Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice, Empowerment and Global Connectivity

  • Media Innovation Lab, McKinley Building, American University 4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States

A talk on Disability Rights Advocacy Online
By Dr Filippo Trevisan

IDPP Deputy Director and AU SOC Assistant Professor, Filippo Trevisan will introduce his new book Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice, Empowerment and Global Connectivity and talk about how new media has changed disability rights advocacy.

In just a few short years, Internet-based media have revolutionized disability rights advocacy. At a time of crisis, online media fostered a renewed sense of unity in the traditionally fragmented disability community, starting a process that is continuing today as advocates try to organize the disability vote in the 2016 election. New digitally native organizations have emerged, which challenged traditional ways of thinking about disability advocacy. Young disabled bloggers have become the new faces of the disability movement. In this talk, Professor Trevisan will review the changes, challenges, and opportunities that led to these transformations, discussing their significance for the disability community and any movements that seek to spark social change.

WHEN: Tuesday November 15, 11:30am-12:30pm

WHERE: Media Innovation Lab, Mckinley Building (American University)