Students in Disrupting Dis/Ability had the opportunity to work with faculty from the School of Social Transformation and the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies to explore key questions concerning cultural narratives of dis/ability in our world today. Students were asked to imagine projects as “disruptions” designed to intervene in structures of ableism. Through reading, research and course discussions, students decided to focus primarily on structures of abelism within higher ed. Student teams worked with consultants on and off campus including ASU’s ADA Compliance Coordinator regarding physical space, ASU’s IT Accessibility Coordinator regarding virtual space, community leaders from local nonprofit organizations that support people with intellectual disabilities (Detour Theater Company) and investigative journalist, author and disability advocate, Amy Silverman. Students created their own teams and dedicated their time to pursuing change through a variety of impact outcomes.
Scroll down to learn more about a few of these groups and their work!
Team Access – comprised of Jordyn Stebbins, David Jaulus, Christine Leavitt, Samantha Gillette, and RaNiyah Taylor – worked closely with ASU’s ADA Compliance Coordinator (Peter Fischer), GIS Enterprise Developer (Karen Fisher), and Director of Digital Transformation (Bobby Gray) to create an accessibility ‘layer’ to ASU’s Interactive Map that will identify accessible restrooms, building entrances and other pertinent information regarding physical access on all 4 ASU campuses (stay tuned for the Spring 21′ unveiling of the newly configured campus maps in the ASU App AND more to come in Beyond the Lab)! Click here to view more about this project.
Accessibility Coalition Constitution and Bylaws
Team Coalition – comprised of Mohammad Sultan A Aljohany, Rachel Caldwell, Chris Ervin, Hannah Grabowski, Kaitlyn Martinez, Alonso Rodriguez, and Garrett Tanner – laid the groundwork for creating ASU’s first student-led Accessibility Coalition and becoming the newest member of ASU’s Council of Coalitions. This work included recruiting existing student organizations serving disabled students, lobbying current council members for support, holding town halls to raise awareness and solicit constituency support and drafting a constitution for the new Coalition. Click here to read their constitution and here for their supplementary presentation on their values and goals for their project.
A team comprised of Anjali Mistry, Taylor Carstens, Kevin Kobey, and Lucas Selby worked to improve ASU Counseling services by soliciting student narratives of their counseling experiences – the good and the bad. They compiled student voices in a 9-page zine they distributed electronically and placed strategically around campus. Click here to view their zine and read more about it in their State Press article here.
Team Workshop hosted two pilot workshops and created sample syllabi designed to help ASU instructors create accessible and inclusive learning materials and classrooms and intervene in the harm inaccessible learning materials can cause.
- – Adero Allison: Assistant Director, Arizona State University DRC and Co-Chair of the Accessibility Project
- – Kathy Marks: IT Accessibility Coordinator, Arizona State University
- – Peter Fischer: Accessibility (ADA) Compliance Coordinator, Arizona State University
- – Rebecca Monteleone: Assistant Professor of Disability and Technology, The University of Toledo
- – Amy Silverman: Freelance Journalist, Memoirist, and Editor