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Friday, December 12, 2014

[UK event] It’s Not Gibberish: ‘Disabled’ Voices in Literature for Young People

It’s Not Gibberish: ‘Disabled’ Voices in Literature for Young People

Prof. Chloƫ Hughes

Date: Wednesday 17th December 2014
Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm
Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK

What overt and subtle messages in children’s and young adult literature reinforce stereotypes or expand understandings of the social construct known as disability?  After briefly reviewing how disability has been a means in art, literature, and history to render individuals impotent, without identity, and ultimately voiceless, Prof. Hughes will focus on real and fictional voices of individuals and characters with unique communication patterns who claim and articulate their right to self determination.  Dyslexic, stuttered, “crooked,” interior, signed, and computer-generated voices, as they appear in recently published literature for young people, are illuminating and obscuring the boundaries of ability and disability.  How can teachers use such literature to promote inclusion in their classrooms?

ChloĆ« Hughes is Professor of Teacher Education at Western Oregon University where she teaches literacy and diversity classes.  Her research focuses on literacy learning among individuals with disabilities and on the portrayal of disability in children’s and young adult literature.  Her work has appeared in the Journal for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Rethinking Schools; War, Literature and the Arts; and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. She also chairs the US Board on Books for Young People Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities committee.

This seminar is part of the CCDS series, The Voice of Disability. Other dates include:

14 Jan 2015, It Must Be Simple: The Supreme Fiction at the Core of the Backlash to Access Debate, David Feeney.

11 Feb 2015, Authorship and the voice of disability in dance, Mathilde Pavis and Kate Marsh.

11 Mar 2015, Which Theory of Democracy for an Inclusive Society? A Pragmaticist Approach, David Doat.

13 May 2015, The Voice of the Disability Activist Movement in the US around the ADA:  A Hidden Minority or a Hidden Army, Lennard J. Davis.

17 Jun 2015, ‘Working together for positive outcomes’: The Appropriation of Voice and Participation in SEN policy, Claire Penketh.

Also, Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies will be held 1-2 July, 2015.

For further information please contact:

Dr. David Bolt

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Director, Centre for Culture & Disability Studies

Editor in Chief, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies

Joint Editor, Literary Disability Studies

Telephone: 0151 291 3346
Office: HCA 012
Postal address: Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK, L16 9JD.

Recent Books:
Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability:
The Madwoman and the Blindman:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Persons with Disabilities at Work: The Invisible Workers? Wednesday 10 December 2014 European Parliament | Room ASP 1E1 12:00 - 14:00


Persons with disabilities at work: 

the invisible workers?

Wednesday 10 December 2014
European Parliament | Room ASP 1E1
12:00 - 14:00

Gender, age, disability type and degree are factors that affect the extent of inclusion of persons with disabilities in the labour market. Identifying these factors through data collection and providing a reasonable accommodation through different employment policy schemes are key conditions for overcoming a situation that has been aggravated by the economic crisis.

According to the latest EU data, there is still a 26% difference in rates of employment for persons with and without disabilities across the EU. This is 30 points lower than the Europe 2020 target of 75% employment for persons with disabilities. Despite the implementation of different national and regional policies aimed at increasing the participation of persons with disabilities in the labour market, overall the participation rate of persons with disabilities is significantly lower than for persons without disabilities, which reinforces social inequalities.

The European Disability Forum, within the framework of its involvement in the DISCIT project, organises a discussion with Eurostat and the main EU policy-makers to exchange information and data on this important topic and gather innovative ideas on the field. Please find enclosed the agenda of this seminar.  

We kindly invite you to join this discussion by sending back the attached registration form to EDF event organiser, Ann Vervaecke ( by 4 December.  
Lila Sylviti
European Disability Forum | nothing about us without us
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