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

An empty wheelchair at the bottom of a flight of stairs
The problem with “Spend a Day in a Wheelchair”
Many advocates, myself included, often point to the general population’s ignorance of the experience of disability as being central to the oppression faced
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Blue accessibility symbols, including wheelchair, sign language, mental health and seeing
An Open Letter to Provincial Candidates re: Accessibility
To celebrate National Accessibility Week, I recently sent out the following letter to all London candidates of the upcoming provincial
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“Enjoy Your Disability” at the Common Pulse Festival
Clara and I were in Durham, ON at the Common Pulse Festival this past weekend, where we developed this art
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Boy driving electric wheelchair pulling cart with prom date on the back
The (prom) politics of pity
Growing up with a disability, I have always had trouble navigating social situations. I learned at a young age that
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Blog

New Episode of Cripz — Harry Potter
Another fresh offering over at Cripz: A Webcomic, this week featuring a parody of the recently released movie, Harry Potter.
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New Episode of Cripz — Rampway to Heaven
Clara and I released the new episode of Cripz: A Webcomic entitled “Rampway to Heaven” In this episode, Rhett is
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School Age Children with Disabilities workshop @ TVCC
This morning I returned to the Thames Valley Children’s Centre for another keynote presentation, this time at the School Age
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Stratford Northwest Secondary School
Earlier this summer I was invited to speak to a group of potential principals about teaching youth with “exceptionalities.” It
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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