Duke Disability Cultural Center Opening on Hold due to COVID-19

By Gabrielle Butler for the Duke Chronicle

Classes have been disrupted. Residential halls are empty. Dance showcases and plays will no longer go on. March Madness brackets will stay, sadly, empty. But an even more important part of what makes Duke an amazing, diverse institution will have to wait until the fall: For the members of Duke Disability Alliance, the opening of a Disability Cultural Center in the Bryan Center was a project three years in the making… read more.


Learning Disabilities in Higher Education: At Duke and Beyond

By Sara Haas on Medium

At high-performing universities, such as Duke, where there is a constant pressure to be perfect, it is no surprise that learning accommodations are subject to scrutiny. This blog post assembles journal articles and opinion pieces about learning disability in higher ed. It then surveys the history of this conversation at Duke University.


Sexual Assault in the Military

By Anna Everhart

A white paper proposing policy changes to hold offenders accountable.

Sexual assault in the military has risen by almost 40% since 2016 in spite of efforts to implement policies against it. Clearly this problem is more complex than can be tackled by the kinds of policy changes that have already been made; sexual assault in the military involves policy centered around protecting the accused, unspoken yet ingrained power dynamics, and a lack of diversity. Because there are such systemic and cultural contributors to sexual assault in the military, policymakers must shift their focus from prevention and create policies that make people more accountable for their actions… read more.


The Low Down After the Lock Down: How We Should Change the Discourse Around Gun Violence and Mental Illness

By Morgan Biele on Medium

What is the impact of discourses on gun violence that blame mental illness? How do these discourses hurt people with mental health challenges? What’s really going on with guns in America?


Infertility in the Disability Space

By Diya Chadha on Medium

This blog series explores the intersectionality of gender, infertility, and disability justice issues. Should infertility be considered a disability? Because US laws and policies make disability a rigid and exclusive category, women with infertility issues are denied access to rehabilitating resources. The blog series includes three posts:

1. A Boys Club: The Exclusivity of Disability as a Gendered Experience

2. All (wo)Men (with disabilities) Created Equal?

3. Towards Breaking the Glass … Tube


The Language of Disability

By Rehaan Advani on Medium

How has the novel coronavirus thrown long-existing disability justice issues into relief? This series of blog posts explores ableist exclusions in our culture. It introduces essential terminologies for anyone interested in advancing the cause of disability justice, providing overviews of the C/S/X movement, controversies around person-first language, psychosocial disability,  and the word “disability” itself.

Disability in India and What You Can Do About It

By Gautam Iyer on Medium

This project synthesizes research about disability in India, the world’s largest democracy. It explores the attitudes of young Indian-Americans, who are navigating a dynamic generational divide, and who may be the best equipped to create change. The blog series includes seven posts:

1. What is this project? Some background, please?

2. Disability Studies in India: It’s Complicated

3. The Disability Rights Movement in India

4. The Government

5. Religion and Society

6. What do young Indian-Americans think?

7. What you can do about it

Appendix and Works Cited

Stigma and Policy around Disability in the Indian Education System

By Taalin RaoShah on Medium

What are social attitudes on mental disability in India? How do these stigma impact the lives of people with mental disability?


Experiencing Allyship: What it takes to be a good ally

By Max Wilkey on Medium

This article considers the complexity of intersectional identities of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and explores the principles of allyship. The author surveys members of the Duke University class of 2023 to get a sense of what they value in an ally.