STATEMENT FROM PARTICIPANTS
The participants at the Queer Disability conference who have various labels and indentities of mental illness, crazy, psycho-social or psychological disabilities, psychiatric survivors and cognitive disabilities have made the following suggestions for making the conference better next time!!
The Queer Disability Conference will provide an excellent opportunity for disabled queers and our allies to enlighten, stimulate, educate and connect with each other. We offer workshops, academic presentations, community driven meetings, keynote addresses and performances.
This conference will bring together a wide variety of queer disabled people: from Deaf gay men to intersexed folks, from lesbians with CFIDS to trans folk with cancer. If you are both queer and disabled (or an ally), this conference is for you.
For the first time in U.S. history, disabled queers will come together - to think, to play, to strategize, to share resources.
Our program was thoughtfully created to give you the maximum information in two days and one night.
There are 3 main areas of interest in the program: community; academic; and arts.
The community workshops will focus on direct information from disabled queers about WHO we are, WHAT we are doing and WHERE we are going.
The academic presentations will look at the intersections of disability theory and queer theory. They will review the existing literature, present current research, and offer direction for future work.
The arts workshops will explore the vast body of work by disabled queers. In addition to workshops, there is an evening of queer disability art on Sunday evening.
In addition to workshops, there will be keynotes, posters, informal caucuses as well as quiet rooms and hang-out areas.
The conference will be accessible - including sign language interpreters, real-time captioning, print materials on audiotape and Braille, scent-free meeting areas, and attendants.
Workshop proposals are no longer being accepted for this conference. Some workshop panels still need panelists; if you wish to be a presenter/panelist, please contact QDProgram@hotmail.com and state your area of interest.
WOW!! WE RECEIVED OVER 70 PROPOSALS TO PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE!
Although the deadline has passed, you can look over this Call for Presentations to see what type of presentations we were recruiting.
On Sunday night, June 2, 2002, there will be the first international Queer Disability Performance Event, hosted by John Killacky, filmmaker, artist and director of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Expect to see some great performers (in person or on film). As John and the artists firm up the Event program, we will post it here. In addition to the Event, there is an arts track that will go throughout the conference.
This is a partial list of confirmed Keynote Speakers. Brief biographies of each speaker are forthcoming.
Vicky D'aoust - Text of Vicky's presentation
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO VOLUNTEER:email: QDConference2002@hotmail.com
FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION:email: QDProgram@hotmail.com
On the web at www.disabledwomen.net/queer