Fighting ableism on the Shippensburg University campus and beyond, SU’s Disability Advocacy Club (DAC) held their second meeting of the semester on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in CUB 103.
Disability led and influenced, DAC promotes disabled persons’ perspectives and goals. Tuesday’s meeting followed a relaxed, conversational style with attendees sitting in a circle, creating a welcoming space for people with disabilities and allies alike. Discussion ranged from accessibility to events to even clothing.
“No matter what I do, I stand out. I might as well be myself and dress the way I want,” said Lillian Sellers, club organizer. Attendees agreed with her statement.
DAC’s main goal is to be united in ending ablism and educating people on disability rights and issues, regardless of ability or disability.
“We really want to focus on not only making a welcoming space for disabled people but [also] a space to educate others, and even maybe do some advocacy even beyond campus,” Matthew Klipp, club organizer, said.
As a newly reestablished club on campus, DAC aims to be a resource to help other organizations develop allyship be more inclusive. They also plan to expand into the greater local community, having been in communication with Kathy Coy, Shippensburg mayor.
“Here on campus, we are at the disposal of any club or organization that wants to be more inclusive. We are open to questions and educating people; no question is a stupid question,” Sellers explained.
Upcoming events for DAC include a partnership with the SU Pride and Gender Equity Center on Monday, April 11, 2022, in CUB 232 entitled “Disability, Queerness and Liberation” as a part of their Queer Conversations series. Additionally, DAC will host an Earth Day panel promoting famous disabled environmental activists on April 21, 2022.
DAC meets every other Tuesday in CUB 103. Those interested can find more information about DAC on Instagram
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