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Disability Narratives

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Audio clip: Maeve considers some of the practical issues that will affect her career progression.

I'm much more concerned about when I get a permanent lectureship, and I'm not sure how I'm going to juggle the work of the lectureship with research, with my own life.

And I also think it's more of a disability in some circumstances than others. So, you know, I've thought about would I move to the US for a job, for example. But because I can't drive, I think well most of that country's completely inaccessible to me. Right, I need to be somewhere where there's a good public transport system. So that affects decisions about like where I'm going to live, where I'm going to accept a job, and things like that.

And I'm not going to be able to work all the hours that other academics work. I know most academics do their research in the evenings and weekends. So I'm very concerned that I'll be working in the department and all my time will be spent teaching, and I won't be able to publish enough for the REF. And that that could be a problem in terms of keeping a job. So I'm scared of how to have those conversations in the future with employers, and how to make them understand that it's a disability issue, and not just laziness. Or you know, not being a good enough researcher, or whatever they think.

No, but it's also you know, if I wanted to have a family, as well. I just don't know how I could juggle the academic job with my condition, and having kids. Like it just seems really impossible. So.