I Write Letters: Followup

A week ago, I wrote a letter.

Today, I received a reply. Here is my response to that reply.

Dear etc,

Thanks for your reply.

Thankyou for committing to an exploration of access possibilities in the future. I look forward to hearing the outcome of that.

In regards to the tight time schedule, I did first enquire about registration and access to this conference back in February. After your further explorations with the university, would you please let me know how many weeks’ or months’ notification would be needed in order for access to academic events to be arranged?

I am fully aware that this conference is not a “public event”, that there are registration fees, and that access needs and arrangements are typically organised at the registration phase. There is certainly no point me fronting up registration fees for UWA conferences in the current situation, given that 100% of my enquiries about accessibility have been rebuffed so far.

With regard to obtaining copies of papers after the event, or podcasts of public lectures: I am looking to be a participatory member of UWA’s academic community. Being relegated to a passive consumer role because of my disability is not an acceptable “compromise” to me.

It was a particular slap in the face that a podcast of the public lecture – without even the Q & A included – was my only access to the Radical Disability Inclusion series. The University hasn’t so much as apologised for that yet.

Yours sincerely, etc.

Categories: education


8 replies

  1. I’m amazed you could type grammatical sentences through the blazing fury of a thousand suns that must have been heating up the blood in your eyeballs. Well done.

  2. Right now, I think I’m just shaking my head. It’s pretty sad when even the “Disability Office” doesn’t get it.

  3. Sorry to hear that you have to put up with this crap. :/

  4. “a podcast of the public lecture – without even the Q & A included – was my only access to the Radical Disability Inclusion series.”
    How fantastically bizarre.

  5. I haven’t read it, but because of where I work I know they have it – but it might be timely to refer to the University’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan and see whether they’ve managed to stick to it or not. . .

  6. After 61 years of this sort of thing, I now know that some things never change!

    I am very proud of you for fighting so hard.

  7. I’m gonna laugh because if I don’t I’m gonna cry.
    For the love of little fishes, they’re speaking about radical disability inclusion and… you can’t be included because you don’t have the right sort of disability?
    I’m… arg. I have no words. Except please keep fighting on this. I would help, but I’m all the way over here now.

  8. Anna: I kinda feel like I’ve gone past the “fight” feeling and am verging on snark to keep from sulking.

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