BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ari Ne'eman, founding president of the Autistic
Self Advocacy Network, will be among speakers at "Diversity in
Disability," a University at Buffalo symposium on the role that
disability plays in diversity and the formulation of identity.
The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April
14, at the Center for Tomorrow on UB's North Campus in Amherst,
N.Y. Though the symposium is free and open to the public, space is
limited. Registration is required at https://www.ubevents.org/event/ddsymposium.
The symposium, planned by UB students, will encourage attendees
to think about the role that disability -- alongside
characteristics such as race and religion -- plays in diversity.
One focus will be on how disability influences identity: how people
with disabilities see themselves, and how others within different
communities see them.
"We'll be exploring the intersection of race and disability, and
sexual orientation and disability," said David Dodge, a UB English
major and one of the event's lead organizers. "People don't often
think of disability as a part of identity, but it is."
Ne'eman, a member of the National Council on Disability, is one
of the nation's leading advocates working to increase the
representation of autistic individuals in public policy
Fellow presenters at "Diversity in Disability" will include
Stacey Milbern, community outreach director for the National Youth
Leadership Network, and Tammy Milillo, a senior research associate
in UB's chemistry department. Milillo, an advocate for increasing
opportunity for people with disabilities in science and
engineering, will deliver a keynote address.
Sponsors include UB's Accessibility Resources, UB's Center for
Disability Studies, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion,
Wellness Education Services, Department of Linguistics, Student
Life, Gender Institute and Humanities. Amherst's Museum of
disABILITY History is bringing three exhibits to the symposium.
Dodge's co-organizers included Alec Frazier, Hope Supernault and
Carly Skonecki, all UB students. Susan Mann Dolce, UB assistant
director of Accessibility Resources, advised the planning