Diversity Includes Disability Project

What is normal? Does a disability make someone less than? How does mainstream  society view those with disabilities? Does society look down on those with disabilities? Researchers around the world are working on different technologies to “fix” qualities  often viewed undesirable. The documentary, FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human  Enhancement takes a look at the meaning of disability, our view of “normal,” and the  way we unfairly devalue those with disabilities. Technology, drugs and prenatal  screening are examined from individual points of view with a focus on the implications  of these emerging human enhancements. What do they mean for the future of humanity?  How might these advancements impact the disability community? What are the social  tensions that underlie these emerging technologies? 

Each year, the University of Washington serves a growing number of students with  disabilities on its campuses. FIXED focuses on the ethics and societal implications of the  use of technology and restorative science, especially as it relates to the value we place on  each human being. The film is an excellent lead in to a discussion of how, with increasing  numbers of post-secondary students disclosing disabilities, we can all be responsible for  the design of an environment that is more accessible and affirming to everyone, rather  than the historical focus on the person altering themselves or their behaviors to suit an  environment. 

UW Community Workshop: Disability, Technology Advancements, and Society

UW staff, faculty, students, and other members of the UW community are invited to a series of screenings of the documentary FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement in May 2021. The documentary examines how technological advancements within society shapes our view of “normal” and changes the way we perceive disability. Both screenings will be followed by a short panel of UW students and graduates with disabilities who will discuss their reactions and thoughts about the documentary. 

Screenings will take place on the following days:

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm
  • Monday, May 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Register here to view one of the screenings.

On Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 at 4:00 pm we will have an interactive roundtable discussion focusing on some of the themes of the documentary and how the UW community can increase diversity and inclusiveness on campus and in research. How might technological advancements and restorative medical research impact the disability community? What are the social tensions that underlie these emerging technologies? Attendees are welcome to participate with comments and questions and by posting in the chat.  

Register here to attend the interactive roundtable discussion.

Accessibility: CART Captioning will be provided for all three events.

If you have any questions or have other access needs, email kayladb@uw.edu

This project was made possible through funding from the UW Resilience and Compassion Initiatives Seed Grant. The UW Resilience Lab awards seed grants to support resilience and compassion building initiatives that foster connection and community. 

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