A Disability Cultural Center: Theory, Student Activism, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps

Author: lthomson

Elizabeth (liz) Anh Thomson is a fifth-year, PhD candidate in Disability Studies, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They have been practicing audio description (AD) for the past three years and advocates for folks to use a disability social justice approach and collaborative principles in AD. liz has worked with a variety of campus art galleries and student art organizations to raise awareness and get AD implemented in their standard operating procedures. Before entering graduate school, they held leadership positions at the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center and the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center; as well as in student activities. Additionally, they have taught in Women’s Studies, Asian American Studies, and Intergroup Dialogue program. Their academic work is about the creation and operations of disability cultural centers in higher education.