Third day of the NNDR conference 

So, today it was time for my own presentation at the NNDR conference in (an even more sunny) Örebro. It is a challenge to talk about something seemingly neverending (i.e my doctoral thesis) in only 15 minutes. What to include? Which stories to tell? Anyway, I am happy with the way my presentation turned out, and the positive feedback I received. 

The most impression of today, however, was not my own presentation, but the opportunity to listen to a symposium about the intersection between indigeneity and disability. I must admit that I haven’t given much thought to the issues of disability in indigenous people. The discussion at the symposium made me realise that the sami people (i.e the indigenous people in the northen part of Sweden) is neglected to the extent that we are not even able to study them. Read more at www.nordicwelfare.org/sapmi


It was also interesting to learn more about the aborigines in this regard. Thank you, John Gilroy for travelling from  Australia to enlighten us! 


The last keynote speaker to take the stage was Berth Danemark. I have heard him talking about critical realism, reductionism and interdisciplinary reserach several times before, but it is always interesting. I really like the ontology and epistemology of his work. 

 

I leave Örebro and NNDR in a very happy mood, but at the same time I cannot wait to get home to my husband and my cat. Have a nice weekend! 

Second day of the NNDR conference 

Another sunny day in Örebro, at the NNDR conference! Another interesting, inspirational, nice day. 


Lisa Pfahl turned the fact that no European country has abandoned school segregation since the CRPD was ratified into a call for action. Disability research needs to step it up to make a difference! Yes, a lot is being done, but we have a long way to go. Ready, steady….. 

It is always an inspiration and a pleasure to listen to Per-Olof Hedvall from Certec, when he talks about universal design. His points about average humans (There is no such thing! So, who are we design for?) and normality (We need to celebrate diversity instead of striving for the normal!) made a true impression on the audience today. 


I also enjoyed the poster session, the informal meetings during lunch and coffee breaks, the symposium ”Young and digital”, and… and…. All of it. 



Last but not least, I had a nice time at the conference dinner tonight. Some nice reunions, some nice new acquaintances. And, as we say in Sweden the dot above the i, the onion on the salmon, the cream on the mash: the Örebro University Choir  did a really great job entertaining us! 

First day of the NNDR conference

Today, 350 delegates from more than 20 countries gathered to attend  the 14th Nordic Network on DisabilityResearch (NNDR) conference hosted by Örebro University here in Sweden. That is, 349 and me! 


My head is spinning of all the impressions from all the lectures, meetings, laughs and new friends (not least the 20 persons gathered at the pre-conference meeting about technology and disability research, out of which a few actually are computational linguists!). Simo Vehmas made fun of us Swedes (and is still planning on moving here). Don Kulick made som important points about speaking for others (Is it possible for a us as researchers to speak for the person we study? Can a disability researcher claim credibility if not disabled himself?). 


But the most interesting contact of today must have been Charlotte Glintborg from Denmark. Her research is about people with acquired brain injuries and their re-negotiation of identity. The way she described their positioning against others, and their comparisons over time, may be just what I need! I will definitely keep in contact with her. 

By the way, Bengt Westerberg – yes, the politician and now the head of The Swedish Institute for Disability Research – stoppad by. He gave a stort talk, critisizing (rightfully) the recent development within the LSS. He also, obviuosly, delivered some refreshments. Thank you, Bengt!



My own presentation will take place in Teknikhuset on Friday. Looking forward! 

Webinar om funktionshinderbegrepp

En timmes prat om vilka begreppen funktionsnedsättning, funktionshinder, funktionsvariantion och bubblaren funktionsrätt. Hur ska begreppen användas? Vad betyder de egentligen? Nu går det att se webbsändningen av seminariet där jag och Kjell Stjernholm från Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan pratar om begreppsförvirringen inom funktionshinderområdet.

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Här är länken till klippet: https://msg.videocenter.se/videos/video/4707/?access_token=shr00000047076913050478878998126074854814546

Mycket nöje!

Live-sändning imorgon (19/4) om funktionshinderbegrepp

Funktionsnedsättning, funktionshinder, funktionsvariation, funkis, utvecklingsstörning, handikapp, funktionsuppsättning, normbrytande funktionalitet, person först-språk… Hur ska man egentligen säga?

Imorgon, dvs den 19 april, medverkar jag i ett livesänt web-seminarium som Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan (SV) anordnar. Jag ska, tillsammans med Kjell Stjernholm från SV, försöka reda ut begreppen. Det går att följa seminariet direkt via sv.se/live och vi börjar klockan 10.00 (sändningen startar en stund innan, så att du hinner koppla upp dig). Via en chatt kan du ställa frågor till mig under sändningen. Det kommer även att vara möjligt att se seminariet i efterhand.

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Kameran är redo för morgondagens live-sändning.

Det går att se seminariet i efterhand också!

Hälften kvar

halvakakankvarÄr glaset halvfullt eller halvtomt? Eller, snarare: har jag klarat av hälften eller har jag hälften kvar av min doktorandtid? Häromdagen hade det gått exakt halva tiden mellan start och mål, oavsett hur jag väljer att se på saken.

Det innebär också att jag laddar för mitt halvtidsseminarium. Då kommer tre granskare att ha läst mitt material och ställa kluriga frågor till mig, inför en kritisk men förhoppningsvis också nyfiken och intresserad publik. Det känns såklart lite läskigt, men mest är jag taggad.

Halvtidsseminariet är en offentlig tillställning – så om du vill är du självklart välkommen! Det äger rum på HH den 23 mars 2017. Hör av dig så får du fler detaljer. Ses vi där?

Nordic Aphasia Conference in Copenhagen – here I come!

The Nordic Aphasia Conference will take place in Copenhagen in June, and I just received news that I will be presenting a poster!

The title of my poster is ”Online and offline re-negotiation of identity when living with post-stroke aphasia” and hopefully I will get interesting and challenging questions from the other attendees. Looking forward!

I also look forward to meeting some of the people I met in London last December. Great people doing great research!

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Nordisk konferens om funktionshinder, Örebro maj 2017

I maj anordnar nätverket Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) en konferens med rubriken ”Living with disability”. Det blir den 14:e upplagan av konferensen och den äger rum i Örebro den här gången.

Jag kommer hålla en muntlig presentation om min forskning under konferensen, vilket jag ser fram emot. Rubriken för min presentation är ”Online and offline re-negotiation of self when living with post-stroke aphasia”. Jag hoppas få många intressanta frågor och kommentarer!

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Types of #aphasia (National Aphasia Association)

So, what is aphasia, again? Well, aphasia comes in many types. Depending on the cerebral location and severity of the brain injury, the linguistic consequences vary.

The National Aphasia Association (US) has put together a graphic presentation of different types of aphasia, based on if the speech is fluent, if the person can understand what others say and if the person can repeat words or phrases. On their website, the types are also described more in detail. Very informative, don’t you think?

Worth noting, though, is that the terms ”Broca’s” anda ”Wernicke’s” aphasia are being critiqued.

Btw, have you seen the two YouTube videos I recommended earlier?

Third day of the @IARC2016 #aphasia conference 

The third day of Christmas – no, sorry – the conference! Two keynote speakers, four platform talks, a load of parallell workshops and twenty three posters. Puh! 

Some very brief thoughts from a tired but happy brain: 

1) When researchers like Miranda Rose and Carola de Beer talks about multimodality, they mean non-verbal language such as gestures. That if, of course, both important and interesting – but it makes me wonder how they think about the multimodality of the Internet. I whish we’d had more time to chat about that, but I’m hoping there will be more opportunities in the future. 

2) Great to chat with Madeleine Crucie about issues of identityin terms of psychological wellbeing (and thus health). She truly is an inspiration!

3) I will definitely stay tuned on the EVA park-project! A virtual would (very much like Second Life, btw) for people with aphasia to practice social interaction – how cool is that? 

4) Already looking forward to the 18th IARC conference in Portugal in September 2018. See you there!