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2018 Service-Learning Symposium: Disabilities are A Matter of Perception

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Disabilities are A Matter of Perception

Authors: Ansley Bowen, Destiney Stephens, & Katy Carr

Faculty Supervisor: Jessica Melilli-Hand, MFA, Ph.D.


For this project, we collaboratively worked with the Office of Disability Services in order to properly communicate to our fellow student body about our research on disabilities, as well as how literary devices are incorporated in our service-learning. Our civic objective was to make an impact and incorporate our newfound knowledge into our service-learning project. We commenced this project by starting with the basics. We first evaluated our piece of literature, then used our newfound knowledge to relate the literary work to our community partner. Through multiple revisions, we created a flyer communicating to our audience the details of our presentation. The flyer was posted everywhere around campus, in hopes of persuading students and professors to attend our presentation regarding our finished project. There are multiple ways that we as a student body, or an American citizen, can help people with disabilities. We can begin by evaluating and revising our initial actions, and simply remember to show kindness and love to everyone. From now on, we are aware of the battles and hardships that disabled Americans go through every day. This project allowed us to developed a new civic identity. Instead of brushing off people as “disabled” or “unequal,” we will now by be adamant about educating others and being involved in the community, so we can try to impact all citizens in a positive way.

Disabilities are A Matter of Perception