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The Seventh Annual McGinley-Rice Symposium

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"Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations:
The Face of the Person with a Disability"

October 27-28, 2016


Call for Papers - Deadline Extended!

This call for proposals invites papers and posters that:

  • Explore the social justice tradition and its application to the health and wellbeing of the person with a disability.
  • Present findings of research projects aimed at understanding the health care status of the person with a disability.
  • Discuss clinical and/or programmatic initiatives to foster health care equity for the person with a disability.
  • Discuss philosophical and/or theoretical issues related to the health and human consequences of living with a disability.

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Keynote Speakers

Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D.
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

William H. Christy, C.S.Sp.
Assistant Director, Spiritan Campus Ministry
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Plenary Panel

"Training, Research, and Family Perspectives to Address Issues of Social Justice in Health Care"

Robert Noll, Ph.D.
Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Cheryl Messick, Ph.D.
Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Mary Bryant
Parent Advocate


About the Symposium

The McGinley-Rice Symposium on Justice for Vulnerable Populations is a unique scholarly forum for nurses and other health care professionals to address issues of social justice in health care. Organized annually by the holder of the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, the McGinley-Rice Symposium is an expression of the mission of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic missionary order that founded Duquesne and assists needy and marginalized persons throughout the world.

The theme of the seventh annual McGinley-Rice Symposium is The Face of the Person with a Disability. Parents, legislators, researchers, advocacy groups and baby boomers have raised consciousness about the personal and societal impact of living with limitations in self-care, activities, work, school and leisure. Other observers note that unfriendly environments and the attitudes of others are the real disabilities. The root causes of indifferent or negative attitudes toward persons with disabilities are lack of knowledge, uncertainty about how to help or assist the person with a disability, or the tendency to focus on limitations rather than strengths. The McGinley-Rice Symposium looks into the face of the person with a disability and views the world through his or her eyes.


Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits will be provided for nurses and other health professionals.

Duquesne University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.