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Online Talk with Prof. Emeritus Colin Barnes - 8 - 10pm

Tuesday 9th August

Professor Emeritus Barnes, began his education at a ‘special needs’ school in Leeds.For most of his life, Colin Barnes has been involved with the disabled people’s movement and has been member of several local, national and international organisations controlled and run by disabled people throughout his academic career.

Crucially, he established the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) as the British Council of Organisations of Disabled People’s (BCODP’s) Disability Research Unit (DRU) in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, Leeds in 1990 and was its Director until 2008.He also founded the independent publisher, The Disability Press in 1996 and an electronic archive of writings on disability issues, The Disability Archive UK in 1999.

Arguably, one of his greatest achievements was being instrumental in the creation and articulation of the Social Model of Disability which has been adopted (in principle) by many countries across the world.

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