The essays gathered
here were written between 1994-98 for a series of graduate seminars
in rhetoric and composition. They document the evolution of my own
thinking about literacy as a blind reader and writer. Mine is a
multi-textured literacy that could be characterized by what anthropologist
Shirley Brice Heath called ever-shifting, protean shapes and modes.
It is motivated by an ongoing struggle for a literacy without
limits, a literacy unbounded by social, political, and economic
Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability
OSU's annual conference on "Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion
& Disability" will be held on April 20-21 in Columbus.
Sponsors Include the Great Lakes ADA and IT Center, ADA-OHIO, OSU Disability
Studies Program and OSU ADA Coordinator's Office.
Studies and the University
The first national conference in the humanities on disability studies.
Sponsored by the Modern Language Association and Emory University, the
event will be held March 5 -7, 2004, at the Emory University
Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Conference is scheduled to
begin immediately after an interdisciplinary workshop on law and disability
presented by the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at the Emory Law
School, March 3 to 4.
End of Life Decisions: Not Dead Yet
Given the cursory nature of broadcast news reporting (yes, even
on NPR), Joseph
Shapiro presents a thoughtful overview of the disability
rights perspective on end-of-life decisions (Morning Edition
121603). Without saying so directly, Shapiro conveys how disability
rights activists can feel conflicted about sharing a political
position with right-to-lifers on the religious right. From the
disability rights perspective, concern about pulling the plug
has less to do with the "sanctity of life" and more
to do with "money and prejudice."
Diane Coleman, founder of Not
Dead Yet: "We are like the canaries in the coal mine,"
she says. "We are on the front lines of the health care system
every day. We have direct experience with how hard it is these
days to get the health care we need."
is the case of Terry Schiavo, whose life-or-death decision has
become a political football in Florida. There is a sound bite
here of Schiavo's vocal response as her mother spoke to her in
her hospital room. Listen
- this is what "persistent vegetative state" can sound
like. As a blind caregiver, I yearned for such a response, a response
I could hear, in similar end-of-life experiences with my parents.
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Extended Coverage on End-of-Life Decisions |
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