Disability Studies at King's University College, two new videos explain fantastic opportunities in the field

"Disability is a diverse, exciting, strange, amazing thing that touches all of us," says Dr. Jeffrey Preston, Assistant Professor in Disability Studies at King's University College, Western University. Dr. Preston's perspectives on the program are included in two new captioned videos about the field and the approach to Disability Studies at King's. Interested students can find out from those who are in the program and faculty how pursuing this discipline can help foster a new perspective that can be applied to one's career and life.

Disability Studies at King's Video #1

Disability Studies at King's Video #2: 

On the Disability Studies at King's website the program and topics covered are explained: 

As part of Interdisciplinary Programs Disability Studies (DS) creates the space for rethinking traditional, medical approaches to imagining disability, mental health and related social institutions, using a liberal arts lens to explore the variety of possible, yet uncommonly shared, meanings. We situate disability amidst contemporary, interdisciplinary debates and developments in research and policy, illustrating how these concerns touch all our lives in different spheres: rights, family, access, inclusion, sports, education, youth, workplace, art, war, aging, cultures and mobility. Through analysis of everyday life cases, we reconfigure the common perception that it is the disability that needs to be fixed or cured, and instead look at ways the social, policy and built environments can be adapted.

Topics covered in the program include:

• Diverse interpretive lenses from the individual to the social models

• Symbolism and the social construction of disability, illness and health

• Storytelling, narrative, and media representations of disability

• Problem-based learning curriculum: seeks understanding of complexity and multiple stake-holders not rigid answers

• Disability experiences across the life course (pre-natal to end of life)

• Social interactions, social inclusion and relationships across difference

• Meaning, structures, policies and ethics of caregiving and families

• Inclusion and acquired injury in sports, recreation and camps

• Disability arts and literature

• Historical perception, care and control of people judged as non-normative

• Education policy, rights, accessibility and innovation

• Bioethics and public discourse

Source - Disability Studies at Kings website 

For further information:

King’s University College at Western University Canada, 266 Epworth Avenue, London, Ontario, N6A 2M3, Tel: (519) 433-3491, toll free: 1 (800) 265-4406