Join us for this Simpson Center sponsored event! "Claiming Disability Revisited: Critical Territorial Boundaries with Examples from Communication Impairment," by Dr. Devva Kasnitz

Time: Thursday, Feb. 27, 4:00-6:00pm

Location: Paul Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, 6th Floor in the Gates Commons (CSE 691) Show Map

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Join us to hear Devva Kasnitz present on "Claiming Disability Revisited: Critical Territorial Boundaries with Examples from Communication Impairment." This talk will use examples from Devva's experience as a speech impaired person, an anthropologist, and a long-term promoter of disability studies and activism to celebrate our opportunities and to identify potential fault lines and quagmires to map in the further development of disability studies.

Devva Kasnitz, Ph.D., is the Kate Welling Scholar in Disability Studies at Miami University, and is trained as a cultural geographer and medical anthropologist with research on health policy and disability. She has worked in the area of disability studies for the last 39 years and has mentored a generation of disability studies scholars around the world. She was on the founding board of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) and is now the Executive Director. She has held leadership roles in the independent living movement, directed research at the World Institute on Disability and the Association of Higher Education and Disability, and currently teaches for CUNY Disability Studies and Miami University of Ohio.

Accessibility Information:

If you will be driving, the N22 parking lot is the closest to the Allen Center that has designated parking for people with disabilities (!/n22). The lot is north of the HUB and is a 5-minute walk (0.2 miles) from the Allen Center. The Gates Commons is on the 6th floor. There are two elevators in the atrium of the Allen Center.

We will have CART captioning at this event and ASL interpretation has been requested. The Allen Center is wheelchair accessible. We request that attendees be fragrance-free. To request other accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at

A final note, we want to create a space that celebrates disabled (PwD) and D/deaf identities. Some disabilities are observable, and others are not. This event recognizes the complexities in identity disclosure in event spaces focused on disability and we encourage disclosure for those who wish to, but each attendee can choose to disclose as much or as little as they want.