The Disability Initiative promotes disability awareness through programming, including bringing wheelchairs to campus, hosting disability panels for classes, and providing disability sports and programs. The goal of the initiative is to prepare Goucher students to be comfortable living and working with people with disabilities.
Goucher students (and their faculty instructors) use wheelchairs for a full class day. Students travel from class to class, balance their lunches on cafeteria trays on their laps, work off campus, and experience other everyday activities while using wheelchairs. Faculty members have different goals for each class. For example, an English professor previously evaluated her students on how well they wrote about their disability experiences.
Students engage with panels of people with disabilities. For example, one panel included the executive director of an independent living center who is blind and the manager of a program to help people with disabilities find work who has muscular dystrophy. They spoke to education classes about their own experiences and about the services their organizations offer.
Adapted Recreation and Sports
Examples have included games against the Maryland Ravens Wheelchair Basketball Team, participation in Goucher's Adapted Sports Day, and the annual Loop Road Wheelchair Race.
For more information, contact Ed Duggan, disability initiative coordinator, at email@example.com.