Virtual Ability, Inc.® will present the 11th Annual International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC) on Friday, October 28, 2022.
This is an annual professional conference held online, that is free and open to the public.
The conference will take place in Second Life® at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island and will also be Live Streamed on YouTube. If you would like to join the conference in-world but do not have an account, please visit this link to sign up (it's free!): https://virtualability.org/sign-up-for-second-life/. If you already have signed up, please click this link to attend the conference directly: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23.
Our theme this year is “Access To Justice”. We expect lively discussions and information sharing among presenters and our very interested and interactive audience.
Below is an at-a-glance schedule of the presenters who will share their observations of the progress, benefits and challenges in disability rights in different parts of the world as applied to this year’s theme.
IDRAC 2022 Schedule of Events
All times are in SLT/PDT.
Children's Books; Promoting Self Confidence, Acceptance, and Kindness
Ableism: Contemporary Unmakings and Remakings of Disability Through Critical
University Health Sciences Center
Continuing Journey into Awareness, Advocacy, and Allyship for Disability
Dayton School of Law
Work Hours and
12:30 - 1:00 PM
University Center for Bioethics
Hiring: How Algorithms Define and Redefine Disability
Virtual Ability, Inc.
Justice Isn’t Always Comfortable: Utilitarian Ethics and Healthcare Decision-Making
IDRAC 2022 Speaker Biographies
Biographies are listed in order of scheduled presentation.
Sussman has been a physical therapist for 23 years, and often works with
children who lack self-confidence due to their disabilities. Sussman’s dog,
Roxy, had undergone four surgeries, and gave her an idea how to help these
children. Roxy’s story could show kids that their limitations do not have to
give them a lesser quality of life. Sussman wrote a series of children’s
books in which Roxy and her animal friends overcome their insecurities and
are accepted by others in spite of their differences.
Kimberly Lopez (she/her) works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo in Ontario,
Canada. She is interested in critically examining social structures and
processes that reinforce difference and marginalisation. As a
community-engaged qualitative researcher, she is interested in aging and
long-term care (LTC), care labour, and well-being. In particular, Kim values
working collaboratively and creatively to amplify BIPOC and other Othered
identities (gender, ability, class, ability, and age) in the context of
caring labour and leisure – practices inextricably linked to the social
through labelled bodies. To learn about practices of labour engaged in LTC
caring work and hear about the different ways identity is embodied, Kim looks
to influencers of anti-racist feminisms, anti-colonial/restorative practices,
and post-identity literature/art.
Mueller is a fourth-year PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo
(Ontario, CA). She has a Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation (2014)
and a Master's degree in Recreation Management (2018) from the University of
Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has been a CTRS since 2014 and employed in the field
of TR since 2012 working with various populations: SCI/TBI, geriatrics,
mental health, and community-based programs. Her research is often situated
at the nexus of leisure and disability. Her hobbies include knitting,
traveling, and reading scholarly things.
Henry Germain-McCarthy is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University
Health Sciences Center (New Orleans). His research about and advocacy for
disability rights is long-standing. He works to promote the legacies and
leadership of disability activism movements and improve public awareness,
professional education, and social policy regarding quality of life for all
people. His work has brought him to more than 40 cities in the Caribbean,
Central America, Europe, and the U.S. His most recent publication is titled
“Self-Advocacy and Ally-Advocacy for Disability Justice: Organisational,
Psychosocial, and Political Resources.”
Cox is a Professor of Law at the University of Dayton School of Law. Her
research focuses primarily on disability and employment discrimination. She
teaches courses in disability rights law, civil procedure and statutory
interpretation. She also serves as faculty advisor for the Disability Law
Association student group and a member of the executive committee for the
American Association of Law Schools Disability Law Section.
Tilmes served as Program Manager and Research Assistant for New York
University’s Center for Bioethics. His research focuses on the legal and
ethical implications of emerging technologies, especially as they intersect
with issues of disability rights, fairness, and privacy. Nicholas is a J.D.
candidate at NYU School of Law and holds an M.A. in Bioethics from NYU.
Alice Krueger is the founder and CEO of Virtual Ability, Inc. A former science and health educator in classroom and K-12 special education, she never managed to purge the teacher germ from her bloodstream. Working as Gentle Heron in Second Life, she, along with other members of the Virtual Ability community, continues to promote evidence-based health and wellness learning.
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