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Signs of Disability: Faculty, Accommodations, and Access at Work
February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
While accommodation procedures for students are by now generally recognized and recognizable (although there is certainly still tremendous work to do on this front), the question of faculty accommodations is uncharted terrain on many college and university campuses. Using the concept of “signs of disability”—a means of making disability available for noticing and attention using a variety of embodied, environmental, and discursive practices—Dr. Stephanie Kerschbaum will describe some of the experiences and encounters that disabled faculty have shared in research interviews, published accounts, and surveys. What such accounts reveal is that the emergence of disability and the concomitant development of access and accommodation practices is part of a dynamic interrelationship between institutional cultures, environments for disability, and various ways that disability is available for noticing (or not-noticing) within faculty bodies and practices. Attendees will have the opportunity to brainstorm and engage in conversation about how these ideas might be informed by specific elements of the UCSC context and culture as well as generate next steps and questions for those interested and invested in creating more broadly inclusive academic environments for all members of the campus community, including faculty.