2019 Walter N. Ridley Lecture
Dream. Drive. Do.: My Story & Research about Disability Identity, Perceptions of Disability, and Empowerment
by Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Tuesday, April 16th
Bavaro Hall's Holloway Hall
University of Virginia
Dr. Forber-Pratt will share elements of her unique story as a wheelchair user, two-time Paralympian and an adopted woman of color. In her work, she centers disability as an aspect of diversity. She will share insights from her research related to disability identity development. Disability identity can be described as a sense of self that includes one’s disability and feelings of connection to, or solidarity with, the disability community. Forber-Pratt is also interested in other people’s perceptions of disability and will share insights from other ongoing research studies.
Sponsored by the Curry School of Education & Human Development, the Ridley Scholarship Fund, the UVA Disability Advocacy and Action Committee, the UVA Disability Studies Initiative, the UVA School of Nursing, the UVA Women's Center, and the UVA Office for Diversity and Equity.
Dr. Walter N. Ridley, a native Virginian and a respected, accomplished academic at one of Virginia's oldest public institutions of higher education (Virginia State College, Petersburg), was admitted to UVa three years before the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision which ordered desegregation of public schools. He became the University's first black graduate in June 1953, and the nation's first African-American to receive a doctorate degree from a white southern university. Throughout his life, Dr. Ridley was committed to the education of black college students and making a positive impact on society.