Archive: Aug 2014

  1. Interacting with Disabled Students on College Campuses: Disability Etiquette & Words of Wisdom

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    Earlier this month, I wrote about my college experience as a disabled student at my alma mater, Winthrop University.  That article received great responses from those within my networks; one particular response came from a former professor suggesting that I write a follow-up article for classmates and professors.  She stated that such an article would be helpful to those who are interacting with disabled students for the first time, which I highly agreed with.

    Online, I have seen several blog postings about academic ableism from current or former college students who experienced ablesim (which is discrimination against those with disabilities) during their collegiate years.  Though I am fortunate to have not had firsthand experience of this matter, I am well aware that such prejudices and misconceptions about students with disabilities exist on our campuses.  Such incidences does not just affect that disabled student’s self-esteem about their status, but it can also be detrimental to their educational success.  No one should feel ostracized or demeaned by their peers or professors due to being disabled; this is a form of injustice that cannot be ignored or accepted in or outside the classroom.

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  2. The George Takei Disabled Meme Controversy: The Offense, Response, & Public Apology

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    Over the past few weeks, the disability community has expressed its outrage regarding the inspiration porn-like meme that George Takei posted on his Facebook page.  George Takei is well-known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek.  George Takei has amassed a strong following online, as many loved him and those who were a part of the series, and he is very outspoken about gay rights and marriage equality as a gay man of color.

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  3. Reflection of My College Experience as a Disabled Student

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    As students of all ages begin preparing to go back to school, I decided to reflect on my college experience as a disabled student.  August of 2004 was when I became a freshman at Winthrop University, my alma mater.  It amazes me that it was exactly 10 years ago that I set wheels on that campus, and the memories I had of those 4 years I will proudly carry with me forever.

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  4. The Importance of Practicing Self-Care as a Disabled Person

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    What exactly is self-care, you might ask?  Self-care is the active participation in enhancing the quality of your physical, mental, and emotional health.  Some people erroneously believe that nurturing the self is for those who are weak, fragile, or are slackers.  Self-care is something that everyone should practice regularly, and make time for.  Self-care is unique to each person because there are different activities that each of us can do that will allow us to “recharge” our batteries to be fully present and helpful to ourselves, our loved ones, and our obligations/responsibilities.

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