“Anybody there?” – Teaching online as a blind academic

Draining, challenging and inaccessible. That is my honest summary even after a year of practice and experience when it comes to online teaching. I am aware that there is much debate within the academy about the pedagogic benefits or downsides of teaching online. I don’t want to get into this debate; rather I want to point out what it was and is like for me: a blind academic.Continue reading “Anybody there?” – Teaching online as a blind academic

Becoming visible

Today is the International Day for the Rights of People with Disabilities (IDPWD). This year’s theme is “Not all disabilities are visible”. What does this mean? Well, in a narrower sense, it means that I will join the international disability pride and awareness movement by wearing purple #purpleLightUp. Even my guide dog has a littleContinue reading Becoming visible

a group photo of about 25 researchers from universitites from three countries. all are smiling at the camera.

A think tank on chronic pain

From the 19th to 21st February, researchers from South Africa, Zambia and the UK met in a lovely little conference centre outside of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Why? To discuss chronic pain. Researchers came from across the medical field including physiotherapists, psychologists, GPs and neurologists. They were joined by some social science researchers.  As most ofContinue reading A think tank on chronic pain

black and white picture of a track and field racing course from the viewoint of someone who is about to start a race. It shows lane 3 and 4. one cannot see the finish line as it goes foggy.

Doing disability research as a disabled researcher!? Cliché or opportunity OR Why I’m starting this blog

Doing disability research as a disabled researcher!? Cliché or opportunity OR Why I’m starting this blog I’ve started my PhD in 2008 but only began doing research on disability in 2017 and made it my core focus in late 2018. You might be wondering why it took me 10 years to make that transition. It’s notContinue reading Doing disability research as a disabled researcher!? Cliché or opportunity OR Why I’m starting this blog