CELT: “Academic Ableism” Virtual Book Club

The Committee on Accessibility, in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, is offering faculty and staff a virtual book club focusing on a critical discussion piece that will help the reader understand Academic Ableism from a new perspective.

Participants need to obtain a copy of the book (various free formats are available) or check out the audio or open access versions at Michigan Press.

The discussion will be facilitated by Jennifer Ashton (Education and Human Development), Nicolle Hall (Student Accessibility Services), Jessica Sniatecki (Healthcare Studies) and Kate Yurko (Education and Human Development).


Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 11 am 12 pm (Microsoft Teams)

Registration expires at midnight the day prior. Register at CELT here or the events calendar here

A link will be sent upon registration to the virtual discussion.

Academic Ableism Description:

“Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center. For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of higher education encourages students and teachers alike to accentuate ability, valorize perfection, and stigmatize anything that hints at intellectual, mental, or physical weakness, even as we gesture toward the value of diversity and innovation. Examining everything from campus accommodation processes, to architecture, to popular films about college life, Dolmage argues that disability is central to higher education and that building more inclusive schools allows better education for all.”

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