Tameka Citchen-Spruce

Community Oragnizer
Warriors on Wheels of Metropolitan Detroit

Tameka Citchen-Spruce has over 10 years experience in disability advocacy and media. Mrs. Spruce was Ms. Wheelchair MI 2006. As a Ms. Wheelchair MI, she spoke out about supporting women with disabilities who are being abused. Two years later she formed Women Empower Inc, empowering women with disabilities to live their best lives. She is a proud member of Warriors on Wheels of Metropolitan Detroit. And she volunteers for Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. In 2017, she was chosen to be a Disability Ambassador for World Disability Institute, where she represented people with disabilities at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Conference.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Surviving Racism and Abelism 101

This workshop analyzes the systematic structure of ableism through a person of color living with a disability lens. Participants are given the opportunity to explore solutions on how to address these systematic structures. Our goal is to create a community of people who are interested in advocating for others who face discrimination as a differently abled person and ethnically/racially different. The session will begin with introductions of people who hold different identities and how they are treated in the greater society. For example, an undocumented disabled Latino girl, a black young adult living with mental illness, an Arab Muslim woman living with disability and a woman who uses a wheelchair.

Participants will come up with a list of ways in which society may see those in these marginalized communities. Following this brainstorming activity, participants will be broken up into smaller groups and be given different real-life scenarios of what a marginalized person may face holding a certain identity, like those listed above and how this individual is viewed/held back in the real world. This blurb, along with a copy of the ADA papers, will be used as a guide to come up with one or more solutions on how to address such a challenge. This workshop will finish off with the sharing of real-life results of these challenges and those involved, and what steps were taken to overcome the obstacles placed in the way. There will be time for Q&A at the end of workshop.

Speakers: Tameka Citchen-Spruce, Carla Valpeoz, Brenda Rodriguez