RDS Volume 11, No. 3

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    Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal Volume 11 Issue 3
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2015)
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    Disability Studies Dissertation Abstracts
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2015)
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    Kate Mahony’s Awakening (of Things)
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2015) Kadlec, Alexandra
    Kate Mahony is working stuff out—with the help of a pink pillow, desk lamp, and plastic bucket. In conversation, this is how the artist describes her performance for Art of the Lived Experiment (http://www.uica.org/exhibitions-calendar/art-of-the-lived-experiment), a disability arts exhibition that premiered at DaDaFest International (http://www.dadafest.co.uk/the-festival/) 2014 in Liverpool, England and made its inaugural and only U.S. appearance in Grand Rapids, Michigan last April.
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    Is There Room in the Inn? Towards Incorporating People with Disability in Tourism Planning
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2015) Chikuta, Oliver
    Despite the fact that tourism is as much a social right to people with disabilities as it is for the so-called able-bodied people, the former group received little focus worldwide until very recently. Little emphasis has been given to ensuring that people with disabilities have access to tourism facilities despite the fact that they now constitute a substantial market for tourism operators globally. While Zimbabwe’s tourism fortunes are moving in a positive direction, where is the person with disabilities? Has anyone considered them in terms of economic as well as physical access to tourism products? This research endeavoured to explore the state of affairs in Zimbabwe’s tourism sector where accessibility is concerned. The researcher modified the Scandic’s accessibility questionnaire and used it as a checklist for accessibility of hotels and lodges. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry and organisations that represent people with disabilities, were also consulted in the survey. While economic policies are being crafted to bring the country back to its feet, little is being done in providing access to tourism by people with disabilities.
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    Rethinking Disability and Inclusive Education: A Teacher Study Group
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2015) Lalvani, Priya
    This qualitative study explored the outcomes of five teachers’ engagement in a study group, the content of which was based in the radical/critical tradition of counter-narratives and social change, and which explicitly aimed to explore institutionalized ableism and the role of educators in the systematic segregation of students with disabilities in schools. The findings indicate that teachers experienced significant and meaningful shifts in their thinking about the constructed meanings of disability in society, the nature of disability oppression, and the implications of inclusive education in democratic societies.
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    “I’m Not Sure I Even Know”: Therapists’ Tentative Constructions of Autism
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2015) Lester, Jessica Nina ; Paulus, Trena M.
    Autism has historically been constructed within and through biomedical discourses and practices. Therapeutic interventions have focused on “treating” and “curing” the individual diagnosed with autism, with therapists positioned as the “experts.” In this paper, we report findings from a discourse analysis informed by discursive psychology of eight interviews with therapists of children with autism labels. While the therapists were frequently positioned as “experts” with presumed “stocks of knowledge,” they were reluctant to definitively name autism as something with clearly defined characteristics, thereby making evident the shifting nature of knowledge surrounding what autism “really is.” We discuss implications for practitioners and others, as well as point to the importance of engaging in social constructionist studies of the discourses surrounding autism.
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    E-Mentoring Across National Boundaries
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2015) Botero, Juan Martin
    Computer-based mentorship, or e-mentorship, is a beneficial mentoring technique that promotes independence and self-efficacy among the individuals being mentored, with and without a disability(1) (McDonald, Balcazar & Keys, 2005; Smith, 2008; Stumbo et al., 2010). E-mentorship increases and broadens the individual's communication and social skills and increases knowledge about overcoming community participation barriers. It also increases the visibility of individuals with disabilities by integrating them with the non-disabled, and allowing both sides to share views and experiences. Before introducing face-to-face programs, introducing an e-mentoring program will help build and empower youth(2) with disabilities in one country by using an existing mentor group based in a different country and the active resources of a traditional mentorship program committed to these activities. E-mentoring has the potential to expand mentorship programs from more economically developed western industrialized countries (such as UK or USA) to developing countries: across boundaries.
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    Inclusion and the Gifts of Art
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2015) Timberlake, Maria
    On an early spring day in March 2015, I received the gift of song at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston Massachusetts. The gift was offered as part of Sonic Blossom, an exhibit created by internationally acclaimed artist Lee Mingwei. The concept is that an opera singer wanders in the galleries and approaches random visitors asking, “May I give you the gift of song?” If the museum go-er accepts,they take the prepared seat in the gallery and the song is sung.