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Blackness and Disability

FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 1, 2024

Too often, Black and disabled people are pushed to the margins of society and social policy. Through engaging with a range of resources, we will center their stories in our examination and celebration of Black and disabled communities while we reframe deficit-thinking about each identity.

This free course serves as an inclusive space for individuals from all backgrounds to come together and engage in meaningful dialogue, learning, and self-reflection. Participants will not only gain a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by Black and disabled individuals but explore practical strategies to offer support and interrupt patterns of stigmatization. By actively engaging in this course, participants become catalysts for social justice, promoting inclusivity, equality, and dignity for all. 

Please remember that the Allyship Institute is structured as a “choose your own adventure:” select one or two resources per day. You are not expected to read/watch/listen to every resource, though you are encouraged to bookmark them for future learning.   


The following schedule is the property of YWCA McLean County and it not to be duplicated or used without the express permission of the event organizer.

Items preceded by LIVE indicate real-time trainings or meetings; other materials are meant to be enjoyed at your convenience each day.  


Awareness and Understanding

Day One's focus is on building a vocabulary around and awareness of Black and disabled communities. We will explore the differing frameworks by which we explore and discuss both race and ability as we set learning goals for the week and beyond. 

Asynchronous/recorded video sent to participants' email.


Please be advised that the use of profanity or any slurs in the materials do not reflect the views of YWCA and are only present at the discretion of the respective creators of each resource.
Deliberate use of profanity and racial slurs will result in removal from interactive discussion groups within the Allyship Institute.

We invite people of all backgrounds, professions, and experience levels to join us for a week-long interactive, virtual learning experience to be better allies.

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