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Webinars: Ableism Series


In its simplest form, ableism is the belief system that tells us it is better to be non-disabled than it is to be disabled. Ableism also examines disability discrimination on a systemic level by looking at the ways our society designs physically and socially segregated systems.

In December 2021 we are offering both Ableism 101 and Ableism 102 as online, interactive webinars. See the class descriptions below and register for the session(s) you plan to attend.

Ableism 101: Everything you know about disability is (probably) wrong!

In this workshop we will introduce the basic concepts of ableism and explore how the language we use around disability can either support equality or perpetuate stigma. Participants will be challenged to identify their own unconscious bias around disability. Come learn how to support the disability rights and disability justice community in Southwest Michigan.

  • Tuesday, December 7, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Ableism 102: Next Steps in Dismantling Ableism

This workshop builds on what you learned in Ableism 101 with a deeper examination of the causes and impacts of ableism and what it means to be truly inclusive.

Please only register for Ableism 102 if you are also registering for Ableism 101 or have attended it previously. Because this is a more intensive class, this is one class presented in two sessions. Please only register for this class if you can plan to attend both sessions.

  • BOTH Friday, December 10, 9:00 to 11:30 AM
  • AND Friday, December 17, 9:00 to 11:30 AM

Participation in this event is available through an internet connection or a phone call. Please register in advance below. Disability Network Southwest Michigan believes all people deserve full access and inclusion in our programs and services and will make every effort to secure necessary accommodations for participants in our events. Please register as soon as possible if you will require an accommodation to participate.


Registration is now closed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this webinar, please follow this link to email Miranda or call her at 269-345-1516 x120.