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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Disability Discrimination in the Hiring Practices
Since the early stages of the AODA, a key pillar in making Ontario fully accessible has been to ensure equity
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Surviving Catastrophic Illness
Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Illness
As you may or may not know, I’m currently in the midst of the long recovery process from a very scary
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Gaming Made Accessible
From a very young age, video games have been an important part of my life. Growing up in a small
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The Fall of Lance Armstrong
Sickness, Heroes, and the Fall of Lance Armstrong
I woke up this morning to discover an Op Ed written by Morris Dalla Costa entitled “Lance Armstrong shouldn’t be
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Blog

OB with Digby @ UWO
Tonight I had the chance to get back in the classroom, presenting at Professor Digby’s OB class. It was my
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Thames Valley Neuromuscular Clinic Family Education Day @ TVCC
I headed over to my old stomping ground, the Thames Valley Children’s Centre this morning to deliver at keynote address
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Cast of
Glee. But good.
It appears the disabled are taking over the airwaves in Britain on a show called Young, Autistic and Stagestruck, which
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Idling: A Transit Story
After a year of pondering and editing, we’re approaching the online release date of Idling: A Transit Story. Idling: A
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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