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The Disability Rights Movement, the ADA, and Social Models of Disability

Traditional social models of disability make a distinction between “impairment” (i.e. body-mind limitations) and “disability.” These models assert that a prejudiced society disables people with impairments through inaccessibly designed environments. Beginning in the 1960s, the disability rights movement realized redress of this inaccessible environment design with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But what could access mean today? What might post-ADA social models look like? Join disabled writer, scholar-activist, and educator Aymon Langlois as he probes these and other questions.


From the Boston area, Langlois holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Skidmore College. Writing has appeared in Evening Street Review, JAKE, and Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. His debut essay collection, Ugly Feet, OCD, and Other Intimations of Resistance: A Narrative Suite on Disability and Masculinity, is forthcoming from Anxiety Press. New York Times essayist and author of one of The New Yorker’s Best Books of 2023, The Country of the Blind, Andrew Leland has called it “a promising, exhilarating entry into the canon of writing that successfully weaves together memoir and critical inquiry.” Langlois is incoming Assistant Director of Accessibility Services at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Community Room A, Community Room B
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