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Disability Pride Celebration – Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Coca Cola Field!

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Sign up to be a vendor, sponsor, or participant in the march at the Disability Pride Celebration!

Here is the link for the forms to sign up:

http://disabilitypridebuffalo.org/

Non -profits can have a table for free, and the fee is only $25 for entrepreneurs and for profit businesses. They are also looking for sponsors if you want your group or organizations name in lights at Coca Cola field.

Maybe you want to sign up and have a float or march your group in the parade. Self Advocacy will have a contingency in the parade and you are welcome to join us- let me know if you want to. Last year a DDSO group home won top prize in the parade with a cool dragon float! All the forms for signing up for the parade, activity or vendor table can be found at the link above.

Best practices in providing customer service to individuals with disabilities

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center has partnered with Storyline Motion Pictures (filmmakers of the critically acclaimed PBS documentary Lives Worth Living, and curators of the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels), to produce this dynamic new twenty minute customer service film “at your service”. It addresses best practices and features national disability leaders offering insights, tips and recommendations on how to provide exemplary customer service to individuals with disabilities. We invite you to view our 20-minute film in its full length or as the brief Preview. For additional tips, and resources, and information visit www.adainfo.org

View the film here

Shalk, Historicizing the Metaphors: Disability and Representations of Slavery

Dear all,

Please join us on Wednesday, October 7 from 1 PM – 3 PM in 509 O’Brian UB North campus for:

Sami Schalk
Historicizing the Metaphors: Disability and Representations of Slavery

Representations of slavery are often representations of scarred and injured black bodies regularly subjected to physical, emotional and sexual violence. These are, in many instances, representations of people disabled by the racial violence of slavery and yet their images in contemporary literature are often read as only racial metaphors for the legacy that American slavery leaves behind. Disability studies scholars have argued against reading disability as purely a metaphor and have instead insisted upon the importance of disability as a material experience. This talk will discuss how a historicized approach to reading representations of disability and slavery can help us read these texts for both their metaphorical and material significance. Using Octavia Butler’s Kindred as an illustrative example, this talk will demonstrate that reading representations of disability both metaphorically and literally reveals just a few of the ways that the mutually constitutive oppressions of racism and ableism have colluded in American history.

Sami Schalk is an Assistant Professor of English at University at Albany. Her research focuses on the representation of race, gender and disability in contemporary literature. Sami’s work has appeared in Disability Studies Quarterly and Journal of Modern Literature and is forthcoming in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Her current book project explores the role of disability in black women’s speculative fiction.

Please distribute widely!

Hope to see everyone there,
Mike

CALIFORNIA

BY JANET HARRISON

GO TO THE BEACH. SAND. SWIMMING. BOATING. CAMPING. FINDING SEA SHELLS. SAND DOLLARS ON THE BEACH. MY BEACH. I LOVE GOING TO SANTA CRUZ BOARDWALK. THERE IS THE CAVE TRAIN WERE YOU GO INTO THE PAST. YOU SEE CAVEMEN PLAYING CARDS, COOKING WITH FIRE. A BIG DINOSOUR. RISE. HEAD UP IN THE AIR. IT WAS COOL. THE BIG DIPPER IS A WOODEN ROLLER COASTER. MERRY GO AROUND. A BRASS RING. THROW THE RING. I LOVE JUMP IN THE WAVE AND HEARING THE ROAR. THE SEA WEED WRAPS AROUND LEGS. ONCE I SAW TWO DARK EYES LOOKING RIGHT AT ME ONLY FEET AWAY. A SEAL WAS LOOK AT ME.

The Ten Year Commemoration

Written By: Andrew Isadore Calderon

This is dedicated to the entire starlight nation
This is the commemoration
The ten year celebration
One decade since the inauguration
The light began to shine bright
In the world of artistic creation
In the beginning my words were prophetic
Now! The whole world wants to bear witness to the beautiful light
That makes the light magnetic
The Father of The Light is Marc Hennig
The Mother of The Light is Carrie Marcotte
Ten years ago!!!
There was the spark that started the fire
Ten years later!!!
The fire still burns bright as well as red hot!!!
The light will shine bright and will last forever
Whether you like that or not!!!
Ten! The usual number of our fingers, of our toes
It has been ten years!!!
Or 3,652 days since the start of Starlight Studios
In ten years!!!
A room full of people
Have become The Family of The Light
Together putting on Artistic, Creative, Poetic shows.
Honestly I saw the light in the year 2005
When the light began to shine I finally felt alive
I could go for mine
I could strive and thrive
Before I saw the light
I used to spend all my time watchin’ television
And for ten years now
I been goin’ on Artistic, Creative, Poetic, missions

New blogging group formed!

And here is our first blog!

7.27.15
Starlight Bloggers write about ADA Event:

On July 26th 1990, George Bush signed the ADA. We did not know then how far we would come. Twenty-five years later, over 600 people met at Canalside in Downtown Buffalo to celebrate. Our party started with speakers and music. Then some of our most creative minds read poetry. Janet Harrison of Starlight Studio and Art Gallery read, “Stars in Jars”, “California”, and “I Turn Around.” She also read “Buffalo Bill” in honor of the late John Harold Gordon, a former Starlight poet. After that, she read “Proclamation” and “Death to the Demon Seed” written by the Poet AIC. It was great to see the ‘City of Good Neighbors’ come together to support each other and this cause. We look forward to the next 25 years!

Next DEAN meeting

Please join us for our next to DEAN meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 2 PM at Deaf Access Services in the Tri-Main building on Main Street near Amherst. On the agenda for this meeting: approve our bylaws, an update on our 501(c)(3) status, making our writing group grow, discussing the spring arts and culture festival, transportation updates, announcements of fall event, and much more. Please bring your own agenda items. All are  welcome!