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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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A grad program has monthly faculty meetings to discuss “struggling” students. Remediation plans with student flaws are passed around for all to see, often containing info on disability accommodations. Help me explain how this leads to bias.
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A huge issue has been that professors seem to keep a sort of tally on how often students are asking for accommodations such as extensions on assignments across courses, which in turn affects how “reasonable” their professors see their requests.
Additionally, whether this is a legal gray area or flat-out illegal I don’t know. But it is certainly NOT best practice! I’m sure @ADANational and @AAPD would agree.
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The first of the named stories we're sharing comes from @ChrisMillsRD.

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#DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
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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Anonymous Story #19 - Not disabled enough?

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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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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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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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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My #DisabledInHigherEd fam, Hiiiiiii 🥰. I'm Mani-Jade Garcia (@manijadegarcia) & I have the honor of taking over this sacred page today 🙏🏾❤️. Thank you all for trusting me to share space with you.

Below is a photo of me smiling at all of you from my heart, as I am always!

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I went by Mani for most of my life. Then last November I opened-up about being a two-spirit person. I began using "he/they" pronouns until that didn't feel natural, then I switched to "they/them," which I am most comfortable with. So I now go by Mani-Jade or "MJ" for short.

So please call me "Mani-Jade" or "MJ" for short. BOTH energies are very strong in me and really love to be acknowledged 🙏🏾❤️.

Today I'm going to share ideas I have been contemplating for managing stress; cultivating joy; & healing as disabled people. I hope we can discuss.

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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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As we launch Disabled Empowerment in Higher Education Month, it's important to talk about what disability means, how it is defined and discussed, and the basics people need to know. This thread will kick off #DEHEM21 by serving as “Disability 101" #DisInHigherEd (1/27) Two toned light and medium ...
What is disability? There is no easy answer to this question. It depends on what model you are using (e.g. medical, social, charity). (2/27) #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd #DisabledInHigherEd
The CDC defines disability as “any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world (participation restrictions)” (3/27) #DEHEM21 #DisInHigherEd
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Hello, everyone! It's your favorite ( or soon to be favorite) professor, Dr. Stephen Klusza, aka Dr. K. I am excited to be taking over the @DisabledInHigherEd account for the day. It's my first Twitter takeover and a very special one in advocating for all disabled people.
I am currently working on my first series of tweets where I will share the story of my past, the present, and my future as I would like to see it, so stay tuned. However, at this moment, I would like to thank everyone in the @DisabledInHigherEd executive team
for setting this up and inviting me to participate. It's an incredible amount of work and really marks another chapter in the fight for disability visibility, representation, and social justice. I am honored to be here!
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We reached 500 followers in 5 days! 🥳🎉 Thank you to everyone that is following us and supporting us as we are creating what we believe will be an awesome month of disability discussion, recognition, and celebration in higher education.

#DisInHigherEd #DisabledInHigherEd
We are so glad that people have come to support us and disabled students across higher education and employment so early! We hope to bring real change in education for disabled folks!
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