Friday, 04 April, 2014
This conference brings together disability scholars and advocates to discuss a variety of topics on an academic, personal, and practical level. The keynote speaker for this event is Mark Perriello, the CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, which is the largest disability advocacy organization in the country.
Last year, we hosted UT's first conference dedicated to disability issues. We had speakers from around the country come speak about a multitude of facets of disability including symbolism, philosophy, and employment issues. Some examples of topics discussed last year are "What Disability and Dependence Can Teach Us About Freedom," "What Our Restroom Signs Tell Us About Our Attitudes Toward Inclusion," and "Activating and Evolving the International Symbol of Access." The last talk in that list was a presentation about how the International Symbol of Access should be updated to show people with disabilities in a more active light. Since our conference, the symbol they presented has been adopted by New York City as their official symbol of access.
To date, there are few forums in the country where disability activists and scholars can come together and share their insight. We hope to continue to make the University of Tennessee one of the most important centers for discourse surrounding disability.
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