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DHD 203 Disability in World Cultures
Rob Gould
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Vishal Gulati on Monday August 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to DHD 203 at University of Illinois at Chicago taught by Rob Gould in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see DHD 203 Disability in World Cultures in Disability at University of Illinois at Chicago.


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Date Created: 08/29/16
Week 1  August 23 and 25  (Rob) Topic(s): Introduction to the course and requirements ∙  Discussion of assignments ∙  What is disability? ∙  What is culture? ∙  Disability in the Majority/Minority World   Readings and multimedia: Read syllabus and come prepared with any questions that may be relevant for the class Disability ● is complex, multidimensional and contested. ● There are many definitions ● Both a personal and a group experience ★ Influenced by the environmental, context and culture that a person with an impairment lives in Disability is… (class perspectives) ● One way of seeing how diverse the human population is. Different is not wrong, just different. ● A crucial element of society that calls for education in order for it to cease being a taboo subject ● Disability is when someone cannot do something a “regular” human being can do . Something is prohibiting them ● Disability is more than just a medical condition. In a social aspect, disability is when society is not accessible to a group or an individual ● Disability is changing the perspectives that we have on the world Culture is…. ● Similarly complex and has many definitions ● Also has to do with the way we treat people and environment in which it happens. It includes ★ Behaviors ★ Interactions ★ The way we think and understand ● It is a shared experience amongst groups. ● Views may be valued, shared, or passes on based on intrinsic traits, ways of thinking, or traditions. ○ Like disability it can be personal as well ○ Incredible variety within cultures. culture is not a homogenous group World culture is… ● More than a way of understanding ‘ others.’ Also a way of understanding ourselves. ● Interconnected with differences and similarities in demographics, geography, communication, practices and traditions. ★ Cultural diversity impacts the way that “languages, educational systems, news, entertainment media, and the business worlds” function and exists. ● Historically, knowledge about world culture has often come from the viewpoint of people in power. Why do we care? ● Changing cultural beliefs and practices is often ones of the primary concerns of social movements in the pursuit of equal rights and social justice. ● Culture is an evolving and current issue because it continues to be a confusing term. ● Is rapidly changing and evolving be cause of , or in spite of, advances in technology. ● Understanding of culture offer a way to bring people together, instigate change, and advance opportunities for people of all abilities. ○ Spread the word campaign (Video) ○ Disability Language in Uganda (Video) ● Reclaiming or address oppressive cultural beliefs is an integral part of ensuring that we all can participate fully and equally as peers. How do we care? ● Outdated model: First, Second, and Third World ● Ways of describing the world ● Dominant model: Developing or underdeveloped countries ● Geographic model: North- south divide, majority of world's population and poverty in Global South Majority and Minority Worlds {ers[ectives ● Majority world ○ USed instead of term development to refer to the area, knoledge, and culutural where most people in the world lives ○ Between 65 and 75% of people with disabilities live in global south, 97% of which are acquired ○ Often the target of interventions from the global west ● Minority World ○ Global North (Western Europe and US) is where most of our knowledge about disability comes from ○ Most typically the beneficiaries of globalization ○ Often leaders in developing policies and interventions in poorer countries Global status of people with disabilities- the Majority world ● 1 billion with disabilities (15% of global population) ● Steady increase in disability worldwide ○ New diseaes ○ Enhancing medical technologies ● Recent increase in disability rights and advocacy ○ New technology, policies and practices offer promise and opportunity to bring people together, and chanllenge systems that have been historically exclusive or marginilizing ● Global exclusuion, marginaliziaiton and discrimination: ○ Extremely high rates of poverty ○ Persistently high unemployment and low education ○ Inadequate legal protection and health benefits ○ Systemic barriers ( e.g. transportation, housing, environment In review: ● Disability has many definitions around the world, and the global North has played a large role in creating those terms ● Disability impacts 15% of the world's population at any given time and that number is likely too small


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