Friday, April 22, 2016

(Live streaming here) Historically, the progress of civil rights movements often ebbs and flows, sometimes making great strides, then regressing during periods of economic or cultural turbulence, changes in political leadership, and new legal interpretations, especially decisions by the Supreme Court. While passage of the ADA in 1990 provided a gateway to mainstream life for people with disabilities, many barriers, issues, and questions remain. Most important among these problems are the following: unemployment and underemployment; lack of accessible transportation; lack of access to appropriate and advanced technology; and insufficient access to health care. Additionally, concepts such as 'employer responsibility', 'reasonable accommodation' and 'undue hardship', lack scope and specificity, and therefore are continually reviewed through case law. Furthermore, changes in personal attitudes and cultural practices also present new challenges and interpretations of the original law. Through the various lenses of research, activism, law, and community culture, we will explore current issues and future possibilities for this important legislative achievement.

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  • Get Mobilized! Jeff Preston, a PhD from the University of Western Ontario, drove his electric wheelchair from London, ON to Ottawa ON, over a period of weeks to bring awareness to the lack of accessible transportation in Canadian cities.
  • Ouch! Disability Talk (BBC Disability Blog) Based on the British Broadcasting Corporation radio/podcast program that explores all things disability.
  • Disability Visibility Project (DVP)  “An online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. The DVP is also a community partnership with StoryCorps, a national oral history organization. Staffed by one individual and supported by the community, the DVP aims to collect the diverse voices of people in the disability community and preserve their history for all, especially underrepresented groups such as people of color, immigrants, veterans, and LGBTQIA people with disabilities.”
  • National Organization on Disability “A private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life.” The site does a good job of covering major news, linking to key events, and other information.
  • Disability.gov “The U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.” 
  • Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) “AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.”

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