This guest blog post was written by Michelle Mitchell, Disability Learning Specialist Professor at Lehigh Carbon Community College and member of AHEAD (Association of Higher Education and DIsability).
This is our first guest blog post. What started out as an inquiry to our Help Desk resulted in this heartfelt article which is really a call to action.
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.