Mini Course Lecture Series and Disability Studies Lecture Series

Communication, Self-Determination and Community: AAC Strategies to Support Transition

November 14, 2011

PHOTO: David McNaughton, PhDDavid McNaughton Dr. McNaughton is on faculty in the Special Education program at Penn State University. His teaching and research interests include employment for individuals with complex communication needs, and collaboration skills for working with parents and educational team members. He is a co-editor, with Dr. David Beukleman, of Transition Strategies for Adolescents and Young Adults Who Use AAC (Brookes Publishing).

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The Dilemma of Doing Human Services for Pay

April 21, 2010

Wolf Wolfensberger Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University. Needy people are served by organized agencies that hire and pay people - their employees - to do the serving. This fact is virtually taken for granted by everyone involved, even though it has not always been so, and it raises a number of troubling problems, such as conflicts of interest. This presentation will try to bring these various dilemmas to consciousness, and also point out how paid human services workers can address the dilemmas in their own lives, and "validate" their paid human service.


The Aesthetics of Human Disqualification

October 28, 2009

Tobin Siebers, PhDTOBIN SIEBERS, PhD Tobin Siebers, PhD, V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor, Professor of English Language and Literature, and Professor of Art and Design, University of Michigan. Dr. Siebers focuses on three case studies from the art world: the "degenerate art" of the Nazi period, the appearance of Marc Quinn's Alison Lapper Pregnant in Trafalgar Square, and the use by Newsweek magazine of medical photographs from the Mütter Museum to illustrate "A Century of Medical Oddities." In his discussion of the aesthetics of human disqualification, Dr. Siebers claims that symbolic processes of representations depend on aesthetic criteria that require further clarification and critique, especially with respect to how individuals are disqualified, that is, how they are found inferior, in need, incapable, diseased, etc.

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On the Margins of Citizenship: Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in Twentieth Century America

September 9, 2009

Alison CareyALLISON CAREY Allison C. Carey, PhD, assistant professor of Sociology at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, examines the discourses of rights and citizenship for people with intellectual disabilities as well a the sociopolitical factors that too often diminish the effectiveness of their ability in securing choice and self-determination. Dr. Carey's research focuses on civil rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is the author of On the Margins of Citizenship: Civil Rights and Intellectual Disability in 20th Century America (Temple University Press, 2009), and has published articles on topics including social networks and employment; access to assistive technology; victimization; eugenics; and compulsory sterilization.


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Bad Education: Crip Representation and the Limits of Tolerance

September 17, 2008

Robert McRuer speaking at podiumROBERT MCRUER The first of the Institute's Disability Studies' Lecture Series, "The Geo-Politics of Disability," was held on September 17, 2008 on the main campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Robert McRuer, Associate Professor in the Department of English at The George Washington University (pictured) presented "Bad Education: Crip Representation and the Limits of Tolerance" to more than 100 people in the 1810 Liacouras Conference Suite, on Liacouras Walk.


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Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service