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2015 Disability and Change
Fault Lines, Intersections, & Action

#DisChange15

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The 2015 Symposium was held on Temple University Main Campus.

Real-time captioning will be provided by Disability Resources and Services. Room 200B is accessible by the main elevators in the lobby of the Student Center South. The room is an open space, with lecture-style seating created by movable chairs. You can request large-print programs at the registration table. Accessible, electronic versions of all lecture materials will be made available after the Symposium at the permission of the speakers.

For other accessibility-related questions and requests, please register below or email the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University: iod@temple.edu.

Hosted by the Institute on Disabilities' Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability.

Featured Speakers


Margaret Price, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of English, Spelman College

Hon. Kristin Booth Glen
Dean Emerita, CUNY School of Law

Sunaura Taylor
Doctoral Student, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

Jane Dunhamn
Director of the National Black Disability Coalition; Sub-Committee Chair, New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Opening Panel


Students Voices on Disability and Change
Temple students discuss the impact of disability in their lives.

Symposium Schedule

Symposium Overview

The second annual Disability and Change Symposium will explore the following questions:

Who is included in disability rights?

How can social movements work to change attitudes as well as laws and policies that are disabling/enabling in the lives of people with disabilities?

Where have disabled people and their advocates been successful in envisioning such changes across different types of disability, and where has it proved necessary for different disability communities to chart different types of approaches?

How do the fault lines of race, gender, economics and culture operate in various disability communities—and how can an understanding of their intersections help to form more effective movements for change?

How do ideas of disability and normalcy shape our understanding of what types of changes are desirable—or even possible?

For more information, email the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University: iod@temple.edu


The DISABILITY AND CHANGE symposium is hosted by The Institute on Disabilities' Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability through a grant from the Center for the Humanities at Temple and co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, First Year Writing Program, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, the Institute on Disabilities, Disability Resources and Services, the College of Education's Department of Psychological, Organizational, and Leadership Studies, and The Dean of Students Office.

Featured Speakers


Margaret Price, PhD

Associate Professor of English, Spelman College

Margaret Price's areas of specialization include disability studies, qualitative research methodologies, and digital accessibility. Her book Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (University of Michigan Press) won the Outstanding Book Award from CCCC. Reviews, annotations and commentary have appeared in College Composition and Communication; the Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database; Disability Studies Quarterly; the Social Science Research Network; and Composition Forum. Other writing appears in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy, Hypatia (forthcoming), Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, Inside Higher Education, Creative Nonfiction, College Composition and Communication, Profession, and Disability Studies Quarterly. She holds a PhD in rhetoric/composition from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and a BA from Amherst College.

Learn more about Margaret Price's work


Hon. Kristin Booth Glen

Dean Emerita, CUNY School of Law

Over almost 50 years as a lawyer, Hon. Kristin Booth Glen has been an activist for the rights of women, communities of color, the LGBT community, incarcerated persons, older persons, and most recently, persons with disabilities, especially intellectual, developmental and psycho-social disabilities, as well as a judge and a legal educator. A former surrogate judge in New York County, Ms. Glen has chaired the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, served as a Commissioner on the Disability Rights Commission, and is currently a Board member of the Center for Human Rights, and writes and lectures widely on human rights and legal capacity.

Read Hon. Kristin Booth Glen's full bio


Sunaura Taylor

Doctoral Student, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

Sunaura Taylor is an artist, writer and activist. Her artwork has been exhibited at venues across the country, including the CUE Art Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Berkeley Art Museum. Some of her published works include The Right Not to Work: Disability and Capitalism (Monthly Review, 2004), Is It Possible to Be a Conscientious Meat Eater?, Beasts of Burden: Animals and Disability (Qui Parle, May 2011), and is a contributor to various books including Stay Solid!: A Radical Handbook for Youth (AK Press, 2013, edited by Matt Hern). Taylor worked with philosopher Judith Butler, on Astra Taylor's film Examined Life (Zeitgeist 2008). She is the recipient of a Sacatar Foundation Fellowship, winner of VSA's Driving Force award, an Eisner Award, two Wynn Newhouse Awards, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, and an Animals and Culture Grant. Her book Beasts of Burden, which explores the intersections of animal ethics and disability studies, is forthcoming from the Feminist Press.

Learn more about Sunaura Taylor's work


Jane Dunhamn

Director of the National Black Disability Coalition; Sub-Committee Chair, New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Jane Dunhamn is the Sub-Committee Chair of the New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (NJ SAC). On March 4, 2011, Ms. Dunhamn, as Sub-Committee Chair, convened experts from the disability and criminal justice communities to provide testimony about the need for and status of accommodations to inmates with non-apparent disabilities in the New Jersey Department of Corrections. She is a founding member and director of the National Black Disability Coalition and a member of New Jersey Black Issues Convention (NJ BIC). In the past several years, she has successfully advocated for disability issues within both NJ BIC and the NJ NAACP. In 2009, at her behest, a BIC Board Member and State Senate Leader championed legislation to establish a commission to study disparities in NJ and lead initiatives for change. The bill passed in 2015. In her role of director of the National Black Disability Coalition Ms. Dunhamn is currently spearheading an initiative to establish Black Disability Studies at universities throughout the U.S.

Ms. Dunhamn is the mother of an adult daughter who has a developmental disability. Her daughter lives independently in Arlington, Virginia and is employed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Learn more about the National Black Disability Coalition


The Institute on Disabilities' Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability (IFC) is to foster collaboration across Temple University on disability-related projects including research, teaching, programming, publication, and grant-seeking. By connecting with one another, Council members help build community among the growing number of people at Temple whose work engages with disability.

The Council consists of approximately 30 faculty and staff from 17 programs and nine Colleges and Centers across the University, including the College of Education, Institute on Disabilities, College of Liberal Arts, Tyler School of Art, College of Health Professions and Social Work, School of Media and Communication, School of Medicine, Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts, and Disability Resources and Services.

2014 Disability and Change Symposium

The Institute on Disabilities' Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability





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