Hello all,

I'm so enjoying reading your posts--keep them coming!

Three tasks for our workshop today:

1) Post your thoughts about Johanna Hedva's "Sick Woman Theory" and my intro to ableism and some disability justice thinkers in our thread on Discourse;

2) Start adding some wishes, ideas, thoughts, dreams to our group-written manifesto for a syllabus of care (click the link for a Google Doc you should be able to edit); and

3) Read Andrew Pulrang's "We Need to Stop Patrolling the Borders of Disability" (I know, you didn't think you'd be linking to Forbes.com and I didn't either. Pulrang is a freelance writer who has collaborated on some major disability rights/disability justice initiatives, including the hashtag #CripTheVote). Also, read through tweets with the hashtag #WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut--these will link you to first-person accounts from students about how ableist policies forced them out of higher education. I'll open a thread with some questions for discussion this afternoon.

I hope that you are all taking good care of your bodies and minds. Please do prioritize your well-being in our work together. There is no such thing as a small post or a small contribution; we want to hear from each other in ways that keep us well. I've arranged the schedule by day to give it a kind of framing and pace, but do not let that make you feel "late" or "behind." I want our work to be flexible, and there is no rule that says "Monday is over, so don't post in the Monday thread" or whatever. Rather, just treat those as groupings. (Maybe next time I will name them something else . . .?)

With gratitude for everything you're all sharing--t.

P.S. If you are new to Twitter, or would just rather not be on social media, quick access notes for the hashtag #WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut: You should be able to access a list of tweets with this hashtag at this link without creating an account (this has worked for me in other browsers where I'm not signed in to Twitter). Alternatively, you can create a throwaway account, log in, and then enter #WhyDisabledPeopleDropOut in the search box (no spaces between the words).

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