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

A rural road, lined by tall grass with trees overhanging
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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Car headlights cutting through fog
Legislating Danger: A Question of Wheelchair Road Safety
From a young age, we are taught that the road is a dangerous place, whether you’re walking, biking or driving.
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An image of a lecture hall in Fanshawe College
I’m gonna disable your child
Something many with physical disabilities experience throughout their lives are curiosities (or outright accusations) of contagiousness. While people certainly haven’t stigmatized me in the
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Blog

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“One of A Kind Car” on CTV News
A few weeks ago CTV News came along for a spin in my new car. Celine Moreau did an awesome
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Speaking Out 2012: A Conference For Self Advocates
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Free At Last…
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A list of celebrities at the Jeff Preston Celebrity Golf Tournament
Jeff Preston Celebrity Golf Tournament 2012
This past Friday was the 17th annual Jeff Preston Celebrity Golf Tournament, an event Rotary runs yearly in my honour
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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