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Friday, December 12, 2014

[UK event] It’s Not Gibberish: ‘Disabled’ Voices in Literature for Young People

It’s Not Gibberish: ‘Disabled’ Voices in Literature for Young People

Prof. Chloë Hughes

Date: Wednesday 17th December 2014
Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm
Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK

What overt and subtle messages in children’s and young adult literature reinforce stereotypes or expand understandings of the social construct known as disability?  After briefly reviewing how disability has been a means in art, literature, and history to render individuals impotent, without identity, and ultimately voiceless, Prof. Hughes will focus on real and fictional voices of individuals and characters with unique communication patterns who claim and articulate their right to self determination.  Dyslexic, stuttered, “crooked,” interior, signed, and computer-generated voices, as they appear in recently published literature for young people, are illuminating and obscuring the boundaries of ability and disability.  How can teachers use such literature to promote inclusion in their classrooms?


Chloë Hughes is Professor of Teacher Education at Western Oregon University where she teaches literacy and diversity classes.  Her research focuses on literacy learning among individuals with disabilities and on the portrayal of disability in children’s and young adult literature.  Her work has appeared in the Journal for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Rethinking Schools; War, Literature and the Arts; and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. She also chairs the US Board on Books for Young People Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities committee.


This seminar is part of the CCDS series, The Voice of Disability. Other dates include:

14 Jan 2015, It Must Be Simple: The Supreme Fiction at the Core of the Backlash to Access Debate, David Feeney.

11 Feb 2015, Authorship and the voice of disability in dance, Mathilde Pavis and Kate Marsh.

11 Mar 2015, Which Theory of Democracy for an Inclusive Society? A Pragmaticist Approach, David Doat.

13 May 2015, The Voice of the Disability Activist Movement in the US around the ADA:  A Hidden Minority or a Hidden Army, Lennard J. Davis.

17 Jun 2015, ‘Working together for positive outcomes’: The Appropriation of Voice and Participation in SEN policy, Claire Penketh.

Also, Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies will be held 1-2 July, 2015.


For further information please contact:

Dr. David Bolt

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Director, Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Editor in Chief, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Joint Editor, Literary Disability Studies

Telephone: 0151 291 3346
Office: HCA 012
Postal address: Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, L16 9JD.

Recent Books:
Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415732499/
The Madwoman and the Blindman: https://ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?books/book%20pages/bolt%20madwoman.html

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Persons with Disabilities at Work: The Invisible Workers? Wednesday 10 December 2014 European Parliament | Room ASP 1E1 12:00 - 14:00

SAVE THE DATE

Persons with disabilities at work: 

the invisible workers?


Wednesday 10 December 2014
European Parliament | Room ASP 1E1
12:00 - 14:00

Gender, age, disability type and degree are factors that affect the extent of inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market. Identifying these factors through data collection and providing a reasonable accommodation through different employment policy schemes are key conditions for overcoming a situation that has been aggravated by the economic crisis.

According to the latest EU data, there is still a 26% difference in rates of employment for persons with and without disabilities across the EU. This is 30 points lower than the Europe 2020 target of 75% employment for persons with disabilities. Despite the implementation of different national and regional policies aimed at increasing the participation of persons with disabilities in the labour market, overall the participation rate of persons with disabilities is significantly lower than for persons without disabilities, which reinforces social inequalities.

The European Disability Forum, within the framework of its involvement in the DISCIT project, organises a discussion with Eurostat and the main EU policy-makers to exchange information and data on this important topic and gather innovative ideas on the field. Please find enclosed the agenda of this seminar.  

We kindly invite you to join this discussion by sending back the attached registration form to EDF event organiser, Ann Vervaecke (ann.vervaecke@edf-feph.org) by 4 December.  
        
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Communication
European Disability Forum | nothing about us without us
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

'Hate Figure' Iain Duncan Smith Sings His Version of Supertramp's "Give A Little Bit"




"Give A Little Bit"

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your hate to me
Give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my hate to you
There's so much that we need to share
Send a tweet and show me your despise

I'll give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my scorn to you
So give a little bit
Give a little bit of your timeline to me
See the disabled man with the lonely eyes
Take his hand, you'll be surprised
he's still alive under my reforms

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your contempt to me
I'll give a little bit of my loathing for you
Now's the time that we need to share
So find yourself on Twitter, I'm on my way back home
to my mansion.

Going home to my £2million Tudor country pile
Don't you need to feel at home in Austerity Britain?
Oh yeah, Glenda, we gotta sing 
So stop giving me vile looks
and tweeting #IDSMustGo

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Iain Duncan Smith: The 'quiet man' has become the 'Teflon man'. Nothing sticks.

Emily Thornberry, the shadow attorney general, was sacked by Ed Miliband for sneering at a family home draped with England flags. Anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe was sacked by Sainsbury's after saying David Cameron should resign for using his ‘dead son’ as a front to privatise the NHS.

So why wasn't Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, sacked in 2012 for his ignorant and heartless remarks after saying that disabled Remploy workers were “not doing any work... just making cups of coffee”?

Why wasn't Iain Duncan Smith sacked in 2014, after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publicly admitted it was wrong, that it should not have axed the disability benefits of Asperger's sufferer Mark Wood, who starved to death just five months later, weighing five-and-a-half stone.

I could cite additional examples, but suffice it to say that Iain Duncan Smith has committed more wrongdoing than Emily Thornberry and Jack Monroe combined—and astonishingly, has not been forced to resign.  The 'quiet man' has become the 'Teflon man'.  Nothing sticks.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Prayer For British Disability Campaigner Sue Marsh, Who Is In Hospital Facing Surgery

May the One who was a source of blessing for our ancestors, bring blessings of healing upon Sue Marsh, a healing of body and a healing of spirit. May those in whose care she is entrusted, be gifted with wisdom and skill, and those who surround her, be gifted with love and trust, openness and support in her care. And may she be healed along with all those who are in need. Blessed are You, Source of healing. Amen.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Prayer For Sue Marsh, British Disability Campaigner, Who Is In Hospital

May the One who was a source of blessing for our ancestors, bring blessings of healing upon Sue Marsh, a healing of body and a healing of spirit. May those in whose care she is entrusted, be gifted with wisdom and skill, and those who surround her, be gifted with love and trust, openness and support in her care. And may she be healed along with all those who are in need. Blessed are You, Source of healing. Amen.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Turns Out That British Conservative MP Philip Davies, Who Tore Strip Off The UN, Is A Hypocrite

The Daily Mail's hatchet job on the UN (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2735958/UN-sparks-fury-launching-human-rights-investigation-Britain-s-treatment-disabled.html) includes this comment from Tory MP Philip Davies:

‘These people at the UN are idiots, frankly. There’s no other way to describe them.

‘This country has led the way in the support and rights that we give to disabled people – such as through the Disability Discrimination Act which was passed by a Conservative government in 1995.

‘If the UN drew up a list of countries in the world showing how much they gave to disabled people they would find the UK was the highest in the world.

‘They are exposing the UN for the completely useless organisation that it is.’



It can be revealed that Conservative MP Philip Davies sparked controversy in 2011 when he suggested that people with disabilities should be paid less than the minimum wage.

Tory MP Philip Davies: disabled people could work for less pay | Society | The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/jun/17/tory-philip-davies-disabled-people-work

As for his assertion that Britain "has led the way in the support and rights that we give to disabled people", it doesn't pass the smell test.  Here's just one example:

Tens of thousands of sick and disabled patients face YEAR-long wait for cash help - Mirror Online http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tens-thousands-sick-disabled-patients-3958136

Disabled people in Britain will lose their independence, jobs, and Motability vehicles because of failure to quality for Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Hundreds of thousands of lives will tragically be destroyed.

The government has admitted that, at minimum, 400,000 disabled claimants will not qualify for PIP. Moreover, claimants who can walk more than 20 metres (65ft) will no longer be entitled to the £56.75 enhanced weekly mobility allowance and could be offered the standard rate of just £21.55. If they depend on PIP for paying bills and basics, how will they survive on such a meager benefit?