Hey everyone! welcome back. If you’re looking for the deets on accessibility while you live, work, or visit at queen’s you can read my analysis and recommendations here or on my other blog called disabilityheard. My name is fitch and i do the disability news from inside kingston ontario turtle island. it’s still early and i’m figuring things out as i write. My current work project is to begin a disability studies program at queens and a disability film institute in the old blockbuster on queen street. Thats the five year plan in a nutshell. Letting you know i am currently here and if you need the university to do something for you there is a rather uncomfortable and invasive practice of having to get a doctor explain your needs byway of a note. Yes, thats right you will be infantilized by the university that you have already been accepted into . (you even have to pay for the note. doctors are doing overtime writing notes to institutions on behalf of disabled students. And that is discriminatory. And alienating.) But you are already a supercrip. you have already managed a series of hurdles that other students won’t have to worry about or may never ever have to think about. So i congratulate you on your persistence and amazing support networks you already have. (although just a warning –i think that the new system will multiply people’s anxiety and learning stress rather than reducing and managing symptoms of school. Ugh.) But we are here now. Lets see if we can carve out a little more safe space for us to hang out together and learn from each other.
Here is just a small bit of what is written on the QSAS (Queen’s Student Accommodation service) intro page. Sorry you are going to be responsible for educating a lot of people. That’s just how it is at queens right now. But I hope we are making progress. The website requests that you “Please inform your advisor if there are any changes to your program or disability that require updating your academic accommodations. [it goes on to state] Changes due to disability may require supporting documentation. As always, your documentation must come from a registered health care professional experienced in the field of the student’s disability. There are different requirements for documentation depending on the nature of your disability.” I can not even read this without experiencing some shit. Anyway it’s not simple but it is an amazing thing to find your tribe. Look well my friends.
Plus Queen’s accessibilityhub’s twitter account is always worthwhile place to look for help if you are feeling isolated and alone. Which i believe will be inevitable based on the current policy.
I’m working on a critique and analysis of the system of accommodations rather than a system of accessibility.
If you are a student with disability here is one of the link you will need if you are going to figure it out.
Accessibility Hub tweets from Stauffer library accessible spaces designed around the unique needs of disabled students.