Disability Justice Event @ Illinois

Friday & Saturday, October 13–14, 2023

Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) Building

301 E Gregory Dr, Champaign, IL 61820

In-person and streaming online!

Disability Justice Event @ Illinois brings together community advocates, legal experts, students, and scholars for a series of conversations and activities with the goal of advancing equity, access, and inclusion around disability in higher education and beyond. This includes advancing such conversations as self-advocacy and disability rights, intersectionality, invisible disabilities, and encoding normalcy in digital ecologies.

Day One will include a series of talks and panels around disability justice, sharing stories, as well as organizational & infrastructural models for promoting justice moving forward.

Day Two will feature a student-led design journey, where students will both explore and engage with their own ideas around Disability Justice. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with one another to consider technology’s role in advancing Disability Rights & Disability Justice, as well as innovating new technology roles.

Visiting Speakers

Lydia X. Z. Brown

Lecturer & Advocate | Disability Studies, Women & Gender Studies | Georgetown University

Rua M. Williams

Assistant Professor | Department of Computer Graphics Technology | Purdue University

Akemi Nishida

Associate Professor | Disability & Human Development, Gender & Women’s Studies | University of Illinois at Chicago

Local Community Speakers

Pace Center for Independent Living
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)
Champaign-Urbana Autism Network
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Day 1 Schedule (10/13)

Time Zone: Central Daylight Time (CDT)

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Gathering & Light Food

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Welcome, Context, & Opening Remarks

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Keynote: Disability Justice

Lydia X. Z. Brown, Faculty, Georgetown University

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM


11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel: Stories – Members of Our Community

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM


1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel: Models Moving Forward

Dr. Akemi Nishida, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Rua Williams, Purdue University

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM


3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Unconference & Share

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Day 2 Schedule (10/14)

Time Zone: Central Daylight Time (CDT)

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Gathering & Light Food

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome & Context

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Design Event

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Design Discussion & Idea Aggregation

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