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2/12/2020: “The Violence of Hostile Accommodations” by ChrisTiana ObeySumner

Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “The Violence of Hostile Accommodations” by ChrisTiana ObeySumner published in the South Seattle Emerald on February 11, 2020.

From the article:

“The process of requesting accommodations can also be hostile. Earlier this year, I facilitated a workshop on how to create an equitable and inclusive work space for people with intersectional marginalized identities including an invisible disability. As you can imagine, it was quite a dense training that could have easily been a series of two or three parts. When I shared with the audience that requiring a doctor’s note was a form of hostile accommodations, the floodgates of incredulity flung open. The common theme among those insistent that a doctor’s note be required argued some sort of documentation was needed to ensure people weren’t “faking it” or “trying to game the system.”

About the Author:

ChrisTiana ObeySumner is the CEO and principal consultant of Epiphanies of Equity LLC, has dedicated nearly two decades of their life and career to amplifying the importance of social equity through the lenses of critical race theory and existential social psychology –particularly through frameworks of: Narrative identity development and its role in cultural humility and allyship; Intersectionality and social models of disability justice; Bridging awareness to the lived experience of race, racism, racialized ableism and antiblackness, and; Dismantling neuropsychological and psychosocial paradigms underlying social injustice and inaction. [Source: South Seattle Emerald]

By Cody Jackson

Cody Jackson is a PhD student in rhetoric and composition at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

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