Today’s episode is about disabled “fakers,” that is, the misconceptions and stereotypes of disabled people exaggerating or faking their disabilities. I talk with Doron Dorfman, incoming Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, who conducted two case studies on this subject during his time at Stanford Law School. We talk about his research and disability studies at Stanford including the campus initiative that made it happen.
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Picciuto, Elizabeth. (April 6, 2016). Disneyland Cracks Down on Fake Disabilities, Forgets Real Ones. The Daily Beast.
Samrai, Yasmin. (May 11, 2018). Disability studies class renewed for next academic year. The Stanford Daily.
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I’ve been called a faker for using my phone & white cane. Disability shaming & policing means disabled people are afraid to ask for support or use their mobility aids.
Stop judging disabled people by your misinformed prejudiced views. https://t.co/pUyNAzYVrJ
— Dr Amy Kavanagh (@BlondeHistorian) January 27, 2019
Doron Dorfman is an incoming Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law and recent Liberman fellow and a JSD (Ph.D. in Law) candidate at Stanford Law School. His research focuses on Disability Law and Health Law using a social science perceptive and a wide variety of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Doron also teaches Stanford’s first ever disability studies class. You can download his scholarship for free here.
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Cheryl Green, Audio Producer and Text Transcriber
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Album: NO BIG DEAL
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp