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Inspired by the #BBUM (Being Black at University of Michigan) online protest, on January 13th, 2014, disabled activists Lydia Brown (COL 2015), Chris DeLorenzo (PhD candidate 2017), Carly Rosenfield (COL 2014), and Natalia Rivera-Morales (M.A. 2013) co-organized an online conversation and protest via Twitter and other social media using the hastag #BDGU for “Being Disabled at Georgetown University.” The event was covered by both The Hoya and The Georgetown Voice online. This is the original description for #BDGU:

It began with #BBUM at the University of Michigan and came to Georgetown University as #BBGU, #BLGU, and #BAGU. Both of these served as effective forums for expressing the experiences of African (Americans), Latin@s, and Asians at elite universities, and have even gained national attention.

Yet where does the disability community at Georgetown fall into the conversation? Representing a significant percentage of all students, we have learning disabilities, are on the autism spectrum, have cerebral palsy, use wheelchairs or scooters, have mental health disabilities/mental illness, are blind or low vision, are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, and are chronically ill (not a complete list, just a representative sample). Many of us are invisible much of the time. And we are also Black, African American, Latin@, and Asian. We are also women. We are also queer. We are also trans*. We are also poor. Where are our voices in the conversation?

On Monday January 13th, from 11:00am to 11:00pm, we ask that students (and faculty and staff and alumni) share their experiences of being disabled/PWD, or their experiences of interacting with disabled people/PWDs, at Georgetown using the hashtag #BDGU on any form of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). We welcome and encourage BOTH positive and negative experiences, as both contribute valuable insights to this dialogue. We hope that everyone will participate in the dialogue, regardless of how you identify.

Our goals:

1. To highlight the experiences of the disability community at Georgetown in order to display our distinct, yet similar experiences with other marginalized and underrepresented communities here at Georgetown.

2. By encouraging the participation of both current students and alumni, we hope to demonstrate how much Georgetown has and has not changed throughout the years with respect to disability in academics, student life, and admissions. Specifically, we are referring to the small amount of faculty and administrators with disabilities (either out or apparent), and the lack of course offerings in Disability Studies; the lack of visibility and openness of resources for students with disabilities, the relegation of disability as a private, health problem, and the lack of a Disability Cultural Center on campus; and the level of institutional support for students with disabilities.

3. Additionally, we hope to increase visibility of our experiences (both positive and negative) to promote solidarity with our peers at other institutions of higher learning. Hopefully, this will encourage the same dialogue at other institutions.

4. Lastly, we hope that our efforts will engage students, administrators, faculty, and alumni in thoughtful and productive discourse on disability as a part of diversity, yielding tangible results on how to further increase institutional support for students with disabilities, their programs, and beyond.

These are the Tweets shared during #BDGU about the disabled experience at Georgetown University:

Anonymous (#contrib)

  • Ableism reframes Disabled people’s rights as “privileges.” #BDGU
  • Ableism reframes Disabled people’s access needs as “freebies.” #BDGU
  • Ableism reframes Disabled people’s accommodations as “special treatment.” #BDGU
  • Ableism reframes meeting the bare minimum as “going above and beyond.” #BDGU
  • Ableism reframes acts of allyship as “doing favors.” #BDGU
  • When teaching Disabled students, take their suggestions on how to make things accessible. They know what works best for them. #BDGU
  • Ableism follows ADA by the letter, not the spirit, of the law. #BDGU
  • When we don’t even consider disability we make disabled people invisible, irrelevant, and further marginalize/dehumanize. #BDGU
  • When so few events at @Georgetown have ASL interpreters and you have to fight tooth and nail to get interpretation for yours. #BDGU
  • Oh and also, when it takes til the last possible minute to arrange ASL interpreters and only after repeated prodding. #BDGU
  • When you find out the only reason someone dated you was to find out how people with your disability have sex. #BDGU
  • Ableism is your existence being throught of as a vivid metaphor. #BDGU
  • Ableism is casting abled actors into Disabled roles while turning away Disabled actors. #BDGU
  • When a professor lectures about your disability while ignoring your raised hand for the entire semester. #BDGU
  • When a highly-esteemed professor says that people with your disability cannot think. #BDGU
  • When the disability counselor coerces you into checking the “disclose my disability” box because your disability is “obvious.” #BDGU
  • When entire buildings lack Braille signage. In 2014. #BDGU
  • When you’ve accompanied Deaf Signing friends to the Georgetown Hos. ER over 10x and not once was an ASL interpreter provided. #BDGU
  • When faculty address you through a closed door not bothering to open it b/c you came through the wheelchair-accessible door. #BDGU
  • Ableism gives abled people the authority to decide how disabled you are. #BDGU
  • Ableism treats disability as a binary. #BDGU
  • When Disabled students transferring out of Georgetown is a trend. #BDGU
  • When professors use the R-word during lectures. #BDGU
  • When the R-word appears in couse readings. #BDGU
  • When stereotypes about Disabled people are presented as research-based facts. #BDGU
  • When a linguistics professor says all languages are sound-based. #BDGU
  • When everyone in the class sits as far away from you as possible. #BDGU
  • When professors remember your accommodations for one week…and forget for the rest of the semester. #BDGU
  • When most people treat you like the Google source on Disability. #BDGU
  • When people either make everything about your disability or pretend like your disability isn’t there. #BDGU
  • When there is no discourse on hidden disabilities. #BDGU
  • When the Epicurean staff give you a pity discount. #BDGU
  • When strangers and new acquaintances ask you personal medical questions. #BDGU
  • When you’re expected to pick between Queer or Disabled. #BDGU

Jess Banks
@ProfBanks

  • If you want to be schooled on how ableism affects students and others on a daily basis, check @autistichoya’s TL–she’s killing it.

BLGU
@BLGU_

  • Be sure to follow #BDGU today as many revealing experiences are being shared by fellow Hoyas.

Lydia Brown (COL 2015)
@autistichoya

  • When people constantly ask how disability could actually be part of diversity, and get confused when you answer. #BDGU
  • I tell people that I’m autistic, and they say, “Don’t put yourself down like that; you’re so smart.” I can’t be smart and disabled? #BDGU
  • When people are afraid of me because they assume I’m going to “snap” one day and bring a gun to school. #BDGU
  • When administrators assume that accessibility only means ramps, lifts, and elevators. (Not that those are *bad* but, just…) #BDGU
  • Watching helplessly when administrators basically force students with MH disabilities out. #BDGU
  • Feeling like the only visible disabled person of color in pretty much all of my classes. #BDGU
  • I asked for an accommodation for auditory stuff. I got interrogated about why I would even bother majoring in a language. #BDGU
  • When @GULectureFund says ASL interpreters are “waste of funding” if no known/confirmed Deaf guests. Spontaneity only for the abled. #BDGU
  • Or when @GULectureFund says deaf students shouldn’t assume ASL interpretation will be there. Again. Spontaneity only for the abled?! #BDGU
  • An internationally recognized speaker jokes about crazy people and straitjackets and no one even bats an eye while you feel invisible. #BDGU
  • Getting 85 random Facebook messages with some news article, for the sole reason that it has something to do with autism. #BDGU
  • A Blind student asked for textbooks in Braille. ARC said, “We don’t have to give you Braille. Coming to school was a choice.” #BDGU
  • If I mention that I work for @autselfadvocacy the follow-up is, “Oh so do you know someone who has autism?” Autistics can’t do things? #BDGU
  • I’m worried about inviting friends with photosensitive epilepsy to campus because if the strobing fire alarm goes off, they could die. #BDGU
  • In Regent’s Hall, you had to through two heavy doors with no buttons to get to the elevators. Until I threw a fit on Facebook. #BDGU
  • You know only two visibly disabled professors. Yay, Julia Watts Belser (Jewish Studies) and Rick Curry, SJ (Catholic Studies)! #BDGU
  • When other students support your advocacy, but are afraid that they’ll be lumped in with “those people” if they get a mental health dx #BDGU
  • We get told so often that we should overcome disability. Is it surprising at all that only a few come to disability/employment events? #BDGU
  • When staff Googles you and then makes assumptions about your disabilities instead of, like, asking you or talking to you directly. #BDGU
  • My PSYC-001 textbook (published 2011) said that autistic people like me don’t have empathy. No one said anything. It was on the final. #BDGU
  • @ecderr I keep trying to ensure that conversations about access are about access for ALL. Access means so much more than ramps. #BDGU
  • Yes, I really mean I’m autistic. I don’t have to separate my disabled identity from my humanity. #BDGU
  • Being “friends” with disabled people is considered community service and heroic. How condescending. goo.gl/GjKES7 #BDGU
  • When the only relationship abled people can have to disabled people is being the “helper.” goo.gl/dC0kWI #BDGU
  • Being told constantly that you must be so high-functioning. What’s really being said: “You seem almost normal and not really disabled” #BDGU
  • A student literally said to my face, “I would rather be dead than in a wheelchair.” #BDGU
  • Admissions told a prospective student in a wheelchair they’d have to be carried for the tour. #BDGU
  • When other students say they don’t feel comfortable identifying as disabled because they don’t want to diminish “real” disability. #BDGU
  • Did a dozen-odd interviews for an article in the GU Independent. Virtually everyone with a hidden disability was afraid to be named. #BDGU
  • A psych/cognitively disabled staff person at Georgetown is terrified of what would happen if her coworkers found out. #BDGU
  • Almost all of the visible disabled people I know at Georgetown are also white. #BDGU
  • The CMEA, LGBTQ Center, and Women’s Center are underfunded, understaffed, and underrecognized in the campus community. But they exist. #BDGU
  • There is no Disability Cultural Center at GU. (And seriously, Syracuse is one of the three universities worldwide that has one.) #BDGU
  • Have dietary restrictions? Good lyck with the mandatory meal plan. #BDGU
  • That feeling of total excitement when you find out someone in your building has a service dog, AND LETS YOU PET THE ADORABLENESS. #BDGU
  • Being excited when you see any other visible disabled people on campus whom you haven’t met yet. Thinking, those are my people! #BDGU
  • When other students don’t realize the many intricate connections between autistic and other disabled experiences. #BDGU
  • The symbol for all disabilities is the wheelchair, so you’re frequently forgotten when someone mentions disability if that’s not you. #BDGU
  • In conversations at events about diversity, being the only person to bring up disability at all. #BDGU
  • I was told to my face that, “Well, the people that we’re working with won’t notice.” She was talking about people with I/DD. Like me. #BDGU
  • I wanted to talk about neurodiversity and civil rights for autistic people. A professor said, “What about the other perspective?” #BDGU
  • When no one has ever heard of Ed Roberts, Judy Heumann, Bob Williams, or Justin Dart. #BDGU
  • I went to ARC about executive functioning issues. They sent me to CAPS. CAPS asked if I’d ever gone to the ARC. #BDGU
  • 2014 is the first year the disability community is specifically invited to take part of the reflections on MLK’s legacy. #BDGU
  • In 2012, YLEAD asked me to help develop disability-positive programming. Happy about this, but sad it took until 2012. #BDGU
  • No Disability Studies major, minor, or certificate. Lucky to have one or two DS-focused courses in any given semester. #BDGU
  • A prof’s Safe Space section in the syllabus affirmed queer and trans identities and standing against racism, classism, and sexim. #BDGU
  • No mention of disability in the Safe Space statement, only in “Special Accommodations.” #BDGU
  • Half the time, people don’t actually believe me when I say I’m disabled. #BDGU
  • People protest sexist/racist/heterosexist speakers all the time. Tom Insel gives ableist talk on autism to crowded room. Only I care? #BDGU
  • Wondering if I’m the only one who reports ableism to the Bias-Related Incident Report System. #BDGU
  • @FawkesThompson Meeting @miamingus, awesome queer disabled Asian activist, totally a highlight of the semester. #BDGU
  • @dheurtev @NataliaMRivera But why should disabled access only follow the letter of the law rather than the spirit of it? #BDGU
  • Access and inclusion for disabled students shouldn’t be optional or above and beyond. It should be the bare minimal standard. #BDGU
  • When @miamingus came to campus being basically the only real time you heard anyone at GU Pride talk about disability. #BDGU
  • I didn’t come to Georgetown planning to do disability rights/justice activism. But I know now that I have to. #BDGU
  • When you see parallels connections, and intersections with disability in your Queer Theory class, but you’re the only one saying so. #BDGU
  • My Psych of Aging class assigned a disability simulation. I didn’t tell everyone how wrong it was. Still refused to do it. #BDGU
  • If it’s appropriative/voyeuristic to simulate queer, POC, or poor to “understand” those experiences, how is it not with disability? #BDGU
  • When automatic door buttons break, they take forever to be fixed. I know. I’ve called. #BDGU
  • The @GULawWeekly said that class and education shouldn’t minimize or excuse Gersen’s crime. Standing up to classism. But then… #BDGU
  • Then @GULawWeekly said @thehoya “more relevantly uncovered” the convicted student’s depression and trichotillomania. Hello, ableism. #BDGU
  • @dheurtev @NataliaMRivera My hope is that @Georgetown realizes that it’s actually building a just and inclusive society that matters. #BDGU
  • @dheurtev @NataliaMRivera @Georgetown And that following the ADA by the letter isn’t the right conversation on access and inclusion. #BDGU
  • @FawkesThompson Aww! Thank you! I hope to encourage more conversation and more meaningful *work* for disability justice here. #BDGU
  • When involuntary leaves of absences are used to exclude disabled students by removing us from the community in the name of “helping.” #BDGU
  • When other Hoyas react with disbelief, even horror at the news that I’m protesting @autismspeaks, not realizing the harm of this org. #BDGU
  • When people equate “disability” with “physical disability” or use “able-bodied” as the opposite of “disabled.” #BDGU
  • Late night conversations with fellow Hoyas unpacking ambulatory, sighted, hearing, and neurotypical privilege. #BDGU
  • You have to enter CAPS through the back door, and most people don’t want to be seen by anyone. #BDGU
  • Trying to be supportive of a friend having a PTSD attack who didn’t actually know until then that he had PTSD. #BDGU
  • Going to a diversity event that mentioned disability in the blurb, then waiting an hour to be the first to mention disability at all. #BDGU
  • Excited when I saw that one of LEAD’s dinner and dialogue groups this fall was on disability and hidden disabilities. #BDGU
  • At the same time, resigned that the facilitator was unlikely to identify as disabled (but don’t know, since I wasn’t there). #BDGU
  • And also wondering whether any disabled students were part of the dialogue or if it was entirely abled people. #BDGU
  • Always seeking other out/visible disabled people, because we need community, too. #BDGU
  • When Dr Jane Holahan, Dir of the Academic Resource Ctr, claims that ableism is “just a perception.” She knows. Her sister’s disabled. #BDGU
  • I’ve asked a dozen times. Why no Disability Cultural Center yet at @Georgetown? How invisible are we? #BDGU
  • When you’re one of only six Hoyas talking about disability for #BDGU, even though you know several dozen Hoyas with disabilities.
  • When the culture of GU Pride assumes that you’re abled (able-bodied and neurotypical). #BDGU
  • Being afraid that today’s small numbers will be the latest excuse for erasing and ignoring our community. #BDGU
  • When a Dean makes your learning disabled friend cry? #BDGU
  • When your own professor manages to make you cry after you ask her for an accommodation. #BDGU
  • When @msbgu at @Georgetown’s Diversity Dialogue Conference is actually only about racial and gender diversity as far as I can tell. #BDGU
  • Thrilled when you meet other Hoyas with disabilities through #BDGU! @KatieLawlor1 @RewardConsent
  • When the only times people want to talk about my being autistic, they want me to be a self-narrating zoo exhibit. #BDGU
  • When people assume “mental illness” just doesn’t happen here. #BDGU
  • We need more courses and a program in Disability Studies. We need the support and resources of a Disability Cultural Center. #BDGU
  • When Diversability’s table at the SAC fair is empty. #BDGU
  • When your study abroad form asks the doctor if you have “emotional disturbance.” #BDGU
  • When the first comment on the @GtownVoice blog post about #BDGU is mocking and sarcastic. That’s how seriously people take our plight.
  • I was one of only three students with disabilities at Georgetown’s disability/employment event last year. #BDGU
  • So excited when Deaf students and allies started GU Signs in 2013! Awesome to see hearing Hoyas learning ASL little by little. #BDGU
  • Awesome moments: When disabled friends in DC come to @Georgetown for the few disability-positive events we do have. #BDGU
  • After speaking to a prof’s class, being told, “You should have explained that you’re high-functioning.” This dismissal is real. #BDGU
  • When a renowned prof tells you that your neurology is defective and you’re horrible for not wanting a cure for people who “suffer.” #BDGU
  • When there’s only one out/visible disabled student in the Intro to Disability Studies course. Definitely different than Queer Theory. #BDGU
  • I often feel like the token disabled/autistic person in public forums. #BDGU
  • I’m afraid that Georgetown will institute “threat assessment teams,” and endanger the welfare of all students with psych disabilities. #BDGU
  • The excitement when you meet a philosophy prof with prosopagnosia! (Sorry, I don’t know your name and wouldn’t recognize your face…) #BDGU
  • It’s actually really depressing how fucking excited I am just to meet one disabled person from Georgetown. #erasure #cultureofshame #BDGU
  • Can we talk about how disability justice is intersected with race, gender, (a)sexuality, class, status, size, and religion? #BDGU
  • I am not just disabled. I am also racialized, gendered, sexualized, and classed. My experiences reflect all parts of my identity. #BDGU
  • When the Stall Seat Journal and other student health publications make you feel so excluded. #BDGU
  • For way too many years, the Braille sign for the LGBTQ Center has been above the doorframe. Think about that for a second. #BDGU
  • Access is not optional. Lack of access and continual failure to improve sends a strong message about just who is valued and included. #BDGU
  • “Contempt loves the silence. It thrives in the dark.” Perfect description of ableism at @Georgetown and the silence that surrounds it. #BDGU
  • The only acceptable way to be disabled at Georgetown is to “overcome” your disability, and also hide it if it’s not visible. #BDGU
  • Probably most of campus knows that I’m disabled. Sometimes I feel like I’m walking around with a bullseye on my back. #BDGU
  • When other students casually throw around the word “retarded” with no apparent consequences, social or otherwise. #BDGU
  • When the CIO started posting emails online so students could protect themselves from phishing, but they weren’t Blind accessible. #BDGU
  • @KristenGuin @Georgetown The course evaluation forms don’t ask about disability or any kind of “safe space” at all. #BDGU
  • When abled Georgetown staff pat themselves on the back for deigning to remember our accommodations. #BDGU
  • I invited scores of Georgetown students to join me for the National Day of Mourning for disabled people murdered by family. None came. #BDGU
  • @addiej528 Oh and Lau? Wheelchair-accessible tables? What are those? Why would they ever bother with that?! #BDGU
  • If Temple Grandin or Thomas Insel talk about autism, standing room only. If @aneeman speaks on neurodiversity, less than 20 people. #BDGU
  • @cdelorenzo2 @NataliaMRivera But if I hadn’t emailed them immediately, would they have even bothered? And were they just afraid of me? #BDGU
  • When a pro-choice activist invokes the argument that no one would want a disabled or deformed kid. And you’re right. fucking. there. #BDGU
  • The small feeling of joy every time a student doing a project on disability asks me for help and support. #BDGU
  • Oh! And props to the prof who wanted to go above and beyond on making his dep’t accessible, in advance, for an incoming disabled prof! #BDGU
  • I’m still definitely happy about the folks I’ve met from #BDGU today.
  • Anticipating @thehoya and @GtownVoice coverage of #BDGU. Disabled expereinces must be centered more. Great coverage of #BDGU from @thehoya! Check it out! http://goo.gl/WU5I8t @thinkingautism @autselfadvocacy @stevesilberman @SFdirewolf

J Capecchi
@FawkesThompson

  • I joke about “gluten privilege,” but seriously, fuck everyone who lies to my face and lays me up in bed for days. #BDGU #lookingatyouleos
  • Georgetown actually making CAPS affordable for students #BDGU
  • Having the opportunity to hear from and meet @miamingus #BDGU
  • Jen Schweer and Erica Shirley rock my socks off #BDGU
  • Having friends who will literally hold my hand through a panic attack in the ER #BDGU
  • @autistichoya Unfortunately I’ve seen simulations of those too- but unlike those, simulation is THE only popular discourse around disability
  • For @autistichoya and everything you do on campus, the least of which is #BDGU <3
  • For everyone on a Leave of Absence, everyone who’s back, and everyone who can’t return <3 #BDGU
  • Why is Georgetown’s self-destructive work ethic never framed in terms of ableism? #BDGU
  • Much of gay male culture is ableist as a response to HIV/AIDS-related deaths in the 80’s and 90’s… why hasn’t this been undone? #BDGU

Cassandra
@CassandraB

  • Check out @autistichoya’s timeline and #BDGU to read about how ableism affects college students.

Chris DeLorenzo
@cdelorenzo2

  • T-minus 12 hours until we remind the Georgetown community that disabled people exist. #BDGU
  • I am a disabled Georgetown grad student. I am an oxymoron. #BDGU
  • Being a brief afterthought in conversations about diversity–if you’re lucky. #BDGU
  • Most US colleges have an office exclusively for disability support. Georgetown, not so much. #BDGU
  • “I know what it’s like to be black. My best friend’s black.” Not acceptable to say. #BDGU
  • “I know what it’s like to be gay. My brother’s gay.” Not acceptable to say. #BDGU
  • “I know what it’s like to be a woman. I have a sister.” Not acceptable to say. #BDGU
  • “I know what it’s like to be disabled. My brother has a disability.” Why is this acceptable to say? #BDGU
  • Say “n*gger” or “f*ggot” and you could get expelled or fired. Say “r*tarded” and no one bats an eye. #BDGU
  • Realizing that cura personalis doesn’t fully apply to people like you. #BDGU
  • Being told that you can’t compare your rights to other people’s rights. #BDGU
  • Having to prove that you’re truly disabled–but not too disabled. #BDGU
  • Not knowing if it’s safe to disclose a disability or specific impairments to a colleague, professor or administrator. #BDGU
  • When ARC allegedly violates the ADA why is it not a huge scandal? #BDGU #braille @autistichoya
  • Not bringing up access needs that may make you seem irresponsible or incompetent to the uninformed. #BDGU
  • Never knowing when you might encounter hostility for the things you naturally do, or derision for the things you can’t. #BDGU
  • Also, not turning students away. RT @FawkesThompson Georgetown actually making CAPS affordable for students #BDGU
  • Being ridiculed for your dysgraphia by a library security guard in front of your colleagues. #BDGU
  • @autistichoya @dheurtev @NataliaMRivera If Gtown were serious about cura personalis it would be a leader on this beyond the legal minimum
  • Not knowing where to turn or whether your basic support and access needs will be met. #BDGU
  • When the offices that exist to support you only put more barriers in your way. #BDGU
  • Trying to decipher inaccessible information about accessibility. #BDGU
  • Being passed back and forth between offices like a piece of toxic waste. #BDGU
  • Having CAPS outright tell you, “we don’t deal with your kind here.” #BDGU
  • Knowing that your civil rights may be subject to a professor’s veto. #BDGU
  • Having your lived experiences dismissed as “perceptions” by people who claim to advocate for you. #BDGU
  • GU policy tells us to report discrimination to someone who has publicly stated that discrimination doesn’t exist here. #BDGU
  • After Jane Holahan’s statements in @thehoya last year, I do not feel safe going to the ARC. #BDGU bit.ly/1fqxAtD
  • In undergrad, disability statements on syllabi were standard. At Georgetown, I never see them. #BDGU
  • Knowing you have students who need accommodations but might not feel comfortable seeking them. #BDGU
  • When other (non-disabled) TAs agree that disability and accommodations are swept under the rug at Georgetown. #BDGU
  • Sneaking disability into the history curriculum, one TA assignment at a time. #BDGU
  • Existing on the margins of the campus community, yet lacking a community of your own. #BDGU
  • That so few disabled Hoyas came forward to join today’s discussion is testament to the culture of silence on campus. #BDGU
  • That sinking feeling that nothing will ever change and people like you will always be invisible. #BDGU
  • That moment when you realize there are others like you here–and then you wonder why they’re so hard to find. #BDGU
  • Disabled Hoyas need community & safe space, like women, POCs, and LGBTQ folks. We need a Disability Cultural Center. #BDGU
  • Not talking about disability and discrimination won’t make campus a safe space. Prejudice thrives in silence. #BDGU

Crystal
@darkRussianchik

  • I don’t kno what it’s like to be #BDGU but I stand wit my disabled peers and will advocate for anything that will make their time here smoother

Erika Cohen Derr
@ecderr

  • Pay attention to #BDGU today, #Hoyas. Disabilities often get short shrift in conversations about diversity. Share your thoughts.

eila
@humanAbility

  • Wondering what’s #BDGU? = Being #DisAbled at Georgetown U. Read about it: http://t.co/e7xeACve4r #DisAbilityStrong #PwD #FreeOurPpl

Gina Elliott
@GinaFElliott

  • Interested to follow #BDGU today. Being disabled at Gtown an issue I didn’t think enough about until after grad, working at Special Olympics.

Emily
@mosaicofminds

  • @EverydayAbleism @zaranosaur check out @autistichoya’s depressing list of ableist goings-on at Georgetown U. Academia can & must do better!

Addie Joshua
@addiej527

  • That moment when u show up late to class due to an accessibility detour when u could have been on time if u could take the stairs #BDGU
  • What’s the point of having an elevator in Regents Hall if it’s sandwiched between 2 heavy doors without push buttons? #BDGU #fail
  • To get behind a desk in a wheelchair in the MSB u either have to be a great parallel parker or have a REALLY tiny chair #BDGU

Katie Lawlor
@KatieLawlor1

  • Stop staring at my scooter! #bdgu #proudmary

David K. March
@dkmnow

  • #Ableism reframes paternalism as “tolerance” and “generosity.” @autistichoya #BDGU
  • #Ableism cites any niche of ability as proof that you don’t really need any kind of accommodation. #BDGU
  • #Ableism sees ability as an all-or-nothing proposition: You’re either independent TM, or you’re a rotting vegetable. #BDGU
  • “My mother is a woman, my sisters are women, my wife is a woman–so I KNOW what it’s like to be a woman!” #UmNO #ableism #BDGU @cdelorenzo2

MEChA de Georgetown
@MEChAdeGtown

  • For the very difficult to navigate campus without enough wheelchair ramps (we’re looking at you Healy Hall) #BDGU

Meoskop
@meoskop

  • Hey, read #BDGU today.

Meredith Ponder
@meredithlizzie

  • Wishing you’d had the courage to start a disability rights movement at GU and being proud to see @autistichoya & others working hard! #BDGU
  • Seriously as an alum it warms my heart to see Lydia’s work. I’ll only donate to a Disability Cultural Center/Disability Studies prog. #BDGU

Queerability
@Queerability

  • Lydia Brown @autistichoya is tweeting about being #disabled at @Georgetown #disability #lgbtq #college tmblr.co/ZrxYFt14Cfw1J

Natalia Rivera-Morales
@NataliaMRivera

  • @cdelorenzo2 Really excited about today’s discussion! #BDGU
  • Hello everyone! I recently graduated from Georgetown this past August 2013 (MA Latin American Studies). I identify as disabled. #BDGU
  • Just because an academic accommodation is listed on your ARC letter does not mean professors will deem it “reasonable.” #BDGU
  • Protip for disabled students: often, you will find your best academic mentors outside your department/major. Use those electives! #BDGU
  • “I know you don’t use your accommodations as a crutch. You wouldn’t be here if you did.” #BDGU
  • There ARE disability-positive professors at Georgetown. We need them to engage more actively in disability self-advocacy initiatives. #BDGU
  • Learning that a professor can deny you an accommodation if it ostensibly “compromises the objectives of the course.” #BDGU
  • Learning that my disabled classmates are repeatedly denied services because “Georgetown only extends accommodations, not services.” #BDGU
  • Disability Cultural Center comprising students, alumni, and faculty who are self-advocates. An absolute must!!!! #BDGU
  • Gtown courses addressing disability also a must!…#BDGU
  • We do not “outgrow” or “overcome” our disabilities when we start college. #BDGU
  • And yes, there is such a thing as a disabled graduate student. #BDGU
  • Gtown is also in dire need of an organization for graduate students w/ disabilities. #BDGU
  • @autistichoya Or use your academic accommodations/services the least amount possible. Otherwise you’re not a “worthy” disabled student.

Carly Rosenfield
@bicarbonator

  • #bdgu http://i.imgur.com/CWFTYoV.png
  • Deans and professors who provided support and guidance during semesters when I thought I might need to leave GU #BDGU
  • Had a fractured femur due to chronic health issues and had to struggle up 5 flights of stairs on crutches b/c the elevator was broken #BDGU