Jerry's Orphans: The Kids Are All Right
Charities have long used poster children to raise money, but what messages do these images send about the real lives of people with disabilities? The Kids are All Right is a half-hour documentary about a renegade Jerry's Kid named Mike Ervin. A Muscular Dystrophy Association poster child in the 1960s, today Mike is an outspoken disability rights activist who challenges the MDA's representation of people with disabilities in its Labor Day telethon through his activist group, Jerry's Orphans.
"Saints, Sinners, and BFFs: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy"
The U.S. duo of deaf-blind activist Helen Keller and her childhood teacher Anne Sullivan Macy lived their long lives under the microscope of international stardom. Neither saints nor hopeless sinners, but always beloved friends, their lives can teach us about disability, the public female figure, and the forging of human relationships.
Dr. Nielsen is Professor of Disability Studies, History, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Toledo. She is the author of A Disability History of the United States (Beacon, Oct 2012); Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller (Beacon, 2009); Helen Keller: Selected Writings (New York University Press, 2005); The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (New York University Press, 2004); and Un-American Womanhood: Anti-Radicalism, Anti-Feminism, and the First Red Scare (Ohio State University Press, 2001). Nielsen chairs the OAH Committee on Disability and Disability History and was the founding president of the Disability History Association.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Minor in Disability Studies, and UT Arlington Libraries. The 2014 Women’s History Lecture Series, “Superheroines! Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction,” is made possible by a grant from the Dallas Women's Foundation. This talk will be real-time captioned (CART). For more information about this event or if you need a disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Dr. Sarah Rose in the Department of History at email@example.com or Dr. Desiree Henderson at the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, February 20, 2014.
Disability Studies Minor Meet & Greet for students & faculty (free lunch!)
Interested in learning more about the UTA's new disability studies minor? Would you like to meet other students minoring in disability studies? Interested in meeting faculty participating in the minor? Then come to the meet and greet and enjoy a free lunch!
For more information, contact minor director Dr. Sarah Rose.
Austin Unbound film screening & discussion
Deaf transman, Austin, has struggled with feeling burdened by his female anatomy all his life. “I felt like I was wearing a Halloween costume,” he signs. In middle school, he changed his name and began to dress as a boy. Despite his challenges, Austin is a regular guy with a comedic sense and flair for romance. Gathering varying intimate glimpses from his mother, girlfriend, and best friend, Austin shamelessly counters with his own reflections on his personal journey. The film follows Austin and his best friend on a road trip to finally undergo a double-mastectomy. Unbound at last, Austin is eager to get on with life.
Co-sponsored by the LGBTQA Program, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Multicultural Affairs, the Office for Students with Disabilities, and the Disability Studies Minor. Admission is free and open to the public. This event will be real-time captioned (CART) and ASL interpreted. Light snacks will be served. For more information about this event or if you need a disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact disability studies minor director Dr. Sarah Rose by Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at email@example.com. To learn more about the film, visit http://austinunbound.org/
VSA Disability Art Exhibit
Reception with artists on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:00-7:00 pm
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates, VSA is providing arts and education programming for youth and adults with disabilities around the world. Each year, 7 million people of all ages and abilities participate in VSA programs, in every aspect of the arts – from visual arts, performing arts, to the literary arts.
This exhibit will showcase the work of artists with disabilities in north Texas. Co-sponsored by the Office for Students with Disabilities and the Disability Studies Minor.
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia film screening & discussion
The Big Picture provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition, but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it.
Shining a spotlight on the latest scientific and psychological research, the film also highlights the work of Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, co-founders and co-directors of the Yale Center of Dyslexia and Creativity to illuminate the hidden origins and implications of dyslexia. Proving that dyslexia is a neurological issue and not a character flaw, The Big Picture beautifully illustrates that while the condition is an obstacle, it also carries some unique advantages, and ultimately can be overcome.
Co-sponsored by the Disability Studies Minor and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Admission is free and open to the public. This event will be real-time captioned. Light snacks will be served.
Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington conference
This half-day conference will bring together faculty, students, and staff from across the UT Arlington campus and the Metroplex to explore the burgeoning new field of disability studies. This interdisciplinary field investigates the experiences of people with disabilities—one of the largest minorities in the United States and worldwide—as well as the ways in which conceptions and representations of disability and "the normal" have shaped human experiences more generally. Treating disability as a crucial element of human diversity, disability studies approaches disability as a social, cultural, and political construct rather than just as a medical condition (as it is commonly viewed).
Following a meet-and-greet lunch, scholars from History, Kinesiology, Art, Management, and Interior Design, among other disciplines, will offer brief presentations of their work in disability studies. The afternoon will conclude with an open discussion about ways to strengthen disability studies on campus and UT Arlington's new undergraduate minor in disability studies. For the full schedule, see http://www.uta.edu/history/disabilitystudies/conference.html
All are welcome, including faculty, staff, students, and interested members of the public. The conference will be open-captioned; large-print and Braille programs will also be available. This event is free.
Disability Diversity Workshops with Karen A. Myers, Ph.D., director of Director of the Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit project
"The Way I See It: Bumping into Life with Low Vision" Student Workshop & Book Signing, UC Concho, 12-1 pm. Held in conjunction with the Maversity program. Free pizza lunch!
Professional Development Workshop for Faculty & Staff, UC Carlisle Suite, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
These workshops are co-sponsored by the Office for Students with Disability, UT Arlington's Minor in Disability Studies, and the Division of Student Affairs Professional Development Committee. Faculty, staff, and students from neighboring schools and universities are welcome to attend.
Karen Myers is an associate professor in the higher education graduate program at Saint Louis University. She has been a college teacher and administrator for over 30 years and currently serves on the Directorate of the ACPA Commission on Professional Preparation and is an ACPA Foundation Trustee and Diamond Honoree. As a writer, researcher, consultant and trainer in the area of disability, she received the ACPA Voice of Inclusion Award, Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award, Richard Caple Award, Disability Leadership Award and Wise Woman Award. Her latest accomplishment is Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, a national traveling exhibit promoting disability education and awareness.
In addition to classroom teaching with focus on student personnel administration, student development theory, communication skills and college teaching strategies, she facilitates online courses in disability including her self-designed hybrid course, "Disability in Higher Education and Society." Karen is an education columnist for Dialogue, a bi-monthly publication from Blindskills, Inc. for people with visual disabilities. She is the author of three books, College Students with Visual Disabilities: Preferences for Effective Interaction (a study of 35 college students with visual disabilities and their communication preferences), The Way I See It: Bumping into Life with Low Vision (a humorous glimpse into her own life) and The Glass Diary (conversations Megan, a young girl with low vision, had with her mirror -- her "glass diary"). In addition to authoring and co-authoring numerous articles and book chapters, Karen is a researcher, consultant and trainer in the area of disability and Universal Instructional Design.
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