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Friday, September 1 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Trauma, Mental Health, and Disability

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More than 1 in 10 Americans live with an apparent disability. If you include less apparent disabilities such as mental health conditions, the number increases to 1 in 5. And yet, the portrayal of disability in science fiction, like characters in blackface, has struggled to move beyond stereotypes lacking depth or understanding of the disability experience: exaggerated caricatures of heroes, victims, sidekicks, and villains. This is a panel presentation and audience discussion on "Trauma, Mental Health, and Disability" using examples from science fiction, popular culture, and a dash of humor, disability experts at the intersection of technology, science fiction film, and media will discuss how to develop authentic disabled characters and stories.

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Day Al-Mohamed

Author/Filmmaker/Disability Policy Executive
Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” Editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” and a regular host for Idobi Radio's "Geek Girl Riot". In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. Her recent... Read More →

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Kamilah Martin-Proctor

Chair, Martin MS Alliance
Kamilah Oni Martin-Proctor, Founder of the Martin Multiple Sclerosis Alliance Foundation (MMSAF) www.ManyFacesofMS.org currently serving as chair on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities, a community advocate and patient support representative. Mrs. Martin-Proctor... Read More →

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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
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