the history of disability discrimination and language used over time then moving into how society currently views disability and how shifting these views benefit everyone, especially those with disabilities. Finally, the discussion will focus on the lived experience of people who have a mobility disability and ways to interact with folks who may move differently through the world.
- Become familiar with the history of people with disabilities since the 1900’s.
- Learn the difference between the Medical Model and Social Model of disability.
- Explore current disability language and perceptions.
- Build awareness of how to interact with a person who uses a mobility device.
Presenter Speaking Bios:
- David Fenley has been with the Minnesota Council on Disability since 2014. He transitioned from legislative work to ADA education and outreach throughout Minnesota. David, a certified access specialist, informs entities across the state about disability rights, ADA obligations, Minnesota’s Accessibility Code, and digital accessibility.
- Justin Page is an assistant supervising attorney with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid/Minnesota Disability Law Center. His practice focuses on disability access and discrimination litigation. He has successfully represented individuals with disabilities in a wide range of disability related cases involving public accommodations and governmental entities. Prior to joining the Minnesota Disability Law Center, he was a law clerk for Judge Pamela Alexander, Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota, and worked as a legislative aide to the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone.
- Chad Wilson is a Staff Attorney with the Minnesota Disability Law Center, which is part of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. He represents people with disabilities in claims involving disability discrimination and community integration. With this work Chad strives to help people with disabilities fully participate in the community. Chad is magna cum laude graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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