Disability

Smithsonian Institute

Voting accessibility is on the ballot for the October 6th Borough elections. Borough Proposition Two would repeal the hybrid vote by mail system passed by the Assembly in 2019. The Assembly was responding to the report and recommendations of the Election Stakeholders Group when they passed an ordinance to institute vote by mail, borough-wide.

The Stakeholders Group was created by the Borough in response to a case before the Alaska Human Rights Commission concerning a Homer voter who was unable to vote a secret ballot due to their disability.

This March, Homer’s first Disability Art Show will take place at Homer Council on the Arts. It’s a collaboration between the arts council and the Independent Living Center. The show will feature work by artists whose lives have been touched by disability in some way. 

South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services

South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services is kicking off the first DeStig Cinema Series on Thursday with the romantic comedy, “Benny and Joon.” Health services, better known as the center, will be showing one free movie a month about mental illness, substance use and disabilities at the Homer Theater for the next four months. Head of the center, Jay Bechtol, said he hopes it will jumpstart conversations about stigmatized identities.