Book Launch: Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights through Narratives with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe

2015 14 May
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Book Launch: Exploring Disability Identity and Disability Rights through Narratives with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe

Building on David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger’s work analyzing the narratives of people with physical and learning disabilities, this book examines the life stories of twelve physically disabled Canadian adults through the prism of the social model of disablement. Using a grounded theory approach and with extensive reporting of the thoughts of the participants in their own words, the book uses narratives to explore whether an advocacy identity helps or hinders dealings with systemic barriers for disabled people in education, employment, and transportation.

The book underscores how both physical and attitudinal barriers by educators, employers and service providers complicate the lives of disabled people. The book places a particular focus on the importance of political economy and the changes to the labour market for understanding the marginalization and oppression of people with disabilities. By melding socio-legal approaches with insights from feminist, critical race, and queer legal theory, author Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe ask if we need to reconsider the social model of disablement, and proposes avenues for inclusive legal reform.

Thursday, May 14 2015
Octopus Centretown
251 Bank St, 2nd Floor 

Co-Sponsored by Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, and Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP.

About the Author

Ravi Malhotra is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa and has published widely in law journals. He is a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and sponsor of the socialist journal, New Politics.

Morgan Rowe is an associate lawyer at the Ottawa-based law firm of Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP, where she has worked for almost 3 years. She practices mainly in the areas of union/employee-side labour and employment law and in human rights law. In her human rights law practice, Morgan represents individuals who are seeking protection or enforcement of their rights before tribunals, including both the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and the courts.

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