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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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I want to share a bit for this HT because, while I didn’t end up having to drop out, systemic ableism def. meant I thrived and learned less in school than I could have . . . #WhyDisabledPeopleDropout
Like a lot of Autistic women/non cis men, I did receive MH dxes in my teens and young adult years, but never had the full picture of myself/my support needs bc I did not fit the traditional diagnostic criteria (white male, not masking socially, etc). #WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut
By sophomore year of college, I was burnt out from trying so hard to be “a good girl” and student and fitting in socially with my peers that I had my first major depression—which I now understand to be autistic burnout. #WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut
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Reading #WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut and have so many feelings. Most of all, I wish the majority of the student population and academic staff realised how bad the situation is.
My campus was over a thousand acres and there was only one fully accessible bathroom #WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut
The spaces for wheelchairs to sit are almost always not next to any other seating. I would have to sit completely isolated from my peers in almost every class.
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