UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Elizabeth Olson, professor of geography and environment and professor of global studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present “Theorizing Ableism and Care Through the Everyday Geographies of Caregiving Youth,” at the Department of Geography’s Coffee Hour lecture series. Her talk will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, in 112 Walker Building on the University Park campus and via Zoom.
In her talk, Olson will explore the intricate concept of ableism, which is described by the American Psychological Association as prejudice and discrimination aimed at disabled people. Olson will focus on the biases and discrimination individuals with disabilities face. Grounding her theoretical exploration, she will share findings from her research that investigates the daily life experiences of young caregivers in Palm Beach, Florida, who support family members with medical conditions, age-related issues or disabilities.
Elizabeth Olson, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC leads the AACY Caregiving Youth Institute Research Collaborative (CYRC) a US-focused research network that aims to advance understanding of the lives of Caregiving Youth and their families.