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NSU professor, students present at Society for Disability Studies conference

​ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University professor Nina Slota and five NSU students presented at the conference of the national Society for Disability Studies this month.


The 25th annual conference was held in Denver, Colo. Slota presented with a co-investigator, Stephanie Jenkins, a Ph.D. student in philosophy and women's studies at Penn State University.


Also presenting with Slota were five NSU students: Brandee Basham, Aberdeen; Melissa Reuer, Aberdeen; Nathan Thomas, Gregory; Lu Wang, Shanghai, China; and Joshua Wisniewski, Zimmerman, Minn.


Their paper is entitled: “Gender, community, and collaboration: The experiences of women living with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a chronic pain syndrome.” They reported results from their study of 148 women who answered an Internet questionnaire about their identities and life experiences living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD.


They found that roughly 90 percent of their sample identified themselves as disabled using the definition from the Americans with Disabilities Act, and about 58 percent of their sample knew two or fewer people with RSD, Slota said. They then talked about the implications of building community among people living with chronic pain, she said.