Issue Contents & Highlights
The beginning of a new semester should be heralded with some new readings! The newest issue of the Review of Disability Studies (RDS) Volume 11, Issue 4 has something for everyone!
A few things from our exciting current issue:
The new issue is a sampling of papers from the 2015 Pac Rim conference. The International Pacific Rim Conference (Pac Rim) on Disability & Diversity, held annually in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been widely recognized over the past 30 years as one of the most diverse gatherings in the world. The event encourages and respects voices from diverse perspective across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing various disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across various disability areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, natural supports and allies of persons with disabilities; and, action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.
"Towards Cultural Inclusion: Using Mobile Technologies to Increase Access to Audio Description" describes a National Park Service (NPS) and University of Hawaii research project that is developing a mobile application for audio describing NPS print brochures for blind and visually impaired park users. The project has the potential to expand access to cultural and aesthetic material for blind and visually impaired people.
"Disability Studies Influence on a Profoundly Altered Identity" describes circumstances of my traumatic brain injury, the aftermath, expressions of the brain damage acquired, and current functioning. The article examines the influence exposure to Disability Studies scholarship made to precipitate development of a disabled identity. The article explores advocacy efforts that are my direct response to society.
"Strategies to Create a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment" is based on the workshop, Keeping it Real: Illusions of Equality and Justice on College Campuses. Students’ and presenters’ experiences show culturally diverse students and faculty must leave their cultures at the door in academia. Training strategies are recommended for a more culturally responsive learning and safe environment.
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides a useful framework and classification to better situate disability, health, and functioning. The ICF recognizes disability and functioning as the dynamic individual and environment interaction, promoting a more realistic perspective. This article describes the ICF, its utility, and its strengths/weaknesses.
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