History of the Disabled Academic Collective

 

Hello, 

My name is Nicole Schroeder and I'm the founder of the Disabled Academic Collective. We are a group of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars who identify as disabled. We came together in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to form a support network. We have found the academy at large to be an inaccessible space, one that is especially hard to navigate for those with disabilities. Our Collective provides a platform for disabled academics to chat, share experiences, solicit advice, and share hope for the future. We are committed to dismantling ableist barriers to access in higher education. 

 

We ​designed this blog space so that we can share our experiences and our expertise beyond the membership of our Collective. This is a space where able-bodied individuals can read about our experiences, learn how to design more equitable academic environments, and confront their own ableist practices. 

We hope that our words move you. We hope that our words push you to become allies. We hope that we can inspire you to become involved in disability rights on your own campus. 

Our moderating team, social media team, and blog editorial team are made entirely of volunteers. If you'd like to get involved please contact us below!

An Overview of Our Team Members

Moderator Team: Nicole Schroeder, Linda Corcoran, Titanium Butterfly

Social Media Team: Nic Helms (Note: any members are welcome to take over our Twitter handle week to week) 

Blog Editorial Team: Nic Helms, Osnat Katz, Hannah Anderson, and Linda Corcoran

Leadership Bios

Nicole Schroeder

  • Roles

    • Founder of the DAC​

    • Host of our Discord Server

    • Discord Moderator

    • Web Designer

    • Email Communication Coordinator

  • Bio

    • Hi, I'm Nicole Schroeder, I'm a PhD Candidate in History. I write a lot about universal design, accessible classrooms, and inclusive teaching. My dissertation is on the history of welfare, medicine, and disability in early America.

  • Contact

    • ​​Twitter @Nicole_Lee_Sch

Linda Corcoran

  • Roles

    • Discord Moderator

    • Blog Editor

  • Bio

    • Hi! I'm Linda Corcoran and I am doing a research masters in Food Science! I am also big into universal design & accessibility! I am also really into mental health awareness and LGBTQ+ advocacy!

  • Contact

    • Twitter @LindaCCor!

Hannah Anderson

  • Roles

    • Blog Editor

  • Bio

    • Hi, I’m Hannah Anderson, I am a researcher in medical education, and I primarily study identity, inclusion, accessibility and competency-based advancement. I love studying (and living in) the intersection of disability identity and racial, cultural, and professional identity!

  • Contact:

    • Twitter @ander_hannah

Osnat Katz

  • Roles

    • Blog Editor

  • Bio

    • Hi! I’m Osnat Katz and I’m a PhD student working on space history. I write a lot about autism advocacy and being autistic in the humanities.

  • Contact

    • Twitter @astrosnat

Nic Helms

  • Role

    • Social Media Team

    • Blog Editor

  • Bio

    • Hey Folks! I'm Nic Helms and I'm an Assistant Professor of British Literature at Plymouth State University. I write about the construction of early modern literary characters from the perspectives of cognitive science and disability studies. In my teaching, I emphasize global and intersectional understandings of identity and focus on the ways anti-racist and anti-ableist work strengthen one another.

  • Contact

    • Twitter @nrhelms

​Titanium Butterfly

  • Role

    • Discord Moderator

  • Bio

    • Hello, DAC! I'm Titanium Butterfly, I'm finishing a PhD in Historical Musicology and occasionally adjuncting, editing, and tutoring on the side. I study the 19th century programmatic piano ballade, formation of genre, and the importance and expression of fairy tales in music. I am partnered with a terrific (and patient) medical alert service dog called Friday. Together we advocate for accessibility and anti-ableism in the performing arts. I can be reached here by message or on

  • Contact

    • Twitter @Ti22Butterflies.

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