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Family Connections: Standing in your truth: disability advocacy how and when it matters most

October 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Living with a disability or supporting someone with one often comes with it the role of advocate and educator, whether you like it or not. In this workshop, we’ll talk about all the ways that we can be advocates for ourselves and for others–loved ones and even strangers–with disabilities in the seemingly small moments of life. It is those important moments with passing strangers, curious children, or in our community centers and businesses we most frequent that we can be most powerful, helpful, and informative. Learn tools to engage people about disability, how to feel empowered to speak your truth, to unapologetically ask for and receive real help, and to spread informed disability awareness to our community, city, and state.

Kim Lan Grout is a writer, photographer, disability advocate, and above-the-knee amputee in Durham, North Carolina. Through her art initiative, the Redefining Disabled Project, she bears witness to the perseverance of people with disabilities, shares her experiences of open-minded, compassionate, and proactive allies across the globe, and encourages awareness, advocacy, and universal design. As is the experience of most people with disabilities, having a disability hasn’t held Kim Lan back from anything, including her advocacy work, traveling the world, raising her two young daughters, practicing yoga, and working at the Levin JCC.  It is her appreciation for life and love for her “broken” body that she hopes to show that disabilities are not the end of one’s life, but rather can be a source of love, tolerance, patience, and determination.

Family Connections is a JFS program for parents and other relatives with children, adolescents, or adults with special needs who are interested in making connections and learning in a supportive environment.

Upcoming events:
February 9th – Estate planning and financial issues


For more information and/or to RSVP (recommended), contact Madeline at inclusion@levinjcc.org


October 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Levin JCC
(919) 354-4936


Levin JCC
1937 W. Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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