Content with Institutions : University of Illinois

East St. Louis research project

When faculty from the University of Illinois first came to East St. Louis in 1987, residents had a simple message for them: Go back home. They had seen faculty before; they had been studied and analyzed and reported on in academic literature. They had seen their forgotten city turned into a national symbol of weakness and urban waste, with stories on national television of police using pay phones because they didn t have radios and of the city renting city hall because they couldn t afford to own it. In 1990 Ken Reardon, an associate professor in urban and regional…

Disability and community participation: Policy, systems, change and action research

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the intersect of disability policy, activism, and action research, and is grounded within a collaborative learning framework with disability communities. Our emphasis is placed on immersing into a critical examination of the policies, systems and practices utilized by people with disabilities to support community living and participation choice and control, as well as activism and social action initiatives to build collective power and critical consciousness. A specific focus is placed on designing, conducting and evaluating action research projects in collaboration with community organizations, activists, policy makers and constituents with disabilities from the community. Community-based…