Whose Knowledge of Disability Has Value?

Last week I chronicled the five-year process I had to go through to get medical documentation of my disability. I mentioned that I was dumbfounded that after going to my main eye doctor for a few years and finally throwing a fit, he mentioned that his practice had a low vision specialist that he couldContinue reading “Whose Knowledge of Disability Has Value?”

How Hard Is It To Get Documentation of a Disability?

I’ve previously blogged about the access fatigue that comes along with asking for accommodations. At my institution—and most others—students cannot ask for accommodations unless they are formally registered as having a disability with their campus disability services office. Similarly, faculty and staff cannot ask for accommodations unless they are formally registered as having a disabilityContinue reading “How Hard Is It To Get Documentation of a Disability?”

8 Things You Can Do to Make Your Workplace or Class More Accessible

Because disability is not stable, making a workplace or a classroom accessible is not a “one and done” endeavor. The concept of “accommodations” certainly implies that accessibility is about making one or two tweaks to an environment and then moving on, but that idea is based on an ableist idea of disability as stable. HereContinue reading “8 Things You Can Do to Make Your Workplace or Class More Accessible”

Identifying Accommodations Is Harder than You Think

I’ve previously blogged about the access fatigue that comes along with asking for accommodations. Before you can even ask for accommodations, though, you need to know what to ask for, and that’s more difficult than it may seem. With my low vision, for example, it may seem obvious that I need good lighting, but whatContinue reading “Identifying Accommodations Is Harder than You Think”