Noted Speakers: Bethany Stevens
Polly Arango | Fernando Cruz | Frank De Lima | Frank DeRuyter | Katharina Heyer | Cinda and Linea Johnson | David Johnson | Robert Mcruer | Leolinda Parlin | Tanya and Michelle Ponich | Joseph Ray | Suzanne Robinson | Loretta Ross | Dr. Neil Scott | Howard C. Shane | Charlotte Smith | Bethany Stevens | Damon Terzaghi | Amy Wilson
Tuesday May 5th, 2009: 10:15 AM -11:15 AM in Room 304B, on topic of Youth Advocacy
“Disability Pride through Activism”
This session will address the role of activism in forging disability pride. Intertwining narrative and a critical analysis of disability, this session explores the need for proactive identity work to assuage dominant cultural messages about disability. Join Stevens to share your stories about your experiences with activism, as she explains how disability activism saved her life.
Biography: Bethany Stevens
Bethany Stevens is a Center of Excellence for Sexual Health Scholar at Morehouse School of Medicine. She holds a Juris Doctorate, a Masterís of Art degree in Sexuality Studies, and is a member of the California Bar Association. During the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Stevens served as a reporter and representative for Rehabilitation International. Along with a scholastic focus, Stevens is a self-described uppity crip activist who has engaged in various community organizing endeavors. The most successful of which was the direction of campaign to open a two million dollar accommodated testing center at the University of Florida. Her professional focus is the amelioration of people with disabilities in sociocultural settings, with a special interest in media representation, public policy and sexuality.