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Ability Ally Training

Ability Ally Program

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Ability Allies are a network of faculty, staff and students who take a visible role in promoting disability awareness, supporting persons with disabilities, and maintaining resources for working and interacting with people with disabilities.

Ability Allies pledge to:

  • Be a support system to people with disabilities
  • Display my Ability Ally placard wherever people may see it best
  • Be respectful, understanding, and helpful to the needs of people with disabilities
  • Listen to how a person with a disability feels about how they are being treated
  • Be a proponent of inclusive language
  • Provide referrals to programs and services as needed
  • Actively seek assistance and further training as needed

Ability Ally Training

Ability Ally Training strives to shape student, faculty, staff, and administrators' perspectives by:

  • Focusing on ability versus disability
  • Demonstrating similarities rather than differences
  • Identifying personal stereotypes, myths, and beliefs that shape personal perceptions
  • Demonstrating appropriate language and terminology for discussing disabilities and resources
  • Offering an authentic view into the lives of students with disabilities through a student panel
  • Providing students, staff, and faculty with an opportunity to discuss disability in a non-judgmental and safe environment
  • Providing an open forum for questions and concerns for those working and interacting with individuals with disabilities

Upon completion of the training, participants are given the opportunity to sign an Ability Ally pledge and receive an Ability Ally placard and button to display for all to see.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Fall 2014 Schedule Coming Soon!