Disability studies expert Jay T. Dolmage to speak on Academic Ableism at virtual Wright State workshop

Jay T. Dolmage is committed to disability rights in his scholarship, service and teaching.

Disability studies expert and author Jay T. Dolmage will conduct a two-day online workshop on Academic Ableism and Universal Design hosted by Wright State University on April 7-8.

The workshop, part of Wright State’s Inclusive Excellence series, will be conducted from 1 to 2 p.m. on Webex on both days.

Registration is required for each day:

The workshops are designed to be inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. C-Print will be provided. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact shonda.jones@wright.edu.

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education and rewrites the spaces, times and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.

Dolmage is committed to disability rights in his scholarship, service and teaching. His first book, “Disability Rhetoric,” brings together rhetorical theory and history, composition theory, disability studies and critical pedagogy.

“Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education” was published by 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 by Ohio State University Press.

Universal Design for Learning is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments and learning spaces that can accommodate individual learning differences.

Dolmage is the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, chair of the College Composition and Communication Committee on Disability Issues, and is recruited by colleges and universities to hold workshops on Universal Design in teaching and learning.

Funding for the workshop was made possible thanks to a Students First Fund grant from the Wright State University Foundation.

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