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Title:The Impact of Disbelief: On Being a Library Employees with a Disability
Author(s):Pionke, J.J.
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Abstract:As a library employee with a hidden disability (post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]), just going through the accommodation process is difficult. The process is invasive and includes an in-depth interview with a disability specialist who knows nothing about you. The process also requires a letter from a care provider detailing both the accommodation and why it is necessary. In order to get an accommodation, the person must first be diagnosed by a medical professional or a psychiatrist, which is often expensive and time-consuming to obtain. The process is made more difficult and painful when supervisors and administrators do not recognize the validity of the condition for which the accommodation is needed. This paper explores the accommodation process, its impact on the employee, and the politics and psychology of disbelief and suspicion surrounding disability accommodation. Through the lens of personal experience and reflection, I will explore how the library, while a place of learning and advocacy for knowledge, can also be a place of ableist views that limit the abilities and potential of employees with disabilities. I will also provide guidelines for combating ableism in the library workplace.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:Library Trends
Citation Info:Pionke, JJ. "The Impact of Disbelief: On Being a Library Employee with a Disability." Library Trends, vol. 67 no. 3, 2019, pp. 423-435. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/lib.2019.0004
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-06-10

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