Access Media for Disability Justice
Friday, June 1, 2018
2:00 - 2:45pm
Access to Media, Culture and Entertainment for the Latinx community with disabilities
Maria Victoria Diaz
Our Latinx community with disabilities living in the United States has to overcome unique difficulties. Faced with the challenge of surfing a new culture, and language, those who are deaf or hard of hearing must learn American Sign Language; the blind must navigate in a world that is predominantly visual and “English oriented”, and for children, most of their families have to work hard to obtain health, work, and education; that is without mentioning immigration and communication difficulties. With that said, access to media, culture and entertainment is not among the priorities in the discussions. This presentation is an invitation to overview the current state of the art in the US of our right of having access to media in Spanish language. Having access to media we have access to information, education, culture and entertainment; media opens our mind to participate in discussions, to reach access to educational resources, and to have a better quality of life. But most important of all, it is our right and we are not claiming it. The presentation will cover examples of applications, current accessible media available in Spanish, and current regulation. With this presentation I will test the water and collect opinions among attendees to design an Action Plan to be presented to the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities around this subject.
Nos Why Not
We are the first agency of photographers with intellectual disabilities. We seek inclusion by creating an ecosystem, an international network of photographers with disabilities, which will be a meeting point between photographers with disabilities and society, where there will be an inspiration to collaborate together creating products or services of value to society. We want to change the paradigm, which is the society that wants our services. For this, we intend to collaborate with technological companies that allow us to offer incredible products, and specialize the different groups of photographers, achieving social and labor inclusion through image. Being an international network, we will help people with disabilities from other countries, where their situation is difficult. We are building the first bank of images made by photographers with disabilities, for the intellectual moment. The Beta version can be seen at http://www.noswhynot.photoshelter.com Our project is open to all people with disabilities, especially the intellectual one. We come from Spain, we collaborate with some country (Norway, Argentina, ...) and now we try to expand our network of photographers in USA (at the moment we have contacts with 5 cities)