Kathleen Martinez was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the third Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25, 2009. As head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Ms. Martinez advises the Secretary of Labor and works with all DOL agencies to lead a comprehensive and coordinated national policy regarding the employment of people with disabilities.
Blind since birth, Ms. Martinez comes to ODEP with a background as an internationally recognized disability rights leader specializing in employment, asset building, independent living, international development, diversity and gender issues.
Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at U.C. Berkeley and, in good interdisciplinary fashion, enjoys rubbernecking between the department and Berkeley's Center for Race and Gender, the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Just Society (Disability Studies and LGBTQ Citizenship Research Clusters). Mel’s recent book, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke University Press, 2012), explores questions of racialization, queering, disability, and affective economies in animate and inanimate “life.”
Alison Kafer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Feminist Studies program at Southwestern University, where she also teaches courses in the Environmental Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies programs. The author of Feminist, Queer, Crip (Indiana UP, 2013), Alison gets a kick out of teaching about feminism to undergraduates living in the heart of Texas.
Bradley Lewis MD, PhD is a practicing psychiatrist and an associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He has affiliated appointments in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Department of Psychiatry. Lewis writes and teaches at the interface of medicine, humanities, and cultural/disability studies. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Medical Humanities and his recent books are Narrative Psychiatry: How Stories Shape Clinical Practice and Depression: Integrating Science, Culture, and Humanities. His current research project is devoted to the role of art, religion, and politics for happiness and contemporary cares of the self.
Ellen Samuels is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Gender & Women's Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her book Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race is forthcoming from NYU Press in 2014 and she has published numerous articles on the intersections of disability, race, and sexuality in literature and culture. She discloses her disability on a regular basis and can do so in haiku form upon request.
Kate Seelman is Associate Dean of Disability Programs and Professor of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is adviser to the Students with Disability Advocacy at Pitt She has a beaten track to and from WHO in Geneva to work on the World Report on Disability and hearing aids for low and middle income countries, technology which she has used most of her life. Her latest publication is entitled: "Should Robots be Personal Assistants?"
This multimodal display features the Accessible Icon, an evolved "disability symbol" that shows an active and embodied figure (accessibleicon.org). This symbol is part of a renewed effort to subvert a history of people with disabilities being spoken for, rendered passive in decisions about their lives, and denied equal access to lived environments. To further actively protest these conditions, the creators also provide "THIS SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE" kits to interested conference participants with stencils and stickers for application to locations without equal access.
The full list of conference sessions and abstracts is now available. Please click here to access titles, scripts, abstracts, and PowerPoint presentations from the Disability Disclosure in/and Higher Education Conference, October 25-27, 2013.
Screening Disclosure: Disability, Higher Education and Popular Media
Disclosing our Relationships to Disability and Reflexivity in Research: A Conversation
Roundtable: Unbinding Time: Disabling Temporal Demands
Administrative Discourses and Contexts of Disclosure
Working Group: Story as Methodology
Neoliberal Higher Education and the (Dis)Appearance of Disability
Designing and Performing Disclosure in College Classrooms