Disability and Rural
Communities: Making
a Difference in Small
Towns
Elesia Ashkenazy
Director of Community Outreach
Natio...
Presenter – Elesia Ashkenazy
• Diagnosed on the autistic spectrum and profoundly
deaf, Elesia Ashkenazy is passionate abou...
RuralXChange
www.ruralxchange.net
and
facebook.com/ruralxchange
We’ll post updates and follow-up discussions
related to th...
Disability in Rural
Communities
Making a Difference in Small Towns
Elesia Ashkenazy
Elesia@nyln.org
Director of Community ...
National
Youth
Leadership
Network
A team of leaders
building power and
community among youth
with disabilities
Presentation Overview
50-minute presentation
10-minute Q&A
Advocacy - Community - Inclusion Interdependence - Needs - Netw...
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Medical Model of Disability

• Disability is seen as a • The remedy for
negative.
disability is to make
• Disability is
th...
Social Model of Disability

• Disability is viewed
as a difference.
• How society treats
people with
disabilities is
direc...
Social Model of Disability
Continued
Systemic barriers,
negative attitudes,
and exclusion by
society contribute to
disabil...
Social Model of Disability
Continued
The remedy for
disability is advocacy,
in addition to societal
education.

Profession...
Why people enjoy and want to live in rural
areas

• Independence and
interdependence

• Friendlier
communities

• Easier t...
Staying in the Face of Challenge

• Safety and
familiarity
• Better easier
•

solutions are not
guaranteed in a
bigger cit...
Common Needs

• Centers for
•
•

Independent Living
(CIL’s)
Vocational
Rehabilitation (VR)
offices
Flexible work
environme...
Common Needs Continued

• Advocacy
• Leadership
• Mentorship
• Equality

• Accessibility
• Up-to-date
information

• Inclu...
Creating Resources

• Skill trade
• Correspondence
• Outreach

• Networking
• Education
• Shared resources
Remember:

• Everyone has a
purpose.
• Purposes grow and
•

even change over
time.
Resources should be
kept current.

Peop...
Resources

• Association of
Programs for Rural
Independent Living
(APRIL)
www.april-rural.org

• Rural Assistance
Center (...
Resources Continued

• Project Action
www.projectaction.or
g

• Job Accomodation
Network (JAN)
www.askjan.org

• Research ...
Resources Continued

• National Youth
Leadership Network
(NYLN)
www.nyln.org
Questions and Answers
Q&A
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Disability and Rural Communities: Making a Difference in Small Towns

  1. 1. Disability and Rural Communities: Making a Difference in Small Towns Elesia Ashkenazy Director of Community Outreach National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) Jessica Hiemenz National Consumer Law Center November 19, 2013 ©National Consumer Law Center 2013
  2. 2. Presenter – Elesia Ashkenazy • Diagnosed on the autistic spectrum and profoundly deaf, Elesia Ashkenazy is passionate about Disability Rights and self-advocacy. She seeks to promote widespread understanding of the needs and rights of people with disabilities. • Elesia is the Director of Community Outreach for National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN). • She is also the Community Council Chair/Research Assistant for Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE). Elesia is a Board Member/Editorial Coordinator for Autism Women's Network (AWN). 2
  3. 3. RuralXChange www.ruralxchange.net and facebook.com/ruralxchange We’ll post updates and follow-up discussions related to this webinar here. Please join us!
  4. 4. Disability in Rural Communities Making a Difference in Small Towns Elesia Ashkenazy Elesia@nyln.org Director of Community Outreach National Youth Leadership Network nyln.org
  5. 5. National Youth Leadership Network A team of leaders building power and community among youth with disabilities
  6. 6. Presentation Overview 50-minute presentation 10-minute Q&A Advocacy - Community - Inclusion Interdependence - Needs - Networking Resources I
  7. 7. B A N K S O R E G O N
  8. 8. C O E U R D’ A L E N E I D A H O
  9. 9. O C E A N S I D E O R E G O N
  10. 10. P O S I T I V E C O M M U N I T Y
  11. 11. Medical Model of Disability • Disability is seen as a • The remedy for negative. disability is to make • Disability is the person shameful. “normal”. • People with • Professionals are the disabilities are deficient and/or abnormal. only ones who know best about disabilities.
  12. 12. Social Model of Disability • Disability is viewed as a difference. • How society treats people with disabilities is directly related to disability. • Communication between people with disabilities and society as a whole impacts accessibility and integration of people with disabilities.
  13. 13. Social Model of Disability Continued Systemic barriers, negative attitudes, and exclusion by society contribute to disability-related challenges. When society fails as a whole to consider the needs of people who are at all points on the spectrum of humanity, that is when the challenges of disability truly begin to limit us.
  14. 14. Social Model of Disability Continued The remedy for disability is advocacy, in addition to societal education. Professionals have a place within making society and life better for people with disabilities, however, we are the true experts on our lives and support needs.
  15. 15. Why people enjoy and want to live in rural areas • Independence and interdependence • Friendlier communities • Easier to navigate • Connection to nature • Tranquility • Slower-paced
  16. 16. Staying in the Face of Challenge • Safety and familiarity • Better easier • solutions are not guaranteed in a bigger city Pioneer mentality support • If we support the idea that every person in every community has a right to be an equal participant, this includes people with disabilities
  17. 17. Common Needs • Centers for • • Independent Living (CIL’s) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) offices Flexible work environments • Peer and family • • • support systems, groups, organizations Efficient public transportation Affordable accessible housing Recreation
  18. 18. Common Needs Continued • Advocacy • Leadership • Mentorship • Equality • Accessibility • Up-to-date information • Inclusion • Respect
  19. 19. Creating Resources • Skill trade • Correspondence • Outreach • Networking • Education • Shared resources
  20. 20. Remember: • Everyone has a purpose. • Purposes grow and • even change over time. Resources should be kept current. People with disabilities know best what does and does not work for us. There’s a lot we can learn from each other. Together, we can make a difference.
  21. 21. Resources • Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) www.april-rural.org • Rural Assistance Center (RAC) www.raconline.org
  22. 22. Resources Continued • Project Action www.projectaction.or g • Job Accomodation Network (JAN) www.askjan.org • Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: RURAL) http://rtc.ruralinstitu te.umt.edu/
  23. 23. Resources Continued • National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) www.nyln.org
  24. 24. Questions and Answers Q&A

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