Dr. Filippo Trevisan's Talk: "Using Digital Storytelling to Promote Human Rights: The Experience of Disability Advocates"

Dr. Filippo Trevisan, Deputy Director of IDPP and Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at American University will travel to the University of Alabama, Birmingham later this week to share his latest work in a series of invited talks. Dr. Trevisan’s visit is supported by UAB’s Institute for Human Rights, which is directed by Associate Professor Tina Kempin-Reuters.

On Wednesday, October 11, Dr. Trevisan will give an invited talk at the Institute for Human Rights (Heritage Hall, 6:00-7:30pm CDT), in which he will discuss “Using Digital Storytelling to Promote Human Rights: The Experience of Disability Advocates.” The talk will examine the benefits and drawbacks of using personal stories of disability crowd-sourced from the Internet to counter negative portrayals of disability in popular and public discourse, and advocate for disability rights including examples and case studies from both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Accessible virtual participation with closed captioning will be available for this talk via Blackboard Collaborate using this link: http://tinyurl.com/trevisan-lecture-uab-ihr (please note that Alamaba is on Central Time).

On Thursday, October 12, Dr. Trevisan will be a guest speaker in the Digital Storytelling course (part of the Media Studies program) and also give a lecture on representations of disability and disability rights activism to students in UAB’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Trevisan’s visit will conclude with a visit to the Lakeshore Foundation, a leading training, research, and advocacy center that aims to empower people with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions through sports, recreation, and physical activity.

Dr. Trevisan completed his PhD and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. His research explores the impact of new media technologies on advocacy, activism, and political communication. Dr. Trevisan is interested in exploring how both elite and grassroots stakeholders use the Internet to influence debates about contested issues and affect policy decisions, including in combination with traditional protest tactics and strategic communication. His first book, “Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice Empowerment and Global Connectivity,” was published by Routledge in 2016.

The Institute for Human Rights at UAB is a platform for interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration for scholars, educators, students, practitioners, and activists to raise awareness, foster research, and design initiatives for practical action resulting in the promotion and protection of human and civil rights locally, nationally, and globally.

IDPP at COSP-10: Three side events, conference rapporteurs and the Double

IDPP participated, for its seventh consecutive year, in the Conference of States Parties (COSP-10) to the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the UN Headquarters in New York on June 13-15, 2017. COSP-10 is one of the largest and most important gatherings of the global disability community. IDPP has traditionally had multifaceted participation at the conference and this year was no different.

IDPP Presents Research & CRPD Mobile App at UMD Disability Summit

IDPP will present for the first time at the 2017 Disability Summit hosted by the Information Policy and Access Center at University of Maryland College Park. The presentation entitled "Using ICTs to Enhance the Effective Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Global Governance" will take place on Friday, April 21 from 10:10am-11:00am US Eastern Time in Colony Ballroom with an accessible virtual participation option. IDPP Deputy Director Dr. Filippo Trevisan will subsequently present his paper on disability storytelling and political protests during this conference session. In addition, IDPP will present a poster on its recently launched and now publicly available mobile app "CRPD" during the conference.

Book Launch: “Making Disability Rights Real in Southeast Asia”

IDPP is excited to announce that our latest book project entitled Making Disability Rights Real in Southeast Asia: Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN was published on 24 March 2017. A lecture and book launch hosted by the Institute for Human Rights at the University of Alabama-Birmingham will take place on Thursday, 30 March at Heritage Hall 104 at 6:00pm US Eastern Time with a virtual participation option.