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Abilities Advocacy Club

DSS is pleased to have the opportunity to work with a student club formed in 2015 by students Melissa Del Rio and Nina Riesen, with then-advisor Angela Tucker. Abilities Advocacy Club (AAC) is an official ASSP club at SPU.

You may be interested in this club if you:

  • Are a student with a disability
  • Are a student concerned 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 in joining, or would like more information, please email

The goals of the AAC are 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. Here are links to articles and websites you may find helpful:

And finally, SPU alum Tatsuro Nakajima ’16 wrote several articles in The Falcon about abilities advocacy.

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Saint Francis of Assisi

Who’s Who in the CFL

Here is where you’ll find a list of the Center for Learning staff members, including their photos and contact information.