Disabled & Proud: Leading Change is an online conference for college students with disabilities, happening October 11-13, 2018. This is a conference for students by students with disabilities, focused on building up students as leaders for campus change to improve accessibility, inclusion, and the campus climate for people with disabilities. Students in any type of degree program, of any age, with any type of disability are welcome. Nondisabled student allies are also welcome to attend.
The 2018 Disabled & Proud: Leading Change is sponsored by Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM), a national student organization run by students for students. The goal of this conference is to provide students with disabilities with tools to address problems in higher education and to act for positive change, while also helping students meet and network with each other.
DREAM is based at the National Center for College Students with Disabilities, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD).
This online conference will use vConference software and will have sessions, an exhibit hall, and events like an in-person conference. Keynote presentations will include Kay Barnett, Storm Smith, and a panel of college student activists with disabilities. Registration is on a sliding scale, and no one will be turned away for their inability to pay. Participants will receive more detailed information after they register, and questions are welcome at DREAM@ahead.org any time. More details about the conference, as well as exhibitor and sponsor information, are available at the conference website at www.DisabledandProud.org.
Please note that current and prospective college students of any age will be able to register, but this conference is not for K-12 teachers, professionals, disability services providers or parents unless they are small group leaders, sponsors, or exhibitors (with the exception of professionals supporting students’ participation in the conference for disability-related reasons). Culturally Deaf students and students of any age, with any type of disability, chronic health condition, or mental illness are welcome, and so are their nondisabled allies. Undergraduate, graduate students, auditing students, and those in higher education transition programs are all invited to participate. Prospective college students with disabilities may also join us.