Going virtual, the good and the bad

Carter, Angela, Tina Catania, Sam Schmitt, and Amanda Swenson. “Bodyminds like ours: An autoethnographic analysis of graduate school, disability, and the politics of disclosure,” in Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education ed. Stephanie Kerschbaum, et.al. (University of Michigan Press, 2017): 95-113.

I decided to highlight this book chapter because the authors speak as disabled graduate students who were from disparate locations.  They decided to collaborate virtually on this article.  They reminded me  about how much I have appreciated, both in my job and my personal life, the ability to participate virtually.  I am mobility compromised, and I no longer drive. It would be really difficult for me to go some of the places that I have reached out to virtually. That really speaks to remote work eliminating many of the barriers for disabled people to participate in the workforce.

They also discuss the fact that online is not a perfect solution. Our country suffers from a very serious digital divide. This is not only about access to technology devices, but is also about infrastructure and a very uneven grid of access.  If we are going to seriously engage in remote work, and remote leaning, we have to address the digital divide.

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