Refocus: Viewing the Work of Disability Services Differently

Disability resource professionals set the tone for how a campus frames and responds to disability. Refocus was created as a tool for examining the role the resource office can play in challenging stereotypes and creating truly equitable environments. You are invited to explore core values that anchor us to this goal and to examine practices that influence the campus narrative around disability.

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Acknowledgements

Refocus: Viewing the Work of Disability Services Differently is a product of Project ShIFT, through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education (PR Award # P333A080082-09)

Refocus: Viewing the Work of Disability Services Differently was been updated and enhanced in partnership with Access to Design Professions, Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) Boston, MA and funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The authors are grateful to Nancy Hart, Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Disability Resources at Lane Community College and Principal Investigator for Project ShIFT, the staff and participants of Project ShIFT, and Elaine Ostroff of the Institute for Human Cented Design for their contributions. The authors also want to acknowledge Lane Community College, the University of Arizona, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for supporting this effort.

Authors*

  • Carol Funckes, Chief Operations Officer, AHEAD
  • Sue Kroeger, University of Arizona
  • Gladys Loewen, Consultant, Vancouver, Canada
  • Melanie Thornton, Coordinator of Access and Equity Outreach, University of Arkansas Partners for Inclusive Communities

*Job positions listed are current positions rather than positions at the time of the writing of this content.

Questions or comments should be directed to mthornt@uark.edu.

This content was developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education (PR Award # P333A080082-09) and the Institute for Human Centered Design. It was previously housed at projectshift-refocus.org. We are grateful to the authors for agreeing to allow us to host this content on exploreaccess.org