The 8th annual Disability and Change Symposium

We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Online Mini-Course

Webinar March 31, 10 AM - 12 Noon.
Virtual Mini Course will be made available afterwards.

Welcome and Introduction

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Sally Gould-Taylor, PhD
Executive Director
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University College of Education and Human Development

About The Theme / Objectives

Our speakers will explore the nature of storytelling, how to harness the healing effects—providing sanctuary to the self, and what happens to stories as they encounter mass/social media which can feel like a proxy for the infinite world.

A story is our—all of us—we are the stories we tell ourselves. In this universe, and this existence, where we live with this duality of whether we exist or not and who are we, the stories we tell ourselves are the stories that define the potentialities of our existence. We are the stories we tell ourselves. So that's as wide as we look at stories. A story is the relationship that you develop between who you are, or who you potentially are, and the infinite world, and that's our mythology.
— Shekhar Kapur

Course Completion Time

Course time ranges from ~3.5 hours for media content up to 8 hours for the full course including background readings and reflection.

Mini-Course Objectives

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Recorded Media Content (~3.5 hours)

Panelists: Symposium Title

  1. Introduction/Keynote to the Online Mini-Course

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  2. Panel: Its Title

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Additional Materials (~2 hours)

Recommended Readings

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  • Able-ism is a set of beliefs or practices that devalue and discriminate against people with physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disabilities and often rests on the assumption that disabled people need to be "fixed" in one form or the other. (Center for Disability Rights, 2020)
  • Identity-first language places the disability-related word first in a phrase. People who prefer identity-first language for themselves often argue that their disability is an important part of who they are, or that they wouldn’t be the same person without their disability. For some people, identity-first language is about a shared community, culture, and identity. Identity-first language is also about thinking about disability as a type of diversity instead of something to be ashamed of. (Austistic Self Advocacy Network, Identity-First Language 2020)
  • Implicit bias is triggered automatically, in about a tenth of a second, without our conscious awareness or intention, and cause us to have attitudes about and preferences for people based on characteristics such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and religion. (American Bar Association, Implicit Bias Guide, 2019)
  • Person-first language is used to speak appropriately and respectfully about an individual with a disability. Person-first language emphasizes the individual first, not the disability. For example, when referring to a person with a disability, refer to the person first by using phrases such as: "a person who ...", "a person with ..." or, "person who has..." (CDC, 2020)

Your Turn to Reflect (~1 hour)

Questions to explore in reflection papers

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We hope you will join the conversation by posting your thoughts on #DisChange21.

Technology Requirements and Accessibility

Technology Requirements
In order to use the resources listed for this virtual seminar, participants need to have access to an Internet connection, a computer or a smart phone with audio/video capabilities. No special software is required.

Accessibility Statement
Webinar accessibility: This webinar will provide CART live transcription and American Sign Language throughout. During the webinar, the Q & A feature will be enabled so that the audience can submit questions. After the webinar, a recording and transcript will be made publicly available and all registrants will receive the link for these resources.

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