4/16/2016. Pioneerworks, New York

Summit on pedagogy

Unlearning is not “not-learning,” it’s the process of disengagement from conventional methods found in most schools and learning environments. It’s questioning of the way certain knowledge is produced, distributed and obtained. It’s a deliberate dismissal of the power structure inert in the knowledge.

In this workshop, we will focus on unlearning the idea of disability. Judith Butler, in conversation with Sunaura Taylor, describes disability as the “social organization of impairment” and a word that’s used as a form of social repression. We will examine disability as the invisible wall that has been built to protect the ideals of abled, “normal” bodies. We will transform this notion of normalcy, by investigating experiences of conflict that we all inhabit in our bodies. We will also explore open source tools, online and mobile environments for developing technological and cultural literacy around this topic. We are at the dawn of change with an opportunity to embrace a new notion of accessibility, diversity, ability and inclusive learning.


Slides

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Defining Disability. Participants worksheet.

barriers

Wish we did this @ at the beginning (and end).

Defining disability is a group work.

– Difference that causes issue.

– Barriers to participation?

– Something socially unacceptable…

if it was acceptable and accounted for in how the world is “set up” it wouldn’t be a disability?

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Disability

– Is it having more difficulties that others when trying to do a specific task?

– Is it people thinking that you’re uncapable of doing certain things

– Is it the environment being designed in such a way that it favors people with a specific set of abilities?

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Disability:

We, and the world we’ve learned, are the problem.

Universe tangible

Disability is a characteristic of the body or mind that lies far away from the average that it presents tangible disadvantages in collective situations. Usually it also is coupled with advantages elsewhere.

normal2

After today, disability can mean not having access to something that is readily available, presented as “Normal,” or How normal is catered to. If things were universally available, I think it would be much more difficult to define disability.

normal

Disability is having difficulty doing something society deems “Normal”

label

Disability is a socially constructed label that distinguishes those able to contribute to social productivity in a normative way and those who aren’t. It is simultaneously useful and problematic.

isit

Disability

– Is it having more difficulties that others when trying to do a specific task?

– Is it people thinking that your’re uncapable of doing certain things

– Is it the environment being designed in such a way that it favors people with specific set of abilities?

environment

Disability -> in that conversation with Andy. Where a … (not legible)….. …. do … actually see yourself shairg?

Solution – > adopt/ change environment to get rid of it or do we all have disabilities.

deviates

disability is anything mind/ body/ emotional that consistently deviates from societal/ social constructs of being.

contextual

Disability.

a contextual, temporal, percieved, personal, or environmental obstacle between desire to engage and actual engagement in an activity or experience.

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Unlearning Disability | 2016 | Teaching