The work of Beth Franks has been published in the current issue of “Kaleidescope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts”. Her fiction piece “The Iris Man” appears in issue number 47 of the magazine along with other thematic material reflecting the experience of autism. Her work was selected from among more than 200 submissions considered for publication.
She earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California-Berkeley in 1965; a master’s of philosophy in comparative education from the University of London, England in 1976; and an Ed.D. from the University of Rochester in 1986. Franks was an associate professor in the education department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1982-2000), where she taught education and disability studies. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Arts in Psychotherapy, Wisconsin Academy Review, and Disability Studies Quarterly.
Kaleidoscope Magazine is published by the United Disability Services in Akron, Ohio. Unique to the field of disability studies, the publication expresses the experiences of disability from the perspective of individuals, families and healthcare professionals and society as a whole. The material chosen for Kaleidescope seeks to challenge and overcome stereotypical, patronizing and sentimental attitudes about disability.