The Construction of
Disability & Health:
The Role of Spaces & Places
APHA Disability Section
Chair’s Forum 2013
Welcome and Introduction
Twitter
• @APHADisability
• #APHADisability
Contributors
RTC: Rural at the University of
Montana

RTC: Community Living at the
University of Kansas

Tannis Hargrove
L...
The Environment
• People with disabilities have recognized the role of the
environment in disability experience for decade...
Geography
• Geographers have examined various aspects of the
environment for decades.
• Far beyond the creation of maps, t...
Topics
The Socio-spatial creation of
disability

Visitability

Ableism

Universal design

Beyond “Special places for speci...
The Socio-Spatial Creation
of Disability
Andrew Myers
“They [landscapes] are read and
struggled over because the meanings
attached to landscapes, working
together with the land...
Landscapes: The Groundwork of Life
• Physical (streets, buildings)
• Cultural (significance, affect)
• Landscapes are not ...
Power in Landscapes
Social values are instilled into
landscape
• Landscapes as a function of
power

• Categories of exclus...
Creating a Disabling Situation
“If we are to understand disability and the experiences of
disabled people we must deconstr...
For Your Consideration
• What meanings and values do our landscapes
convey?
• How might landscapes contribute to and susta...
Continue the discussion with us on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/SpaceandPlaceDisabilit
yandHealth

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  • Built morphology – form and structure of the worldPhysical (buildings, sidewalks, parks)Social (significance, meanings, influence)Groundwork of life experienceHidden workLandscapes are not given, they are created“Authored text” that can be read, interpreted, and obeyedNot fixed, always being maintained, reproduced, challenged, and changed
  • Social values instilled into landscapeIterative reinforcing relationship between built form and meaningsSymbology and valueLandscapes as a function of powerCreates categories of exclusionDefines proper behavior and Determines the “conditions of possibility”Landscapes are not static, they are active, they “do”
  • Our bodies interact and respond to landscapeDisabling landscapes create disabling situationsHealthy enablers vs. healthy inhibitorsPhysical accessAvailable servicesCost
  • Introduction and The Socio-Spatial Creation of Disability

    1. 1. The Construction of Disability & Health: The Role of Spaces & Places APHA Disability Section Chair’s Forum 2013
    2. 2. Welcome and Introduction Twitter • @APHADisability • #APHADisability
    3. 3. Contributors RTC: Rural at the University of Montana RTC: Community Living at the University of Kansas Tannis Hargrove Lillie Greiman Craig Ravesloot Meg Traci Rebecca Goe Robert Liston Andrew Myers Mary Olson Helen Russette Glen White Dot Nary Social Dimensions of Health Institute at the University of Dundee Thilo Kroll The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University Student Participants: Morgan Crossman Leah Igdalsky
    4. 4. The Environment • People with disabilities have recognized the role of the environment in disability experience for decades. • This awareness has continued to grow among researchers and policy makers since publication of the ICF. • The focus is usually on accessibility of places and equal opportunity for participation in society.
    5. 5. Geography • Geographers have examined various aspects of the environment for decades. • Far beyond the creation of maps, they investigate how people and place interact. • They recognize that people create place even as they themselves are created by place. • This line of inquiry pushes the disability, accessibility and universal design paradigms.
    6. 6. Topics The Socio-spatial creation of disability Visitability Ableism Universal design Beyond “Special places for special people” Integration versus Inclusion Social dimensions of health Social Exclusion and Institutionalization Disabling spaces of the home Healthy homes in tribal communities Healthy Housing Virtual Space & Social Media Five slides in Five minutes with Five minutes of discussion. Wrap up with 30 minutes of discussion across topics.
    7. 7. The Socio-Spatial Creation of Disability Andrew Myers
    8. 8. “They [landscapes] are read and struggled over because the meanings attached to landscapes, working together with the landscape’s built form, establish the ‘conditions of possibility’ for how people live in place.” ~ Don Mitchell 2005
    9. 9. Landscapes: The Groundwork of Life • Physical (streets, buildings) • Cultural (significance, affect) • Landscapes are not given, they are created • A text that can be read, interpreted, and obeyed • Not fixed, always in flux and active
    10. 10. Power in Landscapes Social values are instilled into landscape • Landscapes as a function of power • Categories of exclusion • Proper behavior • “Conditions of possibility”
    11. 11. Creating a Disabling Situation “If we are to understand disability and the experiences of disabled people we must deconstruct the landscapes of power and exclusion, and the geographies of domination and resistance.” ~ Rob Kitchin, 1998
    12. 12. For Your Consideration • What meanings and values do our landscapes convey? • How might landscapes contribute to and sustain the dominant power?
    13. 13. Continue the discussion with us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SpaceandPlaceDisabilit yandHealth Learn more about the RTC:Rural! http://rtc.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/

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