- Welcome: Engaging Disability has officially begun
- Audio files/Podcasts of events are just a click away!
- Register now for Community Book Club– The Hours April 17
- Film Screening – A Beautiful Mind
- April Art
- April Lectures: Derksen, Church and Segal
- Incredible response to DHRN bursary for BC students to attend Summer Institute
- Events Beyond Engaging Disability: Art, lecture, film and workshop
- Thank you to participants, volunteers and sponsors
- Communication: Spreading the Word
Welcome to Engaging Disability 2007’s April newsletter. We invite those of you who are new to Engaging Disability 2007 to read our archived newsletters and explore our website!
Engaging Disability 2007 has officially begun. Our March 12 Opening Panel was a successful launch for our 9 month initiative and the next three weeks held fascinating exchanges during the first three Monday night lectures: Marcia Rioux on international disability rights, Nigel Livingston on assistive technologies and Michael Prince on Federal and Provincial disability policy. In particular, lecturers and participants have explored ideas about language, technology and policy in the context of defining the meaning of disability. As April unfolds, we look forward to seeing you at the next lectures in our Monday night lecture series, as well as at our dynamic book, film and art events.
In this newsletter we guide you to online links for audio files of the opening panel and lectures, direct you to registration for the community book club, tell you about the first film in our film series, describe the April art events, and remind you about the three Monday night lecture series lectures that April holds. Finally we offer a heartfelt thanks to our volunteers and continued appreciation to our sponsors and, most importantly, participants!
The UVic Division of Continuing Studies has partnered with us to provide podcasts of Engaging Disability’s Opening Panel and all Monday Night Lectures. Click on these links to access an mp3 (audio) file of past events.
Opening Panel PODCASTS:
Lecture Series PODCASTS:
Mind the gap: Holistic monitoring of disability rights internationally - March 19, 2007
Addressing the needs and challenges of those with disabilities- A unique approach - March 26, 2007
Does Canada need a national disability act? Should BC enact a disability law? Legislation as a tool for enabling access, inclusion and social citizenship - April 2, 2007
Stay tuned for future podcasts as they become available.
April marks the beginning of our Community Book Club featuring Michael Cunningham’s The Hours at our April 17th book club session taking place on the UVic campus, facilitated by Marlie Manning. This session takes place at UVic.
Registration is still open for this session. Please register immediately to secure your space. To register click here. For more information or for assistance with registration, call 721 6297.
Engaging Disability Community Book Club is designed for individuals interested in reading and discussing books related to disability in an open, supportive environment. We encourage both newcomers and seasoned bookclub participants to join the Engaging Disability Book Club.
Registration for each individual session is free and open to anyone, but register early as space is limited. Register for as many sessions as you would like! Please visit the Continuing Studies bookclub registration page to secure your place, by clicking here.
The first film in our film series, “A Beautiful Mind,” screens on Wednesday April 11, 6:45pm, at Star Cinema in Sidney. Universal Films Canada has sponsored this screening, which, like all Engaging Disability events, is free and open to everyone! Special thanks to the BC Schizophrenia Society for facilitating a post-screening discussion.
Art is everywhere in April.
Zulis Yalte’s Border Crossings continues through the month of April at the Sandstone Studio on Gabriola Island.
On April 26, The Garth Homer Society’s ArtWorks program launches it’s celebration of Saanich Community Arts in the Garth Homer Society Boardroom Gallery, 813 Darwin Avenue, Victoria.
Both Art Shows have received rave reviews. We encourage you to pay a visit!
The Monday night lecture series continues!
Monday April 16 - Jim Derksen from Winnipeg will speak on Growing human rights in Canada: Disability, dignity and respect.
Monday April 23 - Ryerson’s Kathryn Church will deliver her lecture entitled Wearing my heart on my sleeve: Unfolding the politics of clothing among women with disabilities.
Monday April 30 - Judy Z. Segal from UBC will share thoughts in her lecture Breast cancer narratives and the maintenance of ignorance.
Each lecture takes place from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the University of Victoria Senate Chambers Room A180. The Senate Chambers is mobility accessible. There will be simultaneous visual interpretation and a scent-free environment. Parking information is available here.
We look forward to seeing you! The lectures thus far have been intriguing, innovative and interactive.
We are thrilled with your response to our call for bursary applications for BC students to attend Engaging Disability 2007's Summer Institute. Thanks to the Disabilities Health Research Network, 3 BC students from outside Victoria will be able to participate in, and receive credit for, our 2-week intensive Summer Institute. We received many applications by our March 31 deadline and want to thank all students who applied... your response indicates the scope and applicability of Engaging Disability 2007 to those from all over BC.
The following list of events highlights activities going on in the broader community that relate to disability. Engaging Disability is not officially connected with the following events, but we thought you might be interested in them. Enjoy!
Art Exhibit – until April 29
Main Artery Art Gallery (218 East 28th Ave.)
For more information click here.
Lecture - Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The University of Victoria’s Centre on Aging presents: Reflections on arms and legs and cats and dogs: Implications for mobility in healthy aging and after neurotrauma. From 3:00 - 4:30 pm, MacLaurin D115 at the University of Victoria.
Dr. Zehr will discuss recent evidence that suggests humans have much in common with our four-legged pets. These commonalities are expressed when we walk, and have to do with coordination between our arms and legs that is similar to the coordination between the front and back legs of the cat or dog. Dr. Zehr will engage the audience to discuss how these linkages affect the control of posture.
Film – Monday April 23, 2007
Movie Monday – 1900 block Fort St.
Workshop - Fibromyalgia: Learn to Recover and Thrive
May 25, 2007
University of Victoria
For more information and to register go to www.bodyheals.ca.
Engaging Disability has been made possible only because of the support from those attending events, our volunteers and our sponsors.
Thank YOU for your interest and participation in Engaging Disability. We encourage you to browse our website often for current information about our events and activities. See you soon!
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