Deconstructing Ableism to Create a More Inclusive Community

Deconstructing Ableism to Create a More Inclusive Community

Tue, 12/05/2023 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Imani Barbarin

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A panel discussion with Disability Rights Activist Imani Barbarin.

Join Starbridge Inc. and Move to Include, a WXXI and Golisano Foundation initiative, for an important community conversation on ableism and inclusion with nationally recognized disability rights activist, Imani Barbarin.

"Deconstructing Ableism to Create a More Inclusive Community: A Panel Discussion with Disability Rights Activist Imani Barbarin" is a virtual and in-person event on Tuesday, December 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom and in person at WXXI's Studios, 280 State Street. The event is free, but reservations are required via EventBrite.

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More about the event:
Imani Barbarin is a disability rights and inclusion activist and speaker who uses her voice and social media platforms to create conversations engaging the disability community. Born with cerebral palsy, Imani is from the Philadelphia area and holds a Masters in Global Communications from the American University of Paris. Her work has been published in Forbes, Rewire, Healthline and more. She runs the blog, "Crutches and Spice" ( and hosts a podcast of the same name.

In her keynote, Imani will recount her personal experiences with ableist microaggressions and how those interactions informed her of how she was seen as a disabled person moving through society. This talk will connect the dots from everyday interactions to public policy and how one may unlearn these biases.

Following her presentation, Imani will be joined by moderator and disability advocate Jeiri Flores and a panel of community members to discuss their lived experiences of ableism and address some of the issues raised in her keynote. Panelist TBA soon.

About Move to Include
Move to Include is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. This Move to Include model expands nationally this year to five additional communities with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. To learn more about the national efforts, visit