Historically, institutions of higher education have been inaccessible for Mad, mentally ill, neurodivergent, and Disabled (MMIND) students. For generations, we have been left out, discriminated against, and unable to matriculate with non- Disabled students. In recent generations, due to the ADA & 504 laws, many more MMIND students have entered spaces of higher ed, and universities struggle to determine how best to support us. This workshop centers the lived experience of MMIND students through a Disability Justice framework.
We will discuss: the barriers MMIND students face in higher education, how ableism and sanism are systemic and perpetuated by universities, institutional policies that harm MMIND students (such as mandatory reporting and forced medical leave), and how university staff/Professors can best engage with and support their MMIND students, especially during the ongoing COVID pandemic.
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