At this conference, VCIL Executive Director Sarah Launderville and VCIL Disability Justice Advocate Cara Sachs will present a workshop called “Understanding Ableism in Food Justice.” They will present the workshop from 10:15 to 11:45 and again from 2:15 to 3:45.
Due to the health and cultural systems that are in place, Vermonters with disabilities often face additional challenges that can make equal opportunities for success and health difficult. As a result, this population is more likely to rely on food programs and other support services. With 24 percent of adults in Vermont reporting that they have some type of disability, creating food programs that are inclusive and accessible is critical to better serving the needs of all community members. In this workshop, participants will learn from panelists about some of the barriers that individuals with disabilities face when accessing support services – from physical accessibility of a space, to perceptions and attitudes of program staff. Participants will also learn key tips and strategies to begin to break down those barriers so all can participate in available food programs.