Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace hosting series of public accessibility/disability education events 

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
10 E. Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401

The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is perhaps the only “house museum” in the nation created specifically for girls to enjoy. In case you don’t know, Juliette Gordon Low is the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA and a Savannah, GA native. At this unique house museum, visitors can learn about Juliette Gordon Low’s life and the Girl Scout Movement she founded. Located in the heart of downtown Savannah, the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace has been a gathering place for girls for more than 100 years. In true Girl Scout’s fashion, the staff has worked for several years to make the beloved Birthplace welcoming to all visitors. Specifically, there has been focus on accessibility for those with physical limitations and different abilities. 

In 2018, The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace was awarded The Access for All grant, which is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. It is a multipronged project that includes physical accessibility upgrades to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a new accessibility focused Girl Scout program offered at the Birthplace, accessibility training workshops and a series of eight public programs focused on accessibility and disability. Please make sure you spread the word about these events and support inclusive projects and programs like these. All events are free and open to the public.
7.14.22 6pm – The Changing Face of Disability in America film screening – Savannah Cultural Arts Center
Join disability experts in our community to view this important film about the state of disability in America, followed by a discussion of how these issues are currently addressed in our own city and where we should go from here.
Panelists: PJ Moynihan, filmmaker; Patsy Grainger, Senior Citizens, Inc.; Betsy Powers, LPC; Michael A. Schwartz, New South Law, LLC; other speakers TBA
7.19.22 5pm – All the Way to the Top in partnership with PBS Books and GPB – Virtual pbsbooks.org
Join PBS Books as author Annette Pimentel and activist Jennifer Chaffins-Keelan discuss All the Way to the Top and Jennifer’s experiences as a child activist.

 7.26.22 5pm – Judy Heumann in Conversation with PBS Books – Virtual pbsbooks.org
Join activist Judy Heumann, who is considered the mother of the disability rights movement, in a conversation about her books Being Heumann and Rolling Warrior.
8.4.22 6pm – History of Disability in Savannah – Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Join Savannah disability advocate Tom Kohler to learn about the history of disability in Savannah. Tom joined the Savannah community in the 1960s and has seen considerable change in the decades since. He’ll share his own experiences and the experiences of some of the people he worked with in the context of the national disability rights movement.
8.18.22 6pm – Heritage Tourism and Disability – Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace       
Join members of Savannah’s heritage tourism community, along with local disability advocates, to discuss how heritage tourism can better accommodate people with disabilities.
Panelists: Shannon Browning-Mullis, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace; Jamie Credle, Davenport House Museum; Ericka Backus, Visit Savannah; Shelby Beatty, Fort Pulaski; Angel Denardi, LIFE, Inc.; other speakers TBD
9.10.22 9am – Universal Design in a Historic Cityscape – Begins at Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace     
Join us to learn about Universal Design principles, and then put them into action! The group will be split into several walking tours, each led by user experts, to explore the accessibility or inaccessibility of a public space. Groups will reconvene to discuss their findings over coffee.
Free event, but registration is required. Contact Robin Bradham at rbradham@girlscouts.org to register.
9.15.22 6pm – Code of Freaks Screening – Savannah Cultural Arts Center
Join filmmaker Carrie Sandahl, SCAD film professor Michael Chaney, and disability experts in our community to view this important film and discuss how people with disabilities are currently navigating the film industry.

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