2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Making Disability Studies Accessible
Elizabeth M. Duff
Dr. Peter S. Kelly, Faculty Mentor

The goals of Making Disability Studies Accessible centered around the interdisciplinary Disability Studies minor pilot program. The three principal objectives of the project were (1) to develop a listing of sources relating to disability for use in the Disability Studies program; (2) to create lessons plans and course packs for the introductory class; and (3) to disseminate the results of the project to various academic communities. The researcher will provide a summary of the work done during the grant period as well as a progress report on facilitating the introductory Disability Studies course. A key concept presented in the introductory course is the different models of disability, including the medical model and the social model. These models will be explained through the representation of people with disabilities in film, television, telethons, advertisements, literature, scholarship, and magazines. Examples of the ways in which popular media has perpetuated ableism will be explored.

Keywords: Disability , Disability Studies Minor, Interdisciplinary , Models of Disability , Ableism


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 46-1
Location: MG 2050
Time: 1:15

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