Welcome

Jeff delivering a presentation entitled "Communication Through Meme"Born with a rare neuromuscular myopathy, Jeff has spent his life dedicated to advocating for himself and others with disabilities. With a PhD in Media Studies from Western University, Jeff’s research focuses on the representation of disability in popular and digital culture. Jeff is currently an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at King’s University College @ Western University in London, ON.

Speaker

For businesses, Jeff is great as a keynote speaker to open a conference or to lead smaller breakout sessions on some of the following topics:

  • Accessibility
  • Disability and the workplace
  • Inclusiveness and diversity
  • Empowerment and achieving success
  • Strategic planning
  • Mainstream media training
  • New media/social networks

Schools and community groups can also benefit from hearing Jeff speak, offering both large presentations and classroom facilitation on topics like:

  • Understanding disability
  • Developing adapted classrooms/programming
  • Self empowerment and goal setting
  • Anti-bullying and self confidence
  • Effective fund raising

If your school or business is interested in having Jeff speak, please contact me for more information on pricing and availability.

Articles

Articles

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What does the future hold for young disabled people?
A recent article on what the future holds for children with disabilities echoes some of Jeff's experience talking with young
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Thinking about families and home care in Canada
One issue that often get overlooked is a rise home care needs for aging loved ones. Could home care be
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Are ride share apps like Uber & Lyft really accessible?
Ride share apps are often described as "disruptive" forces within the transportation industry...but are they accessible for everyone?
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Troubling ODSP changes on the way
Let me add my voice to the huge volume of Ontarians currently decrying today’s announced clawbacks/cancellations of social assistance programs
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Blog

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A (hockey) blast from the past
Discovering an article written 20 years ago about Jeff playing electric wheelchair hockey in his youth.
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The revolution of patient-centred care
This weekend I was invited to speak on a panel with Dr. Peter Blake at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) Patient and
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Listowel District Secondary School (April 2015)
Yesterday I had the opportunity to stop by Listowel District Secondary School and speak with the students about (dis)ability and labelling.
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Microsoft #Empowering Campaign
Earlier this afternoon I was contacted by Microsoft on Twitter who are rolling out an “#empowering” campaign, tied in with
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Reviews

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Daredevil (2015) – A World on Fire
In anticipation of season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, which comes out on Friday, March 18th, I’ve decided to share some of my
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Daredevil (2015) – Sticking it to pity
In anticipation of season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, which comes out on Friday, March 18th, I’ve decided to share some of my
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Daredevil (2015) – Being a Murdock, not an inspiration
In anticipation of season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, which comes out on Friday, March 18th, I’ve decided to share some of my
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Daredevil (2015) – Dreaming of Sight
In anticipation of season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, which comes out on Friday, March 18th, I’ve decided to share some of my
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Academic

Jeff Preston is currently an Assistant Professor in Disability Studies at King’s University College at Western University.

Some recent publications…

  • Preston, Jeffrey. The Fantasy of Disability. (Routledge) 2016.
  • Haller, Beth and Jeffrey Preston. “Confirming Normalcy: ‘Inspiration Porn’ and the Construction of the Disabled Subject” in Disability and Social Media. Eds. Kate Ellis, Mike Kent. (Ashgate Publishers) 2016.
  • Preston, Jeffrey. “Battle Lines Drawn: Creative resistance to ableism through online media” in Canadian Disability Activism Beyond the Charter: Locating cultural and artistic interventions. Eds. Christine Kelly, Michael Orsini. (University of British Columbia Press) 2016.
  • Preston, Jeffrey. “Why Organizations Need to be Proactive on Accessibility” in Public Sector Digest. Nov 1. Web.

Courses Developed and Taught at King’s University College, Western University and Fanshawe College

  • DS3311: Changing Contexts and Practices
  • DS2216B: Disability, Media and Madness
  • DS2211B: Disability Art, Sport and Leisure
  • DS1010: Exploring Disability
  • MIT3652G: Communication Through Meme: Cool Story, Bro
  • MIT3435F: Disability in Popular Culture: Heroes, Villains, and Burdens
  • MKTG7009: Managing Customer Relationships
  • MKTG7002: Marketing II
  • MKTG6015: Non-Profit & Event Marketing
  • MGMT5022: Not For Profit Marketing
  • MKTG3033: Advertising Mediums
  • MKTG1028: Secondary Market Research