Professor Kudlick: Chronicle of Higher Ed Failed to Model Access in Articles on Disability

Thursday, September 29, 2016
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION -- Catherine Kudlick, professor of History and director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, writes a letter to the editor. “Kudos for introducing disability as a viable diversity topic! I was pleased to read about a number of different situations and perspectives (Special Report: Diversity in Academe: Disability on Campus, The Chronicle, September 18). “I found it worrisome however how The Chronicle failed to model access in the very articles that talked about accessibility. Case in point: “DeafSpace by Design” should include audio description. And for the record, your iPad app still isn’t accessible to the device’s built-in screen-reading software. It would be great if The Chronicle could model access in everything it does (even when it isn’t related to disability) now that the articles it promotes show how access brings value.”