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Disability & the Media: A Community Dialogue

Sep 19, 2013

WHEN: Oct. 24, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Harriman Hall, University at Buffalo South Campus and Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St.

WHO: DEAN of WNY (Disability Education and Advocacy Network of WNY)

MEDIA CONTACT:  Dr. Michael Rembis,


How the disability community can empower itself through social media and the media's perception of the disability community will be examined during "Disability & the Media: A Community Dialogue" to be held on Oct. 24. 

The conference will feature Dr. Beth Haller (Towson University, Maryland), who specializes in media portrayal of people with disabilities. Haller will give the keynote presentation on "Disability Advocacy in the New Media Environment" during the morning session.

University at Buffalo professor Dr. Ezra B. Zubrow, a renowned anthropologist, will discuss media representation of people with disabilities in various parts of the world during the morning session.

The conference also will offer:

· Afternoon break-out sessions at the Museum of disABILITY  History led by Dr. Haller and by Buffalo News reporter Gene Warner and former News features editor Susan LoTempio.

· Free catered breakfast and lunch at Harriman Hall.

· Shuttle service between Harriman Hall and the museum.

· Tours of the Museum offered between 3-4 p.m., for regular museum fee

The event is accessible and barrier free with ASL interpreters.

Participants must register in advance at: (

Early registration ends October 18, 2013.

DEAN of WNY - made up of people with disabilities and their allies, promotes community education, access and advocacy for the disability community.