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We should not only make research more accessible because it is the right thing to do, but because it provides more accurate results.

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#AcademicChatter #DisabledInSTEM #DisabledinHigherEd @FractalEcho
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Dr. Rua Williams discusses how accessible data collection methods provide better research results that are more comprehensive and valid.
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Starting a thread to aid @JohnsHopkins in transparency on their response to complaints of widespread ableism and the dismissals of 5 disabled counseling students.

The first article that came out features 4 of the 5 disabled students, all dismissed from a small grad program within a 7 month timeframe.

#AcademicAbleism #HigherEd #Baltimore…
Despite extensive fact-checking done by the Newsletter, the School of Education dean’s letter to the editor called our claims unfounded. He requested the article be taken down.

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Here follows a thread on how not to be an ableist jerk with your pedagogy—inspired by the marking meeting I sat through today until I had to say something:

1) the university is not a level playing field.
2) it follows that if the university is not a level playing field, doubling down on its carceral character with late penalties is more discipline that reinforces structural inequities.
3) your classroom is not a level playing field when you do not privilege access as a process.
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Reference letter season is upon us and you may be wondering how to approach writing about the disabilities of students and colleagues who you are recommending. I’ve been on both sides of the desk and offer some suggestions and resources in this 🧵. 1/11 #AcademicAbleism
Disclosure: You should never disclose someone’s disability without their approval. Asking them about this need not be awkward if you are prepared to explain why you think mentioning their disability in your letter would be beneficial. 2/11
The answer to that last question is not “they like to see disability for diversity”. Don’t kid yourself! Ableism is everywhere. Admissions and hiring committees are 4 times more likely to admit/hire an abled person.3/11
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Let's crowdsource! What are some ways faculty, your dean, department chair, HR, or whoever else has supposedly granted an accommodation

without actually granting an accommodation?

Supposed accommodation: Yes, you can work remotely!
Reality: We need 2 months notice.
I can definitely think of a few from experience and what I often hear.

Supposed accommodation: Yes, you can work remotely!
Reality: You (and only you) need to give a detailed schedule of when you're on campus and you absolutely must adhere to it.
Supposed accommodation: Yes, you can attend part-time!

Reality: All of your funding depends on being full-time. You're not full time? Well then you're not funded.
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When we hear someone's rights have been violated, it's natural to want to help. Before you give advice, please refer to this infographic. Image description was too long so it follows.

#DisInHigherEd #AcademicAbleism #DEHEM21 #HigherEdLovesToViolateADA #HigherEd Too long for Twitter apparently. Alt text is posted after in
Infographic. At the top is a stop sign and large text that reads, “Before you give advice about denied accommodations…” Then there is a dividing line. Text reads, “Are you recommending suing?” and there are the following sentences, “Unless you are offering to pay for
legal advice and cover all legal expenses or offer your services as a disability lawyer pro-bono, stop. Unless you know a lawyer or a law firm willing to take on a university or college, stop. Many professors, departments, and institutions will violate a disabled person’s rights
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This thread is about to be a massive disclaimer. I am going to use today to speak as if I were speaking to friends, which means I am going to be completely honest, but it also means some of the advice I am going to give really, really sucks. (1/)
No one, not a student, not a professor, not a post-doc, should be forced to advocate for themselves and their accommodations. Is it a useful skill? Absolutely. It should not be a necessity, and it often is. There are a range of experiences to be had in #HigherEd. (2/)
Some people are wonderful and some offices and departments and folks in power are truly doing their best, trying to help disabled people, and working on their ableism. They're life-savers in my opinion. (3/)
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Anonymous Story #19 - Not disabled enough?

We will be posting this story as a thread below, but if you'd prefer to read it as a blog, you can do that.
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#DisabledInHigherEd #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
I'm currently on my second try at finishing undergrad after having to drop out due to my accommodations not being met. Not surprisingly, I might have to drop out again. 2/
On my first attempt at college, my autoimmune disorder developed in ways I had never dealt with and at the time that typically required me being very close to a bathroom, meds, ice packs and heating pads. 3/
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Anonymous Story #18 - Incapable of seeing ableism.

We will be posting this story as a thread below, but if you'd prefer to read it as a blog, you can do that.
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#DisabledInHigherEd #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
I was diagnosed with autism in my undergrad career. It was wonderful to be able to understand myself and my needs and do so in a place where I felt safe. But I was sheltered in undergrad, fortunate enough to have a professor open about being ND. 2/
I connected with them more than other students did, not realizing why other students didn’t. And now I continue my journey in higher ed, facing extreme ableism from my PI. I want to make it clear that my PI is a genuinely good person, but is incapable of seeing ableism. 3/
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Anonymous Story #17 - Betrayal

We will be posting this story as a thread below, but if you'd prefer to read it as a blog, you can do that.
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#DisabledInHigherEd #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
Close to the end of my program, my health was getting much worse with no clarity as to why. I found myself struggling in school, so I visited a faculty counselor to help me try to get through the last chunk of my program and graduate as smoothly and quickly as possible. 2/
Part of these visits was explaining why I was having difficulty, and that my experiences had led to me being disillusioned with the program.

​During this time, a classmate I worked with in a group project plagiarized their portion of the work. 3/
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Anonymous Story #16 - Waste of Resources

We will be posting this story as a thread below but if you'd prefer to read it as a blog you can do that
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#DisabledInHigherEd #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
...this is difficult for me to talk about. I'm chronically ill. I recently graduated with my PhD after 8 years in graduate school. I thought the best way to receive accommodations during graduate school would be to talk to the disabled students office–I was wrong. 2/
As a graduate student, because I was technically an employee, they could only help with accommodations for classes (which I ended up not needing accommodations for). 3/
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Why are so many accommodations being denied at UW-Madison? I personally know a handful of disabled faculty, students & staff who have had accommodations denied or who have had alternate (cheaper) accommodations offered that do not address their main concerns. #AcademicAbleism
As a member of the Disability Studies Initiative, a disability studies scholar & a disabled faculty member myself, I am extremely concerned by the stories I’m hearing. I am also putting in a extra, behind the scenes labor to try to advocate for folks & provide emotional support.
Disabled people and our allies at this institution are tired, angry & on the edge of being forced out entirely. The university is not meeting even the barest standards of the ADA despite what previous press suggested.
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Starting this semester, my department at Langara is offering me some new supports, which they framed as WANTING to "set precedent" to ensure that my access needs will continue to be met in the future. 🧵
Meanwhile, my department at UBC has repeatedly denied accommodations over the last several years, which they have justified by saying they want to "avoid setting precedent". (Can't have disabled ppl just expecting their access needs will be met, I guess?)
I didn't even have to ask for the supports Langara is offering. They just looked at my situation and said, "hey, would this be helpful"?

Compare that to UBC, where it has always been a fight just to initiate even basic conversations around access needs and accommodations.
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I just want to reassure grad students who started their degrees during the pandemic: even without a pandemic, at this point in your first year you would also be feeling anxious, exhausted, isolated, confused, overworked, financially precarious, and worried about your future.
The abusive and exploitative conditions under which grad students labour weren't caused by the pandemic, but universities sure are glad that you blame the pandemic.
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Watching ACCESS DENIED right now with Deaf expert Tim Riker signing, "I don't see any Deaf individuals that have tenured teaching positions. So it's really hard sometimes. There are boundaries to planning my future."

#DeafTalent #AcademicAbleism #DJAB
Tim signed about all the careers he considered: "Maybe I'll be a doctor. But I don't know any Deaf doctors. Maybe a lawyer? Finally I went into corporate. But I wasn't moving up in the company. Then I went to human services. There was a lot less resistance there." ASL Interpreter Ben is a wh...
Tim is signing in this image "Then I went and got my Master's at Gallaudet." He wanted to do a #PhD but orientation was not accessible. So he wondered: "If orientation isn't accessible, how will the PhD program be accessible?" #AcademicTwitter #IsYourPhDProgramAccessible ASL Interpreter Ben voices ...
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In a recent survey of grad students in my department, more than 30% of respondents identified as disabled, chronically ill, and/or neurodivergent. Not to toot my own horn, but I'd estimate that I personally witnessed around 90% of those crip epiphanies firsthand.
I wasn't surprised by those numbers but I bet a lot of folks were. When I've pushed for greater overall accessibility rather than individual accommodations, I've been asked whether I'd be the only person to benefit from systemic changes. (Are you fucking kidding me?!)
See, here's the thing: when you're "the" disabled person in any group, folks tend to disclose their health status to you. I will never forgive academia for the fear and sense of inadequacy I have heard from my peers -- almost none of whom are "out".
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Happening now: Dr. Jonathan Flowers on "COVID19 and the Disinheritance of an Ableist World." Dr. Zara Bain chairs.
Four squares. 1st image: our Oxford moderator. 2nd image. Dr. Flowers is a Black man wearing glasses and a blue shirt in an office with books. 3rd image. Dr. Bain white woman wearing glasses and in office with books. 4th image white person wearing black mask.
How to join this FREE and OPEN TO ALL conference on Philosophy, Disability and Social Change? Here's the link:… #PhiDisSoc2020
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I am preparing to explain, for the umpteenth time, why disabled students need disabled mentors (rather than nondisabled “peer” mentors) to teach us how to navigate accommodations, disclosure, and #AcademicAbleism. #DisInHigherEd
If you have had one or several #DisabilityMentors who shaped your experience of disability pride, community, and #DisInHigherEd, please share and use the hashtag! #DisabilityTwitter #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
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The disability community has many common terms/words that may not mean anything to newly disabled folx or allies. We've put together a list of some of these terms/equipment that people may regularly use! Disabled folx, let us know if we're missing any! #DEHEM #Disability101
1. Disability
There are many definitions for disability.
One of the most used is the CDC definition which has three dimensions to it:
1. Impairment
2. Activity limitation
3. Participation restrictions
This criterion is very broad/vague but this makes it slightly more inclusive.
However, this definition does not truly represent the dynamic nature of disability. Two people with the same type of disability can be affected in very different ways.

There is no one size fits all solution to anything got to do with disability.
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We are so excited to be sharing calls to action all October long. We’re a group of grad students promoting accessibility in higher ed. To kick off October, we'll be introducing ourselves to you in this thread. #NDEAM #DisInGradSchool 1/
@DisInGradSchool Since we want to build this community and get to know you, we also ask that you introduce yourselves as a reply to this thread. Don't forget the hashtags: #NDEAM and #DisInGradSchool.

Then, like and retweet folks to make this community cozy and supportive. 2/
@DisInGradSchool Hi I’m @Nicole_Lee_Sch I’m a PhD Candidate studying the history of disability, medicine, and welfare in early America. I look at how early disabled Americans resisted medicalization and secured resources despite increasing barriers to access. 3/
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As part of my introduction at the beginning of the semester, I invite my students to do whatever they need to in order to care for their bodyminds. That will continue over Zoom as well.
I trust my students to be as present and engaged as they can be, and I respect that they know better than I do what their needs are and how to meet them.
And rather than assuming they are judging or "disrespecting" me with their bodies (wtf?!), I make sure students have ample opportunities to discuss questions or concerns with me.
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Thank you to everyone who joined us for part 1 of the "Voices of Access and Disability in Higher Ed" webinar series today! Part 2 is next Friday, July 24. For more information and to register, please visit this link:…
Thank you to today's panelists, including @SundbergJuanita and @empathywarrior, for an amazing discussion!

Thanks also to our sponsors: the Equity and Diversity Committee of @UBCGeog, @CAN__BC, and UTown!
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Interest in the event has been overwhelming, so we've made more tickets available! If you couldn't register before because it was sold out, please check back now: Black text on a blue, green...
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This #DisabilityPrideMonth, I'll be sharing actionable tips for how you (yes, you!) can make STEM learning & workspaces more inclusive to those of us who are #DisabledInSTEM.

#AltText will be available for every graphic. New tips will be added to this thread. Creating an inclusive envir...
For more information on why using a microphone is an #accessibility issue, please read this post over at
@chronicle: In the foreground in the ph...
The #GRE is expensive, biased & a poor indicator of success in research. Getting approved for #accommodations takes 6 weeks & you need a dr. note (& therefore, insurance). If you're absent from your scheduled test (hello, unpredictable symptoms!), you forfeit your fee. #GREexit Creating an inclusive envir...
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