For Immediate Release:

2018 National Disability and Intersectionality Summit at MIT on Saturday Oct. 13th


CAMBRIDGE, MA., Sept 29, 2018 - The 2018 National Disability and Intersectionality Summit (DIS) will be held on Saturday, October 13th at MIT’s Stratton Student Center, 84 Mass Ave in Cambridge. Keynoting the conference are Mia Mingus and Anita Cameron, with invited guest Jean-Luc Pierite. DIS is a community event featuring marginalized disabled presenters, panelists, dancers, and author readings from across the lifespan.


DIS is a platform that creates dialogue on how society can address systemic oppressions from an intersectional lens in spaces organized by disabled people.


The National Summit will address topics including immigration and disability, queerness and disability, youth and disability activism, self care for social justice, audism: the silent microaggression, fat acceptance, prison abolition, modern eugenics: violence against people with disabilities, and more.


Across the country, California’s DIS Bay Area will also gather on October 13th for a viewing of the keynote livecast from Cambridge, host a maker’s faire, and celebrate the publication of the anthology Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People edited by Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project.  


2018 marks the first time DIS will be comprised of multi-site event programming from coast-to-coast. A livecast of DIS National opening and closing keynotes with captions will be provided by MIT’s Video Productions.  


Organizing is made possible by scholars and activists of intersectionality and disability justice communities including Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patty Berne of Sins Invalid, Leroy Moore of Krip Hop, Mia Mingus, Eli Clare, and Sebastian Margaret, among many.  


100% of sponsorships and ticket sales go to support access accommodations, presenter honorariums, and associated conference costs. DIS strives towards disability justice principles and is led by a team of volunteer disabled activists from across the country.


“DIS is necessary because as marginalized people we know what it’s like to never have enough, whether it’s civil rights or autonomy. So for one day we flip the flow of power to marginalized disabled community members by providing a space to re-imagine a more just world” said Sandy Ho, DIS founder.


DIS National is supported by various departments at MIT including the Institute Community and Equity Office. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, National Council on Independent Living, Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, The Longmore Institute, Boston Center for Independent Living, Easter Seals Massachusetts, and the American Association for People with Disabilities are among this year’s DIS sponsors.


Lunch is available with the purchase of a ticket to DIS National, and parking passes are available upon request. Communication access real-time translation (CART) will be available at all presentations at DIS National. ASL interpreters will be available in each of the break-out room sessions at DIS National. DIS organizers strive to provide full access for all attendees.


Tickets for the October 13th DIS National or DIS Bay Area events along with information on all DIS national presentations, sponsors, and donation information are available at


For further press inquiries regarding DIS National and DIS Bay Area, contact Carrie Wade at

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