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Spring Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship

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Michelle Koplitz

How Human Rights Can Influence Positive Change in Public Health

Monday, April 16, 2018

Presentation: 6-7 p.m.

Q and A: 7-7:30 p.m.

CSD Student Development Center 1300/1310

Deafness has historically been viewed as something to diagnose and treat. It is this same medical model that has also largely left the health care sector untapped by the Deaf community as a possible career option. Michelle Koplitz knew at an early age that she wanted to work in the health care field, however it was her experience at RIT that helped her realize she wanted to work at the crossroads of health and deafness. She found this intersection in a public health career with the federal government. Now with emerging cognitive neuroscience research findings around language acquisition and an increased awareness of social justice, we come to an understanding that we are moving into a new framework of deafness that is rooted in human rights. We explore what this opportunity means and how Deaf Gain can be leveraged to influence positive changes in public health - and in society’s understanding of what it means to be human. 

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