“Disabled Community Care and Survival: Strategies and Brilliance”

Due: May 1st, 2021
Accepted presenters notified: June 30th, 2021

We are pleased to have you consider submitting a proposal to present at the fully virtual 2021 Disability & Intersectionality Summit (DIS). This year’s DIS 2021 will have presentations scheduled from June - December.

Please read below before submitting a proposal! 
What This Summit Is About: This summit centers the multiple oppressions that impact the lived experiences of disabled individuals, as told by disabled people, in a setting organized by disabled activists. DIS is a space to uplift, be in solidarity with, share and celebrate the strategies and brilliance of marginalized disabled communities. While we welcome members of academia, it is important to emphasize that DIS is not an academic conference. DIS is attended by disabled community members and professionals with a range of disability understandings and lived experiences.

Who Should Submit: DIS centers multiply-marginalized disabled people. Some examples of what that means include queer disabled Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color, undocumented transgender disabled people, disabled Native American/Indigenous People/Two-Spirit People, disabled youth of color, fat disabled people, low income/poor, or formerly incarcerated disabled people, among others. 

What Should You Submit: The theme of DIS 2021 is “Disabled Community Care and Survival: Strategies and Brilliance.” How do you and members of your community survive and care for one another? Your presentation topics could range from lessons learned in 2020, sharing recipes that you cooked for your community, reflections on surviving the pandemic etc. 

We will consider a range of presentation-styles that reflect the summit theme from individual presentations to panels to artistic performances. We are particularly interested in presenters who center issues and creative works that are not frequently brought into larger discussions around disability, equity, justice, liberation, politicization, and intersectionality.

We invite people to create presentations that are between 10-45 minutes long that are clear, engaging, and accessible to many. This is a way we break away from traditional conference presentations which are often too long and inaccessible for many people. We highly recommend that you check-out past presentations from 2016 and presentations from 2018

How To Submit: You may submit by filling out this form online, or you may email us (intersectionalitysummit@gmail.com) to request a Microsoft word version. You can also submit your proposal by emailing a video response. 

All questions are required unless marked “Optional.” The reason behind the questions asked is because DIS intentionally centers the lived experiences of presenters who reflect communities of marginalized and disabled people of color, many of whom may not have advanced degrees. 

If you would like assistance completing this proposal, or have questions about the proposal itself please email: intersectionalitysummit@gmail.com 

Due: May 1st, 2021
Accepted presenters notified: June 30th, 2021
Background Information About You

If you would like assistance with filling out this proposal or have questions about the proposal itself please email: intersectionalitysummit@gmail.com

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1. What name do you go by?

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2. How do you describe your race, culture and/or ethnicity?:

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3. How old are you? (optional)

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4. How do you describe your gender identity, if any? (optional)

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5. What pronouns should we use to describe you, if any?

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6. How do you describe your sexuality, asexuality, or sexual orientation? (optional)

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7. How would you describe your level of formal education, or, what degrees do you have, if any? (optional)

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8. How would you describe your current employment or class status? (e.g. part-time, full-time salaried, seasonal, underemployed, unemployed, retired, etc.) (optional)

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9. This question helps the selection committee maximize cross-disability representation. Your disability can be characterized as (select all that apply):

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10. What is the best way to contact you? Please write your email or a phone number in which DIS committee members can reach you about your submission.

On Your Presentation Topic

The theme for this summit is “Disabled Community Care and Survival: Strategies and Brilliance.” We highly recommend that you check-out some of the presentations from the past to get a sense of presentations that we accept: DIS 2016 and DIS 2018. The selection committee is interested in presentation topics and experiences that confront stereotypes and misconceptions about disabled people; challenge current policies or propose new ones; present new organizing strategies by and for disabled people; share written or performative art or create space for that art to be created; and/or help generate conversations and new ideas about approaches to pervasive systemic oppressions.

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11. What is the title of your presentation? (You can change this later if you haven’t decided on a final title yet. )

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12. Please describe your presentation. It would be helpful if you could answer as many of these questions as possible. Your responses give the committee members a clearer sense of what your presentation is about and the issue(s) it will cover.

a. What is the topic, and what is your relationship to the topic?
b. Who are the people you think would find your presentation most interesting or helpful?
c. Why is it important for the disability communities and multiply-marginalized disabled people in particular, to learn about this topic? 
d. How is your presentation on this topic compelling and engaging in ways that make it different from other presentations on this topic?

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13. Briefly give a description of what would happen during your session. How will you use the time during your session (presentations should be between 10-45min)?

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14. Please characterize your presentation: (Select all that apply)

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15. This year’s presentation will all be pre-recorded. DIS organizers will be providing some tech assistance and guidance as needed for all accepted presenters. My presentation will be a/an:

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16. If you haven’t already done so, please check-out past presentations from 2016 and presentations from 2018. Please estimate how long your presentation will be:

On Your Experience(s) as a Presenter

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17. Have you presented on this topic before? (select all that apply)

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18. Every year, DIS is proud to accept proposals from many first-time presenters. Have you had prior experience presenting to an audience of community members before? A community audience would include people with varying backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge on disability.

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19. DIS is a community event that is committed to being as accessible as possible, and this includes the presentations we accept. This year, all presentations will be pre-recorded. DIS will provide captions and ASL interpreters. What is your experience level with giving pre-recorded accessible virtual presentations?

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20. Why do you want to present at DIS? (optional)

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21. Do you have any suggestions for groups or organizations we should recommend this event to? (optional)

Thank you for submitting your idea to DIS 2021! Accepted presenters will be notified by June 30th, 2021.
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