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Fostering Ability through Opportunity - Part 1: There is more to life than life-skills

Presenter: Norman Kunc
Posted July 28, 2013

Norman challenges the presumption that people with disabilities need to improve their "ability" in order to have the "opportunity" to go into the community. He maintains that we have "got it backwards." The opportunity to be in the community is the best way to acquire and impove "ability."

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The Four Narratives of Disability

Presenter: Norman Kunc
Posted May 22, 2018

In Western-European societies, people with disabilities have made notable strides in becoming recognized as valued, contributing citizens. However, there are a number of generally accepted,  pervasive narratives in our society which still perpetuate biases and discrimination against disabled people.
Based on more than30 years of collaborative work on the issue with his colleague and wife, Emma Van der Klift, Norman Kunc utilizes short videos, humorous personal stories and powerful images to describe and explore 3 three problematic narrative that restrict the lives of disabled people. Norman then puts forward a fourth "counter-narrative" that challenges  these existing narratives.

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Presenter Info
Norman Kunc
5 Videos
Speaker, Author, Advocate

Norman Kunc is well-known speaker, author, and advocate for disability-related issues. Born with cerebral palsy, Norman attended a segregated school for children with physical disabilities; then, at the age 13, he was integrated into a regular school. From there, he went on to complete an Bachelor's degree in Humanities and a Master of Science degree in Family Therapy. He is currently working on a doctorate on critical disability theory.