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Hello all! This week on Facebook Roundup are some links to some interesting pieces that discuss the intersection of disability in advertising, postsecondary education, and current research.  There will also be a Deaf Film Festival in Seattle March 30-April 1—the first of its kind, so if interested, mark it in your calendar.  Enjoy!

Art of a neon sign saying Seattle Deaf Film Festival

Seattle Deaf Film Festival

1.  Michael Janger wrote an interesting piece on “debunking disability stereotypes in advertising”.  His blog was sparked by a Target ad in which a child with Down Syndrome was featured.  Often people with disabilities “have historically expressed their displeasure over how their disability is displayed or (not portrayed) in advertising”.  Janger argues for the inclusion of people with disabilities in advertising noting that this inclusion can have a great impact on how people perceive those with disabilities.  Found on DisAbilityVoice Facebook page.

2.  In the case of students with disabilities an anonymous author submitted an article about his experience teaching a student with an intellectual disability.  He contends with his feelings about what to do with a certain student, Jacob, who is failing his course.  The situation does not improve as Jacob does not show up to any meetings with the professor.  The author poses many questions on how to act ethically when working with students with intellectual disabilities as well as the responsibilities a teacher has towards their students.  Found on Center for Leadership and Disability Facebook page.

3.  According to a study put on by researchers at the University of Missouri and Washington University, teens with autism are more likely to spend their free time “watching TV and playing video and computer games”.  When using electronic devices they are also less likely to use email and social media platforms such as Facebook.  In contrast, teenagers with intellectual disabilities were more likely to use social media.  Found on Disability Scoop Facebook page.

4.  For those in Seattle or withing traveling distance: the first ever Seattle Deaf Film Festival is set for March 30-April 1.  The University of Washington ASL and Deaf Studies Program has partnered with Deaf Spotlight, a local nonprofit, to help organize the festival.  The films that will be viewed are “created by, for, or about the deaf community” and features films that are from: France, the Philippines, Thailand, and the US.  Tickets will be available in early March and viewings will take place in Kane Hall at the University of Washington.  Found on Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Facebook page.