The Intersection of Race and Disability

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


The lived experience of disability varies, both among people with disabilities and among racial and ethnic groups. Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw coined the term “Intersectionality“ to describe the experience of living with multiple identities (gender, race, culture, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, etc.). While there has been conversation about some intersections (like race and gender) there have been other experiences that are often overlooked. This session will look at the experience of people of color who have disabilities. Participants will have an opportunity to ask the speaker questions following the presentation.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5


Timotheus "T.J." Gordon, Jr, Research Assistant, Institute of Disability and Human Development, UIC

Questions for presenters:

1 Can you talk about language access and immigrant/children of immigrants with disabilities? Why does it seem that POCs with disabilities are less represented?
2 As a person who is white and does not identify as a person with a disability, I am currently trying to more deeply understand how my own identity impacts my work with people of color with disabilities. From your perspective, what are some things that I can consider, or steps I can take regularly, to ensure I am not acting to reinforce systems that oppress people of color with disabilities?
3 Given that: 1) having disabilities (access needs) is a universal type of diversity that knows no cultural and demographic boundaries; and 2) as documented by COVID-related statistics, other minority (i.e. racial/ethnic/gender identity) groups are disproportionately adversely affected ALSO by comorbid access issues: Question: What progress has been made in integrating the topic of accessibility and people with disabilities into EXISTING diversity inclusion and outreach initiatives, training programs across disciplines, and especially agency (i.e. the CDC) policy decision-making processes?

Session Questions

This session is accepting questions from registered users. After you have registered to participate in this session you can submit your questions on your Account Manager page. Please note: the number of questions will be limited and submissions will be closed well before the session starts to provide time to prepare answers.