Breakout Group 2/9

Hannah Foleck (Writer), Emily Kile, Jessie Harper, Eliana Black,

Keona May

Em: Disability studies have been about having people with disabilities being the subject of research rather than the researchers

H: creating a space where people with disabilities were test subjects

El: Very dehumanizing

Em: There is so little room for people with disabilities in academia, especially the instructor, because people assume that people with disabilities are incompetant and cannot understand higher learning

El: researchers and teachers on the subject tend to not be disabled and the view point becomes biased. Useful to have someone with first hand experience as well as an education

K: representation in this field is so crucial and it is not happening, ex: had tweedy for black women writers, talk about what it means to have a man teaching about women writers. Having the experience of being a part of the movement creates an entirely new narrative. 

El: provides much more impact

J: Having a relativity to the issue ie: disability, even having a disabled person in your family or friend group

El: education is so based on text books and biased research done by people who have never even been around someone with a disability. More real life experiences.

H: physical barriers against people with disabilities theaters in UMW are crazy ex: My class had a project where we checked all theaters and None of them on campus met up with the ADA

J: Accessibility on campus is essentially nonexistence, the excuse of keeping the campus historically accurate to not making the necessary changes is ridiculous. 

K: Would we be considered an ableist society, if people with disabilities created the infrastructure, it only becomes a disability or issue if someone creates a barrier for someone to get through. If ramps were a norm it would not be an issue

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