The Stream

Deconstructing disability

How can we redefine societal perceptions of people with disabilities?

Wheelchair sign in San Francisco, California. (Flickr/Creative Commons via user Man Pikin)

On Monday, May 20 at 19:30 GMT:

Some might see a disability as a challenge to overcome. But for those who are disabled, what is often the greater obstacle is overcoming society’s prejudices against them. What are the stereotypes facing people with disabilities, and what can be done to change these negative perceptions? We’ll also speak to Tommy Edison, a blind film critic who’s giving YouTube viewers a new perspective on how to watch movies.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Lawrence Carter-Long @LCarterLong
Disability advocate

Tommy Edison @BlindFilmCritic
The Blind Film Critic

Gregor Wolbring @Wolbring
Associate Professor, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at the University of Calgary 

Lydia Brown @autistichoya
Blogger, Georgetown student 

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