By Pamela Block, Devva Kasnitz, Akemi Nishida, Nick Pollard
This publication explores the idea that of "occupation" in incapacity well past conventional scientific formulations of incapacity: it considers incapacity now not when it comes to pathology or impairment, yet as a variety of special social identities and reports which are formed by way of noticeable or invisible diagnoses/impairments, socio-cultural perceptions and environmental limitations and provides cutting edge rules on tips on how to observe theoretical education to actual global contexts. encouraged by way of incapacity justice and “Disability Occupy Wall highway / Decolonize incapacity” activities within the US and similar events out of the country, this ebook builds on politically engaged severe techniques to incapacity that intersect occupational treatment, incapacity reviews and anthropology. "Occupying incapacity" will offer a discursive house the place the ideas of incapacity, tradition and profession meet serious thought, activism and the artistic arts. the concept that of “occupation” is deliberately a relocating objective during this ebook. a few chapters speak about occupying areas as a sort of protest or however, protesting opposed to territorial occupations. Others current occupations as framed or problematized in the fields of occupational remedy and occupational technology and anthropology as engagement in significant actions. The contributing authors come from quite a few specialist, educational and activist backgrounds to incorporate views from concept, perform and reviews of incapacity. Emergent subject matters comprise: the entire diversifications of the concept that of "occupy," incapacity justice/decolonization, marginalization and minoritization, expertise, fight, creativity and alter. This booklet will have interaction clinicians, social scientists, activists and artists in dialogues approximately incapacity as a theoretical build and lived adventure.
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For others, the Occupy movement is an opportunity to transform our own movement, a chance to connect the fight for health care and access with a broader fight for social and economic justice. We have an opportunity to educate our own community about how our fight is linked to the fight of all oppressed people, all people who are fighting to have power in their own lives and communities. This recognition can make space for people of color with disabilities, queer people with disabilities, immigrants with disabilities, and people with non-apparent disabilities to have power in the disability community.
Ogata (2008) recalls that, “the most important and irreplaceable person in my life was killed by poison from a company that I had never seen. ” The unnatural death of the great father that he respected and trusted had a big effect on Ogata. Mothers passed the methylmercury in fish they had eaten to their placentas and their fetuses developed Minamata disease in utero. One mother cried that, “When my baby was in my belly, I ate a lot of fish to give it plenty of nourishment. But then the baby was born with Minamata disease.
However, as the night wore on things began to change. When my partner and I arrived back to Oscar Grant Plaza, exhausted and ready for our second night at the new camp, we were told that a group of protesters had occupied a nearby foreclosed building and that the police were coming. It is hard to know what exactly happened before or after the police raid, but within 20 min hundreds of cops in full riot gear descended on Occupy Oakland and were blasting the crowds with tear gas. I felt confused by what was going on, as I had left the port with no knowledge that a building occupation had been planned.