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As a disabled person it hurts to see all the adjustments that we’ve been denied suddenly be made available because non-disabled people might get sick.

But we will remember, we see you & your ableism.

So next time you deny us accommodations, we will say “but during Coronavirus?”
As this tweet is making quite a few people realise that massive barriers are created by ableism & refusal to make accommodations...

#Disabled folks what *reasonable* adjustments are you suddenly seeing that have been denied to you or would make a massive difference to you?
I'll start.

Working from home. I'm visually impaired & use a white cane, using inaccessible public transport everyday is exhausting physically & mentally.

Working from home means I can be productive, happy & safe.

I've frequently been refused this reasonable adjustment.
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Here's my latest* update to my vetted collection of Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness hashtags. Please share it!

Thank you :-) Graffiti background. Foreground in black letters on a  white background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”<br />
This collection is current as of 01.30.20, previous Twitter update 09.11.19.

There's a PDF version coming up this weekend, to be posted to my Kofi profile. I'll add the link toward the end when it goes up, after the questions, where you can also sign up for email updates.
This version has added

- community suggestions,
- mental health hashtags,
- Medical crowdfunding hashtags,
- and a section for cancer-related hashtags.
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#AdviceToProfessors As a disabled student, the first thing I do when we get the syllabus is flip to the attendance policy and let me explain in detail why this one is so terribly daunting and ableist. A picture of part of a syllabus. It is too long for ALT text so please see tweet reply for image description.
Missing class because of your disability or illness is annoying and frustrating as hell. Announcing how you don't care about helping students catch up is very telling and makes you a non-ally. Asking us to rely on other students is simply not efficient and effective (cont'd)
A) other students may not take very good notes

B) some people struggle socially to make friends etc. in class they can ask

C) we will usually end up having to reveal our disability to them after we have to ask several times, esp if they're annoyed.

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The “special needs” framing is damaging for so many reasons, but one of them is that it puts the burden on the disabled person to ask for & secure accommodation. This aisle is not wheelchair accessible. #AcademicAbleism Distance between desk/table and chairs on side is not wide enough for a wheelchair.
Which means the only reason the will conform to ADA is if they have a registered student who needs it (and fights to get it enforced on a daily basis). Faculty, staff, visitors.... they don’t think wheelchair users could also be these. #AcademicAbleism
“Special needs” framing allows ableds to treat disabled people as “other” instead of PEOPLE. Your friends, your family, and future you. Part of the human race. Taxpayers, students, staff, leaders. #AcademicAbleism
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Here’s my latest update to the list of Twitter #Disability & #ChronicIllness Hashtags.

- previous update 02.24.19 -

Please share it! Thank you. :-)

@ImageAltText Graffiti background. Foreground in white letters on a  red background to the left reads “Twitter Disability and Chronic Illness Hashtags”
There will be a PDF version up for download on my Ko-fi, likely tomorrow morning. The link is at the end.
Hashtags For Personal Narratives.

These hashtags are for sharing your stories & experiences. Also good for crowdsourcing solutions.

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Thread: When I say I have to miss class for a doctor's appointment what I actually mean is I have to miss class for a specialist appointment or procedure I have been waiting anywhere between 3 to 8 months to schedule, at a hospital 2 hours away from where I live 1/
because even though my chronic illnesses are not very rare there is only one center in the entire state that is somewhat competent in helping treat my chronic condition, which, no I cannot just ignore or refuse to treat because unfortunately ignoring and refusing to treat 2/
my chronic condition means I will be unconscious in your class and/or having to drop out of your class and/or having to drop out of school (which has happened). So. When a disabled student says they have to miss class for a doctor's appointment, I don't care if your class 3/
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“All supposedly educated people have ceased to believe that the dead can become visible as spirits, and have made any such appearances dependent on improbably and remote conditions.” -Freud, The Uncanny #GhostlyMatters
What are the implications of the scholarly dismissal of the ghostly- on scholarship, on spirits, and on haunted academics and academies? #GhostlyMatters #AcademicAbleism
How do we- the haunting and haunted, the scholar and subject- reckon with ghosts that have been removed or ignored? #GhostlyMatters #AcademicAbleism
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Pulling some important quotes from (thesis-related) close reading of the @autselfadvocacy Navigating College handbook. #AutisticsInAcademia #helenreads
“Remember one thing: You made it to college because you have potential. You are in college because you demonstrated capability to get here.” -Samantha April Davis, Worth
“Consider applying to the disability office under a related condition, such as anxiety.” -Samantha April Davis, Self Accommodation

This is crucial for people who are self-dx and/or don’t have current documentation of certain disabilities.
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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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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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