Good morning Beth,
May the force be with you. In queensland (oz) the government is in the
process of shaping a new agency with disability as its focus, away from
the department that now is in charge with a number of unrelated other
responsibilities. As part of my contribution I wrote apiece on
organizational culture, which I will be glad to send you as an
attachment if you contact me outside the list. You may find it relevant
to your dilemma.
Have a good time, rgds John
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> Hi everyone!
> The "in and out of the ivory tower" thread, which arose out of my
> request for opinion about disability etiquette brochures is germane to what
> happened to me as a result of my posting.
> Upon receipt of list members' feedback (which I appreciate very
> much), I wrote to my boss to relay some of the arguments for and against this
> type of brochure. In return, I received a scathing E-mail from her informing
> me that I had no right to make such an inquiry to a list without first
> running it by her. She further stated that I misrepresented the brochure
> (which I did not) and may have misrepresented the university as well (I never
> mentioned its name). She added that I needed to focus on what is "right"
> rather than what is "wrong" with the brochure. I perceive her response to be
> a good example of institutionalized oppression and a violation of what
> Mairian called "academic freedom." As part of my reply, I invoked the First
> Amendment and told her that I refuse to participate, either through
> complicity or otherwise, in repression of ideas or suppression of speech.
> It is a real struggle trying to move disability services for students
> out of the medical model. Yes, we who engage in disability studies are,
> indeed, advocates. I see no dichotomy here. Yes, David, we who survive the
> world of academia are strong!
> Beth Omansky Gordon