Fostering Conversations about Disability Justice at KSU
The Disability Access Coalition (DAC, formerly the Presidential Commission on Disability Strategies and Resources) is a group of KSU faculty, staff, and students whose end goal is to create a more equitable environment for members of the KSU community who have disabilities. Two ways we hope to reach that goal are by increasing awareness of the lives and concerns of folks with disabilities and by building empathy through shared experiences.
In the Spring of 2023, we began an ongoing digital awareness campaign which would allow members of the KSU community to share their stories as a way to increase awareness. We are very grateful to share those stories with you here!
Dr. Amanda Crider is a faculty member in the Department of Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology.
A Campaign for Disability Awareness at KSU
During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the essential contributions to our workplaces, economy, and Nation made by disabled Americans and recommit to promoting equal opportunity for all people. For far too long in this country, employers could refuse to hire you if you were disabled. Stores could turn you away. If you used a wheelchair, there was no real way to take a bus or train to work or school. America simply was not built for all Americans. In 1945, President Truman established National Disability Employment Awareness Month and issued the first national call for disabled people to access all the opportunities and rewards of work. Forty-five years later, in 1990, the Congress came together to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which helps to ensure our workforce is more productive, prosperous, and inclusive by banning disability discrimination, including in the workplace.