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Webinar: Understanding and Confronting Ableism

Wednesday, January 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joanna Lubkin
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Monday, Feb. 25 -- 6:30-8:00 pm Eastern Time (3:30-5:00 pm Pacific Time)


Monday, March 4 -- 6:30-8:00 pm Pacific Time (9:30-11:00 pm Eastern Time)

Webinar: Understanding and Confronting Ableism. Monday, February 25, 6-8 PM EST and Monday, March 4, 6:30-8 PM

Open to all Unitarian Universalists and others who wish to further their learning, and become more conscious of, and responsive to the cultural, social, psycho-spiritual, and social justice impact of ABLEISM*.


*Ableism includes the practices and dominant attitudes in society that devalue and limit the potential of persons with disabilities. It encompasses practices and beliefs that assign inferior value (worth) to people who have developmental, emotional, physical or psychiatric disabilities, as well as hidden or invisible disabilities. (


Join guest speaker, Dr. Terri Thrower (bio appears below) and facilitator, Rev. Helen McFadyen (AIM Program) as they lead participants through an interactive learning opportunity.


The webinar will seek to answer and discuss these:

  • What is ableism and ability privilege?
  • How does ablesim presents itself?
  • When is ableism sometimes internalized?
  • What are the challenges of ableism?, and what are some responses to these?

The webinar will use Zoom video meeting platform and will be recorded in part. If unfamiliar with Zoom, please download the app available here:


Registration is now open through the links above. There is no fee to register but donations to further the work of EqUUal Access would be appreciated; these can be made through the UUA and designated to EqUUal Access. More info here:


For information on the webinar, please contact Helen McFadyen, AIM Administrator: e:mail; - Tel: (USA) (857) 990-6388 or (Canada) (250) 572-2018



About Dr. Terri Thrower


Dr. Terri Thrower holds a Ph.D. in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, and has lived over 50 years with disability and chronic illness. At age 3, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, the root cause of most of her health/disability issues.


Terri has had over 40 major surgeries, has had all major joints in her lower body replaced with prosthetics and, at age 32, lost most of her usable vision to glaucoma. In 2016, suffering from cervical spondylolesthesis (neck vertebrae collapse) and a permanently injured spinal cord, she underwent occipital-cervical fusion to prevent total paralysis.


Terri and her husband live in the North Georgia mountains where she is writing a memoir and advocating for disability inclusion. while they are rebuilding a life focused on nature and the interdependence of all life.

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