Welcome to Disability Justice Dreaming!

Upcoming Events


A weekly online co-working space by and for all Deaf and Disabled people

This is a Disability Justice-centered co-working space for all Disabled (sick, Disabled, Mad/mentally ill, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, low vision/blind, neurodiverse, or otherwise chronically ill) people.

It takes place weekly on Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 PM PDT (GMT-7).

Crip Create begins and ends with a check-in, then participants are welcome to use the time how they wish. You may go into a breakout room to work silently or have a conversation. You can be playful, build community, or engage with new collaborations and relationships. We are an open source project with a rotating, ad hoc team of facilitators.

Created by Deanna Parvin Yadollahi and The Curiosity Paradox, CripCreate is now being supported by Disability Justice Dreaming in collaboration with Calling Up Justice.

Disabled and Deaf people from anywhere in the world are welcome.

Auto-captions will be enabled. For other access needs or to request Zoom information, please contact rebel@disabilityjusticedreaming.org.

Dis/Rep 2022: Liberating Words

Co-Produced by The Curiosity Paradox, Calling Up Justice, and Disability Justice Dreaming

Image description. Text over image. “Dis/Rep 2022, Liberating Words, April 10 to May 22, 12pm to 2pm PDT, TheCuriosityParadox.com/DisRep2022.” Image is spoons growing out of the earth alongside purple flowers.

  • Sunday, April 10th, 12:00-2:00 PDT
  •  Sunday, April 17th, 12:00-2:00 PDT
  •  Sunday, April 24th, 12:00-2:00 PDT
  • May 1st–BREAK
  • Sunday, May 8th, 12:00-2:00 PDT
  • Sunday, May 15th, 12:00-2:00 PDT
  • Sunday, May 22nd, 12:00-2:00 PDT

(PDT=Pacific Daylight Time= GMT-7)

Words can be a tool for liberation, solidarity, and collective care. Join The Curiosity Paradox, Calling Up Justice, and Disability Justice Dreaming for Dis/Rep 2022 (Disability Representation): Liberating Words. This six-week workshop will involve collaborative meaning making through some of the key words used in Disability Justice and Racial Justice movements.

Register for Dis/Rep 2022: Liberating Words here. These weekend events are gentle explorations in the context of Disability community, where access is centered, and Disabled languages are uplifted.

Dreaming Sessions

A monthly affinity space by and for Deaf and Disabled Queer and Trans people (LGBTQ2SIA+), sex workers, and Black, Indigenous, and Multiracial folks and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as those who fit under these umbrella categories.

  • Monday, January 10th, 6:00-7:00 PST √ 
  • Monday February 7th, 6:00-7:00 PST √ 
  • Monday, March 7th, 6:00-7:00 PST – cancelled due to illness
  • Monday, April 11, 5:00-6:00 PDT
  • Monday, May 2nd, 4:00-5:00 PDT

(Note: PDT is GMT-7)

These are intended to be gentle sessions that begin with an access check in and include time to reflect on/respond to various questions that support your own imaginings and keep us grounded in community needs.

Check out our Jamboard to find out how previous dreaming sessions have gone and to learn what questions we will reflect on next.

Auto-captions will be enabled; please message me with further access needs (the sooner the better).

For the zoom information and more, contact rebel@disabilityjusticedreaming.org

Board of Directors

  • Monday, April 18, 6-7:30 p.m. PDT (GMT-7)
  • Monday, May 9, 6-7:30 p.m. PDT (GMT-7) – Cancelled due to illness
  • Monday, June 13, 6-7:30 p.m. PDT (GMT-7)

Our working Board is a gentle space that honors the needs of Board Members’ bodyminds while also both governing and managing Disability Justice Dreaming.* 

We are currently working on the following:

  1. Learning to practice consensus.
  2. Developing a theory of change and logic model to shape our strategic plan (this will happen alongside the DJ Dreaming Sessions to facilitate whole-organization participation).
  3. Being incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)3.

Auto-captions will be enabled; please message with further access needs (the sooner the better) and to get zoom info: rebel@disabilityjusticedreaming.org

*To apply, you must be 18 years of age or older and identify as being Deaf or Disabled. See below for more information.


Disability Justice Dreaming is proud to offer disability and racial justice consulting and trainings. Rebel Black is our lead facilitator, and has worked with organizations such as Northwest Health Foundation, Metro, Prosper Portland, Living Cully/Verde, and more through their private consulting business, Leaping Water, LLC.

Rebel centers the wisdom, perspectives, leadership, and needs of disabled, LGBTQ2SIA+, Black, Indigenous, and multiracial folks and people of color as pathways toward racial equity and disability justice. They have spent the past 20 years studying, practicing, and reflecting on social justice issues, actively participating in equity and inclusion work in a variety of contexts for the past 15. As a multiracial, disabled, nonbinary person, Rebel identifies as an occupant of liminal, between-worlds, and crossroad spaces. This helps them hold dialectical tensions and bridge varying perspectives while building relationship with their collaborators.

You can schedule a consult through Rebel’s Calendly or email them at rebel@disabilityjusticedreaming.org

Currently Recruiting for a Disabled Board of Directors

Disability Justice Dreaming is Currently Recruiting for a Disabled Board of Directors

Apply now!

DJ Dreaming is: a Portland OR-based, inter/national Disability Justice gathering space that focuses on disabled art, justice, culture, leadership, and more.

You are: Disabled Queer and/or Trans (QT) person, a Disabled sex worker, and/or Disabled Black, Indigenous, Multiracial, or other Person of Color (BIPOC).

You will:

  • Come to at least 2/3 of monthly Board meetings over the course of a 2 year commitment
  • Provide 5-12 monthly volunteer hours (to be negotiated individually based on each person’s capacity)
  • Get an annual stipend, goodie bags, and professional development opportunities
  • Work with Community Advisory Committee members to select and implement programming
  • Understand and practice Disability Justice and active anti-racism
  • Live anywhere in the United States of America

Organizational Goals: To be an actively anti-racist, Disability Justice-centered, organization that embraces relationships and consensus decision making

Please note that the whole idea of Dreaming comes out of Afro-Futurism, which knows a different, more liberated world requires creativity, imagination, and collective dreaming led by those most impacted.

Apply now!

Note: If Google Forms is not accessible to you, we can negotiate a different format of application, such as an interview or video recording

Please recruit anyone you know who is Disabled and might be a good fit with Disability Justice values!

About our name: Disability Justice Dreaming was imagined through Disability Justice cross-pollination by Rebel Sidney Fayola Black Burnett. It is very similar to Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s subtitle for “Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice.” Leah and I talked, and they expressed that this name is lovely for our organization. Love, gratitude, and recognition!