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.