Crip News v.72
Remembering Judy Heumann, new works, calls, and events.
Rest in Power, Judy Heumann
A key organizer of the 504 Sit-in. Co-Founder of Disabled in Action and the World Institute on Disability. Leader of the Independent Living Movement. Counselor at Camp Jened, star of Crip Camp. Teacher. Mentor. Legend.
Judy Heumann will be remembered as an icon of the Disability Rights Movement. She worked within and outside an array of public offices, using direct action protest to hold leaders to account but also joining elected officials to help advise and lead their administrations’ commitment to disability equality.
“The harassment, the lack of equity, that has been provided for disabled individuals […] is so intolerable that I can’t quite put it into words.”
As she spoke during the 1977 504 Sit-in to federal officials who refused to enforce anti-discrimination legislation that had already been passed into law, one official starts to nod along to what she is saying.
“And I would appreciate it if you would stop shaking your head in agreement when I don’t think you understand what we are talking about!”
Judy taught us what to do with our outrage. She taught us how to stay mad until we find the change we need. May her memory be for a blessing and a revolution.
Durban-based Flatfoot Dance Company and Nairobi and Siaya-based Dance Into Space have formed an exchange and partnership as part of the African Disability Dance Network.
Sins Invalid has published their Black Disabled Futures Month Syllabus “as an opportunity to honor the legacies of Black disabled artists, thinkers, activists, and leaders and a tool for future work.”
A five-day international disability theatre festival, “A Gathering in a Better World," recently concluded at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ryan J. Haddad was featured in the New York Times’ “Four Rising Theater Stars to Watch This Spring.”
Strategies for High Impact and What Would an HIV Doula Do? have published “Practicing Inclusion in the Time of COVID: A brief guide for gatherings and call for disability solidarity.”
The Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.5 million to “Enduring Conditions: A Disability, Illness, and Care Collaboratory,” a collaboration between UC Davis and Yale.
The Biden-Harris Administration released a fact sheet on its work to support Black Disabled Americans.
In Other News…
It’s National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Now might be a good time to check out the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s “One Idea Per Line: A Guide to Making Easy Read Resources.” And check out Kari Turner’s recent explanatory post, “What is a Developmental Disability?” for Meriah Nichols’ blog.
Last week, a major pharmaceutical company announced that it is lowering the cost of insulin by 70%. Instead of spotlighting corporate greed, let’s use the occasion to celebrate the activists who have been demanding an end to this unconscionable profiteering.
The Ford Foundation and Borealis Philanthropy have established The Disability x Tech Fund, which will advance the leadership of disabled people in tech innovation.
cripple is coordinating a “Crip 4 Crip Grant Support” classifieds project.
Gibney (NYC) will offer fifty (50) hours of $10/hr rehearsal space between March 8 - June 30, 2023 to 13 disabled artists. Apply here.
Monday, March 20th, on Zoom (more details coming soon)
Save the date for a launch party to celebrate the Society of Disabled Oracles, “a living chorus and archive of disabled wisdom from the past, present and future.”
Sunday, March 12th, 11am–5pm ET, in-person at MoMA
Bring your friends and family to explore the galleries together any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Discover artworks in our collection through touch, participate in guided verbal description tours, enjoy art making, and learn about MoMA’s new recorded audio descriptions. Then, at 3:00 p.m., watch a screening of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, with open audio description.
4 Mondays, starting March 20th, 5:30-7:30pm PT, on Zoom
Fatigue can make it feel like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders, and it doesn’t always take into account how much we already carry. Exhaustion is political, social, economic, medical, spiritual, and more. Who is allowed to be tired, who gets tired, and who gets chronically tired are not coincidences, with the most marginalized and vulnerable often being the most impacted.
Wednesday, March 8th, 10-11:15am PT, on Zoom
People who identify as neurodivergent have a range of accommodations that work for them. Sensory friendly or relaxed performances are one strategy, but it is not the only one. A panel consisting of several arts organizations and experts in neurodiversity will discuss what sensory inclusion involves and how the arts sector can rethink planning and access for neurodiverse patrons.