Addressing Ableism in Research, Healthcare, and Higher Education

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The Center for Engagement in Disability Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (CEDHARS) is honored to host its 2024 symposium, "Addressing Ableism in Research, Healthcare, and Higher Education." The 1.5-day event will bring together leading experts in disability health and inclusion, who will share their research and perspectives on the pervasive effects of ableism and the inequities it causes. Highlights include:

  • Keynote Speakers: 
    • Bonnielin Swenor, Inaugural Endowed Professor of Disability Health and Justice, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
    • Megan Dejarnett, author, disability advocate, and founder of No Such Thing, a company with a mission to help others redefine purpose by removing defining labels
  • Presentations and discussions focused on how ableism leads to the exclusion of persons with disabilities from research participation and the subsequent effects on research outcomes and relevance.
  • Examination of how ableism in medical practices contributes to health disparities and inequities faced by persons with disabilities.
  • Exploration of a culture of ableism in academia, highlighting its influence on the experiences of students, faculty, and staff, and discussing ways to foster a more inclusive academic environment.
  • Poster session and contest where emerging scholars and researchers will showcase their work, providing a platform for innovative ideas and fresh perspectives on addressing ableism.

The symposium is committed not only to highlighting the challenges posed by ableism but also to propelling forward the conversation towards actionable change. It aims to bridge gaps in understanding, encourage collaboration, and inspire a collective effort in creating a more inclusive and equitable society.

We warmly invite scholars, practitioners, students, and anyone interested in the advancement of disability rights and research to join us in this enlightening and impactful event.

Together, let's take meaningful steps towards addressing and dismantling ableism in our communities and beyond.

Friday, January 26 at 8:00am to 1:00pm

UAB National Alumni Society House
1301 10th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205

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UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.