Speaking Advocates: What Inspires Us
January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmFREE
This month’s Speaking Advocates theme is “What Inspires Us“.
The experiences of people with disabilities are frequently distorted as inspiration for non-disabled people. The term “inspiration porn,” coined by the late comedian/activist Stella Young, refers to exploitative portrayals of people with disabilities in which their regular everyday activities are re-framed as brave or inspirational while the same activities, when performed by non-disabled people, earn little recognition. Join the Speaking Advocates this month to reclaim the original meaning of inspiration as that which emboldens us to pursue great ambitions, persevere in accomplishing our biggest goals, or elevating our consciousness to a higher plane. It’s your turn to say what inspires you.
Our Opening Minds, Opening Doors Speaking Advocates group is free and meets the last Saturday of every month from 1 to 3 PM in Room 161 of the AGE of Central Texas Building. We welcome adults with disabilities who are interested in presenting stories and meeting other speakers. Email Ms. Boye to RSVP or learn more.
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Image description: Comedian Stella Young sits proudly in her power wheelchair wearing bright red high-heeled shoes with white polka dots held up for the camera to see. She looks straight into the camera with a mischievous grin on her face.