In March of this year, we were very happy to have our first customer from the US: John Carroll University. They found Tee Talent while searching for a t-shirt service provider for their event, Allies for Inclusion: Ability Exhibit. Allison West Kaskey, Director of Student Accessibility Services, shared with us about this event and why it is so important for John Carroll University to be involved with this subject.
1.Who are involved wih the Allies for Inclusion: Ability Exhibit?
John Carroll’s Student Accessibility Services, the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, and The Mandel Grant sponsored, “Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit.” This was a self-guided exhibit from Saint Louis University to promote disability awareness, ability, and inclusion.
2.What are the goals of this event?
By experiencing the Ability Exhibit, attendees are able to:
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 in society.
3.What has been the most rewarding part of your Ability Ally program?
The most rewarding part of the event was the on-campus participation and positive feedback we received. Over 300 students, faculty, staff and members of the community attended the Ability Exhibit.
4.What can other post secondary institutes take away from your program to make campus more inclusive for students who need Accessibility Services?
I encourage other colleges/universities to host the Ability Exhibit. If they don't have funding, apply for grants like we did. It is a wonderful event and the campus community learned a lot about inclusion and disability awareness.
5.Why have you chosen Tee Talent to be your t-shirt supplier considering that you are in the USA while we are a company based in Canada?
I came across Tee Talent's website while searching for a t-shirt company that upholds the same values and mission as John Carroll University and Student Accessibility Services. My google search for "t-shirts + social justice" led me to your website. I was so excited to find a company that also promoted inclusion and disability awareness. We were happy to be Tee Talent's first client in the U.S.. You were so wonderful to work with in exchanging ideas and communicating with us.
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