DeKALB — A conference hosted by a local nonprofit that advocates for people with disabilities will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion this month at DeKalb.
RAMP’s E3 Conference on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for People with Disabilities will take place November 16 at the Egyptian Theater, 135 N. Second St. in downtown DeKalb. The event will feature Antoinette P. Taylor as speaker, according to a press release.
RAMP, which has an office in the town of DeKalb, is a non-profit, non-residential independent living center that uses the philosophy of independent living to build an inclusive community for people with disabilities.
The one-day conference will seek to educate, empower and uplift attendees by creating discussion about how disabilities play a role in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Taylor will speak from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Taylor, who served as an exceptional needs consultant for the University of Chicago USI/UEI network from February 2006 to June 2010, has worked with people with disabilities from age one to adults. She has experience working with people with mild to profound Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Delay, Developmental Delay , learning disabilities, socio-emotional disorders, cerebral palsy, cognitive disorders and more.
After Taylor’s presentation, there will be a one-hour training session on ableism. Ableism is unfair treatment or negative attitudes toward people with disabilities, according to Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.
The Diversity, Equity and Disability Inclusion conference will conclude with an 11-person panel discussion with Joseph Flynn, Jason Klein and Monique Bernoudy from Northern Illinois University.
Sponsors include Northwestern Medicine, Meta DeKalb Data Center and Mortenson Construction.
Conference tickets are $85.