The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace will hold seven public programs this summer on disability-related topics— ranging from film screenings, discussion panels and walking tours. All events are free and open to the public. Join us in sparking conversation about understanding accessibility, disability, and inclusion.
This education series was made possible through the Birthplace's Access for All Grant, awarded by the Institute of Library and Museum Services. The multipronged project includes physical accessibility upgrades to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a new accessibility focused Girl Scout program offered at the Birthplace, accessibility training workshops, and a public program series.
“We are excited to bring these important events to the Savannah community,” says Shannon Browning-Mullis, the Birthplace’s executive director. “We’ve learned so much during the Access for All project and look forward to continuing the conversation with local citizens and disability rights advocates.”
The Changing Reality of Disability in America Film Screening
July 14th, 2022 at 6pm– Savannah Cultural Arts Center
Join disability experts in our community to view this important film about the state of disability in America, followed by a discussion of how these issues are currently addressed in our own city and where we should go from here.
Panelists: PJ Moynihan, filmmaker; Patsy Grainger, Senior Citizens, Inc.; Betsy Powers, LPC; Michael A. Schwartz, New South Law, LLC; other speakers TBD
All the Way to the Top in partnership with PBS Books and GPB
July 19th, 2022 at 5pm– Virtual Event at pbsbooks.org
Join PBS Books as author Annette Pimentel and activist Jennifer Chaffins-Keelan discuss All the Way to the Top and Jennifer’s experiences as a child activist.
Judy Heumann in Conversation with PBS Books
July 26th, 2022 at 5pm – Virtual Event at pbsbooks.org
Join activist Judy Heumann, who is considered the mother of the disability rights movement, in a conversation about her books Being Heumann and Rolling Warrior.
History of Disability in Savannah
August 4th, 2022 at 6pm– Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Join Savannah disability advocate Tom Kohler to learn about the history of disability in Savannah. Tom started working with people with disabilities in the late 1960s, and has seen considerable change in the decades since. He’ll share his own experiences and the experiences of some of the people he worked with in the context of the national disability rights movement.
Heritage Tourism and Disability
August 18th, 2022 at 6pm– Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Join members of Savannah’s heritage tourism community, along with local disability advocates, to discuss how heritage tourism can better accommodate people with disabilities.
Panelists: Shannon Browning-Mullis, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace; Jamie Credle, Davenport House Museum; Ericka Backus, Visit Savannah; Shelby Beatty, Fort Pulaski; Angel Denardi, LIFE, Inc., and Mayor Van Johnson.
Universal Design in a
September 10th, 2022 at 9am – Begins at Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Join us to learn about Universal Design principles, and then put them into action! The group will be split into several walking tours, each led by user experts, to explore the accessibility or inaccessibility of a public space. Groups will reconvene to discuss their findings over coffee. Free event, but registration is required. Contact Robin Bradham at email@example.com to register.
September 15th, 2022 at 6pm– Savannah Cultural Arts Center
Join filmmaker Carrie Sandahl, SCAD film professors Michael Chaney and Megan Lombardo, along with disability experts in our community to view this important film and discuss how people with disabilities are currently navigating the film industry.