Georgia Disability History Symposium: Urgency of the Moment

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Russell Building Special Collections Libraries (UGA Campus)

300 South Hull Street

Athens, GA 30602

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Georgia Disability History Symposium: "Urgency of the Moment: Lessons from the Past, New Possibilities for the Future"

**Registration closes October 25, 2017; late registrations will be accepted if the event is not full but will not include lunch**

Presented by:

UGA Institute on Human Development and Disability, Georgia Disability History Alliance, and Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Thank you to our sponsors:

Albany Advocacy Resource Center; Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights, UGA ; Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities; Georgia Microboards Association; Easterseals Southern Georgia

Program 10:00a.m. - 3:30p.m.

Recent events have impacted many aspects of our daily life and brought a sense of urgency to social activism. Knowing our history—who did what, when, how and the difference it has made—will inform the swift actions necessary for advocates today. What is urgent for you in this moment? Are there intersections with past advocacy or current social movements? This Symposium will highlight Georgia’s disability history through lessons learned and advocacy opportunities for the future.

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Mark Johnson, Shepherd Center

Sheryl Vogt, Director, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia

10:30 a.m. Keynote(s)

Beth Mount

Topic: “Keys to Kingdom"; Unlocking potential in ourselves, our allies, and our communities.

11:30 a.m.

John O'Brien

Topic: Building on the shoulders of the past; Relationships create real change.

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Urgency of the Moment


Caitlin Childs, Consultant

Basmat Ahmed, Al-Tamyoz Community Building

Parker Glick, Statewide Independent Living Council of GA

Evan Nodvin, GA Council on Developmental Disabilities

2:20 p.m. Facilitated Small Group Discussion

3:30 p.m. Tour of the UGA Special Collections Vault

Exhibit: Throughout the Day

The exhibit features documents, photographs and memorabilia from the Georgia Disability History Archive, which seeks to document and preserve all aspects of disability history in Georgia to create an accurate record of the historical, social, cultural, political and legal changes affecting the disability community over time.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Out of town attendees may park in the Hull Street Deck (400 S Hull St). South Hull Street runs between Broad and Baxter Streets. The deck is closer to Baxter St. Use the intercom for deck entry: press a call button, and the staff will give entry. Disability parking is on the 3rd floor for easy access to the pedestrian bridge from the deck to the street. There is also an elevator for this purpose. Check in at the Russell front desk for a token to exit the parking deck.

UGA attendees may use Departmental Passes to park in the Hull Deck or nearby surface lots (on the east side of the Russell building).

If the Hull Deck is full, the closest option is the pay lot at Tate Center off Lumpkin Street.

For maps of parking location and driving directions, please refer to the Special Collections Libraries website (

Who can I contact if I need an accommodation for this event or have any other questions?

Please contact Brandon Pieczko, or (706) 542-0594

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Russell Building Special Collections Libraries (UGA Campus)

300 South Hull Street

Athens, GA 30602

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