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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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Dr. Rua Williams discusses how accessible data collection methods provide better research results that are more comprehensive and valid.
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📢 Accessible Academia a platform for disabled academics (staff and students!) connected to Dutch universities is launching on December 3rd. #DisInHigherEd

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I am so very proud and grateful to be amongst a group of fierce disabled academics and allies (@StevenArisz @noah_littel, Maurits, Eline and others). Together we are building a safe, intersectional, interuniversity platform for disabled folk. 🙌
If I am to have one academic legacy, let it be my modest contribution to this. Because we need this so bad.
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The first of the named stories we're sharing comes from @ChrisMillsRD.

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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I've been extremely fortunate to have had all my accommodation needs met in my undergrad studies, my master's, & now my doctoral studies.

​At all 3 universities, connecting with the accessibility office was easy, although getting the required paperwork did take time & money 2/
I'm fortunate to be supported by an amazing partner who has job security; so, I've been able to afford all the paperwork. All of my professors, except for one, have easily accepted my accommodations. 3/
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So I (@theADHDacademic) did a thing and made a website. It might be useful, it might very well not be. It's #ADHD centered, but I talk about accommodations and I've got more posts planned on #UDL and inclusion. My point is, if I've said anything helpful, it might be helpful too?
I cover things like how to register with the disability office: theadhdacademic.weebly.com/advice-as-a-le…
and how to talk to a professor who has denied your accommodation: theadhdacademic.weebly.com/advice-as-a-le…
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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 #21 - I'm Just tired

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#DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
It's hard to know where to start. I've spent the last decade feeling like I've been walking a tightrope, while people are constantly trying to push me off. If I don't just bear with it & instead push back, it increases. Now that I've long COVID, I think they'll finally succeed 2/
It's been a weird journey. I am Autistic, have ADHD, and POTS, as well as a few other things. I'm also the first in my family to go to college. I love working with data and helping people figure out how to use it best to solve their research problems. 3/
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Anonymous Story #20 - Wholly Unfit

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CW: Mentions of Sexual Assault, medication, and verbal abuse
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#DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
I'm a grad student who didn't get diagnosed with my disabilities until fairly recently, and I did so under extreme duress - it was either that and have a legal right to dubious support, or be forced out of my program. 2/
I have ADHD, I'm autistic, and I have joint hypermobility issues which mean I get injured a lot in the course of my work (long field work seasons are rough on both my physical and mental health). 3/
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Anonymous Story #19 - Not disabled enough?

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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.

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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

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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

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...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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Anonymous Story #11 - Campus Tutor

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CW: Sexual Assault, Suicidality
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My community college didn't have disability testing. They required doctor letters that have been written in the past 30 days. The only accommodation was 10 mins extra on test time, nothing else--no interpreters, notetakers, nothing. I'm Deaf. 2/
CW: Sexual Assault, Suicidality
I went to campus tutors constantly to help with notes, then was raped by 1 of them. No investigation. No sympathy. There were no counseling services. 3/
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Anonymous Story #10 - Removed from Campus

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 [blog post] disabledinhighered.weebly.com/blog/october-2… (1/7)

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Content Warning: PTSD, Bipolar Mania⁠

I want to let people know my story, but I wish to remain anonymous because of the stigma. I have bipolar 1, autism, C-PTSD, and a constellation of chronic physical illnesses. 2/
My first semester of college, the only mental health diagnosis I had was PTSD, so I had no idea I am bipolar. I was experiencing my worst ever manic episode for over four months my whole first semester, and although I remember very little, I can tell you the outcome. 3/
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Anonymous Story #9 - Am I the only one?

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 [blog post] disabledinhighered.weebly.com/blog/october-2… (1/X)

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I was really excited when I heard about DEHEM. I’ve been in grad school for 10 years, and I’ve met very few other disabled people. Still, even after reading through all of the roll calls, I feel like I’m the only 1 like me in academia. I’m a schizophrenic with borderline (BPD) 2/
In all the conversations I’ve seen about mental health visibility in academia, I’ve NEVER seen anything about academics who experience psychosis. Anxiety and depression are becoming more normalized, but psychosis is being left out of the conversation.⁠
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Anonymous Story #8 - Being Open about Plurality

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 [blog post] disabledinhighered.weebly.com/blog/being-ope… (1/X)

#DisabledInHigherEd #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
Haven't seen a whole lot of folks like us in higher education, which is probably why we're choosing to share that we exist.

Hello. We're an autistic grad student in the STEM field. We're also an undiagnosed (but seeking therapy) OSDD-1b system. 2/
In layman's terms: we're many people in one body as a result of identity dissociation, but do not experience traditional dissociative amnesia. This is also called "partial Dissociative Identity Disorder" in the ICD-10. 3/
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Anonymous Story #8 - Unsupportive Advisor

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 [blog post] disabledinhighered.weebly.com/blog/unsupport… (1/4)

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This weekend I decided that I need to switch labs. I am starting my fourth year, so it will be extremely painful and likely hurt my career, but my advisor keeps telling me that I don’t belong in academia and if I can’t work longer or harder then I should just leave. (2/4)
I believe that there should be a place for people like me (I have depression & panic disorder, as well as hypothyroidism) & I want to make it through to help reduce the toxic cultural expectations, but I can’t do that if my advisor won’t give me a chance. I’m heartbroken.⁠ (3/4)
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Anonymous Story #7 - How are you?

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 [blog post] disabledinhighered.weebly.com/blog/how-are-y… (1/8)

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CW: mentions of anorexia

I dropped out of my undergraduate degree in engineering (returned 3 years later to finish it) due to severe depression.

I was on antidepressants and attending counselling, but we hadn't yet found the right combination that worked. (2/8)
CW: mentions of anorexia

It was my last semester and I simply could not muster the energy to finish it. In addition to struggling with depression, I was dealing with extreme pain from endometriosis and was in recovery from anorexia nervosa. (3/8)
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1/ Thread: This thread will discuss my journey into mental health, disability, and DEI advocacy in higher academia: it started because struggling with my mental illnesses as a Latina in a STEM degree felt alienating.
2/ Per my last thread: many marginalized folks involved with advocacy in academia speak out and do extra work because of traumatic experiences. For me, I needed an outlet. I pursued self-advocacy and advocacy to stay in my field and higher education.
3/ I also speak out to normalize mental illness and bringing awareness that disabled people deserve a seat at the table with DEI initiatives. Higher education was not built with mental health and disability in mind.
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Discussion: How can Allies Tackle Their Ableism!
Hello to allies in the community! You may be wondering how you can participate in #DEHEM21 & support disabled students, staff, faculty, colleagues, and individuals in the community. 1 thing you can do is tackle your ableism (1/31) Two toned light and medium blue graphic with grey-blue, navy
Ableism is the discrimination & social prejudice against disabled people. Everyone can experience ableism, but it is most prevalent for disabled individuals. It can be both explicit or implicit. What can you do to tackle your ableism? (2/31)
Here are some Don’ts for Disability as an Ally: 1) Don’t use disability as a punchline or to mock people with disabilities. Often, people use disability in jokes or use ableist language to describe others. This language harms disabled people & the disabled experience. (3/31)
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"We're already here, so like make it possible for us to stay here. Make it possible for people to be out & open about all of their identities. Because, no one is doing their best work if they are not able to show up as themselves or get the supports that they need" - @the_tweedy
"We are supposed to collapse our identities into the work that we do...People being able to show up as themselves and be supported anywhere, makes for happier people doing more interesting things & being better to the people around them." - @the_tweedy #DEHEM21
I think that was probably the most impactful few statements from Corin (@the_tweedy) out of the whole interview. Thank you! @LindaCCor @DisInHigherEd #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd #DisabledInHigherEd #DisabledInSTEM
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This event is premering live right now on YouTube [link] .

This is an interview between @DisInHigherEd's Linda (@LindaCCor) and Corin (@the_tweedy), a trans & disabled individual in academia. Linda is an exceptional host (1/2) #DEHEM21
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And Corin (@the_tweedy) is just an amazing person. One of my favorite disabled peers & friends on the platform and can put into words so many things about the disabled & trans experience that I haven't anyone else do. (2/2) #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd #DisabledInHigherEd
And I'm with @LindaCCor that @the_tweedy's research area is awesome! #DEHEM21
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I've been thinking about this a lot tonight. So, as someone who is autistic, ADHD, & generally neurodivergent/neurodiverse, I heavily struggle with executive functioning. Executive dysfunctioning might be my biggest barrier in life 🧵#DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
In college, I noticed that I really struggled in my classes when I was taking classes that had no relation to one another. For instance, if I took biology & English together, it was a nightmare. I had trouble switching topics & even thinking styles. (2/) #DEHEM21
After a few semesters, I started trying to plan my semesters so that I took similar courses & courses with similar cognitive styles together because task-switching became a nightmare for me. I got an accommodation to register early for classes (3/) #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
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