Learning Opportunities – December 2, 2016

Sense and Debility: How disability figures in progressive social policy
with Dr. Catherine Frazee (by video)

The public lecture was delivered on November 28th at UBC by Dr. Catherine Frazee OC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.), Professor Emerita in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. Frazee is a member of DAWN (Disabled Women’s Network Canada), has served on the Board of Directors of Canadian Abilities Foundation, and the Canadian Association of Community Living, chairing that organization’s Task force on Values and Ethics. She served as the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1989 to 1992. In addition to several honorary degrees, she is an Officer of the Order of Canada for her advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities and as an advocate for social justice. Dr. Frazee has lectured and published extensively on human rights, precarious citizenship, and the activist resistance of disabled people.

 

Catherine Frazee OC, D.Litt., LLD. (Hon.), is Professor Emerita in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University and was Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1989 to 1992. Dr. Frazee has lectured and published extensively on human rights, precarious citizenship, and the activist resistance of disabled people

Sponsored by:

UBC’s School of Social Work, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, The Liu Institute for Global Issues, the United Nations Association in Canada, The World Federalist Movement – Canada

There are also two presentations by Catherine Frazee on Conversation That Matter.


 

Your Feedback on Recent Conferences

Have you been to a recent conference?  Family Focus was in October.  The Housing Central Conference was on November 21-23rd in Richmond.  The Health and Wellbeing Conference was last week at the Coast Plaza on Denman Street in Vancouver.  I have been asking people for feedback on what was the most interesting thing they found at the conference they attended.

Brenda attended the Health and Wellbeing Conference and said the session that struck her was titled “Is Poverty the Diagnosis?”.  It was a presentation by Dr. Barbara Fitzgerald on the impact of poverty on child development.  She now supports a charity in Vancouver called Mom2Mom that helps families in poverty get connected to community resources.

Chris attended the Family Focus Conference in Richmond and said the most important thing to him was the opportunity to talk with others who have the same mission – good lives in the community.  Our work is often one person at a time, out in the community, so having a chance to talk together about successes, challenges and strategies is helpful.

Larry and Amy attended the Housing Central Conference and Larry was a co-presenter on Tuesday afternoon.  A link to his part of the presentation is here.

Please use the comments section below to share your reflections on a recent conference or training you attended.

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Two Day Mandt Training

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  • Includes physical skill training

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