September 1999 – August 2000

August 2000

A well-earned holiday for most of us this month.

July 2000

Many congratulations to those of our students who graduated this month.

Visitors to the DRU this month included Berni Kelly from the University of Ulster, Derry (Northern Ireland), Lydia la Riviere-Zijdel of the European Disability Forum, Debora Diniz, from ANIS (Instituto de Bioetica, Brazil), Priti Joshi (University of Delhi), and Andrew Azzopardi (Malta).

June 2000

Congratulations to Ayesha Vernon, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, for services to community relations and disability equality.

Two new editorial positions were announced this month. Dan Goodley joins the editorial board of Disability & Society and Mark Priestley joins the French language journal Handicap: revue de sciences humaines et socials (for information in English click here).

Alison Slater, Debby Phillips, Ayesha Vernon, Colin Barnes and Mark Priestley travelled to Chicago (USA) to present papers at the Society for Disability Studies annual meeting.

May 2000

Many congratulations to Colin Barnes who became Professor of Disability Studies – a considerable and well earned achievement.

Over the summer, we will be working to develop a much deeper base of information and resources on the web site, including a new Disability UK Archive, providing on-line access to papers significant in the development of disability studies in Britain.

Visitors to the DRU this month included Mark Sherry of the Queensland Brain Injury Action Group, and the School of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Queensland (Australia).

April 2000

Congratulations to Mark Priestley, whose book Disability Politics and Community Care was runner-up in the British Soiological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize competition.

Mark also travelled to Belgium to present a paper on theoretical models of disability at the University of Leuven.

Visitors to the DRU this month included David Matthews of CCS (New Zealand).

March 2000

Welcome to Dr Dan Goodley, who joined the DRU this month as a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy. More news about Dan’s research activities on these pages soon.

Welcome also to Myriam Winance, who is with us on a study visit this month from the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation (CSI), Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris (France).

A belated welcome to Amanda Bergen, who has begun work on her PhD thesis, in the Department of History, on Victorian representations of people with physical impairments

February 2000

Mark Priestley organised a conference – bringing young disabled people together with adults who make decisions about the services they receive. The conference, entitled ‘Disabled Young People: moving into adulthood’, emphasised the need for professionals to listen more closely to young disabled people. The event was jointly hosted by Leeds City Council, Leeds Centre for Integrated Living and the Leeds Children’s Rights Office.

Colin Barnes travelled to Geneva (Switzerland) for discussions with the World Health Organisation about the role and contribution of Disability Studies.

January 2000

Welcome to Hanna Morgan, who joined the DRU this month to begin work on a two-year research project with BCODP into the role of Centres for Independent/Integrated Living.

Good luck to Elly Macha, who left to begin six months of research fieldwork with disabled women in Tanzania.

Visitors to the DRU this month included Marcia Rioux and Saul Joel from the Faculty of Social Work at York University (Canada).

December 1999

Seasons Greetings for a peaceful new Millenium, from everyone at the DRU to all our friends and supporters.

Several members of the DRU joined local activist groups for events to mark International Day of Disabled People earlier this month.

Colin Barnes and Mark Priestley travelled to Edinburgh for an ESRC seminar on ‘Disability and the Future of Welfare’. Colin presented a paper on disabled people and the future of work.

November 1999

Emma Stone’s new edited book on Disability and Development issues was published this month. Click here for details and an order form.

During November, the DRU reading group has been looking at the 1975 UPIAS document Fundamental Principles of Disability (available on-line).

News of two new appointments: Hanna Morgan will take up a two-year research fellow post in January for our BCODP project on the role of Centres for Independent/Integrated Living. Dr Dan Goodley will become a lecturer in the Department from February 2000 and will contribute to teaching and research in disability studies.

October 1999

Welcome to Dr Parvaneh Rabiee, Dr Ayesha Vernon, Sheila McMahon, Sandra Gardner, Debby Jolly, Pauline Brown and A.K.M. Momin, who all joined the DRU this month. More details about their activities on these pages.

Alison Sheldon and Alison Slater started a new disability reading group this month. The group is open to Leeds University students, staff and local disabled people. At the first meeting we discussed ‘Images of Ourselves’ edited by Jo Campling.

Next month we hope to have news about two forthcoming appointments in disability studies.

September 1999

Congratulations to Ayesha Vernon, who secured funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for a one-year project on User-defined outcomes of community care for Asian disabled people.

Mark Priestley travelled to Trondheim (Norway) for a meeting of European childhood researchers, and presented a paper on disabled children and adult surveillance to the ‘Mind the Gap’ conference at the University of Leicester.

Visitors this month included Lee Ann Marks from the Department of Law at La Trobe University, Victoria (Australia), and Mohamad Joghataei from The School of Public Health Research, Tehran (Iran).