A mysterious limp when Brown was five was diagnosed as a rare genetic disease, foreshadowing decades of excruciating bone pain and accelerating immobility. In his mid-forties not even the most sophisticated medical technology could detect his bone density, which led to Brown's digging deep inside to tackle longstanding, but often ignored, personal angers and sorrows and choosing between submitting to a life of ongoing pain and desperation or healing and liberation.
STEVEN E. BROWN, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor, Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai`i, Manoa, Affiliate Graduate Faculty in the Political Science Department, and Co-Founder, Institute on Disability Culture. He earned a 1981 doctorate in history at the University of Oklahoma.
Brown's publications include "Surprised to be Standing: A Spiritual Journey," "Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars: Essays on the Journey from Disability Shame to Disability Pride"; "Ed Roberts: Wheelchair Genius," a book available via CD that is targeted at readers about ages 9-12; and the monographs, "Independent Living: Theory and Practice"; "Investigating a Culture Of Disability: Final Report," the result of a prestigious Switzer Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research of the Department of Education, the first funding of its type for research into the field of Disability Culture; "Freedom of Movement: Independent Living History and Philosophy"; "A Celebration Of Diversity: An Annotated Bibliography About Disability Culture, Second Edition"; and "Celebrating Passion, Relentlessness, and Vision: The Manifesto Editorials," from his online newsletter, the "Manifesto"; and dozens of articles, in both refereed journals and grassroots publications. Brown’s writings have been translated into a variety of languages.
An award-winning poet, Brown has also published six books of poetry, "Dragonflies In Paradise: An Activist’s Partial Poetic Autobiography"; "The Goddess Approaches Fifty"; "Journey Home"; "Love Into Forever: A Tribute To Martyrs, Heroes, Friends, And Colleagues"; "Pain, Plain--And Fancy Rappings: Poetry from the Disability Culture"; and "Voyages: Life Journeys".
A sought-after teacher and speaker, who has worked throughout the US, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Saipan, and Sweden, Brown’s contributions have been recognized by selection as the Grand Marshal for the 2nd Annual Disability Pride Parade in Chicago, Illinois in July 2005; and as a recipient of the University of Hawaii College of Education Faculty Senate Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Leadership in Advocacy Award, both in 2006.read more
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