Maine Trans Wellness Summit
We’re excited to announce our 2nd annual Maine Trans Wellness Summit: “Transability!” which will explore the intersection of ability and disability with gender identity.
Early bird registration is now open!
Congregation Bet Ha’am
81 Westbrook St, South Portland, ME 04106
May 2-3, 2019
Request for Workshop Proposals Now Open
We are working to bring together a broad range of expertise throughout our conference, and are especially interested in presenters with a direct connection to the transgender community and/or significant clinical or social service setting experience in caring for and empowering people with disabilities, disability advocacy. Presenters with lived experience of multiple forms of marginalization and oppression — such as youth, elders, people with disabilities, people of color, and veterans — are strongly encouraged to apply.
Workshop proposals can be focused on a variety of topics, but should be able to fit into one of our three categories as described below, and offer attendees new understanding of the topics discussed as well as specific skills.
Workshop Categories for 2019:
Clinical and Service Providers: This category will offer providers, social service workers, clergy members, and caregiving allies an opportunity to learn specific skills and best practices in supporting transgender people and communities to achieve wellness. Topics related to standards of care, the relationship between transition and mental wellness, and best practices in allyship and support work are all welcome.
Personal Experience: These workshops or presentations offer those who self-identify as transgender and disabled the opportunity to share their perspectives and personal narratives, or relevant information or skills.
Advocacy: Workshops and presentations in this category will discuss advocacy, care, activism, and justice work. Presenters in this category should have experience in working toward the improvement of the quality of life for trans people with disabilities whether this is through legal, political, educational, or social work.
It should be noted that transgender community members will likely attend and participate in all workshops, and presenters should be open to dialogue from those in attendance.
Proposals will be accepted until December 20, 2018, with responses to be delivered no later than January 18, 2019.