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Presented at a seminar on Student mobility and disability in the Nordic countries – Reykjavik – 16.11.18 Dear audience, It’s a pleasure and privilege to be here today to talk about disabled students’ opportunities in the area of international mobility in higher education. My name is Freyja Haraldsdóttir and I’m an adjunct in the Department… Continue reading Access to international mobility in higher education for disabled people
Some thoughts I presented yesterday (with slight changes) at the event Street view // Reassembled // Round Table Discussion at the Reykjavík Art Festival where a group of diverse people talked about the concept of home. — When I sat down to think about the concept of home it came apparent to me that maybe… Continue reading Home
On the 6th of June I lost my case against the Government Agency for Child Protection in the District Court of Reykjavik. The court ruled that the Government Agency for Child Protection had followed all the right procedures in my application process and that I had not been discriminated against. According to Icelandic regulations you… Continue reading Losing my case in the District Court of Reykjavík – but not losing my story
On the 30th of June 2014 I applied to become a foster parent. It was a windy but sunny day – a bit similar to how I was feeling. Excited but anxious because of my awareness of the ableist and sexist deeply rooted traditional perceptions around disabled motherhood. A long story short. A year later… Continue reading A brief note for English speaking friends about the primary treatment of my foster parent court case
A blog based on a Facebook post 28th of July 2017. This video is for many reasons troubling. It represents Kaden, a boy, as a hero because he is disabled and as a sufferer from his ‘disease’. Seeing this discourse on disability is exhausting because it’s stigmatising for him and other disabled children. It is… Continue reading I survived (ableist eugenic medicine)
I love traveling. Seeing new places, getting to know people and experiencing different cultures. It gives me a sense of freedom and peace that I can not experience elsewhere. It is the only thing that recharges my batteries in a way that I can actually feel the difference and puts my mind at ease from… Continue reading ‘Do you call that a wheelchair?’: crip traveling and the wrongful disabled body
Throughout history, in most places of the world, disabled people have been the objects of medical professionals, e.g. doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists. Our bodies (including the mind …. because the mind is a part of the body … I know, it’s shocking!) have been observed, ‘fixed’, aborted, killed, operated on and so forth, mostly for… Continue reading Disabled bodies: the objects of medical professionals … when of interest and personal gain?