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December 5, 2023 , 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Panel Discussion with Disability Rights Activist Imani Barbarin

At the WXXI Studio in person or Virtual Zoom option.

Join Starbridge Inc. and Move to Include, a WXXI and Golisano Foundation initiative, for an important community conversation on ableism and inclusion with nationally recognized disability rights activist, Imani Barbarin.

Imani Barbarin is a disability rights and inclusion activist and speaker who uses her voice and social media platforms to create conversations engaging the disability community. Born with cerebral palsy, Imani is from the Philadelphia area and holds a Masters in Global Communications from the American University of Paris. Her work has been published in Forbes, Rewire, Healthline and more. She runs the blog, “Crutches and Spice” (www.crutchesandspice.com) and hosts a podcast of the same name.

In her keynote, Imani will recount her personal experiences with ableist microaggressions and how those interactions informed her of how she was seen as a disabled person moving through society. This talk will connect the dots from everyday interactions to public policy and how one may unlearn these biases.

Following her presentation, Imani will be joined by moderator Jeiri Flores and a panel of community members to discuss their lived experiences of ableism and address some of the issues raised in her keynote.

Please note that Imani Barbarin will be appearing via Zoom. Audience members are invited to attend in-person or virtually.


  • Accessible parking is located in the garage immediately adjacent to the WXXI building.
  • Our studio is located on the ground floor of our building
  • Accessible bathrooms are available just outside the studio
  • A comfort break will be provided approximately one hour into the program
  • ASL interpretation will be provided in-studio. Virtual attendees will have access to both ASL interpretation and captioning

For additional information on accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Sarah Murphy Abbamonte at sabbamonte@wxxi.org or 585-258-0361.

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