Disability as Diversity Programming Toolkit: Postsecondary

Typical Awareness Activities

  • Focus solely on compliance
  • Focus on specific disabilities and their implications
  • Attempt to simulate disability
  • Focus on etiquette or sensitivity

The Problem: What messages does this send?

  • We are including people with disabilities because we have to.
  • People with disabilities are complex and require lots of study to understand them.
  • Having a disability is very hard!
  • Disabled people are very different from nondisabled people and require special rules for engagement.

A Possible Solution

Let’s change the way we provide outreach and programming.

  • Challenge stereotypical thinking about disability.
  • Relocate the problem of disability in the environment.
  • Promote disability as an aspect of diversity.
  • Emphasize disability access as a civil right, a matter of social justice.

This toolkit provides disability service providers and others working on college campuses with modules that can be used as is or adapted to lead presentations and discussions on their respective campuses.

These modules require those using them to be grounded in the concepts presented and be able to facilitate discussions on the topics. Please review and make sure you have the background to present on these topics before presenting any of this content.

The topics covered are:

  • Portrayals of Disability: Inspiration
  • Disability and Design
  • The Language of Disability
  • Ableism and Non-Disabled Privilege
  • Access as a Civil Right

We are happy for you to utilize the materials provided. We ask that you do provide the following credits:

In spoken presentations:
I’d like to thank the Southwest ADA Center Regional Affiliate of Arkansas for developing the content provided in this presentation.

In the use of slides or memes, you may add your logo or school name, but please do not remove the reference to the Southwest ADA Center Regional Affiliate – Arkansas or the hashtags.

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