Anti-Ableism and Disablity Allyship In Medical Education

About The Guests

Heather D. Evans, PhD

Heather D. Evans, Ph.D.
Pronouns: she / her / hers
Email: hdevans@uw.edu

Heather is a socio-legal scholar who focuses on the ways in which institutions such as the law, higher education, and the medical field interact with marginalized populations. She has conducted statistical analyses, ethnographic fieldwork, and evaluation research. Heather’s current work is in the field of Critical Disability Studies examining disclosure, identity management, and workplace accommodations among people with physical, mental, and sensory differences that are not readily apparent. She is also committed to community based research and does consulting work for local social justice organizations, primarily focusing on disparities within the criminal justice system.  Heather earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington and spent 8 years teaching courses in the Department of Sociology; Disability Studies Program; and the Law, Societies & Justice Department at UW. She joined the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at UW in July 2021 as an Acting Assistant Professor and Research Director for the Northwest ADA Center.

Heather Feldner
Heather Feldner, PT, PhD, PCS

Heather Feldner, PT, PhD, PCS
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Heather Feldner, PT, PhD, PCS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, core faculty in the Disability Studies Program, and an Associate Director of the Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE) at the University of Washington. Her research centers at the intersection of mobility, disability, and technology. This includes examining perceptions and outcomes of mobility technology,  how understandings of disability and identity emerge and evolve through technology use, and how disability can be further integrated into intersectional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Her current work incorporates multidisciplinary, mixed methods approaches drawing from her background as a pediatric physical therapist, doctoral work in disability studies, and postdoctoral research in user-centered rehabilitation and design in mechanical engineering

About The Episodes

Episode 1: Definitions, Language, Conceptual Framework

In this episode our guests, Drs. Heather Feldner and Heather Evans, guide us through foundational concepts of disability, ableism and allyship, unraveling important terminology, and emphasizing the importance of language

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Episode 1 Transcription: Definitions, Language, Conceptual Framework Transcription
Bias Training

UW implicit bias training, which includes disability material (this is now required to be on search committees and is freely available to the UW community). https://depts.washington.edu/podscan/gcw/implicit-bias/?_ga=2.69121425.1218851216.1639665509-786956136.1638917014#/

Disability Attitudes Implicit Association Test (DA-IAT) freely available at Project Implicit hosted by Harvard. Project Implicit: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html

Medical Education Training Guide in Disability Competence

Resource Guide for Training on Disability Competence: A resource guide for PT and PTA faculty, clinicians, and students (December 2021): https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.aptahpa.org/resource/resmgr/communications/Resource_Guide_for_Training_.pdf

Learn about disability history in the U.S.
  • American perspectives (Vol. 6). NYU Press
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFS8SpwioZ4
  • Shapiro, Joseph. (1994). No pity: People with disabilities forging a new civil rights movement. Three Rivers Press.
  • Longmore, P. K., & Umansky, L. (Eds.). (2001). The new disability history:
Learn about disability identity from a diversity perspective:
UW Resources:
Other Groups of interest:

https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/

  • Look for Disability Justice Collectives in your area

Episode 2: The UW Experience

In this episode, our guest speakers  “Evans and Feldner” share data from their CLIME-funded research project  on the lived experience of ableism and allyship of students, staff and faculty at the University of Washington, who identify as D/deaf, disabled, living with a disability, or as having a chronic health condition. 

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Episode 2: The UW Experience Transcript
Bias Training

UW implicit bias training, which includes disability material (this is now required to be on search committees and is freely available to the UW community). https://depts.washington.edu/podscan/gcw/implicit-bias/?_ga=2.69121425.1218851216.1639665509-786956136.1638917014#/

Disability Attitudes Implicit Association Test (DA-IAT) freely available at Project Implicit hosted by Harvard. Project Implicit: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html

Medical Education Training Guide in Disability Competence

Resource Guide for Training on Disability Competence: A resource guide for PT and PTA faculty, clinicians, and students (December 2021): https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.aptahpa.org/resource/resmgr/communications/Resource_Guide_for_Training_.pdf

Learn about disability history in the U.S.
  • American perspectives (Vol. 6). NYU Press
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFS8SpwioZ4
  • Shapiro, Joseph. (1994). No pity: People with disabilities forging a new civil rights movement. Three Rivers Press.
  • Longmore, P. K., & Umansky, L. (Eds.). (2001). The new disability history:
Learn about disability identity from a diversity perspective:
UW Resources:
Other Groups of interest:

https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/

  • Look for Disability Justice Collectives in your area

Episode 3: Dismantling Ableism and Practicing Allyship

In this episode, we explore a wealth of readily accessible resources and practical tips to go beyond just acknowledging ableism and eliminating ableist behavior, to actively supporting our disabled friends and colleagues.

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Episode 3: Dismantling Ableism and Practicing Allyship Transcription
Bias Training

UW implicit bias training, which includes disability material (this is now required to be on search committees and is freely available to the UW community). https://depts.washington.edu/podscan/gcw/implicit-bias/?_ga=2.69121425.1218851216.1639665509-786956136.1638917014#/

Disability Attitudes Implicit Association Test (DA-IAT) freely available at Project Implicit hosted by Harvard. Project Implicit: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html

Medical Education Training Guide in Disability Competence

Resource Guide for Training on Disability Competence: A resource guide for PT and PTA faculty, clinicians, and students (December 2021): https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.aptahpa.org/resource/resmgr/communications/Resource_Guide_for_Training_.pdf

Learn about disability history in the U.S.
  • American perspectives (Vol. 6). NYU Press
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFS8SpwioZ4
  • Shapiro, Joseph. (1994). No pity: People with disabilities forging a new civil rights movement. Three Rivers Press.
  • Longmore, P. K., & Umansky, L. (Eds.). (2001). The new disability history:
Learn about disability identity from a diversity perspective:
UW Resources:
Other Groups of interest: