Word cubes spelling ABLEISM

Unpacking Ableism

We continue our month’s theme of “Widening the Circle” with a talk by an Ethics for Children alum (Northern Virginia Ethical Society), Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman.  She writes this about her talk:

Grab your wallet and take out a one-dollar bill and a five-dollar bill. Close your eyes. Can you tell the difference between the two? If someone was blind or had low vision, could they? Have you ever gone out to dinner with your friends? When you picked the restaurant did you have to call ahead to make sure that their bathroom was accessible? Did you have to call multiple restaurants to finally find a place where you can eat with your pals?

If you’ve ever needed a prescription from your pharmacy how much did it cost? There are some medications that can cost $700 a month without insurance. If you don’t have insurance, how can you afford lifesaving treatments and medications?

If you are neurodivergent, blind, need mobility aids, live with a chronic illness, or have a disability is it your fault that you can’t access some aspects of everyday life? Does your disability mean that you are broken, or do we actually need to fix our inaccessible world? Today we’re going to unpack disability oppression also known as ableism! Join me for a conversation about access, inclusion, and human rights. Let’s talk about how disability is more than a diagnosis but also a source of identity, community, and culture. It’s time to talk about what it means to be an ally in the fight against ableism.

We begin the program promptly at 10:30 am ET, with gathering time from 10:15 on Zoom. We will try to end by 11:30. The Zoom room will be open until noon for socializing.

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Feb 13 2022


America/New York
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Online: Zoom only


  • Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman
    Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman

    Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman earned her doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on disability studies from Duquesne University. Rachel earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and her M.S.Ed. from Duquesne University. Rachel has worked in public school systems, higher education, and hospital settings empowering young adults with disabilities to become leaders of their own lives through the power of storytelling. Rachel is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University where she teaches courses in disability studies. In addition, Rachel, a self-advocate living with bipolar disorder, is the author of Instability in Six Colors, a memoir that paints a vivid picture of what it is like living with chronic mental illness, trauma, and a complicated relationship with sanity, suicide, and self-love. To find her memoir and check out more of her work please visit her website at https://www.seebrightness.com/store.


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