Today’s episode is about disabled teachers with Travis Chi Wing Lau and Dayniah Manderson. Travis is a postdoctoral fellow in English at the University of Texas at Austin and Dayniah teaches 8th grade at Mott Hall Community School in the Bronx, NYC. You’ll hear both Travis and Dayniah talk about their approach to teaching, what they enjoy about being teachers, what’s unique about being a disabled teacher, and the challenges facing the teaching profession in both universities and city public school systems.
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Manderson, Dayniah. (October 8, 2018). Does my wheelchair make you uncomfortable? How my disability may have cost me a job. USA Today.
Dayniah Manderson, 39, has been an educator within the New York City Department of Education since 2003. She teaches 8th grade at Mott Hall Community School in the Bronx, New York City. She is the mother of a precocious teenager and lives with SMA II.
Travis Chi Wing Lau is a postdoctoral fellow in English at UT Austin. He specializes in 18th- and 19th-century British literature and culture, medical humanities, and disability studies. His academic and creative writing have appeared in a number of forums for public scholarship such as Public Books and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as in queer and disability-focused publications like The Deaf Poets Society. His portfolio of work and current projects are accessible on his homepage: travisclau.com
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Alice Wong, Writer, Audio Producer, Host
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
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