Disability is an experience that millions of people have, and yet it is often overlooked in discussions related to diversity and inclusivity. Today Debbie talks with Dr. Erin Andrews, a rehab psychologist and advocate for disabilities rights, about:
· Why it’s okay to #SayTheWord Disability.
· How our attitudes related to Disability can contribute to stigma and shame.
· Disability culture, and models of Disability.
· Disability issues Related to parenting and children.
· How we could do better, and why we need to!
About Dr. Erin Andrews:
Dr. Erin Andrews is a clinical associate professor at Dell Medical School and supervisory psychologist and the co-director of psychology training at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. She is a board-certified rehab psychologist with her doctorate from Wright State University and Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. Dr. Andrews has had numerous publications and professional lectures on disability topics related to her areas of research interest in disability culture, identity and inclusion. She is past co-chair of the APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology and chaired of the Division 22 Disability Identity Committee from its inception until 2018. Dr. Andrews has completed innovative work to address the needs of parents with disabilities. She is a co-founder of the Disabled Parenting Project (DPP), a resource for support and information for parents and prospective parents with a wide range of disabilities. Her advocacy work in this area includes representing the American Psychological Association (APA) during a 2013 congressional briefing regarding parents with disabilities and participating in a White House forum on the civil rights of parents with disabilities in May 2016. Dr. Andrews has received numerous awards for her work, most recently an APA Citizen Psychologist Presidential Citation in 2018.
Erin’s book, Disability as Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence is now available!
Dr. Erin Andrews’s professional webpage: https://dellmed.utexas.edu/directory/erin-andrews
Disabled Parenting Project: http://www.disabledparenting.com/author/erin/
Rhoda Olkin’s book What Psychotherapists Should Know About Disability.
No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement by Joseph Shapiro
APA Division 22: Rehab Psychology Webpage: https://division-rehabpsych.squarespace.com/
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