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The Oberlin Review

Support for ESAs Combats Ableism

Melissa Harris, Production Editor

December 9, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As a long-time sufferer of emotional and mental disorders who struggles with depression and anxiety especially, I have sought almost every form of treatment under the sun: antidepressants, therapy, meditation, yoga, exercise. The list goes on. However, coming to college has made me realize an integral part of my mental wellbeing was missing once I arrived: my pet rabbit from home. I forgot the way my rabbit would sit by me when he was out of his hutch, allowing me to stroke his soft fur and calm my anxieties after a sleepless night. It was this September, at the beginning of my junior year, that I looked into getting an emotional support animal at Oberlin. Although my family did not want me to take our rabbit to colleg...

Activism Limited by Disregard for Disability

Auden Granger, Production Editor

December 9, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Engagement in activism is a key facet of life and education for many Oberlin students. But what does it mean when you can’t access these types of activism? What does it mean when you’re excluded by default from the performances, speeches and workshops that define most students’ social and political work? Oberlin has a massive issue with accessibility. To put it more explicitly, Oberlin has a massive issue with acknowledging and incorporating disability at all. Disability is rarely considered in student activism and in the work that Oberlin student organizations do, despite the fact that disability intersects with every social inequality we work toward addressing. Ability status intersects with race, class, ge...

ADA Compliance Necessary to Support Disabled Students

Taylorlyn Stephan, Contributing Writer

December 9, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Over 20 percent of reporting Oberlin students self-identifed as disabled or as having a mental illness that causes barriers to access and inclusion on an August survey conducted by Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. So why is there a persistent belief that Oberlin does not have a community of varying abilities? Based on my experiences with a chronic illness and talking to other disabled students, I noticed a divide between invisible and hypervisible disabilities. There are few students who are very visibly disabled, and this is likely related to the sheer lack of buildings compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability services offered by Oberlin. The lack of services such as personal assi...

Report Unpacks Campus Climate on Disability

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

September 16, 2016

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Confusion, resentment, frustration, inadequate understanding and a passionate desire for change — these are some of the terms the Working Group on Disability and Access used to describe the current campus climate on disability. The working group released its preliminary report via email on Aug. 31 in one of its first steps toward addressing accommodation, access and inclusion on campus. Elizabeth Hamilton, chair of the German Language and Literatures department and Section 504/ADA coordinator, spear- headed the project and hopes that it can begin deconstructing barriers of access that impede many students, faculty and staff from participating in everyday life at Oberlin. “This has been a labor of love,”...

New Ordinance Permits Bicycle Confiscation

New Ordinance Permits Bicycle Confiscation

September 9, 2016

Chaining a bicycle to a signpost or a fence is about to become a lot more costly in Oberlin. At a meeting on Tuesday, City Council passed an ordinance allowing the Oberlin Police Department to confiscate bikes that are not parked in bike racks or attached to hitching posts. The ordinance also increases the fine for leaving a bike in an unauthorized location from $10 to $20. Bikers will have 90 days to pay the fine and pick up their bike before it is disposed of. “The purpose of the law is ...

Disability Informs Personal Identity, Politics

Auden Granger, Production Editor

September 9, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I’m disabled. If this article already makes you feel un­comfortable, you’re not alone. Disability is the kind of subject you’re expected to deal with privately and secretly. You’re not supposed to talk about it — unless you’re “overcoming” it, preferably in a hyper-visible way that makes for a good motivational poster. Or unless you’re a beautiful, ever-patient, innocent creature who exists to teach a lesson to the nondisabled protagonist about living life to the fullest and appreciating what you have. This is despite the fact that the 2010 U.S. Census puts about 20 percent of the U.S. population firmly within the category of disabled, making “disabled people” the largest minority group in...

For-Profit Healthcare Not the Fault of Disabled People

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer

April 8, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s staff tweeted against the Affordable Care Act Wednesday: “Obamacare guarantees $400bn in profits for insurance companies by creating a captured market. A profiteering, private system isn’t reform.” A statement claiming that 17 million people gaining insurance after the ACA makes a bad policy wouldn’t be amiss from one of the Bernie Sanders-supporting social scientists I follow, like Michael Oman-Reagan (“The thing I disliked the most about ACA is that it forces Americans to prop up the for-profit healthcare industry”) or Holly Wood (“Great, [the ACA] made it that much harder to defeat for-profit healthcare”). The first sentence of Stein’s tweet even ...

Kylie Jenner’s Photoshoot Undermines Experiences of Disabled People

El Wilson, Contributing Writer

December 4, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Dear Kylie Jenner, I don’t care if you’re a trendy fashion model. I don’t care if you’re rich and famous. I don’t care that the photo shot by Steven Klein was well-composed. I don’t care that it symbolized how your fame limits you. Posing in a golden wheelchair in a photoshoot for Interview magazine was wrong. It was far more than politically incorrect. It was more than insulting. It was unethical. As someone without a visually apparent disability, you have no right to appropriate my identity for your photo spread. You didn’t grow up being constantly told that the way your body was created is inherently inferior to everyone else’s. If you go out alone in public, you don’t have to worry about ...

Oberlin Fails to Support Students

Sam White, Contributing Writer

May 8, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In September, when my dear friends and classmates return for their final year at Oberlin College, I’ll be going elsewhere. I’ll be joining the unspoken masses of Obies taking time off to go anywhere, frankly, that isn’t here. Miraculously, through luck and persistence, I’ll be leaving in good academic standing, on personal rather than medical leave, with good prospects for returning and finishing my degree. Stories and numbers from semesters past, however, serve as reminders that there are no guarantees and that some of these students will not be so fortunate. My ambitious, half-baked, exciting, eccentric plans for the fall — an unmapped road trip, a journalistic video blog on food justice and hopefully...

Content Warnings Needed as Accommodations

Cyrus Eosphoros, Staff Writer

February 27, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Content Warning: This post contains discussion of common triggers, ableism on the part of the Oberlin administration and descriptions of media and conversations containing suicide, rape and parental abuse.  The first movie I had to watch for a literature class this semester contained, among other things, rape, suicide and physical and psychological abuse by a parent. I stopped watching somewhere around 40 minutes in, before the suicide, after everything else, and mentioned none of this in class. Neither did anyone else, setting aside any acknowledgement of these heavy and possibly triggering topics in favor of discussing whether a woman being a chef was sexist. In theory, this didn’t have to be the case. Last s...

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