What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love: A Book Conversation with Janice Fialka
A conversation with author Janice Fialka about her son’s ground-breaking journey into a fully inclusive life, including how he challenged discrimination in the federal courts and won. Learn how higher education benefits ALL by opening the doors to people with intellectual disabilities. Key questions including: “What does it take to create an inclusive meaningful life for children and adults with disabilities?”, “How do we support each other?” and "What can we learn from the disability justice movement?" will be covered. Janice will also share and invite stories, and sign books.
- Wednesday, April 12, 2017
- 7:00pm - 8:30pm
- Placeholder room
- Adult Program
This is the story of Micah, who has an intellectual disability, his community, and his ground-breaking journey to full inclusion in K-12 schools, college, work and life. It is told by Micah, as well as his parents, his sister, friends and colleagues in essays, poems and interviews. It offers practical strategies to ensure authentic lifelong inclusion, create circles of support, help parents shift from protectors to guides. Micah and his community are mentors on how to honor interdependency, redefine disability, cultivate relationships, and live a meaningful life. A book of hope and practical guidance for families, self-advocates, professionals and all the rest of us—because we all need to be included.