EDUCATION

The fifth annual
Disability and Change Symposium

Monday, March 26, 2018
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


The End of Disability - Peril or Promise? Bionics, Implants, and Smart Technologies CURE, EXTERMINATION, ERASURE?
AUGMENT, ENHANCE, PERFECT?

The so-called "End of Disability" has been a long-standing mantra for medicine and often repudiated by disability studies scholars and others who question the desired "end" and the implication of disability extermination or erasure. Do these new technological developments bring something new to the debate?


Registration (event is free, but registration required)


About the Disability and Change Symposium

The annual Disability and Change Symposium, facilitated by the Institute on Disabilities, was first introduced in 2013.

The Disability and Change Symposium is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference focusing on cultural equity and disability. The event is free, accessible and open to the public. Registration is required.

Organized by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple with support from the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disabilities.

Information - Location - Directions

Date: March 26, 2018
8:00 AM - 3 PM

Location: Temple University
Howard Gittis Student Center South
Room 200 A/B
1755 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Directions
http://route.temple.edu/
Access Room 200 A/B by the main elevators in the lobby of the Student Center South.

Accommodations
The Institute on Disabilities and the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability welcome all participants to the Disability and Change Symposium. As the audience and panels will include people with varied learning styles, aptitudes, and needs, the symposium will include: a downloadable program PDF including alternative text (alt-text) descriptions for graphical elements (available soon on this web page), a maker's space featuring new technologies for experiential synthesis, sensory-friendly seating, CART transcription services, and ASL. The accessible Symposium location meets ADA guidelines.

For specific accommodations, your request must be made by March 15, 2018; please email iod@temple.edu.

Act 48 Credits
Teachers can request Act 48 credits, for a $10 fee. Students can receive a certificate of attendance. Paperwork will be available at the check-in area on the day of the symposium.


Symposium Highlights

The so-called "End of Disability" has been a long-standing mantra for medicine and often repudiated by disability studies scholars and others who question the desired "end" and the implication of disability extermination or erasure. Do these new technogical developments bring something new to the debate?

Come listen to interdisciplinary panels of speakers discuss the historic, philosophical/ethical, policy, applied rehabilitative, science/engineering, and first-person perspectives.


AGENDA (draft - updates anticipated)

Attend for the entire day or for individual sessions.

Downloadable Program with Agenda and Additional Information - PDF

  • 8:00 AM

    Registration

    Check-in/registration begins

  • 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    Teresa Burke, Associate Professor
    History, Philosophy, Religion & Sociology, Gallaudet University

  • 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

    Technology and Implants

    Teresa Burke, Associate Professor
    History, Philosophy, Religion & Sociology, Gallaudet University

    Cameron Taylor, Research Associate
    Biomechatronics Lab, MIT MediaLab

    Moderated by: Cathy Fiorello
    Department Chairperson, Psychological Studies in Education, College of Education, Temple University

  • 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

    EXOSKELETONS

    Liz Watson
    Locomotor Training Coordinator, Magee Rehab

    Katherine Ott
    Curator, Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian

    Moderated by: Nora Jones
    Assistant Professor, Bioethics, Associate Director, Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

  • (Concurrent) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Makers Space

    • Temple University Libraries: 3-D Printing
    • Eye-to-Eye Student Organization: Livescribe Pen, Notability App
    • Department of Rehabilitative Sciences, College of Public Health: Adaptive Ski, Rugby Sports Wheelchair
    • Disabled Action of PA
    • Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT): Augmented Reality - HP Reveal, Merge Cubes
    • Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering: Nitinol Prosthetic Hand
  • 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

    LUNCH

    (on your own)

  • 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

    Student Panel

    Moderated by: Amanda DiLodovico
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Dance, Boyer College of Music and Dance

    • Thomas Licato, Boyer College of Music and Dance
    • Maxine Lomax, School of Social Work
    • Jessica Walker, College of Public Health
    • Annabelle Wiedorn, Tyler School of Art
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Smart Technologies

    Mohammed Yousuf
    Program Manager, ATTRI/Transportation Research Specialist, FHWA Office of Operations R&D

    Jacqueline Wardle
    Assistive Technology Specialist, UCP Central PA
    About Indepent Living Technology at UCP

    Ari Ne'eman
    Author, The Right to Live in This World: The Untold Story of Disability in America (forthcoming); Consultant, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

    Moderated by: Guy Caruso
    Western Coordinator, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University

Sponsors

This event is organized by the Institute on Disabilities and the Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability and funded through a grant from the Center for the Humanities at Temple University (CHAT).