Ableism in Kinesiology in Higher Education: A Conversation Starter

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Fabián Arroyo-RojasThe Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

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A. Chloe SimpsonWest Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA

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Justin A. HaegeleOld Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA

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In this expository paper, we reflect upon our understanding of how disabled people are discussed and treated in kinesiology and adapted physical activity in higher education and explore potential areas of unintentional harm that may be present in our everyday practice. There are three particular aspects of kinesiology in higher education that we discuss: access, language, and assessment. We discuss the challenges of access of disabled people in positions in higher education, language in higher education which serves as centers for knowledge creation, and the problematic nature of assessments based on societal norms, and for us, it is important to shine a spotlight on the many systemic limitations and barriers that disabled persons experience, in hope to amplify the importance of these issues.

Arroyo-Rojas (arroyo.64@osu.edu) is corresponding author.

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