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24. Allies and Obstacles with Allison Carey, Pamela Block, and Richard Scotch

Allison C. Carey is a Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Shippensburg University and director of the Master’s Program in Organizational Development and Leadership. She co-authored Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities (Temple University Press, 2020), and authored Disability and the Sociological Imagination (Sage, 2022) and On the Margins of Citizenship: Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in Twentieth Century America. She is co-series editor of Research in Social Science and Disability and has co-edited several volumes for that series, as well as co-editing Disability Incarcerated: Disability and Imprisonment in the United States and Canada. In 2021, she was awarded the Outstanding Career in the Sociology of Disability award from the Disability and Society section of American Sociological Association. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Richard K. Scotch is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Dallas. His teaching includes courses on medical sociology, social stratification, and social and health policy, while his research focuses on social policy and social movements related to disability, health, and education. He currently serves as Program Head of the Sociology and Public Health Program and the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences. Dr. Scotch’s most recent book, Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities was coauthored with Allison Carey and Pam Block and published by Temple University Press.

In this episode we discuss the history of parent-led disability advocacy organizations and their relationships to and interactions with organizations led by people with disabilities. We also discussed how this history relates to current mindsets about disability, collaborative efforts between parent organizations and disabled activists, as well as tensions among these groups. If you are an educator, this will give you insight into some reasons why parents, educators, and disabled activists might have differing perspectives. If you are a parent, not only will you be validated, but also empowered with new information. 


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Intro and outro music courtesy of Emmanuel Castro.

Podcast cover photo by Rachel Schlesinger Photography.

Podcast cover image description: Black and white photograph of Diana, a Spanish-American woman with long, wavy, brown hair. She is wearing a flowy, white blouse and smiles at camera as she leans against wooden building. Photo is colorfully framed with gold and orange rays of seeming sunshine on top half, and with solid sage green color on bottom half. Text reads "Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters, Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed."