GREETINGS FROM DISABILITY RIGHTS & RESOURCES!
March is going to be a whirlwind month for us, because it marks the start of the Disability History Exhibit! On loan from People First until May 9, Disability Rights & Resources is featuring a twenty-two panel Disability History Exhibit that chronicles disability history from 3500 BC to 2005. Read below for more details on this event, our monthly calendar, and Project Homeless Connect!
March 6-May 9: Disability History Exhibit! M-F; 9am-4pm
March 11: “Reality Check!” Disability Rights & Resources, 10-11:30, call 205-251-2223 for more details!
March 15: Birmingham Parent 4th Annual Special Needs Expo, UCP Campus off Lakeshore, 10-3:30
March 19: MCIL “Chat & Chew,” 11-1, Montgomery
March 25: Peer Support Group Meeting, Disability Rights & Resources, 10-11am
March 26-27: Southeastern ADA Regional Meeting
***Project Homeless Connect will be Saturday, April 5 @ Boutwell Auditorium! See below for more information!***
What was life in the past like for persons with disabilities? The Disability History Exhibit is a twenty-two panel installation that traces over 5000 years of seldom-told history!
Disability Rights & Resources will feature a Disability History Exhibit on display through May 9 at its new facility located at 1418 6th Ave N. in Birmingham’s historic Civil Rights District. The Disability History Exhibit was originally created by Minnesota-based non-profit Advocating Change Together (ACT), and the display is currently on loan from People First of Alabama.
The installation features twenty-two panels illustrating the ongoing revolution of disability from 3500 BC through 2005. The powerful panels present a striking timeline on the evolving moral, medical and social viewpoints regarding persons with disabilities. Disability Rights & Resources partnered with the Birmingham Museum of Art to make the Disability History Exhibit fully accessible; it is installed so that wheelchair users can easily read the panels and mobile audio tours are available for blind persons. The mobile audio tour can be accessed by calling (205) 453-8159, or by going to http://drradvocates.org/disability-history-exhibit, and click the link to the mobile audio tour.
Dan Kessler, Executive Director of Disability Rights and Resources said “Not only is this the first time the exhibit has truly been made accessible, but it focuses on a part of history that is so important but yet so rarely talked about. It’s an extremely unique and powerful experience.”
Regions Bank is serving as the corporate sponsor of the Disability History Exhibit. Kathy Lovell, the ADA Manager at Regions Bank, stated: “Regions is glad to be so closely involved with Disability Rights & Resources, both as a sponsor of this Disability History Exhibit and of the organization’s wide variety of vital programs. The bank is committed to making its products and services accessible to everyone in the communities it serves.”
The Disability History Exhibit is open for public viewing Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm, with tours for groups of 10 or more available by appointment on evenings and Saturdays. Admission is free.
From One Roof:
Project Homeless Connect is an event where over 60 non-profit, government, and social service agencies collaborate in one location to present homeless citizens with as many necessary services as possible. Project Homeless Connect helps empower them to independence. This event includes eye care, oral care, physicals, social security, identification and other services. One Roof and the United Way of Central Alabama collaborate with Hands on Birmingham and the City of Birmingham to make Project Homeless Connect possible once a year.
Project Homeless will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Boutwell Auditorium from 7:30 AM- 3:00PM. If you are interested in volunteering for PHC 2014 please visit the Hands On Birmingham website to register!