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Ability & Diversity

Disability TedTalks

I'm Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair  a fact that doesnt, shed like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into inspiration porn.

Additional Disability TedTalks

Here are additional TedTalks on the topic of disability from a variety of engaging speakers.

Disability Films on Demand Videos

The GCC Library hosts an online documentary film collection with a lot of great content from major publishers including PBS, ABC, BBC, TedTalks and more. This collection showcases some of the videos Films on Demand has covering disability topics.

Shameless: The Art of Disability

What does it mean to be disabled and how does it shape an artists work? This documentary explores what is known as the disability art movement, following five artistsincluding a painter, a writer, an actor, a theater director, and a filmmaker, all of whom happen to have physical disabilitiesthrough their creative work. Intense group discussions of artistic and personal goals are also recorded. Dispelling the myth of tragic disability, the film depicts its subjects as, first and foremost, creative people. The result is a profound look at, and celebration of, the act of making artviewed through the lens of disability and the rejection of its stereotypes. (49 minutes)

Alone in a Crowded Room

This film explores the line between ability and disability and goes beyond the preconceptions of one of the most mysterious and challenging disorders of our time. It tells the stories of love, family, work and friendship of four autistic adults.

Autism Now: How Should We Address Deepening 'National Health Emergency'?

Governments, educators, families and public health officials face mounting challenges in dealing with autism as the prevalence in the U.S. continues to grow. In the sixth and concluding segment in his "Autism Now" series, Robert MacNeil explores these issues and possible solutions in a roundtable with four autism researchers and advocates. Original broadcast date: April 25, 2011

Inside Dyslexia

Often viewed as a weakness, dyslexia actually means that a person processes information differently, and many with the disorder have learned to see it as a strength. This program illustrates the challenges faced by Amanda, Carmen, and Giothree young people living with dyslexiathrough personal interviews with them and those close to them. Viewers are guided into their unique and often overlooked world, made clear through eye-opening scenes at school and home. Produced by filmmakers who are themselves dyslexic, the film serves as a tool for educating others about dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, and for identifying a common vocabulary that can bridge the gap between those with and without learning disabilities. A viewable/printable instructors guide is available online. (58 minutes)


Disability Rights Movement
by Fleischer, Doris Zames; Zames, Frieda

9781439907443Doris Fleischer; Frieda ZamesThe Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to ConfrontationDoris Zames Fleischer and Frieda Zames expand their encyclopaedic history of the struggle for disability rights in the United States, to include the past ten years of disability rights activism. The book includes a new chapter on the evolving impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the continuing struggle for cross-disability civil and human rights, and the changing perceptions of disability. The authors provide a probing analysis of such topics as deinstitutionalization, housing, health care, assisted suicide, employment, education, new technologies, disabled veterans, and disability culture. Based on interviews with over one hundred activists, The Disability Rights Movement tells a complex and compelling story of an ongoing movement that seeks to create an equitable and diverse society, inclusive of people with disabilities. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC North Library - GENERAL - HV1553 .F58 2011
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The story of intellectual disability: an evolution of meaning, understanding, and public perception
by Wehmeyer, Michael L

9781557669872Michael L. Wehmeyer (Editor)The Story of Intellectual Disability: An Evolution of Meaning, Understanding, and Public PerceptionAccessible, engaging, and filled with contributions by the country's most celebrated disability experts, this fascinating volume skillfully captures how intellectual disability has been understood from prehistoric times to present. Readers will discover how different societies have responded to people with disability throughout history, how life has changed for people with intellectual disability and their families over the centuries, and how key historical figures and events sparked social change and shaped our modern understanding of intellectual disability. Enhanced with remarkable images and illustrations, including exclusive photos from the editor's private collection of cultural artifacts, this informal history is a must-read for anyone devoted to improving the lives of people with intellectual disability. TOP DISABILITY EXPERTS EXPLORE: Early ideas about the causes of intellectual disability Evolution of the concept of intellectual disability The role of religion in the ancient world's understanding of disability Changing approaches to education and intervention The rise and fall of the institution system Depictions of intellectual disability in film, literature, and art State-sanctioned sterilization programs in the twentieth century The self-advocacy movement The emergence and impact of parent associations, support groups, and training programs How and why terminology changed throughout the years and more - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC North Library - GENERAL - HV3004 .S85 2013
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Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
by Henderson, George, Bryan, Willie V.

his new edition of Psychosocial Aspects of Disability strikes a balance of past, present, and future views of individual, family, societal, and governmental interaction and reaction to persons with disabilities. The past is presented in Part 1, Psychosocial Aspects of Disabilities, in which a view of the evolution of societal reactions to disabilities and persons with disability is presented. This perspective is important because it explains how some of the beliefs and attitudes toward disabilities and those who have a disability have developed.
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Intellectual Disability : Some Current Issues
by Patel, Dilip R., Greydanus, Donald E., Merrick, Joav

9781633218550Joav Merrick (Editor); Donald E. Greydanus (Editor); Dilip R. Patel (Editor)Intellectual Disability: Some Current IssuesIntellectual disability is characterised by deficits in cognitive and adaptive abilities that initially manifest before 18 years of age. The prevalence of intellectual disability is estimated to be between 1 and 3 out of every 100 individuals in the general population. Most individuals have mild intellectual disability and the cause is generally not identified. A small percentage of individuals have severe deficits and will need lifetime supports. The diagnosis of intellectual disability requires formal psychometric testing to assess the intelligence quotient and adaptive functioning. The management of individuals who have intellectual disability is based on providing general medical care, treatment of specific behavioral symptoms, early intervention, special education, and variable degrees of community based supports. In this book we present some current issues in intellectual and developmental disability. - Description from Syndetics
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Disability Histories
by Rembis, Michael A., Burch, Susan

The field of disability history continues to evolve rapidly. In this collection, Susan Burch and Michael Rembis present nineteen essays that integrate critical analysis of gender, race, historical context, and other factors to enrich and challenge the traditional modes of interpretation still dominating the field. As the first collection of its kind in over a decade, Disability Histories not only brings readers up to date on scholarship within the field but fosters the process of moving it beyond the U.S. Western European axis by offering work on Africa, South America, and Asia. The result is a broad range of readings that open new vistas for investigation and study while encouraging scholars at all levels to redraw the boundaries that delineate who and what is considered of historical value. Informed and accessible, Disability Histories is essential for classrooms engaged in all facets of disability studies within and across disciplines
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