Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education

Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education

by Jay T. Dolmage

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472053711
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/22/2017
Series: Corporealities: Discourses Of Disability Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 328,590
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jay Timothy Dolmage is Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Disability Studies and Rhetoric 5

Eugenics and Colonial Science 11

Snapshots of Exclusion 20

A Note on (Plain) Language and (Open) Access 31

Coda: Ableist Apologia 35

1 Steep Steps 41

Steep Steps to Ivory Towers 44

Eugenic Mergers 49

Building Disability 53

Sickness and Wellness 56

Climbing the Steep Steps 58

Creating Steep Steps 61

2 The Retrofit 67

Defeat Devices 73

Cover Your Ass 75

The Affect of Accommodation 79

From Eradication to Negotiation 84

Digital Curb Cuts (to Nowhere) 86

#AcademicAbleism 89

"A Rights-Demanding Bunch" 95

3 Imaginary College Students 99

Somnolent Samantha 101

Super Samantha 103

Slow Samantha 107

Critical Multimodality 113

4 Universal Design 115

Deep, Transformative, Tolerant, Redundant 118

On Futurity 121

Bringing Disability, Usability, and Universal Design Together 125

Histories 126

Critiquing Usability and Universal Design 129

Futures for Disability, Usability, and Universal Design 131

We Need to Talk about Universal Design 132

Posing Problems 134

Interest Convergence 135

We Need to Talk about Universal Design in the Neoliberal University 138

Landmarks 141

The Digital Lives of Universal Design 143

Checklistification and Neurorhetorics 145

5 Disability on Campus, on Film: Framing the Failures of Higher Education 153

Segregating Difference 156

The Educational Construction of Disability 164

Failure and Refusal 171

The Disabled Professor: How to Win an Oscar 175

Not Yet 178

Commencement 185

Notes 193

Bibliography 205

Index 223

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