UTS Library

Diversity Week 14 - 18 August

Defiant Lives

UTS Library, in partnership with the Equity and Diversity unit will be celebrating Diversity Week 2017 with events on Tuesday the 15th. Join us at 5:30pm for the screening of the newly released film Defiant Lives and the announcement of the 2017 UTS Disability Project Fund award winners.

Each year, UTS celebrates the diversity of our campus community during this week of free events across the university. Diversity Week aligns with the UTS Access and Inclusion Plan 2015 - 2019 (49 KB, PDF), UTS is committed to increasing accessibility across campus to create an equitable and inclusive environment for everyone  at UTS.

Free Film Screening: Defiant Lives

UTS Library in partnership with the Equity & Diversity unit will be hosting an open captioned free film screening of Defiant Lives.

5.30pm - 7.30pm, Tuesday 15 August
Level 2 – Events Space
UTS Library
Facebook Event
All are welcome.
Popcorn and refreshments will be served.

Synopsis: Documenting the rise of the disability rights movement in Australia, the UK and the US, Defiant Lives looks at how activists around the world helped to free their people from incarceration in institutions, and came to a new understanding of disability by reframing it as a problem of society rather than a problem existing within individuals. It's a little known story about how people with disability have literally changed the world.

If you have any access requirements, please contact Sarah Houbolt (E: sarah.houbolt@uts.edu.au P: 9514 2229)

Please be advised that photography and filming will take place at this event. 

Captioning and audio description for Defiant Lives is available through the MovieReading app

MovieReading App
MovieReading allows your smartphone or tablet to display synchronized subtitles with the push of a button. You can download the app on your smart device through Apple iTunes or the Google Play store and set up your preferences before the event. If you would like to learn more about the MovieReading app and the potential of audio description as a tool for understanding and creativity, join the Sounding the Future tour earlier in the Tuesday hosted by UTS Equity & Diversity and UTS ART.

Disability Project Fund

Prior to screening Defiant Lives, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) Shirley Alexander will be announcing the 2017 recipients of grants from the Disability Project Fund.

UTS is proud to be a social justice university, and accessibility across the university experience  is a central priority.  The Disability Project Fund initiated in 2002 awards grants to UTS Faculties, Units, Institutes, Centres and individuals developing projects supporting the needs of UTS community members with diverse abilities and access requirements. The presentation of the awards provides an important opportunity to recognise initiatives that are improving accessibility, and increase the number and impact of accessibility projects on campus.    

Be sure to stick around after the screening for refreshments and to talk about the film.

UTS considers support for equity, diversity and social justice as integral to delivering on our objective to help students build strong professional identities, future-focused graduate capabilities and global citizenship.