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On Disability and Difference

The following TED Talks contain content that can help expand our understandings of disability and difference. Although this is not an exhaustive list, most of the videos utilize a social model of disability and offer a variety of perspectives. A couple are not explicitly about disability, but offer suggestions for overcoming biases and for learning about diversity by being wary of “single stories.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Become a TED Member: http://ted.com/membership Follow TED on Twitter: http://twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: http://facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://youtube.com/TED TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy (https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization/our-policies-terms/ted-talks-usage-policy). For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at https://media-requests.ted.com
Inclusion, belonging and the disability revolution: Jennie Fenton at TEDxBellingen
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Inclusion, belonging and the disability revolution: Jennie Fenton at TEDxBellingen

Bio: Jennie Fenton is a parent, a carer, a disability advocate, an environmental scientist and founder of local social inclusion project, Bello Bellonging. She is also an Ambassador for the NSW government's program, Living Life My Way, which is about sharing empowering stories around disability. Topic: Jennie shares the story of her family's journey from disability to possibility and all the dark and light places in between. She also looks at the broader changes happening in the world for people who live with disability and outlines some of the ways that Bellingen, as a community, as well as people, as individuals, can do their part for this revolution. Bio: Kelly Norton (Auslan Interpreter). After studying Auslan for five years under the tutelage of Deaf adults in Melbourne, Kelly went on to work within the deaf community for 10 years. Having relocated to Bellingen to raise her son, she now works offering communication support to the local deaf community. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)