Philosophy, Disability, and Chronic Illnesses

Philosophy, Disability, and Chronic Illnesses


Several weeks back Daily Nous had a post which served as a space for philosophers  to discuss their experiences of depression and mental illness. At the time, I was asked by several people to do a like post for disability and chronic illnesses. Here it is. Discussion of the personal and professional challenges confronting those with disabilities and chronic illnesses, ways in which the behavior of others affected your experiences in this regard for better or worse, helpful and harmful institutional policies and practices, ways people in need of help should seek it, links to other helpful sites, and related topics are all welcome for discussion.

I would also urge readers to visit Discrimination and Disadvantage, a group blog focused on these issues, and PhDisabled, a blog about “what it’s like doing academia with disability and chronic illness.”

UPDATE: I am happy to list suggested links here:
– “Asking for Access after Declaring Disabled: An Interview Story
– “Invisible Disabilities Revisited” by Thomas Nadelhoffer
– “Why I Have to Say No [to a PhD Program]
– “Event Organizers: Give Access Information Up Front. Please?
– “Disabled Student Allowance & PhD-Specific Doings: A Resource for Self-Advocacy
– “On Chronic Illness, Disclosure, and Impostor Syndrome
– “Pursuing a PhD and Battling an ‘Invisible Disability’
– “Disabled PhD Students of the World Unite, Unite and Take Over
– “The Adjusted PhD: What Accommodations Work(ed) for You?

(image: detail of “Self Portrait 1997” by Chuck Close)

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