Law, Geography and Disability: The Idealised Spatialities of Disability Discrimination Legislation in the UK, USA and Australia

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Based on interviews with law and policy-makers as well as analyses of case law, this presentation considers the Disability Discrimination Act (UK) 1995, the Americans with Disabilities Act (USA) 1990, and the Disability Discrimination Act (Australia) 1992. The author investigates how well-equipped the legal institutions and mechanisms of these three countries are in relation to the goal of creating inclusive environments for disabled people. Specifically, this presentation: (1) considers the role of different legal contexts in enframing disability discrimination; (2) analyses the language and assumptions behind these laws; and, (3) argues for the importance of context and specificity in law and legal processes.


Keywords: Disability, Law, Geography
Stream: Disability, Health
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Law, Geography and Disability


Dr. Fayyaz Vellani

Associate Director, Critical Writing Program, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Fayyaz Vellani is Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Critical Writing Program and teaches in the program. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London. He has held senior management positions at Yale Law School and at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, and has taught at the University of London and London Metropolitan University. His Ph.D., entitled “Law’s Contexts and Scales: Inclusive Environments for Disabled People,” was funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

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