I can't wait to get into the meat of this dissertation. The stories of disabled people are important and far to often not told or worse, told by someone else.
In the years that I have spent in graduate school, I have not once been subjected to a timed test. All of the work in my program of study is based on either written work or oral presentations. While this isn’t the universal experience of graduate school, it isn’t wholly unique either. Yet, according to … Continue reading According to Bruce Pardy, I Shouldn’t be a PhD Student
Being disabled in academia can be difficult. Not just in terms of access to physical and academic supports but also in terms of the disability is presented in academic discourse. The social environment of universities can be toxic for disabled students and academics. So much so that some people feel that they have to leave. … Continue reading When the Real Life Murder of a Disabled Child Was Used as a Moral Dilemma in a University Class
Requiring accommodations in post-secondary education can be complicated to maneuver through. I have had experience with the bureaucracy of asking for accommodation at three separate universities and my experiences have been mixed at all of them. Most universities in my experience have similar policies around delivering accommodations to disabled students. The process goes like this. … Continue reading How University Professors React to Requests for Disability Accommodations
I was fortunate to be able to complete both my undergraduate and masters degrees with relatively little financial difficulty. Cumulatively, I accrued less than $5,000 in student debt. I was able to cover the rest by working and the odd scholarship and bursary. With this history in mind, I entered my gap year between my … Continue reading Why I am Trying to CrowdFund my PhD in Disability Studies
So I will be starting my PhD in Critical Disability Studies this Autumn. In preparation for this I have been applying for housing. I learned my lesson about campus housing during my Masters. I need physical accommodations for housing. I like many other disabled people have been taught to shun accommodation wherever possible. I grew … Continue reading The Bureaucracy of Disability Accommodation in University