Excellent Resources for Other Profs Interested in Making Any Course More Accessible
- Creating Accessible Learning Environments: A valuable resource from Vanderbilt University.
- Accessible Syllabus: This website is about making your syllabus and class accessible and gives good practical advice.
- Disability and the Writing Classroom: From Stephanie Kershbaum, this resource has links to handouts and advice. Many resources apply outside of writing, but the resource is aimed at writing classrooms.
Making Events Accessible
- How to put on an Accessible Exhibition
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
- Queer Future Collective Handouts: includes Tips for Accessible Spaces and Ableist Language Swaps (as well as other useful info)
- ADA Hospitality Guide: Accessible Meetings, Events, and Conferences
Handy Links for Course Participants
- National Center on Disability and Journalism: Useful Style Guide on Disability and Language – helpful for those of you who have chosen to write something as part of your Adventure Plans: https://ncdj.org/style-guide/
- The Disabled List, a group of design professionals advocating for disability design by and with disabled people and led by the indomitable Liz Jackson, is curating a resource called #CriticalAxis that analyzes advertisements that feature disabled people: http://www.criticalaxis.org/
Course Pages of Other People’s Classes
These are pages of classes at other universities that have topics that intersect with our own course theme or provide additional resources in areas that we will not make focal in this course.
- Annotating Disability Studies: A class project developed by Lauren Obermark, this site provides an annotated bibliography of topic areas in disability studies. The student have provided wonderful descriptions of the links they give: https://annotatingds.wordpress.com/
- Black Disabled Woman Syllabus Compilation: Vilissa Thompson of Ramp Your Voice! provides a wonderful reading list that highlights the voices of black disabled women: http://rampyourvoice.com/2016/05/05/black-disabled-woman-syllabus-compilation/
- Crutches and Spice: Imani Barbarin has some really wonderful articles about disability, media, experience, and context: https://crutchesandspice.com/
- Disability in Media: This class site on Disability in the Media developed by Natalie Martiniello is fantastic; it has units worth reading on the SuperCrip Phenomenon and other common tropes in the communication and coverage of disability: http://www.trinimex.ca/disabilityinmedia/index.htm
- FilmDis: Dominick Evans and Ashton Law watch all the disability representation on tv each year and then analyze by other identity categories, authenticity, and other notes: filmdis.com
- Understanding Disability Through Mass Media: Beth Haller’s course on this topic focuses on the representation of disability and includes a fanatastic list of blogs and memoirs and other material: https://bethhaller.wordpress.com/syllabi/understanding-disability-through-mass-media/?fref=gc&dti=815091775182425
Disability Community Blogs
Sometimes these blogs talk about technologies and infrastructure related to disabilities. They are excellent resources for folks interested in disability narrative, memoir, and advocacy. (Note that some disabled folks are reclaiming “cripple” or “crip” in the way that some in the LGBT community have reclaimed “queer.”)
- Autistic Hoya: Lydia Brown focuses on autistic culture and pride at Autistic Hoya – some great reflections on language and higher ed too: http://www.autistichoya.com/
- Bad Cripple: Bill Peace, Syracuse University, keeps a blog where he’s posted about our society’s misguided prioritization of walking, as well as thoughts about access, parenting and disability, and more: http://badcripple.blogspot.com/
- Born Just Right: Jen Lee Reeves writes about her experiences as a mother with a limb different child and writes passionately about the image and limits of prosthetics. Her post “Prosthetics do not change everything” is useful in thinking about media coverage of prosthetic tech: http://www.bornjustright.com/
- Disability Rights Bastard: The Disability Rights Bastard blogs about disability coverage in the news and culture: https://disabilityrightsbastard.wordpress.com/
- Smartass Cripple: Mike Ervin, disability activist, keeps a sarcastic blog about disability inspiration, poor cultural narratives about disability, and other relevant topics: http://smartasscripple.blogspot.com/
- Star in Her Eye: Heather Kirn Lanier, author and poet, writes about parenting a child with a disability, and has a great post about assistive walkers and imagery of disability (among other great posts): https://starinhereye.wordpress.com/
- Words I Wheel By: Emily Ladau blogs about technologies, access, and disability: http://wordsiwheelby.com/
Useful Twitter Threads & Hashtags
- Use Liz Jackson’s hashtag #DisabilityDongle to see the latest in devices made for disabled people that disabled people aren’t excited about
- On disability memoir
- On disability simulation
- Also recommended: Imani Barbarin’s #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow and #AbledsAreWeird — Imani Barbarin is on tik-tok now too!
Maxims for Teachers: I trust the words of my dear friend and brilliant historian of medicine colleague Monique Dufour. She often beautifully articulates approaches to teaching, learning, and being an instructor that I admire and appreciate. My teaching style and approach often reflect the conversations we have had about pedagogy. She blogs her Maxims for Teachers here: http://moniquedufour.com
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