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The latest research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in four US adults will have some form of disability that impacts a major part of their life. Disabilities can develop in anyone, particularly as aging is often accompanied by the development of some form of disability. However, disability does not necessarily affect everyone equally. Social injustice (e.g., racism), for example, can cause one to become disabled as a result of hateful violence. Likewise, one’s inability to afford quality health insurance and medical care can determine his/her/their wellbeing and chance of becoming sick and disabled.
In this reality, disabled people have been forging communities to fight back against ableism (discrimination against disabled people) and nurture their community ties.

How do you understand disability? Is there more than one way to understand disability? What kinds of disability activism has been forged in the US? Whether and how do racialized communities participate in it? And finally how can the wisdom of disability activism inform other organizing and related works to make them more inclusive and sustainable?

Please join disability justice advocate, Akemi Nishida, for a conversation on disability justice work and share perspectives on the ways in which Japanese American communities can learn from disability organizing work and build meaningful coalitions.