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#NoBodyIsDisposable Film Series: Deej
Join us Thursday, July 23rd at 5pm PT / 8pm ET, for the second in the #NoBodyIsDisposable 3-part summer series, highlighting the politics of disposability -- how certain groups of people are deemed disposable/expendable/inferior -- and creative forms of resistance. Following the film, panelists will discuss the power of poetry and art, and the potential for that power to create lasting liberatory change—both cultural and political.

Panelists include artful activist and Deej's subject and co-producer David James Savarese; poet, blogger, and activist Lateef McLeod; and Assistant Professor of Disability Studies and disability justice activist Sara M. Acevedo (moderator). Sponsored by: Superfest Disability Film Festival, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, Making Change Media, San Francisco Senior and Disability Action, the #NoBodyIsDisposable coalition, the California Care Rationing Coalition, Fat Rose, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) and Detroit Disability Power.

About Deej: A non-speaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights. After spending his early years in foster care, without access to language, DJ "Deej" Savarese found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer.

In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a non-speaking autistic, Deej challenges misconceptions of what an alternatively communicating autistic can do. As one of only two non-speaking autistics included in regular education from kindergarten through college graduation, DJ expands our understanding of what full inclusion entails and the possibilities it offers to everyone.

As for all our films, there will be audio description and captioning for the film as well as ASL interpreting/live captioning for the panel discussion. Please email beitiks@sfsu to request closed audio description or with any other access needs.

Jul 23, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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