Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington conference
Please note: due to the enthusiastic response, the conference has been moved to a larger location at the MAC.
Registration for this event is now closed. Due to space limitations, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. If you would like to learn more about UTA's Minor in Disability Studies or if you would like to be notified about future disability studies events at UTA, please e-mail Dr. Sarah Rose at email@example.com.
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.
All are welcome, including faculty, staff, students, and interested members of the public. Please RSVP by October 10th if you plan to attend the lunch.
The conference will be open-captioned; large-print and Braille programs will also be available. 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 by October 14th by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 817-272-2861. This event is free.
"Saints, Sinners, and BFFs: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy"
Dr. Nielsen is Professor of Disability Studies, History, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Toledo. She will speak on Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan as part of the Women’s History Lecture Series: “Superheroines! Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction.” Dr. Nielsen has published 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 and the Minor in Disability Studies. This talk will be open-captioned. 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 Diversity Workshops with Karen A. Myers, Ph.D., director of Director of the Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit project
Monday, September 30, 2013, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
"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.
*If you require a disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this program, please contact Penny Acrey at email@example.com or 817-272-3364. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.
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