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Especially since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many people with disabilities & people of color have unapologetically claimed their bodily autonomy. However, our society has also stripped bodily autonomy from our communities through forced sterilizations, guardianship abuse, and abortion bans. So which is it? Do we have bodily autonomy or not? This tutorial examines the stories of 5 Black women who teach us what bodily autonomy really means.

Front Cover of the Discussion Guide: 5 Black Women Who Taught Me About Bodily Autonomy. There is an image of a Black women who is wearing a yellow Black Disabled Lives Matter t-shirt and she is holding a sign that says Black Disabled Lives Matter.

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The National Alliance of Melanin Disabled Advocates (NAMED Advocates) creates spaces for disabled leaders of color and BIPOC allies to gather, learn, connect, and grow around racial and disability justice.

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