Author of my own story: Recognizing the words and choices of people without voices
The human rights of people with disabilities have been recognized in principle only very recently--lagging behind the rights of other minorities. Among all their rights, those to express themselves and lead their own lives can be most difficult to have recognized. Communication, especially, is the foundation of much of our lives and so needs recognition as a fundamental human right.
In this presentation, Dr. Bloomfield will survey the evolution of general thought about persons with disabilities in the past half-century and discuss the continuing challenges of realizing the communication and decision-making rights of persons with severe disabilities, including those who communicate in ways other than speaking with their voices.
Dr. Elizabeth Bloomfield will receive an Arts honorary doctorate at Convocation on October 25, 2014 to recognize her lifetime of social innovation on behalf of persons living with disabilities.
Reception to follow the lecture.