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Saturday, April 7 • 12:45pm - 2:15pm
6A: "But You're So Inspirational!" Writing Authentically About Disability
Limited Capacity seats available

From Very Special Episode Syndrome to magical disability, inspiration porn (inspoporn for short), and inevitable cures and disappearances, ableist disability tropes abound in poetry, fiction, and screenplay alike. In this session, we will discuss common ableist tropes and metaphors across multiple types of disabilities (mental and physical, hidden and apparent, born and acquired), as well as alternatives to those ableist tropes and turns of phrase. We sick, mad, disabled, and neurodivergent people can be bitter, resentful, happy, sexual, radical, passionate, angry as hell, and complicated human beings in real life. Yet we rarely find authentic representations of our own messy, multi-faceted selves (especially of disabled people at multiple margins) in literature. Join a disabled fiction writer and community organizer in learning how—and why—to undo ableism in the writing world, while supporting disabled writers in telling our own stories.

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Lydia X. Z. Brown

Founding Director, Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, & Empowerment
Lydia X. Z. Brown is an advocate, educator, and attorney addressing state and interpersonal violence targeting disabled people living at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, faith, language, and nation. Lydia is Policy Counsel for Privacy & Data at the Center for Democracy... Read More →

Saturday April 7, 2018 12:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
Winthrop Room - 4th Floor