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Friday, August 7 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
5A - Archivists with Disabilities

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In a climate in which we are still asked "Can you lift 40-pound boxes and climb ladders?" during interviews, what do we do if we can't? Or what if you experience debilitating, long-term injury after you're hired? The speakers tackle invisible and visible disabilities, adult onset or diagnosis of a disability, disclosing a disability, accommodations, and how to be an ally for your coworkers. They'll also leave time to answer audience questions.

Denison: It was supposed to be temporary and it wasn't: My experience in suffering a sudden, life-long disability
Abney: Cuddling with Cats while Teleworking is Not Slacking Off: Mental Health Disabilities and Asking for Accommodations
Ganz: What is the sound of one hand clapping? The existential crises of navigating a hearing world while hearing impaired
Tanguay: How (Not) to Help: Lessons Learned from a Life Less Neurotypical

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Veronica Denison

University Archivist, Kansas State University
Veronica Denison is currently the university archivist at Kansas State University. She received her MLIS from from Simmons College in 2013, and has been a professional archivist for 8 years.

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Michelle Ganz

Michelle was born severely deaf and has been a lifelong advocate for disability rights. She has been an active participant in a number of SAA disability initiatives over the years . Michelle has been an archivist for 13 years.
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Ann Abney

Special Projects Archivist, University of South Carolina
Ann Abney is the Special Projects Archivist at South Carolina Political Collections at the University of South Carolina since March 2019. Before that, she was an Archivist in Textual Processing at NARA. She has had a lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety, but her two cats... Read More →

Chris Tanguay

Processing Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chris Tanguay is Processing Associate in the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections. She received her MSLIS in 2012 and a Certificate in Digital Stewardship in 2019 from Simmons University. She lives with anxiety and depression.

Friday August 7, 2020 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Live (Will Be Recorded)