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Joel Michael Reynolds, “Worldcreation: A Critical Phenomenology of Disability and Care.”

LocationRockefeller Hall, Room 200

Joel Michael Reynolds, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He writes: “The social model of disability famously distinguishes between impairment and disability. This distinction has helped pave the way for everything from the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of 2006. Yet, the social model has come under increasing criticism in contemporary philosophy of disability. Through an exploration of my family's caregiving experiences with my late brother, I defend a modified form of the social model, arguing that disability occurs in the space between capacity and care.”