Lecturer Jo Sullivan contributes to new book; 'Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia'.

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University of Salford lecturer, Jo Sullivan, has recently contributed a chapter to a new book; ‘Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia’, where she discusses the journey a student nurse with autism may experience whilst navigating higher education.



Jo, said: “I was delighted to be invited to contribute to this publication. My chapter, ‘I’ve always wanted to be a nurse…' challenging academic ableist assumptions’ looks at the perceptions of autism within academia, and the challenges an undergraduate autistic student nurse will face whilst trying to pursue their goal of becoming a registered professional. 

"I also offer some recommendations to redress the inequalities faced by neurodiverse students and invite academics to celebrate the immense talent and personal qualities autistic individuals have to offer any profession.   

“It is my hope that this publication may be the start of a progressive conversation regarding autism, and the latent barriers individuals from this group face in pursuit of a professional career”.

The book explores ableism in academia from the viewpoint of academics' personal and professional experiences, highlighting the demands for excellence and efficiency, and the subsequent expectations on the disabled, chronically ill and neurodivergent colleagues.

This eye-opening collection provides examples to help universities develop inclusive practices, accessible working and learning conditions and a less ableist environment.

Join Nicole Brown, Emma Sheppard, Jo Sullivan, Jennifer Leigh and Ben Lunn to launch ‘Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia: Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education’ at 11am on 1 July here.

Bring your questions ready for the Q&A.


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