ERIC Number: ED381935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Empowering Students with Disabilities through Organization and Involvement in Student Government: A Step-by-Step Approach To Creating a Student Organization.
Campbell, Katherine; Morris, Jeff
College students with disabilities, as a group, are becoming more involved with each other and are beginning to form student organizations. Major purposes of such organizations include: establishing a means for students with disabilities to make their voices heard on issues relating to disability, creating a social support system for students with disabilities, and providing leadership experience and involvement opportunities for students with disabilities. At Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, a step-by-step process to establish a student organization was implemented. The process involved: developing a trusting relationship between staff and students, beginning the organizational process, registering the organization with the university, empowering the students through leadership training and motivating them to take the initiative in planning and implementing activities, and offering support and advice. At Weber, students chose the organization's name, elected officers, conducted fund-raising activities, became an organized body that spoke out on campus issues and provided each other with a social network, became less dependent on the university's service department, and increased disability awareness on campus and in the community. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Empowerment; Weber State University UT
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (Columbus, OH, July 1994).