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SDS presents Allies For Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit

October 27, 2015

Experience Allies For Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit

Click here for the exhibit agenda: Allies for Inclusion Flyer

Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit is a traveling exhibit designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others, comfort during interactions, and awareness of disability issues. Using a multi-media approach to demonstrate respect, comfort and awareness, the exhibit offers suggestions for becoming disability allies and educators.

It has been 25 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and almost 45 years since the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Both of these laws protect against discrimination of people with disabilities by requiring equal access to employment, education, goods and services.

Americans have progressed in their attitudes and behaviors toward people with disabilities; however, there remain questions and concerns about appropriate communication, comfort level, and inclusive practices.

When it comes to interacting with individuals with disabilities, people ask, "What should I do?" How should I respond?" "Is it okay to say that?" "How can I become an ally?" Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit will attempt to answer some of these questions.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to experience The Ability Exhibit at Wayne State University from November 10th – November 12th from 9am-4:30pm in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library Atrium.

About Allies For Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit

Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit was created by Saint Louis University (SLU) graduate students in the Disability in Higher Education and Society course under the direction of their instructor, Karen Myers, PhD. "I was so inspired by [graduate student] Anne Marie Carroll's initiative that I formed a team of students to take her idea to the next level," said Myers.

Evolving from a class project into a sophisticated exhibit, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit debuted at SLU on October 27, 2010.  "More than 150 students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the unveiling, timed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)" (Karen Myers in Business Officer, March, 2011).