3 R's of upROOTing Ableism
Recognize. Reconsider. Relate.
Join Corey, LaQuita Marie, and the talented members of Atumpan’s Dance Theatre as they change the narrative of what it means to be normal in this video. Enjoy fun, humorous, and informative video clips and photos as Atumpan Edutainment explores how schools, businesses, social clubs, and other organizations can make their spaces more accessible by using “Three Rs” to change the narrative of normal.
Recognize Find in person resources, organizational resource, and online resources that create fair and equal access for people with disabilities.
Relate Practice using solutions from the in person, organizations, and online resources that help relate to people of all abilities in the physical and digital spaces we create.
Reconsider Discover how you can help change the narrative of what it means to be normal by shifting thoughts and languaage from thinking of people being disabled to thinking of people being differently abled.
Be Mindful of Marginalization
In the story "Mother Africa's Gift" the antagonist Longhorn assumed a place of privilege because of his gifts of grace and beauty. When Mother Africa gave all the animals their gifts, Longhorn's vanity left him defenseless against predators.
Our human world often places people who are "normal" in a position of privilege. People with different abilities are often automatically assumed to be in a place of disadvantage.
Complete this upROOTing Ableism survey. Responses are anonymous so you receive your answers and all results will be compiled as general data. Feel free to share this survey with those places and spaces that are working towards the three Rs of uprooting ableism.
Corey and his wife LaQuita Marie founded Atumpan Edutainment as a platform to educate a variety of audiences through their rhythmic, theatrical style of storytelling. Atumpan also allows them to address marginalization of people with disabilities through special projects such as “Changing the Narrative of Normal” that is featured in this episode.