Virtual Ability® presents the 10th annual
Rights Affirmation Conference
Friday, November 26, 2021
Dr. Carli Friedman will share her thoughts on “Defining Disability: The Relationship Between Understandings of Disability and Ableism” at the International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference, held in Virtual Ability’s Sojourner Auditorium in Second Life. Her presentation will begin at 1pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, November 26. She will present via video shown in Second Life, due to prior commitments in the physical world on that date.
Dr. Friedman believes that ableism is very prominent in society and among people. People’s attitudes toward disability are significantly impacted by how they understand and interpret disability. Her presentation will first provide an overview of how modern ableism operates in society. Next, it will discuss common ways people understand and define disability. Finally, her presentation will examine the relationship between how people understand and define disability and their disability attitudes.
Dr. Friedman is the Director of Research for CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership. CQL is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the definition, measurement, and improvement of personal quality of life, through a world of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people. Dr. Friedman’s work at CQL promotes meaningful community participation of people with disabilities by exploring the impact policy, service systems, and providers can have on quality enhancement and quality of life. Her research focuses on ableism, quality of life and social determinants of health. She has a doctorate in Disability Studies.
The discussion following Dr. Friedman’s presentation will be led by Ailgif. Come to this session not only to learn about Ableism, but also to generate new ideas through conversation with other audience members.
Please join us in Second Life, or view the conference on Virtual Ability’s YouTube channel live stream, as we think about the interactions of ableism and disability.