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An annotated bibliography about disability culture.
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STEVEN E. BROWN, Founder, Institute on Disability Culture, earned a doctorate in history in 1981 at the University of Oklahoma. When discrimination detoured a career in history, he expanded his activities with a local disability rights group, and set the stage for his last two decades of work within the disability rights movement.
Brown's initial work in disability rights involved development of peer support and skills training programs, community organizing and public education at Progressive Independence, an Oklahoma independent living center. Subsequent positions as an advocate, then as a disability specialist providing information and referral in a statewide advocacy agency, led to a stint as executive director of Progressive Independence (PI). While at PI, Brown's unswerving commitment to advocacy and empowerment issues with all disability populations became widely known and respected .
Brown embraced the 1990s with a new role as Training Director for the Research and Training Center on Public Policy in Independent Living at the World Institute on Disability (WID) in Oakland, California. In this capacity, he facilitated planning of the 1991 international symposium, "Empowerment Strategies for the Development of a National Personal Assistance Services System," supervised an internship program for disabled college students, and was instrumental in including concepts of disability culture in WID publications and activities.
Brown, and his wife and partner, Lillian Gonzales Brown, realized their dream to establish the not-for-profit Institute on Disability Culture (IDC) in early 1994, shortly after moving to southern New Mexico.
Brown's publications include dozens of articles and the books INDEPENDENT LIVING: THEORY AND PRACTICE, which has been translated into several languages; INVESTIGATING A CULTURE OF DISABILITY: FINAL REPORT, the result of a prestigious Switzer Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research of the Department of Education, the first funding of its type for research into the field of Disability Culture; A CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ABOUT DISABILITY CULTURE; and as an award-winning poet, Brown has published four books of poetry, DRAGONFLIES IN PARADISE: AN ACTIVIST’S PARTIAL POETIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY; THE GODDESS APPROACHES FIFTY: POEMS; PAIN, PLAIN--AND FANCY RAPPINGS: POETRY FROM THE DISABILITY CULTURE and VOYAGES: LIFE JOURNEYS.
In recent years, Brown has conducted writing workshops and residencies with groups of all ages, but especially with middle and elementary school students, worked on a book about disability rights pioneer Ed Roberts, begun a monthly online newsletter, the MANIFESTO, and continued to publish articles about disability culture and disability rights in a variety of publications, and conducted trainings throughout the United States and Europe on a variety of disability related subjects.Review:
"It's theme of disability culture makes this bibliography unique among the many sources of disability material available." -- Ragged Edge, May/June 2000, 20.
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