EVENT SUMMARY

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.

SESSIONS


All times are Eastern Time Printable Schedule || Times, presenters and sessions are subject to change.

10/11/2018

3:00 PM
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3:50 PM


Track:
Ed Roberts Room
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Welcome: Strategies for Community Change

 

 


10/11/2018

5:00 PM
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5:50 PM


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Ed Roberts Room
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Keynote Panel: Student Activists on Working for Campus Change

 

 


10/11/2018

6:00 PM
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6:50 PM


Track:
Ed Roberts Room
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What You Can Do When Disability Problems Come Up on Campus

 

 


10/11/2018

6:00 PM
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6:50 PM


Track:
Chris Bell Room
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Disability Law 101: Know Your Rights to Be a Better Activist

 

 


10/11/2018

6:00 PM
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6:50 PM


Track:
Leah Katz-Hernandez Room
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Disability History 101: Know Your Disability History to Be a Better Activist

 

 


10/11/2018

7:00 PM
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9:50 PM


Track:
Ed Roberts Room
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Deej Screening & Live Tweet

 

 


10/12/2018

3:00 PM
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Track:
Chris Bell Room
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Keynote: Lydia X. Z. Brown

 

 


10/12/2018

5:00 PM
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Track:
Ed Roberts Room
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Disability Studies 101 for Student Leaders

 

 


10/12/2018

5:00 PM
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Track:
Chris Bell Room
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Setting Up Student Groups: What Are Your Options?

 

 


10/12/2018

5:00 PM
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Track:
Leah Katz-Hernandez Room
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Deaf Studies 101: What "Deaf Gain" Can Teach all Students with Disabilities

 

 


10/12/2018

6:00 PM
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Ed Roberts Room
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Access 101: Planning Events with Universal Design

 

 


10/12/2018

6:00 PM
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Track:
Chris Bell Room
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Policy Activism: How to Affect Policy at Campus, State, and Federal Levels

 

 


10/12/2018

6:00 PM
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Track:
Leah Katz-Hernandez Room
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What Is a Disability Cultural Center?

 

 


10/12/2018

8:00 PM
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9:30 PM


Track:
Maysoon Zayid Screening Theater
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DREAM Open Student Meeting (Zoom)

 

 


10/13/2018

3:00 PM
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3:50 PM


Track:
Leah Katz-Hernandez Room
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Keynote: Storm Smith

 

 


10/13/2018

5:00 PM
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Track:
Ed Roberts Room
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Inclusion 101: Understanding Intersectionality to Improve Campus Organizing

 

 


10/13/2018

5:00 PM
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Track:
Chris Bell Room
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Fundraising & Collaborating to Pay for Inclusive Events

 

 


10/13/2018

5:00 PM
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Track:
Leah Katz-Hernandez Room
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Saving Your 'Spoons': Taking Care of Yourself While Dealing with Ableism

 

 


10/13/2018

6:00 PM
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Track:
Ed Roberts Room
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Networking to Reach Your Goals

 

 


10/13/2018

6:00 PM
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Track:
Chris Bell Room
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Training Allies & Working with Other Marginalized Groups

 

 


10/13/2018

6:00 PM
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Track:
Leah Katz-Hernandez Room
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Using Social Media to Find Mentors & Allies

 

 


10/13/2018

8:00 PM
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9:30 PM


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Ed Roberts Room
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Video Advocacy & Live Tweet

 

 


Sponsors




 




Accessible College: Transition support for students with physical disabilities and health conditions




Since 1977, AHEAD has offered an unparalleled member experience to disability resource professionals, student affairs personnel, ADA coordinators, diversity officers, AT/IT staff, faculty and other instructional personnel, and colleagues who are invested in creating welcoming higher education experiences for disabled individuals. AHEAD boasts a membership of over 3,000, representing all 50 states and over 10 countries. In addition to its direct memberships, AHEAD has formal partnerships with 37 Regional Affiliates and numerous professional organizations. AHEAD members are actively engaged in service provision, consultation and training, and policy development on their campuses and promote accessibility across the field of higher education and beyond.




The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN was created to serve as a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to advance civil rights, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism.




 




DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring) is a national online organization that connects and supports students to become leaders and agents of change on their campuses.  We strongly advocate for disability culture, community, and pride and hope to serve as an online virtual disability cultural center for students who want to connect with other students. 




 




The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange is a project of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange between the United States and other countries, and is supported in its implementation by Mobility International USA. See more: https://www.miusa.org/ncde




The National Center for College Students with Disabilities




The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.




The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) is a technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

NDC provides evidence-based strategies to deaf individuals, family members, and professionals at the local, state, and national levels with the goal of closing education and employment gaps for deaf individuals.




 




NextBillion.org is an online community of university students with disabilities who are interested in working at tech companies.




 




The Society for Disability Studies is a non-profit organization that promotes the study of disability in social, cultural, and political contexts. Through research, artistic production, teaching, and activism, SDS seeks to augment understanding of disability in all cultures and historical periods, to promote greater awareness of the experiences of disabled people, and to advocate for social change.




Think College is proud to support the 2018 Disabled & Proud Conference!




University of Arkansas Partners for Inclusive Communities
Arkansas' University Center on Disabilities