Storytelling and Disability: Dr. Filippo Trevisan to Present at the University of Technology Sydney

Dr. Filippo Trevisan, Deputy Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), will be presenting on his current work in disability advocacy at the University of Technology Sydney’s Graduate School of Health.

  • Date: Thursday, February 7

  • Time: 11am-noon (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

  • Location: UTS Bon Marche Building (Room CB03.05.010)

  • Seminar Chair: Professor Bronwyn Hemsley

Dr. Trevisan’s 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.

His current work explores the impact of digital media on advocacy, activism, and political communication. He studies how grassroots groups use Internet-based media to influence debates and discussions around contested issues and effect policy decisions.

A major focus of Dr. Trevisan’s research is on disability rights organizations and grassroots groups. His first book, “Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Empowerment and Global Connectivity,” discusses how social media activism and acute policy crises have revolutionized the disability movement in the U.K. and U.S. and continues to fuel the rise of new self-advocacy groups.

Dr. Trevisan will also be presenting at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday, February 13. More details to be announced soon.