WEBINAR: Fostering Disability Identity and Community on Campus and its Impact on Student Success

When:  Apr 26, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM (ET)

Presenters:  Kimberly Elmore, DREAM Coordinator, National Center for College Students with Disabilities DREAM Student Leaders

Only one-third of students with disabilities enrolled in a four-year college or university and 41 percent of those in two-year schools graduate within 8 years, according to a new Hechinger Report that suggests teaching soft skills may increase retention and graduation rates. While skills in self-advocacy, time management, and communication are certainly important to postsecondary success, truly empowering students with disabilities to seek and use such skills for success in college and beyond often means helping them develop a positive disability identity and support network within the disability community. 

In this webinar, a group of disabled and Deaf student leaders from across the U.S. will discuss the need for disability resources professionals to engage in this work. Student presenters and DREAM leaders will discuss concepts and tools for developing disability community on campus. Using a research-based model, they will discuss helping students develop disability pride through a crash course in Disability Studies 101, fostering positive campus climate by creating opportunities for disability community and engagement, and building coalitions to foster and celebrate intersectional identities of disability, ethnicity/culture, and/or gender. Personal narratives will demonstrate the impact of supporting the development of disability identity and cross-identity development on students and the campus community.