DEEJ: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery

published 3 weeks ago by Dr. Frederick B. Covington

Everyone that works with anybody with any form of disability should watch this film. PERIOD.  Peabody Award-winning, Emmy-nominated film on autism, adoption and inclusion TWO WAYS TO EXPERIENCE DEEJ IN JULY TONIGHT, July 14th @ 8/7c DEEJ will have an encore broadcast on America Reframed on the WORLD Channel. More detailshere.  Also, Thursday, July 23rd at 5pm PT / 8pm ET, join us for the second in the #NoBodyIsDisposable 3-part summer film series, highlighting the politics of disposability -- how certain groups of people are deemed expendable or inferior -- and creative forms of resistance. Following the film, panelists will discuss the power of poetry and art, and the potential for that power to create lasting liberatory change—both cultural and political. Panelists include artful activist, author, and presenter, as well as DEEJ's star and co-producer David James Savarese; African American poet, scholar, and activist Lateef McLeod; and autistic Mestiza educator and disability justice activist and scholar Sara M. Acevedo (moderator).    Register for this free event at About DEEJ: A non-speaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights. After spending his early years in foster care, without access to language, DJ "Deej" Savarese found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a non-speaking autistic, Deej challenges misconceptions of what an alternatively communicating autistic can do. As one of only two non-speaking autistics included in regular education from kindergarten through college graduation, DJ expands our understanding of what full inclusion entails and the possibilities it offers to everyone. ASL/Live Captioning provided. The film will play with captioning and open audio description by default, as well as closed audio description by request.  Please email beitiks@sfsu.edu to request closed audio description or with any other access needs. Note: This event is free, but we are encouraging attendees to make a donation to one (or all) of these Black-led/centered projects:  Sins Invalid Color of Change Crip Camp Relief Fund HEARD

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