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Disability and the University

A Disabled Students’ Manifesto

Edited By Christopher McMaster and Benjamin Whitburn

Disability and the University: A Disabled Students’ Manifesto is a guide to what students with disabilities need to know about attending university, as well as to the essentials universities should provide for these students. Each chapter presents a benchmark for students to follow as they travel through the institution, and lays clear what they should expect. Written by former students with disabilities who have traversed the terrain and experienced higher education, this book is not about disabled students, but instead is a manifesto, a call for change, a call to action. It is a guide book, blueprint, and tool for both students and universities.

Disability and the University is divided into four parts, each examining crucial aspects of higher education, including the culture of the academy, movement beyond the limits of compliance, access to and in the institution, and disability rights. Each chapter is a statement of what every institution of higher education should provide for disabled students.

While every country has its own practice and laws based on its own experience, arbitrary national boundaries should no longer be a reason for practices that do not meet student needs. Disability and the University speaks across borders, and leaves no doubt about what needs to be done to develop more inclusive teaching and learning spaces.

Mike Oliver: Foreword – Ben Whitburn/Christopher McMaster: Political Struggle for Inclusion in Higher Education – Travis Chi Wing Lau: Slowness, Disability, and Academic Productivity: The Need to Rethink Academic Culture – Denise Beckwith: Disability Advocacy Within the Ableist Environment of Academia – Fady Shanouda: The Violent Consequences of Disclosure … and How Disabled and Mad Students Are Pushing Back – Leechin Heng: Negotiating the Space of Academia as a Disabled Student – Megan Zahneis: Disability Studies in Higher Education: Developing Identity and Community – Justin Freedman/Laura Jaffee/Katie Roquemore/Yosung Song/Hetsie Swartz Veitch: Beyond Compliance: Disabled Student Activism on Campus – George Low: Reasonable Adjustments – Zoie Sheets: But You Look Fine: Limitations of the Letter of Accommodation – Justin Harford: Universalizing International Exchange for Students with Disabilities – Mostafa Attia: The Need for Systemic Supports: Barriers Faced by Students with Disabilities in the Majority World – April B. Coughlin: "I Can’t Even Reach the Waffle-maker!": Increasing Access for Students with Physical Disabilities on University Campuses – Georgia Geller: Assistance Dogs and Academia: Supporting the Dynamic Duo – Erin Pritchard: A Hierarchy of Impairments: The Absence of Body Size in Disability Accommodations Within Universities – Boopathi P./Muruganandan K.: Creating an Accessible and Resilient Environment Inside the Indian University – Katelin Anderson/Beth Rogers: Disabled by Society: Knowing and Invoking Your Rights – Karen McCall: Identifying and Eliminating Digital Barriers – Tafadzwa Rugoho: Navigating the Mud of Tertiary Education: The Experience of Disabled Students at Universities in the Global South – Maree Roche: Even the Delusional Can Learn: The Recognition of Diverse States of Mind, Knowing and Being – Matthew Bereza: From Classification to Culture: Learning Disabilities in Higher Education – Contributors.