When it comes to interacting with individuals with disabilities, people ask, "What
should I do?" How should I respond?" "Is it okay to say that?" and "How can I become
Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit attempts to answer some of these questions.
Initiated by Saint Louis University Anne Marie Carroll and developed by other graduate
students studying disability in higher education and society under the direction of
Karen Myers, Ph.D., The Ability Exhibit launched in 2010.
This traveling exhibit is designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities
through respect for others, comfort during interactions, and awareness of disability
It is an affordable learning experience that is easy to ship and can be set up in
a few hours. The exhibit can be reserved online.
Features of the Ability Exhibit
Using a multimedia approach, The Ability Exhibit offers suggestions for becoming disability
allies and educators. It provides interactive stations designed to build awareness
about people with disabilities and the disability movement.
The Disability movement in the United States is illustrated through a sample of historical
photographs. A pivotal moment in the movement was the signing of the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the most comprehensive legislation concerning the
civil rights of persons with disabilities. Learn more about disability legislation
in the "ADA 20th Anniversary" video.
Through computer quizzes, test your knowledge about disability facts, celebrities
with disabilities, disability law and appropriate communication techniques. You will
be surprised how much you already know and what you might learn.
Indicate if you know someone with a disability, and notice how many people — including
you — already are disability allies. Categories include visual (blind, low vision),
hearing (deaf, hard of hearing), mobility, psychological, medical and learning disabilities.
Hold one end of the Space Rope and experience the communication distances used by
people who are blind and have low vision. Knots on the Space Rope indicate the distance
between two people. Used in pairs, the Space Rope helps simulate the appropriate distance
between two individuals for public or personal space.
Learn about universal instructional design, which relates to curriculum and academic
settings and provides welcoming educational environments and equal access for everyone,
and universal design in student development. An informational video and several publications
provide specifics for using each, as well as an overview of universal design principles
After participating in Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, attendees will be
Demonstrate knowledge of people with disabilities and the disability movement.
Display a greater sensitivity to the struggles faced by people with disabilities in
the past and to the challenges people with disabilities encounter today and will encounter
in the future.
Understand the value of such concepts as universal design, and person-first language,
after experiencing these concepts in action.
Appreciate and understand the concept of and need for ability allies and make a commitment
to being an ally for inclusion.
Become advocates for awareness, acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities
Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit is sponsored by the Saint Louis University
School of Education and SLU’s Division of Student Development, SLU's Division of Information
Technology Services, Logan College of Chiropractic and Mary Bruemmer.
Host the Exhibit
Since its debut in 2010, The Ability Exhibit has traveled to dozens of colleges and
universities across the country.
We can ship The Ability Exhibit to your campus, complete with instructions for setting
up and hosting it in a variety of educational venues and spaces. Once you're finished,
you'll pack it up and send it back to us.
The exhibit includes 10 stations and weighs about 400 pounds. Pricing and additional
rental informationis available in therental and purchasing guide.
Please note that the “Learn From Allies” station materials, including cameras and
backdrop, must be set-up and run by the host institution.
Upon completion of the training, participants can choose to display an Ability Ally
placard at their work space or wear a wristband identifying them as an ability ally.
The Ability Exhibit brought together the concepts of awareness, education, and interesting
facts in a creative and entertaining manner. Every person left the experience having
learned facts, considered their abilities and limitations from a new perspective,
and with the power to have a meaningful discussion with others about the subject of
disabilities and the vision of living in an inclusive environment.
John Laws, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Ivy Tech Community College
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Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland, MA: November 8-11, 2011
Delaware County Community College, Media, PA: October 31 - November 4, 2011
Bucks County Community College, Newton, PA: October 24-28, 2011
University of Delaware, Newark, DE : October 12-18, 2011
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT: October 3-7, 2011
Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO: September 21, 2011
Washington University, St. Louis, MO: September 20, 2011
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO: September 12, 2011 (sponsored by the Saint
Louis University Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, Division of Student Development,
and Department of Human Resources)
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO: August 15, 2011 (sponsored by the Saint Louis
University School of Education)
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Carbondale, IL: April 26, 2011
American College Personnel Association (ACPA), College Student Educators International
2011 Convention, Baltimore, MD: March 28-29, 2011.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Allies
for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit was invited by ACPA leadership and hosted by the
Standing Committee on Disability.
Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, MO: March 9, 2011
Saint Louis University, Medical Center Campus, St. Louis, MO: March 8, 2011
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