Applying a Disability Justice Framework to HIV & AIDS

Date(s) - 11/23/2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM



Training Details

Bianca is a tall fat light skinned disabled queer AfraLatina who is in a gold dress with gold beaded geometric designs with a smile on her face and looking at the camera. Her hair is up and her blondish brown curls cascade around her head. She has on red lipstick and large round gold earrings. She stands in front of a full bookcase.Guest trainer Bianca I. Laureano will review the topic of HIV and AIDS transmission through a disability justice framework, shifting conversations from a medical model of disability to a justice model. Through reviewing disability justice principles and exploring how a medical model of disability violates the bodily autonomy of people living positive with HIV, including youth experiencing homelessness and racial and gender minority populations, there will be an opportunity to explore how to shift or work to be more just and equitable.

The learning outcomes for this session include:

  1. Participants will be able to list the ways a medical model of disability is harmful.
  2. Participants will be able to implement at least two principles of disability justice in their work with youth and HIV impacted communities.


New Beginnings, Inc., with support from the Maine Department of Education, is pleased to offer this training opportunity and Staff of youth-serving agencies and alternative schools are welcome to apply!

Do you work with or otherwise mentor a young person who may be interested in learning the skills associated with participating in this training alongside you? We encourage youth participation and encourage all participants to include young people in their work.

This training series is virtual and will be recorded; participation requires access to a device compatible with Zoom software, a stable internet connection, and working speakers. Participants may also desire to access the full spectrum of “chat” features available, which may require a functional microphone, keyboard, and/or mouse for full participation. Certificates of Attendance will be provided via follow-up email upon completion of this training opportunity, and information regarding the availability to purchase CEU’s is forthcoming.

***Please do not apply unless you can attend the entirety of this training opportunity.***


Training Application

Applications are closed for this event.

For more information contact:
Kelly Colbath

Kelly Colbath

Prevention & Training Coordinator

PLEASE NOTE: Application priority will be given to youth workers and staff from youth/social service agencies, residential programs, and alternative schools who work with teens and young adults at high risk for negative health outcomes or homelessness/out of home placements. Adults/educators who do not currently work directly with these youth (e.g. primarily work with younger adolescents, children, lower-risk populations, or in program administration) may submit an application request but will likely be placed on the waiting list until after the application deadline, and contacted as space allows.