PeoplesHub Workshop Series – Connect online as an individual

Building a Disability Politic & Access-Centered Cultures

I’m Not a Writer BUT… A Writing Workshop for Organizers, Activists and Movement-Builders
Workshop #1: Building a Disability Politic

This workshop will illuminate the ways that disability is connected to the existing systems and oppressions that movements are already addressing in the work. We’ll develop an expansive understanding of disability and ableism that’s rooted in historical context. The wisdom of disability-led struggles will be the foundation that informs how we increase disability solidarity.


Workshop #2: Building Access-Centered Cultures

This workshop will delineate the differences between accessibility and access with the goal of developing practices rooted in anti-ableist values that can shift culture. Information as to how a justice-oriented framework can benefit everyone will be given.  Participants will have opportunities to share, hone, and rethink their approach to access by working through scenarios.



Dustin Gibson and Ngozi Alston

Training Length and Type:


2 hours per session


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Workshop #1: Thursday, November 11th from 2:30-4:30pm PDT/ 4:30-6:30pm CDT/ 5:30-7:30pm EDT

Workshop #2: Thursday, November 18th from 2:30-4:30pm PDT/ 4:30-6:30pm CDT/ 5:30-7:30pm EDT

This program is ideal for:


Anyone that works within social justice movements or organizations that has a desire to integrate disability into their work and implement + increase access practices.

Training Outcomes:


Participants will leave with:

  • Context as to why access is necessary for liberation and working definitions around disability. 
  • A deeper understanding of how a disability justice framework can support access implementation.
  • Better identify the existing access practices organization’s groups and individuals engage in and develop more.
  • Develop skills to implement access-centered practices.

What do you do to prepare?


Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to share and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, with video and headphones.


Also, please familiarize yourself with these resources before Workshop #1:



Access requests can be made during registration or by emailing Dustin Gibson at, including interpreters and captioners.



Choose what to pay, starting at $40. The true cost of this workshop is $100/person, which allows us to continue offering programs like this one and pay trainers a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, our trainers work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!

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Dustin Gibson


Dustin Gibson

Dustin Gibson (he/him) is the Access, Disability and Language Justice Coordinator at PeoplesHub. His work addresses the nexus between race, class, and disability. He’s worked with all three Centers for Independent Living in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region with a focus on deinstitutionalization and youth self-advocacy. He’s held positions with both of the National Independent Living organizations where he focused on supporting youth peer support networks and the policing of disabled people. Dustin broadly works to end institutionalization and incarceration. He’s a Peer Support Trainer with  Disability Link in Georgia, a board member with Straight Ahead and HEARD, and a founding member of the Harriet Tubman Collective, Us Protecting Us and the Policing in Allegheny County Committee.

Dustin Gibson

Ngozi Alston

Ngozi Alston (she/her) is a Black anarchist, disabled community organizer, crip and death doula. Guided by theorizing within Blackness and disability justice, Ngozi is committed to building capacity and care for Black disabled folks in her community. Presently focused on organizing collectives with survivors and abolitionists, she was a core organizer of the No New Jails NYC campaign and continues to actively fight against jail expansion in NYC.