anniversary of the passage of the ADA

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, an incredible law that has lost its teeth because of a lack of support in the Supreme Court.

To celebrate the spirit of the ADA, take a look at this video (recently posted on Feminist Philosophers) featuring activists who talk about what disability pride means to them.

Earlier today, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that nearly 1 in 5 persons in the United States experience disability.

For more information about the ADA and other ways to celebrate, click here. For information about how to protest unequal access and disability discrimination, check out ADAPT.

Medical Humanities at Western Michigan University

This week I was really pleased to get the news that I will be participating in the Medical Humanities Conference at WMU this September. The conference is hosted by the WMU Medical Humanities workgroup, which is directed by Fritz Allhoff and David Charlton. Last year I participated in the group’s first annual conference, and it’s great to have the privilege to attend again as the group continues to grow!

As an added bonus, who doesn’t love Kalamazoo? It reminds me so much of Wooster, Ohio, where I grew up — Victorian “painted ladies” in a quiet college town!

Check out the Workgroup website.

Thanks to Fritz and David!

a summer of bioethics in Nashville

I had a wonderful time teaching a summer class – Intro to Medical Ethics – which I am wrapping up here in Nashville.

It was very hot, and my class was very early, but my students were great! Thanks to them for making my experience so enjoyable. We talked about everything from cyrogenic freezing (an unconscious nod to the heat?) to the very creepy film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” (Dir. Mark Romanek).