Sasha Kosanic fights for researchers with disabilities in the academic system

Sasha Kosanic (Bridge Fellow/Dept. of Biology) has published a paper raising awareness about the obstacles researchers with disabilities can face in the academic system.

She was invited by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) to organize and chair a panel on “Researchers with disabilities and the obstacles they face in academia”. Sasha Kosanic says: “Researchers with disabilities are still a very much underrepresented group in academia worldwide. Although some laws and policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability do exist, they are still rarely followed or implemented. Any direct comparison with non-disabled applicants in the job screening process is a presentation of inequality and unfortunately just illusion of equality. Academia is a very competitive place, and this might be part of the reason why non-disabled academics still do not fully understand that the academic path of disabled researchers may differ from theirs.”

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