Share the Wealth with Celine Dammond–Disability: Where Did It Come From and What Does It Mean?
by Mark Chmiel
What is the first image in your mind when you hear the word, “disability”?
Take that image and imagine that disability can touch people anywhere, at any time, without boundaries. It is a part of the inherent risk of being human. It is also a multifaceted concept that intersects with statistics and science, health, racism, gender and sexuality, discrimination and beyond. The word implies a sense of loss, of a lack of ability that can be visible or invisible, physical or mental, permanent or temporary.
We’ll discuss the historical and contemporary models, meanings, implications and assumptions behind the word disability. From this critical standpoint, we will unpeel the layers of language and rhetoric that build the concept of disability.
Looking to the present, we will also discuss what disability means today by sharing how the word is being defined by people around the world who are challenging the traditional patterns of discourse.
Celine has an insatiable curiousity about the world around her, leading her to traditional streams of education and to explore and travel as much as possible. She holds a persistent and idealistic belief that rhetoric and communication are the most powerful ways to change the world for the better. She lives in St Louis and is pursuing a Master’s in Occupational Therapy.
Sunday 21 February
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Celine begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Courtney Barrett
St Louis MO