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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International Day for People with Disabilities 2017
Earlier this week, a stub of paper was slipped under my office door — it read “Your wheelchair is RAD”.
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Do new changes to ODSP really benefit everyone?
Just in time for the weekend, new changes were announced to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) that would eliminate
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Sidewalks, Trees and Legislating Barriers
When it comes to development, I fully agree that we need to strike a balance between functional use and environmental
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Discriminatory Bylaws and Biopower
City Council in London is moving toward eliminating a problematic piece of legislation that attempts to limit the density of
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Blog

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The 19th Annual Jeff Preston Celebrity Golf Tournament
I remember not knowing quite how to feel the first year Port Elgin Rotary approached my family and asked if
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Accessibility Conference in Guelph, ON
Yesterday I had the honour of keynoting the Accessibility Conference, an annual conference geared toward advocates, activists, academics and professionals working in the field of accessibility held
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Speaking Out Retreat in Burlington, ON
Speaking Out Retreat in Burlington, ON
Today I delivered a motivational speech at the Speaking Out Retreat for Self Advocates in Burlington, ON geared towards adults
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SDS Conference 2013
Society for Disability Studies Conference 2013
  This past week was the 26th Annual Society for Disability Studies Conference, a gathering of academics from around the world
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Reviews

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Daredevil (2015)
It’s an understatement to say I was pumped up for the latest Netflix adaptation of Daredevil. I love Daredevil. Even when
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Timmy and Jimmy are my squad goals
As a disability & culture corespondent on Accessibility Media Inc, I was asked last week to come on their talk show, Live
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Theory of Everything: the incredible story of Jane and Stephen Hawking
Theory of Everything (2014)
With Oscar season upon us, I felt it was my duty as a disability studies & media scholar to sit
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The Raid 2 (2014)
A sucker for mindless action films, I was excited to see Gareth Evan’s follow-up to the energetic and gruesome hit The
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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