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Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights Open Meeting

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WSDR invites all members of the campus community to join us for this open meeting. What does WSDR do? How can you be involved in making this campus more accepting and accessible? What does ‘disability’ actually mean, anyway?All these questions and more will be answered. Additionally, we invite comments and suggestions from the community about what WSDR’s next projects might be, focusing on accessibility and attitudes towards disability at Wes and in the wider world.

Date: TODAY Thursday, May 1st
Time: 6-7pm
Place: Allbritton 113
Cost: free/none

Disability Studies Senior Thesis/Essay Panel

From Sarah Kalish ’14:


Curious how disability studies relates to other majors offered at Wes? Come to a panel discussion of senior theses/essays!

Although currently Disability Studies is only a course cluster here at Wes, there are many interdisciplinary applications of this field. There will be presentations by six seniors on the research they have been doing this year in a variety of departments. Presenters include: Lizzy Clayton ’14 (COL), Stratton Coffman ’14 (Science in Society), Jenna Doctoroff ’14 (Sociology), Emma MacLean ’14 (Theatre), Natalie Sacks ’14 (Theatre), and Kayla Stoler ’14 (CSS).

AND there will be snacks.

Date: TODAY Thursday, April 24th
Time: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Place: PAC 002
Cost: Free/none
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Ability and Wellness at Wesleyan

student_wellness_showoff-1024x723 (1)This just in from Sarah Kalish ’14:

Join students from Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights, Active Minds, and the Peer Health Advocates for a conversation about disability/ability, health, and wellness at Wesleyan. Feel free to bring any questions you may have relating to any aspect of campus life or transitioning to college. We invite anyone interested in discussing these issues as well as learning about disability and health activism on campus to join!

Date: Today, Thursday April 17th
Time: 4:15pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Rooms 115 and 113
Cost: Free!


WSDR Film Screening of “Wretches and Jabberers”

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Join Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights for a film screening of “Wretches and Jabberers”. The film follows two men with autism, Tracy and Larry, as they travel around the world. Through their journey they meet many different people and engage them on the subject of autism in an effort to reimagine and reframe perceptions of disability. Tracy and Larry immerse themselves in new cultures and examine public attitudes toward autism. The film runs 90 minutes and there will
be snacks as well. See you there!
Date: Thursday, April 17th
Time: 8pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, Rooms 115
Cost: Free/none

Autism Self Advocacy Network Vigil: Day of Mourning

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From WSDR:
As part of a nation-wide Day of Mourning, Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights will be holding a vigil Saturday, March 1, 2014 to honor the lives of disabled people murdered by their families and caretakers. These deaths often go unnoticed and unmourned with some even going so far as to say that it was mercy killing or for the better. The Autism Self Advocacy Network organized this vigil and we will be one of many satellite locations. The vigil will take place in the Usdan courtyard or inside Usdan (Usdan 136) if the weather is too cold. Please join us in mourning the lives that have been cut too short and support those still trying to live.
Start Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Start Time: 7pm
Place: Either Usdan Courtyard or Usdan 136 (if the weather is too cold)
Cost: Free

In Depth: Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights

This is the first in a series of interviews with student groups at Wesleyan. While it’s not possible to reach out to all 300-some student groups active at Wes, our focus is to get a snapshot of what different types of student groups are working on.

WSDRIn this interview, I sat down with Olivia Chavez ’15 from Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights (WSDR) to talk about what WSDR has been working on.

What does WSDR stand for and what is your mission?

WSDR stands for Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights, and we promote accessibility on this campus. We also are involved in some local issues, like a while back when there were some issues on using scream rooms in schools for kids with behavioral issues. They had this practice a while ago where kids that were misbehaving or difficult to manage would be put in a room by themselves, so we were involved a bit in the activism against that through petition. Electroshock therapy is another issue we tried to address. It is a dangerous procedure whose efficacy has not been proven to actually “treat” anything and has been proven to severely damage the brain leading to amnesia, permanent memory loss, loss of short term memory, inability to retain new information, emotional and psychological trauma, and physical trauma that can include death. We were also sort of involved in the activism against that also—that was a trend that was going on in Middletown, and just in the US in general.

What are some things WSDR is currently working on?

So right now we are trying to get medical leave reformed. The process is not really transparent for the students going through the process, it’s a bit difficult for somebody who needs to go on medical leave to be able to understand the repercussions of what’s going to happen later, and the fact that when you’re on medical leave you can’t actually be on campus during your time of absence, so you can’t even actually visit, and it’s often hard to prove you’re physically and mentally in a stable state to come back. So that poses a lot of issues with students, we’re just trying to get the process to be more friendly towards helping students achieve their goals at Wesleyan and not sort of preventing them from coming back and having a great academic experience here.

Documentary Screening: Sins Invalid


Submitted by Emma Maclean ’14:

Come to see the new documentary about the performance troupe Sins Invalid who are unashamed to claim beauty in the face of invisibility. Their website states “Sins Invalid is a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artist of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized from social discourse.” The screening will be in Downey House at 7:30. The film only runs about a half hour and then there will be a brief discussion for those who want to stick around and talk. This is a great short study break during a busy last week of classes. Plus there will be snacks!
When: Wednesday, December 4th, 7:30pm
Where: Downey House 113
Cost: Free! There will be snacks!

Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights: Dinner Conversation


From Sarah Kalish ’14:

Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights welcomes any and all to an open meeting!

Join members of WSDR for a discussion about accessibility and disability issues on campus, our current work and upcoming projects, and how you can help create a more accessible and inclusive campus community.

Feel free to bring your dinner and deserts/snacks/refreshments will be provided!

Date: Today (Monday, Nov 25)

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Usdan 108

Cost: Free!

Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights: Open Meeting


Courtesy of Sarah Kalish ’14:

Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights welcomes any and all to an
open meeting!

WSDR is an activist group that aims to promote disability rights and
increase awareness of various issues surrounding disability and
accessibility. We work together with various student groups, members
of the Middletown community, and anyone else who is interested.

We would like to hear from members of all student groups about how we
can work together in the future and serve the community more
effectively. Several of our student leaders will be at the open
meeting to discuss projects we’ve been working on and potential
collaboration in the future.

Please feel free to let us know if there are particular topics you
would like considered at this meeting! All are welcome!

Date: April 26th
Time: 12PM – 1PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 113
Cost: Free