Disability & Accessibility Advocacy

Embracing difference as strength — I identify as neurodivergent

Growing up I struggled with the “normal” learning methods. From holding a pencil and writing, to buttoning my shirt, to writing out long division, I developed my own problem solving strategies. Many peers and teachers misunderstood -- and I found it difficult to convey my experiences to others. I resolved to try my hardest and find my own way. I learned to explore artistic expression, mainly through ceramics and music, and I learned that all humans interpret and communicate information in a wide variety of ways.  

In college I co-founded and lead the student Accessibility Advocates (SAA). As SAAs, we evaluated campus accessibility-- from the potential of utilizing (assistive) technology, to embracing alternative learning styles. Through mentoring, workshops, and meetings with the administration, we aimed to engage the community in a dialogue about neurodiversity and accessibility. We encouraged others to share personal narratives and to problem solve collectively.

Today I continue this work at the University of Washington’s Deafness and Disability Cultural Center. We are one of just a handful of student-run university centers in North America dedicated to individuals identifying as deaf, disabled, chronically ill, and neurodivergent. We have a cozy space in Mary Gates Hall (Room 024) where students can rest, study, organize, or just hang out with classmates and community members. Throughout the year, we host events and workshops focusing on social justice, activism, and amplifying voices of marginalized members of our community. Please come visit! and Follow the D Center on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with us!