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January 26, 2001
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|Registration Opens for UH Diversity and Disability Symposium, Film and Art Exhibit during "Women's History Month," March 3-31, 2001|
The University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies announces registration for the international symposium, "Diversity and Disability: Reflections on Women, Culture and Sexuality," slated for March 3-4, 2001 in Honolulu.
Early registration deadline is Feb. 23, at a cost of $85 [includes two meal receptions and admission to the screening of "Dance Me To My Song"]; For three college credits add: $67. Late registration, add $10.
To register and to arrange accessibility accommodations, contact Valerie Shearer at 956-2673 or Martha Guinan at 956-9810. To register online, www.cds.hawaii.edu. The symposium is a pre event to the 17th annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities March 4-6 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
The aim of the "Women's History Month" symposium is to explore topics related to love, sex and intimate relationships in the real world of women and girls with disabilities. The goal is to promote a broader understanding of the lives of women with disabilities by highlighting important topics that impact the lives of all women and girls.
The symposium is open to people, especially women and girls, with disabilities, their family members, special and regular education teachers, advocates, health care providers, supporters of women, cultural and gender diversity and professionals in all fields related to the welfare and education of women and girls and people with disabilities.
Central to the symposium is the screening of the 1998 Cannes Film Festival film selection "Dance Me to My Song." A talented writer who stars in the film, Heather Rose was born with cerebral palsy and depends on a personal attendant for her day-to-day care. The film's co screenwriter, Ms. Rose will fly from Australia, courtesy of Qantas Airways, to participate in the symposium and the Pacific Rim Conference.
Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and Qantas Airways are supporters of "Dance Me To My Song" and the symposium, along with the UH Presidents Diversity Initiative. The symposium is supported by diversity, women and disability advocacy organizations across the state and the UH system. College credit is available through UH-Manoa Outreach College. "Diversity and Disability: Reflections on Women, Culture and Sexuality"
MARCH 3: Presentations, Panel and Roundtable Discussions
1. The Impact of Cultural Perceptions on the Sexuality Images of Girls and Women with Disabilities
2. Sexuality and Public Schools: How to Approach Sexuality in the Classroom
3. How Particular Disabilities Affect Sexuality and Sexuality Education
4. Sexual Pleasure and Reproduction: Teaching Youth about Sexuality
5. Fostering Relationships and Enabling Romance: Some Suggestions
6. Reproduction and Birth Control: Getting the Facts, Getting Them Straight
7. Caretakers: The Impact of Disabilities on Their Intimate Relationships and Sexuality
MARCH 4: Film Screening, Presentations, Panel and Roundtable Discussions
1. Screening: "Dance Me to My Song" (Meet Co-Screenwriter/Actor Heather Rose); Discussion: Film and Other Media Portrayals of Women and Girls with Disabilities
2. Sex, Love, & Relationships in the Real World: Dangers and Triumphs of Girls and Women with Disabilities
3. Sexual Orientation and Self-Image: A Discussion with Women with Disabilities and their Partners in Same-Sex and Heterosexual Relationships
4. Expressions of Sexuality: Conventional Lovemaking and Beyond
5. Personal Assistants: Exploring the Boundaries and Taboos of Intimacy in Adult Helping Relationships
Diversity and Disability Presenters and Conveners
Amy Agbayani, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Director of SEED
Rhonda Black, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Professor
Pamela Block, Brown University, Professor
Marlene Craven, George Washington University, Self Advocate
Tanis Doe, University of Victoria, Professor, Self Advocate
Cathy Eyre Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Community Educator
Kathy Ferguson, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Professor
Ruth Hsu, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Professor
Bonnie Jones, Orange County, California, Mother, Self Advocate
Kathie O. Kane, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Professor
Jeannie Lum, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Professor
Elham McInnis, Kahi Mohala-Honolulu, Therapist, Self Advocate
Beverly Morton, Family Planning of Hawaii, Community Educator
Trina Nahm-Mijo, Hawaii Community College, Professor
Emma Pavich, Hawaii Education Consultant
Carol Plummer, University of Michigan, Professor
Heather Proud, Maui CC Student, Self-Advocate
Susan Rocco, Helen Smalley-Bower, Parents of People w/ Disabilities
Kanalu G. Terry Young, UH-Manoa Hawaiian Studies, Professor, Self Advocate
Pam Vessels, Life Foundation, Minister, Community Educator
Erin Wirth, Sex Abuse Treatment Center-Honolulu, Community Educator
Joanne Yamada, Hawaii Community Foundation, Film Critic, Self Advocate
"Women's History Month" Calendar At A Glance
March 3: "Diversity and Disability: Reflections on Women, Culture and Sexuality" symposium; Day 1 at UH-Manoa Campus Center Ballroom, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To register by mail, contact Valerie Shearer at 956-2673 or Martha Guinan at 956-9810. To register online, http://www.cds.hawaii.edu/symposium
March 4: "Diversity and Disability: Reflections on Women, Culture and Sexuality" symposium; Day 2 at Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in conjunction with the 17th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities.
March 4: "Dance Me To My Song." In Honolulu; 9 a.m. at Waikiki Theatre; contact, Martha Guinan, 956-9810 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Open to the public; ticket donation, $5.
March 7: "Dance Me To My Song." In Hilo, 5 p.m., Palace Theatre, information in Hilo. For Information in Hilo, contact Trina Nahm-Mijo at 808/974-7551, or email: email@example.com or Sherry Winkelman at Palace Theatre, p. 934-7010,
March 14-31: Art of Women": "Celebrating the Challenges and Successes Hawaii's Women and Girl Artists with Disabilities." Another history month event, the aim of the exhibit is to raise the level of recognition and respect for the diversity of artwork created by Hawaii's women and girl artists with disabilities. Organizers seek work in all media from girls and women artists with disabilities for a show at Honolulu Hale during March 2001 Women's History month. Application deadline is February 10, 2001. For more information about the exhibit and the reception, contact Sally Bartholomew at 395-3317 or email Lori Sakaguchi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 14: "Art of Women" Exhibit Opening reception: 6 -8 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work. The artwork encompassing all creative disciplines and featuring women and girl artists whose work is first-rate by any standard. The exhibit runs March 14-31 at the Honolulu Hale, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on King Street. The event is supported by the Honolulu County Committees on the Status of Women and People with Disabilities, ARC, the Contemporary Art Museum and the University of Hawaii.