IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 399: #disIMC: Current Challenges to Accessibility and Ways Forward - A Round Table Discussion

Monday 2 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medievalists with Disabilities Network
Organiser:Alexandra R. A. Lee, Department of Italian, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Alexandra R. A. Lee, Department of Italian, University College London
Abstract

At the IMC 2017, Medievalists with Disabilities hosted its first event. #disIMC was a ‘bring your own lunch’ affair, slotted into the timetable at the last minute. It was a great success and marked the beginning of the Medievalists with Disabilities (#dismed) network.

This round table discussion will discuss accessibility in higher education and ways that we can address issues. We take the term disabilities in the broadest possible sense, incorporating invisible and visible conditions, chronic illness, and mental health, to name but a few. Panellists will address issues individuals have overcome in Higher Education, discuss what it is like to be in HE with a disability/chronic condition, and pinpoint issues that need further attention.

Participants include Joanne Edge (University of Cambridge), Emma Osborne (University of Glasgow), Jude Seal (Independent Scholar, York), Alicia Spencer-Hall (University College London), and Therron Welstead (University of Wales Trinity Saint David).