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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How #BellLetsTalk is both problematic and vital
If you’ve been on social media this morning, you no doubt have discovered that it’s #BellLetsTalk Day in Canada. An initiative
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Are the disabled ‘afflicted’?
On January 6th, I was invited to speak on AM980’s Andrew Lawton Show about a recent Facebook post on the radio station’s fan page stating
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Why Viktoria Modesta doesn’t rethink disability
The Internet has been abuzz over the past week of a new “bionic” pop star, Viktoria Modesta. Modesta’s meteoric rise is thanks to Channel
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An Open Letter to Justin Trudeau
The following is an open letter I sent to Justin Trudeau this morning regarding the lack of accessibility at Liberal
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Blog

Free Screening of “Idling: A Transit Story” @ Carleton University
As a part of “Social Justice Week,” Jeff’s documentary “Idling: A Transit Story” will be screened on Tuesday, November 2nd
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Youth Activist Forum @ Carleton University
This past weekend I was at the Youth Activist Forum, put together by Citizens with Disabilities — Ontario (CWD-O). Presenting
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New Episode of Cripz — Starring Role
A lot has been made of the fact that most disabled characters on television and in movies are actually played
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OT Class @ UWO
Yesterday I faced the snowpocolypse to deliver a guest lecture at Dr. Klinger’s 2nd year OT Class on Representations of
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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