Disability and Change IV
Representation in the Arts and Media; Self Representation vs Conventional Representation

The fourth annual Disability and Change Symposium
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Disability and Change, 3-29-2017

The Disability and Change Symposium is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference focusing on cultural equity and disability. The event is free, accessible and open to the public. Registration is required.

Organized by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple with support from the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disabilities.

Information - Location - Directions

Date: March 29, 2017
10 AM - 4 PM

Location: Temple University
The Underground, located in the Howard Gittis Student Center, South
1755 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Access The Underground by the main elevators in the lobby of the Student Center South.

The Institute on Disabilities and the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability welcome all participants to the Disability and Change Symposium. As the audience and panels will include people with varied learning styles, aptitudes, and needs, the symposium will include: a downloadable program PDF including alternative text (alt-text) descriptions for graphical elements (available soon on this web page), a pop-up interactive art experience for expressive synthesis, sensory-friendly booth seating, CART transcription services, and audio-described videos. The accessible Symposium location meets ADA guidelines. To plan ahead you can take a virtual tour of the Symposium space which is located at The Underground in the South Side of the Howard Gittis Student Center.

For specific accommodations, your request must be made by March 15, 2017; please email

Act 48 Credits
Teachers can request Act 48 credits, for a $10 fee. Students can receive a certificate of attendance. Paperwork will be available at the check-in area on the day of the symposium.

About the Disability and Change Symposium

The annual Disability and Change Symposium, facilitated by the Institute on Disabilities, was first introduced in 2013.

The stated goal of the annual Symposium is "to create conversation that transcends any one-dimensional depiction of people with disabilities, and foregrounds the multidimensional lives of our speakers - as writers, educators, performers, and advocates."

The Symposium is an outcome of collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability whose mission is "to foster collaboration across Temple University on disability-related projects including research, teaching, programming, publication, and grant-seeking. By connecting with one another, Council members help build community among the growing number of people at Temple whose work engages with disability."

Symposium Highlights


This year's Symposium will include five panels, each representing a different art form including: visual/tactile art, performance art, comic books and graphic novels, social/new media, and our popular student panel. Each panel will offer a range of perspectives on the art including the point of view from artists with disabilities, cultural equity advocates, and scholars. The panel conversation will be moderated by members of the Institute on Disabilities Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability.


Speaker highlights include:

  • Carol Saylor, a local Philadelphia tactile artist who will bring tactile art for attendees to experience;
  • Christine Bruno, disability advocate with the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts;
  • Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffee Shop in Northeast Philadelphia; and
  • Emily Ladau, well-known social media activist.
  • Prestigious museums such as The Warhol Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be represented in the panels.


Tweet about the symposium! Use #DisChange17.
You can also use #DDawareness17 for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.


(Attend for the entire day or for select sessions.)

Downloadable Program (includes agenda) - PDF

Core funding for the Disability and Change Symposium is through a grant from the Center for the Humanities at Temple University (CHAT).

Temple University Co-Sponsors

We would like to recognize the following co-sponsors for their generous support of the 4th Annual Disability and Change Symposium:

  • First-Year Writing Program
  • Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Department of Sociology
  • Disability Resources and Services
  • Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
  • Tyler School of Art, Art Education and Community Arts Practices

Temple University's Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education and Human Development
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service