Ableism in Academia

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Forum for Disabled Staff and Postgraduate Students are delighted to host Ableism in Academia.

 

Date & Time

Tuesday, 17th August 2021

12:00 – 14:00 Irish Standard Time

 

Academia in Ireland purports to be diverse and inclusive but is it really? This seminar will explore Ableism in Academia in Ireland.

Although there have been greater numbers of disabled students progressing to higher education in recent years (7.1%), there have been far lower transition rates into postgraduate studies (2.4%) and then on to academia. Disabled people in academia report facing a range of barriers to a successful transition and ableism in academia is endemic. Resulting in fears of disclosure of a disability or seeking reasonable accommodations due to ableist attitudes and outdated perceptions. Little is known about the wider experiences of disabled people in academia in Ireland. This seminar will aim to explore ableism in academia in Ireland, provide a platform to share experiences of disabled, chronically ill and neurodivergent staff.

This will be an interactive session on Zoom.

This event is focused on all of the members of the disabled community working in the academic environment in higher education including academic, administrative, and casual, postgrads, postdocs etc.

Opening

Dr Vivian Rath

Convenor & Founder, Trinity College Dublin Forum for Disabled Staff & Postgraduate Students.

Keynote

Dr Nicole Browne

We are delighted to be joined by Dr Brown. She has written extensively on this subject and has recently published a new book titled, ‘Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia: Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education’. For more information go to Nicole’s Webpage

Panel Discussion

Dr Patricia McCarthy

Vice Convenor TCD Forum for Disabled Staff & Postgrad Students, Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Deirdre O’ Connor

Chair of the Staff Disability Committee, University College Dublin.

Dr Sara Hope Kift

GSU Postgraduate Disability Officer, Trinity College Dublin.

Hearing the Lived Experience

The topic will be opened to the floor giving attendees the opportunity to share experiences of academic life in higher education. This session will look at how we can make improvements and have our voices heard.

Reflections & Close

TBC

This event is being organised by the Trinity College Dublin Forum for Disabled Staff & Postgraduate Students.

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This event has been supported by the Trinity College Dublin Equality Office. 

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