Disability Rights Organizations and Collectives

Melanie Yergeau
Curatorial note from Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Structured across one or more class periods, this activity rotates between small group discussion, Web research, and digital reporting of findings through a short presentation in class. In teams of two or four, students investigate a disability rights organization or a grassroots collective and research its history, initiatives, and representations of disability (visually, textually, and aurally). Discussion questions prompt students not
more » ... rompt students not only to learn the missions of an organization but also critically examine how the collective imagines disability in the context of broader intersectional discourses on oppression, identity, and civil rights. Typically, this exercise follows an earlier activity in which students examine and present findings on disability charities, which are overwhelmingly white and affluent in the makeup of board members as well as people depicted on Web sites. Notably, the charities from the first exercise tend to be rehabilitative and corporate in approach, which is a radical divergence from the groups students encounter in this exercise. The organizations in this exercise include nonprofits, archival projects, performance collectives, and virtually-based grassroots groups. Students report their findings through a shared blog space, taking care to make all material created accessible to a broad audience within and beyond the class.
doi:10.17613/rzkj-bh82 fatcat:5k7rcdaefndltborton4z3ic5i