Disability Services for Students

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 Supported in part with funding from USDE Office of Postsecondary Education Demonstration Projects CFDA Number: 84.333A and URI’s Changing the Culture (USDE Grant #P333A020023-03).

Changing the Culture: Former USDE Grant #P333A020023-03 at the University of Rhode Island.

The mission of the former Changing the Culture project was to foster the development of an integrative, accepting and facilitating environment for college students who have disabilities. Negative stigmatizing can be the most limiting feature of having a disability by denying contributions to society at large. Information, knowledge and sensitivity can combat negative stigma and facilitate inclusion. But, more importantly, helping to create a community that is truly culturally competent will prevent negative stereotypes and remove future barriers for all of our students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

Although this grant ended in 2007, many Disability Resource Mentors are still actively engaged in creating inclusive environments and social justice for people with disabilities in Higher Education. (2015)

We acknowledge  our partner Demonstration Projects for sharing their influential work; in particular we have referenced the DO-It Program_Univ. of Washington; the Ross Center_UMASS Boston, Project ShiFT_Lane Community College; Ctr. for Postsecondary Education_UCONN, and others.

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