Dr. Cushing brings over a decade of experience in the field of disability studies to the classroom. A key field learning that she weaves into curriculum design that there are many possible ways to interpret what it means to live well with disability; this means that it is vital to teach students analytical tools and concepts, not just role answers.
"The primary goal I have in designing the courses in this Disability Studies module is to give students a sense of all the ways that disability, chronic illness and mental health matters live in our cultural imagination and increasingly influence laws, workplaces, education policy, and sports and leisure in dynamic and interesting ways that will affect all of us directly or indirectly. These courses give them both the classic liberal arts conceptual framework that King's is known for, as well as a pathway for positioning themselves in distinct ways once they graduate."
"I really enjoy DS classes because they shed light on the lived experiences of people whose voices have been muted until recently. I think these are great classes because the knowledge gained from Disability Studies can be applied to all facets of life."