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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 an award-winning filmmaker, author, and disability policy executive. She is a host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot (https://idobi.com/show/geek-girl-riot/) with an audience of more than 80,000 listeners, and her most recent novella, “The Labyrinth’s Archivist... Read More →

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Marianne Kirby

Marianne Kirby writes about bodies both real and imagined. She plays with the liminal space between vanishing and visibility. She authored Dust Bath Revival and its sequel Hogtown Market; she co-authored Lessons from the Fatosphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body.A... 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 PDT
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