Disability, Social Justice, and Tourism: A Workshop at the 2011 Society for Disability Studies Conference

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On the final day of the Society For Disability Studies (SDS) conference in San Jose, California I will lead a small workshop on tourism, disability, and social justice. Among the questions I am asking in preparation are some that may become items for discussion and exploration at the live event on Friday June 17:

  • What definition of disability is being communicated - both implicitly and explicitly - in the literature on inclusion in tourism?
  • If disability is socially constructed what personal strategies for "deconstructing disability" through travel can be documented in the recorded experiences of PwD as travelers?
  • Is Universal Design, as currently formulated, an adequate solution to the exclusion of persons experiencing disability as they consume the products and services of the travel and hospitality industry?
  • How do local culturally-specific philosophies of hospitality reinforce or deconstruct dominant patterns of disablement?
  • Do enclaves of traditional architecture that are notably barrier-free or inclusive of people with disabilities exist? Similarly overlooked traditions in product design or transportation?

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