Friday Keynote: Disability is Diversity FK

Friday, May 10, 9:00 am–10:00 am

Pre-Registration Required

Disability is a form of diversity so often left out of equity and social justice conversations. Join us as we explore how biases impact our words and the way we treat people with disabilities. If you have a disability, or know, love and work with people with disabilities, you don't want to miss this critical conversation. Topics include: Disability Rights is Civil Rights Disability Justice Respectful Language The Different Forms of Disability The Models of Disability

Presented by

Jae Kim

The Arc of King County

Dai Ratsamy
Information & Resource Coordinator
The Arc of King County

Dai Ratsamy (they/elle) is the Information and Resource Coordinator at The Arc of King County. They are self-diagnosed autistic with ADHD and auditory processing disorder. Dai is a mixed race, Asian, Latine, bisexual, and non-binary femme who was raised in a refugee and immigrant family household in San Diego, CA. They seek to always learn how to improve their self-advocacy and disability advocacy skills through their work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, families, and professionals. In their free time, Dai loves to dance fusion and blues with others and on their own.

Zack Siddeek
Disability Systems Navigation Coordinator
Arc of King County

“Zack Siddeek is an Autistic social worker and community organizer practicing in Seattle, Washington. He is passionate about increasing the representation in all places that impact Autistic people and infusing disability justice principles wherever possible. He works as the Disability Systems Navigation coordinator at the Arc of King County. ( He also organizes the Square Pegs, ( a series of 25 social and support groups for Autistic adults in Washington State.


Age Group Addressed:
All age groups
Core Competency Area:
Child Growth, Development and Learning
Skill Level:
Presentation Outcomes:
This presentation will assist participants in being able to critically analyze their postionalities in relation to disabilities and how ableism harms everyone.
Learning Objectives:
  1. The participants will understand the 10 Principals of Disability Justice and how they pertain to their life or work.
  2. The participants will understand how the moral, capitalist, medical, social, and inspirational model of disabilities applies to their life or work.
  3. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how the assumptions made by non-disabled people about disabled people impacts the lives of disabled people.