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Disability Rights Are Civil Rights: Seattle Pacific University


 Abilities Advocacy Club 

DSS is pleased to have the opportunity to work with a new student club formed in 2015 by Melissa Del Rio and Nina Riesen, with Advisor Angela Tucker. This club, Abilities Advocacy Club, is an official ASSP Club at SPU. You may be interest if you:

  • are a student with a disability
  • a student patient about issues of accessibility, mental illness, and stigma
  • take part in the reconciliation conversation on campus and want to get more involved

If you are interested, feel free to e-mail for more information.

One of the goals of Abilities Advocacy Club (AAC) is to create a safe environment for students to talk about what it feels like to have a disability at SPU, and to promote awareness to the campus of accessibility issues and stigma surrounding disabilities. Media can be a helpful tool to show what normal is for those of us who are differently abled or neurodivergent. We have provided links to media we found particularly powerful.

What Anxiety Feels Like

Animated Minds

And finally, SPU Alum Tatsuro Nakajima has written several articles in the Falcon pertaining to Abilities Advocacy.

Using terminology that values personhood

Lack of represesentation disturbing

Abilities diversity important


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