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Disability Awareness Week

Disability is not a 'brave struggle' or ‘courage in the face of adversity’. Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.

“The Couple” (Dvoe)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 5-7pm

Location: Odegaard Library Room 220

Directed by Mikhail Bogin, USSR, 1964.

Synopsis: “A young musician courts a beautiful woman who refuses to respond to a word he says despite multiple encounters. Eventually he learns that she is completely deaf. The remainder of the film consists of their beautiful — and beautifully silent — romance.” (IMDb)

Join us for discussion after the movie, with Jose Alaniz, Adjunct Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. His areas of study include post-Soviet Russian culture, film, death and dying, disability, eco-criticism, and comics. He has taught multiple disability related courses including Disability in Russian Culture and Healthcare, Death and Disability in Modern Europe


To wrap up the week long series of events, we’ll celebrate with a dinner at Shultzy’s, Friday night from 7-9pm! Come mingle with all the awesome disability advocates and activists you’ll meet at the events leading up to this dinner. Bring friends and help us build more community!

To top it off, we’ll have a drawing for prizes! Come to any event from May 23-27 and you’ll get a chance to be entered in the drawing! The prizes include the following disability-rights must-haves:


by John Hockenberry

Book Cover: Exile and Pride, feet walking, forestEXILE & PRIDE: DISABILITY, QUEERNESS, & LIBERATION
by Eli Clare

Book Cover: Simi Linton, wheelchairMY BODY POLITIC: A MEMOIR
by Simi Linton

These prizes were generously donated by the University Book Store. The U Book Store is committed to serving students, faculty and staff for the advancement of education at the UW. For more information, visit


Shineyhead Silhouette Deaf Storytelling Night – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

The ASUW Student Disability Commission will be hosting a Deaf Storytelling Night on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the University of Washington. We’ll begin the evening with a fun and expressive performance by Deaf actor and artist, Patrick Fisher (aka Mr. Shineyhead), as he presents “A Storytelling Extravaganza: A sign mime performance with poetry, comedy, and dark tales.” His performance will include a mix of short stories, including stand-up comedy about his life experience through the hearing-world.  All of the stories are produced with amazing use of classifiers and sign mime, and are excellent examples of the range and complexity of American Sign Language.

Afterwards, we welcome community members, ASL students, Deaf performers and actors, etc. to perform signed skits, stories or poetry. If you are interested in performing at the event, please email a short description of your performance to

Event Details:

Mr. Shineyhead presents: “A Storytelling Extravaganza!”

Date/Time: May 28, 2011, 7-9pm
Location: Parrington Hall Commons (Room 308)  Forums (Room 309) University of Washington
For more information or to send submissions, email

Patrick Fischer, headshotPatrick Fischer, also known as MrShineyhead, is fast becoming a sought-after performer all around the country. His creative use of classifiers, gesture and engaging storytelling abilities delight audiences of all ages and diverse backgrounds.  In addition to touring with the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) and performing with Northwest Theatre of the Deaf (NWTD), Patrick has performed solo across the nation, as well as joining such notable Deaf performers as Peter Cook and Crom Saunders on stage.  Patrick’s innovative storytelling ability is captured beautifully on his DVD which includes a number of stories both lighthearted and of a darker nature. Audiences from far and wide will be talking about this amazing performer!!

From Patrick’s experiences and training in different aspects of theatre, he grew to enjoy sharing and passing on his exposure and knowledge. Patrick launched his theatrical business in 2005, providing various services to those who want to learn more about theatre through deaf eyes. When Patrick is not “working” in theatre, he teaches American Sign Language (ASL) and currently is a certified ASLTA instructor at Portland Community College under the Sign Language Studies Program and Sign Language Interpretation Program in Portland, OR. Patrick is also a professional artist and owner of a freelance design business, “Infinity Design.”

To know more about Patrick Fischer, check out his two websites: and

Cripping Culture: A Live Poetry Slam and Art Show!

This is an announcement to let y’all know about a very special brand new event taking place during this year’s Disability Awareness Week (May 23rd – 28th) on the UW campus.

We are excited to bring / build community and celebrate disability through poetry and performance at a live performance/open mic event.

We invite anyone and everyone interested in participating in any way to email us at:

In order to organize this event we ask that you email us a short description of your art piece so we can accommodate your participation and create a working line-up.

This is an event intended to celebrate all kinds of disability, art, and artists (and audiences too!) This means: all types of performance/ expression is encouraged. So— feel free to share a poem, sing a song, play an instrument, display an art piece etc.

Warning Sign: Disability Poetry Event Coming Your Way
The Deets:

WHAT: Cripping Culture: A Live Poetry Slam and Art Show
WHERE: Parnassus Café (basement of Art building on UW campus)
WHEN: Thursday May 26th 6:30-8:30pm
WHO: Sponsored by ASUW Students with Disabilities Commission
WHY: Build community and connection, participate in Disability Awareness Week
HOW: Want to perform: email or show up to support and enjoy!

Good news! Solstice Cafe on the AVE has generously agreed to donate delicious baked goods for our disability poetry event on May 26! Come on an empty stomach and stuff yourself silly!

When? Monday, May 23, 3:00-4:30pm

Where? Mary Gates Hall Room 288 271

Join us for a panel discussion on accessible technology! We’ll explore topics such as creativity in designing new technology, recent developments/applications and how people relate to the technologies they use and how it impacts their lives.

Our panelists include Richard Ladner, a professor in Computer Science who has done extensive research on accessible technology at the University of Washington and Mark Harniss from the Technology & Disability in the Developing World initiative.

In addition to the panel discussion, Mark Harniss will give a presentation on the use of accessible technology in the developing world.

*A recent addition to our panel is Gaby de Jongh from the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP). WATAP provides Assistive Technology resources and expertise to all Washingtonians with disabilities to aid in making decisions and obtaining the technology and related services needed for employment, education and independent living. She will be presenting information on current access technology as well as information on WATAP.

For more information on our speakers, please visit:

Richard Ladner:

Mark Harniss:

Gaby de Jongh: