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#WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut A thread. As a former faculty member, I have heard several colleagues complain about accommodations as being frivolous. If they are willing to say these things in front of a very visibly disabled colleague, what do they say behind closed doors? 1/
I regret very much being silent in my early career. I stayed silent because I was afraid to ask for meaningful accommodations for myself, because I was untenured. As progressed in my career, I became more vocal, and they became more silent. 2/
And then my disability progressed as I got older. I got a service dog, and some colleagues asked me if I got him because I wanted a dog at work... because I wasn’t *that* disabled. Then I had surgery after surgery every summer while others were conducting research. 3/
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Wtf?! This goes against the tenets of #disability studies, by critiquing #neurodiversity & making claims like “disability is not a ‘gift’ that anyone w/ an acute moral sense would give, celebrate, or fail to try to change in the direction of greater ability & less disability.”
Google doc pdf made available here:…
Maybe I’m extra salty this AM but I feel compelled to respond. Over HALF of the citations in this article are back to articles published by the lead author. How is that even permissible? How is this original research or thinking & not just inflammatory self-promotional BS?
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A random reminder that #academicableism (just like other forms of ableism) is fucking exhausting, disabled and chronically ill people should be presumed as present in all spaces (not retrofitted in) and if nondisabled peers had to undertake the labour we do, they’d be enraged too
my heart breaks a bit every time I meet younger academics, five, ten, fifteen years behind me, whose experience is in large part not about their intellectual development but about the endless sodding negotiation and labour involved in merely accessing the base conditions for that
everyone empowered to push these discussions and subsequent concrete revisions in policy, action and culture, in whatever space they can, please do so, as soon as possible, and keep doing so out of recognition that this is ongoing work within a history of ongoing work
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Ever notice how a lot of academic buildings don’t have seating near professors’ offices? Well I’m sick of showing up for scheduled meetings and havong nowhere to rest when the prof is inevitably not there when you show up #academicableism
So anyway, I just went asked the lady sitting comfortably at the information desk where I could sit down and she said “oh I’m sorry we don’t really have seating pn this floor” #academicableism
So I had to disclose my disability. Then she just stuck me in a conference room where I was evicted within minutes for a scheduled meeting #academicableism
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Thread alert! If you want to learn more in #disabilitystudies there are a lot of open access resources. Let’s start with Disability Studies Quarterly (, one of the leading journals in the field, which is 100% open access.
Other open acces journals include Disability in the Global South ( & Review of Disability Studies (with a delay:
I personally link to my articles on my website & anything that is behind a paywall I put up as soon as I’m allowed under the publishing contract. I particularly recommend the convo between @JulieMinich, Jina B. Kim & me in the open access journal Lateral.
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Academics Take Note:

After recent dismissals of the validity of accommodations by several professors on Twitter disabled students (past & present) have been sharing their honest stories of what it's like to actually deal with this.

You should be reading them. [Thread]
Because I want these to be easier to see & share with others in academia I've compiled some here. These are the experts on accommodations. Don't dismiss them.
@BlondeHistorian talks about the work that goes into getting them just to be (illegally) denied.
@DisabilityStor1 talks about being an international student dealing with accommodations in three different countries during grad school.
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are we talking #AcademicAbleism? in that case lemme say a thing.

forcing disabled students out of your classes bc you can’t be bothered to accommodate them is a vile thing to do.
we need accommodations bc we can not reasonably (if at all) do certain things that abled ppl can do. not bc were lazy, or spoiled, or entitled. because we CANT.
disabled students have enough to deal with already. accommodations arent special treatment or privileges, they are quite literally the LEAST you can do to give disabled students a fighting chance at pursuing their field of choice.
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Oh good my favourite #AcademicAbleism chat is back: denying accommodations.

So here is the perspective of a visually impaired person who went from undergrad to PhD constantly having access needs denied.

First it is THE LAW. If you deny accommodations you are breaking the law.
It is the law under the Equality Act in the UK & under the ADA in the U.S. I recommend that you all take advantage of your disability services information, resources & training ASAP.

But this is how it actually works. As a disabled student you have already had to prove yourself
You’ve had to fill out forms, present paper work, attend assessments & often appeal decisions. Then you get the legitimate stamp of “disabled” from the disability services.

It is then their job to disseminate information about what your access needs are to your department
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