UNCG presents “The R-Word” film screening


“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words shall never hurt me.”

The old adage was once used as a defense against insults and bullying because language has power. For underserved populations, some words can be incredibly damaging.

What is the effect of language on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? We invite you to find out by joining us for “The R-Word,” a free, interactive, virtual film screening event on Thursday, March 25 from 4 to 5:45 p.m. (EST) A panel discussion with local self-advocates and family members will immediately follow the screening.

Filmmaker Amanda Lukoff grew up advocating for her sister Gabrielle, especially when she heard the word “retard(ed).” “The R-Word” unravels the history and lasting effects of this word through the lens of the sibling experience, captivating animation sequences and self-advocates speaking truth-to-power – ultimately, making the case for why the conversation surrounding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities needs to change.

It’s time for people with disabilities to become part of the equity and inclusion conversation.

The program schedule is as follows:

  • Introductions: Stuart Schleien and Lisa Pluff (4-4:05 p.m.)
  • “The R-Word” film screening (4:05-5:05 p.m.)
  • Q&A with Panelists (5:05-5:35 p.m.): Lindsey Oakes, Facilitator; Brandon Baldwin and Josh Clark (Beyond Academics); Kenneth Kelty and
  • Felicia West (InFocus Advocacy); Gabriela Gonzalez-Mendez (Student, Dept of CTR); GracieLee Weaver (Dept of PHE)
  • Wrap-up (5:35-5:40 p.m.): Ginger Walton (InFocus Advocacy)

This event is co-sponsored by the UNCG School of Health & Human Sciences; the Departments of Community & Therapeutic Recreation and Public Health Education at UNCG; the Office of Comprehensive Transition & Postsecondary Education: Beyond Academics at UNCG; the Department of Health & Human Performance at Texas State University; and InFocus Advocacy.

We hope you will join us March 25 on Zoom: https://uncg.zoom.us/j/96763459159!

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