I love this paper my disability department gave me. The representative also told me to report ANY kind of ableism, even if it seems minuscule to me.
The top three are hard to read so:
- Disability accommodations are rights, not special help. (Ask for what you need. Advocate for yourself.)
- You are an important and valuable part of campus diversity. (Diversity includes disability.)
- College disability services officers can be gatekeepers. (Most are good allies for students, but some are not. Demand professional, individualized, respectful services and file a complaint if you don’t get them.)
4. Feed your soul and your body - recharge your batteries. (Balance your valuable time, energy, and health)
5. Stay focused on your career. (if it won’t help you get a job or maintain your passion for college, don’t bother)
6. Find a community. (Never go at it alone. Consider connecting with others who have disabilities)
7. Universally design your own learning. (Learn how you learn best, and then use your strengths and unique learning style)
8. Never apologize for your disability or your accommodations. (If you apologize, people may think you’re ashamed.)
9. Fight oppression and bullying in any form. (Ableism is just one “ism.” If one of us is oppressed, all of us are oppressed.)
10. Learn disability history. (Learn about the people and movements that made it possible for you to be in college.)
this is great and so important.