Neurodiversity and Madness
Join us at Bluestockings of Wednesday, December 3rd for Creating the People’s DSM, a community project where we will continue the work of building new language, creating new connections, and simplifying complex internal concepts into accessible understandings. Together lets share our inner experiences, which may or may not fit within existing labels of mental health/ developmental / personality disorders. We will explore the boundaries and limitations of disability & disorder, while voicing our realities and creating new possibilities for being. Join us in combating saneism, ableism, gaslighting, and oversimplification of life into binaries of “normal” and “different”.
EVENT AGENDA: Reading Community Agreements Introductions Intro to Creating The People’s DSM Open Arts Share around Neurodivergence, Madness, Trauma Sharing Inner Experiences around Labels Physical Gesture Representations of the Group’s Ideas Discussion / Crosstalk Summarizing Takeaways Check Out
TRANSPARENCY: *Though we are committed to collective liberation and are a mixed race collective, our history has traditionally brought in white, middle class people. In order to protect Queer Trans People of Color (QTPOC) from tokenization and psychic harm, we as a collective commit to prioritizing the needs of QTPOC in our public events and promoting QTPOC leadership in our collective. We acknowledge the emotional labor that QTPOC may perform in these spaces, which often go unrecognized. Therefore, we want white cisgender people to independently undo racism, gender binarism / sexism, while remaining accountable to QTPOC. We are currently engaging in an ongoing process of integrating these goals internally within our organization, among our mixed race organizers, and within the structuring of our external events. *
ACCESS ISSUES: The space is accessible for wheelchair users but does not have a bathroom for wheelchair users. We use mics to support people who are hard of hearing.
Bluestockings is wheelchair accessible, with no steps or platforms, and wide aisles between shelves. Our bathroom is not wheelchair accessible. There is a Starbucks two short blocks down the street with an accessible bathroom (at Allen and Delancey). Metered street parking is readily available in the blocks surrounding Bluestockings. Bluestockings is not a scent-free space, but we encourage visitors to please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils) and smoke far away from the entrance to the space.
And then we’ll hang out for a little while and be gone until another month. Make sure to sign-up for the mailing list at the event or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATE: Dec. 3rd, 2017
LOCATION: Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St, Manhattan
Hope to see you there!
Mad love, Icarus Project NYC