“Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education” by Dr. Jay Dolmage

Please join us on October 22nd, 2018 from 12: 00 – 1:30 for a talk entitled “Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education” by Dr. Jay Dolmage, Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo. This event will be held at the Faculty of Law building, Farmer Conference room (Rm 1111), and will have live open captioning. To register for this event please click on this link:http://attend.com/academicableism

Talk description:

For too long, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of higher education encourages students and teachers alike to accentuate ability, valorize perfection, and stigmatize anything that hints at intellectual, mental, or physical weakness, even as we gesture toward the value of diversity and innovation. Examining everything from campus accommodation processes, to architecture, to popular films about college life, this talk will argue that disability is central to higher education, and that building more inclusive schools allows better education for all.

Dr. Jay Dolmage’s bio:

I am committed to disability rights in my scholarship, service, and teaching. My work brings together rhetoric, writing, disability studies, and critical pedagogy. My first book, entitled Disability Rhetoric, was published with Syracuse University Press in 2014. Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education was published with Michigan University Press in 2017 and is available in an open-access version online. Disabled Upon Arrival: Eugenics, Immigration, and the Construction of Race and Disability was published in 2018 with Ohio State University Press. I am the Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

This event is being organized by The Law Disability & Social Change Project, in collaboration with the University of Windsor’s Disability Studies Program. This event is free, open to the public and aims to be barrier-free.

We hope to see you there!


Laverne Jacobs, PhD Jijian Voronka, PhD
Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies Assistant Professor
Faculty of Law, University of Windsor School of Social Work
Founding Director, The Law, Disability & Social Change Project University of Windsor

The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie.