“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”—Christopher Reeve, Actor and Activist


The Visible/Invisible Disabilities Identity/Affinity Community offers students with different abilities support to succeed in every facet of life while at Drew University. In collaboration with the Office of Accessibility Resources, it offers a safe space for students to find resources, programs, events, and support from allies and advocates that address needs and concerns, as well as a network of support that can extend into the future. Articles posted here are on a wide range of subjects related to visible and invisible disabilities.

This community serves as a hub of resources to connect students with different abilities with peers who can offer tips for success, staff and faculty who can help navigate their academic development, and alums and community members who can help them network and learn about becoming an early career professional. This community is here to help each student reach their goals.

Scroll through the articles to find information related to a variety of visible and invisible disabilities and be inspired by success stories.

At the bottom of the page, you will find resources, including organizations for this community and scholarships earmarked specifically for students with disabilities.

If you are interested in participating in and/or supporting this community, please feel free to share your experiences, provide resources that may support students’ pathways to development, connect with students to offer insight and support, and inform the broader community of internships, community engagement, or job opportunities.

For information on Drew’s Health Services, click HERE

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or depressed, reach out to the Counseling Center to make an appointment HERE

Students in need of academic support, including tutoring or coaching, please contact the Center for Academic Excellence HERE

Have questions about your financial aid, contact the Financial Office HERE

If you need help with your resume, C.V. or cover letter, assistance with searching for an internship/job or creating a Linkedin profile, or are thinking of going to graduate school, contact the Career Center HERE

 

9 Theater Companies Celebrating Actors With Disabilities

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In theatre, diversity in casting means more than ethnicity, age, and gender identity.  KC Wright in an article from Backstage.com showcases 9 theater companies that actively celebrate actors with disabilities.  Read the article.

 

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8 Most Powerful TED Talks on Disability

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Imagine listening to a fascinating presentation on the topic of Deep Sea Diving In A Wheelchair? TED (technology, entertainment, and design) Talks have become an important part of our online learning environment and culture, though they go as far back …

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The 9 Things People with Learning Disabilities Want You to Know

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People with learning disabilities don’t want your pity or even your help. They want you to know that LDs are what they have, not who they are.

How often do you see two famous people with learning disabilities (LDs) in …

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Brett’s Story: Back to College after a Traumatic Brain Injury

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Brett Becker and his family were on a ski trip in Wisconsin, enjoying the remaining days of his college winter break. A freshman at Indiana University, Brett was studying biology, with hopes of one day becoming a doctor. On January …

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The Power of Different – Exclusive Interview

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Dr. Gail Saltz has a hit book on her hands, and it’s called The Power of Different.

In addition to being a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, she grew up with a brother who’d win a Nobel Prize. Gail …

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