A disability cultural center (DCC), is designated as a cultural space to explore and celebrate disability identity and community. The rise of DCCs represents an important shift away from disability as something medical to be fixed or cured. Providing a counternarrative to challenge widespread disempowering views on disability, this poster highlights the potential role of a DCC as a university resource for training counseling students to understand the social construction of disability as a social identity.
To identify the role of disability cultural centers in higher education.
To recognize and investigate structures, and discourse which support and promote inclusive practices.
To explore how scholars (rehabilitation counselors, researchers, professors, etc.) can act as allies to those in marginalized positions and participate in the shift to reframe disability.
Program Coordinator of Disability Cultural Center,
University of Arizona