It’s summer! School is out, the weather is hot, vacation is calling. But did you know that there is still work you can be doing to help your inclusive college program? Just like you take a vacation over the summer, your legislators take a break from Washington, DC.
As a person with a disability, I was never taught how to speak up for myself. People assumed I would do what they wanted me to do. In the disability community, there’s a saying that people with disabilities take to heart: “nothing about us without us”.
When I was growing up, the idea of going to college seemed almost impossible. I was the first person in my family to go to college, to graduate with a 4-year degree, and eventually to pursue graduate school. My first job after graduation was working with troubled youth in the social work system.
My favorite blogs to read are ones that explain things in a straightforward way using plain language, and then have a call to action, or tell me to do something. I am Denise Rozell, Director of Policy Innovation at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and I work with the National Coordinating Center on policy issues and systems change.