Focusing on the theme of “slowness,” this article demonstrates that an individualized approach to access in university life worsens inequity rather than alleviating it. It introduces the concept of the “accommodations loop,” through which slow systems and processes impede access through a relentless focus on individual accommodation and biocertification. The accommodations loop shows that time, often thought of as a desirable commodity, can also be used to harm disabled people in the name of inclusion. In closing, this article argues that we should work toward equity through systems of collective accountability, rather than individual accommodation.
Time Harms: Disabled Faculty Navigating the Accommodations Loop
Margaret Price is an associate professor of English and director of the Disability Studies Program at the Ohio State University. She has published one book, Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (2011), as well as numerous articles, essays, stories, and poems. She is now at work on a forthcoming book titled Crip Spacetime: A Reorientation to Disability Studies.
Margaret Price; Time Harms: Disabled Faculty Navigating the Accommodations Loop. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 April 2021; 120 (2): 257–277. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8915966
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