Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education

Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education


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Disability is not always central to claims about diversity and inclusion in higher education, but should be. This collection reveals the pervasiveness of disability issues and considerations within many higher education populations and settings, from classrooms to physical environments to policy impacts on students, faculty, administrators, and staff.  While disclosing one’s disability and identifying shared experiences can engender moments of solidarity, the situation is always complicated by the intersecting factors of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. With disability disclosure as a central point of departure, this collection of essays builds on scholarship that highlights the deeply rhetorical nature of disclosure and embodied movement, emphasizing disability disclosure as a complex calculus in which degrees of perceptibility are dependent on contexts, types of interactions that are unfolding, interlocutors’ long- and short-term goals, disabilities, and disability experiences, and many other contingencies.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472053704
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Series: Corporealities: Discourses Of Disability Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 588,565
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 16.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stephanie L. Kerschbaum is Associate Professor of English, University of Delaware.

Laura T. Eisenman is Associate Professor of Education, University of Delaware.

James M. Jones is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity, University of Delaware.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Disability, Disclosure, and Diversity Stephanie L. Kerschbaum Laura T. Eisenman James M. Jones 1

I Identity

Passing, Coming Out, and Other Magical Acts Ellen Samuels 15

A Hybridized Academic Identity: Negotiating a Disability within Academia's Discourse of Ableism Shahd Alshammari 25

Perceptions of Disability on a Postsecondary Campus: Implications for Oppression and Human Love Eduardo Barragan Emily A. Nusbaum 39

Feminism, Disability, and the Democratic Classroom Amber Knight 57

Rhetorical Disclosures: The Stakes of Disability Identity in Higher Education Tara Wood 75

II Intersectionality

Bodyminds Like Ours: An Autoethnographic Analysis of Graduate School, Disability, and the Politics of Disclosure Angela M. Carter R. Tina Catania Sam Schmitt Amanda Swenson 95

Complicating "Coming Out": Disclosing Disability, Gender, and Sexuality in Higher Education Ryan A. Miller Richmond D. Wynn Kristine W. Webb 115

Students with Disabilities in Higher Education: Welfare, Stigma Management, and Disclosure Katherine D. Seelman 135

"Overcoming" in Disability Studies and African American Culture Wendy S. Harbour Rosalie Boone Elaine Bourne Heath Sislena G. Ledbetter 149

Risking Experience: Disability, Precarity and Disclosure Kate Kaul 171

III Representation

Postmodern Madness on Campus: Narrating and Navigating Mental Difference and Disability Bradley Lewis 191

Doing Disability with Others Rebecca Sanchez 211

Science Fiction, Affect, and Crip Self-Invention-Or, How Philip K. Dick Made Me Disabled Josh Lukin 227

Satire, Scholarship, and Sanity; or How to Make Mad Professors Therí A. Pickens 243

Diagnosing Disability, Disease, and Disorder Online: Disclosure, Dismay, and Student Research Amy Vidali 255

IV Institutional Change and Policy

Access to Higher Education Mediated by Acts of Self-Disclosure: "It's a Hassle" Moira A. Carroll-Miranda 275

Intellectual Disability in the University: Expanding the Conversation about Diversity and Disclosure Brian Freedman Laura T. Eisenman Meg Grigal Debra Hart 291

Accommodations and Disclosure for Faculty Members with Mental Disability Stephanie L. Kerschbaum Amber M. O'Shea Margaret Price Mark S. Salzer 311

An Initial Model for Accommodation Communication between Students with Disabilities and Faculty Tonette S. Rocco Joshua C. Collins 327

I am Different/So Are You: Creating Safe Spaces for Disability Disclosure (A Conversation) Daisy L. Breneman Susan Ghiaciuc Valerie L. Schoolcraft Keri A. Vandeberg 345

Notes 363

Contributors 369

Index 379

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