January 12, 2012
Adrienne Knopp

"Allies For Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit"

Event Details: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., January 20, Queen's Daughters Hall

Allies for Inclusion
An exhibit participant signs a pledge to be an ally for inclusion. Photo courtesy of ACPA

As part of its ongoing commitment to educating students across all spectrums of legal education, the Saint Louis University School of Law will host an interactive exhibit educating students, faculty, staff and visitors about the importance of inclusion of individuals with disabilities. "Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit" will be on display from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 17-19 and 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 20 in Queen's Daughters Hall.

The Ability Exhibit is a traveling exhibit designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others and awareness of disability issues. Using a multi-media approach, the exhibit offers suggestions for becoming disability allies and educators.

The exhibit was created by graduate students in the Disability in Higher Education and Society course under the direction of Karen Myers, Ph.D., associate professor of leadership and higher education. Since its debut, The Ability Exhibit has been displayed at other colleges and universities, and it received national recognition at the 2011 ACPA College Student Educators International annual convention. Find out more about the exhibit on The Allies for Inclusion web page.

"We are honored to host this important exhibit at SLU Law as the nation celebrates the Martin Luther King Day of Service," said Lisa Sonia Taylor, program director of multicultural affairs and outreach at the School of Law. "The Ability Exhibit embodies King's work to end discrimination and increase understanding while promoting the type of community involvement envisioned by the creation of the Day of Service."

The exhibit's presence at the law school underscores the School of Law community's commitment to helping support and serve individuals with disabilities.

The school offers several courses focusing on disability or mental health law, including a Disability Law course with a service learning project aimed at removing barriers to safe and accessible use of public streets and sidewalks in our community.

In the Civil Advocacy Clinic, students work on public interest policy matters that impact the lives of people with disabilities, such as challenges to state changes in Medicaid services and representation of blind clients in seeking unpaid state pension monies. Students also have the opportunity to advocate for the elderly and disabled in the Elder Law Clinic, to represent children with disabilities and their families in the Child Advocacy Clinic and to provide guidance and representation to teens with disabilities through a partnership with an after-school drop-in center. Faculty also teach, write and advocate about a wide range of issues of disability in health care, the workplace, and in the criminal justice system.

"Hosting this exhibit is a way to recognize and support the work of so many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni in the area of disability law," said Elizabeth Pendo, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law. "It also highlights our commitment to the work still to be done."

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