Disabled students and allies at Smith are coming together to organize a visibility and education event about the experience of being a young disabled person in a society that largely undervalues us. This event will have two main components: an educational aspect and a personal storytelling component. For the educational portion, we are looking for facts/excerpts to go on the backs of approximately 400 chairs which represent the number of students registered with the Office of Disability Services.
Community members, allies and orgs, we need your help!
We are open to historical facts, quotes, artwork, etc, provided it will fit on the back of a chair. Some examples of prompts you can use to write are: "something meaningful I have learned about disabled community/history is..." or "the way that I choose to explain disability or disability rights is..." If you include an image of a person, please include their name and their relationship to the disability community. Please only submit images that are public or that are of yourself.
These submissions will be on display during the day-long event on Chapin Lawn, which will happen on April 3rd.
Please include the name you would like your submission to be credited to - you may choose 'Anonymous,' your first name only, last name only, a nickname, etc. We just want to be able to credit this to you the way that makes you feel most comfortable! Please also include your graduation year. If you are not a current student, please select 'other.'
We hope that you will perform your own submission, but if you would feel more comfortable having a friend or volunteer perform, please indicate so on this form. If you are performing, enter your email in the contact email section. If a friend is performing for you, please enter their email. If you would like a volunteer to perform for you, please enter 'firstname.lastname@example.org' into the form.
Submissions that are short and text-only may be submitted using the text box below. Submissions that are longer, or include visual aspects, such as artwork should be submitted using the file upload section. We will not be editing your work for grammar or spelling so please use spell-check!
Submissions should be received by Tuesday, April 1st at noon.