What’s On Our Display Board

The two left display panels show the 2008 Assessment Expo grand prize poster called Shift Happens: Reframing Disability and Reconsidering Paradigms.

The third panel from the left shows photos of all our full time staff, plus our student workers:

  • Travis May
  • Tamra Austin
  • Lauren Crow

The fourth and last panel shows excerpts from a photo project of University of South Carolina:

From Photovoice: Developing Positives From Negatives
A project of University of South Carolina

Membership Has its Privilegesā€¦?
By Tawana Scott
Student born with one leg

Some have been a member since the day of their birth
While others were inducted throughout the journey in life
There are no positions to acquire
Only a purpose to aspire
To become more than expected
Doors to open, elevators to ride, stairs to avoid and laws to collide
This is not a club that I asked to be a part of
However, my dues have been paid

Close-up photo of a button to press to open an automatic door. Above it is a note that reads "for disabled patrons only." Photo by Tawana Scott.

 

All Gems Are Flawed
By Sharon Kelley
Student with Seizure Disorder

Recently, I started to make jewelry. Iā€™ve learned a lot about gemstones since then. One of the things that means the most to me is regarding the quality of gems. If you want a perfect stone, you can be expected to pay thousands or even millions of dollars, or you can get a lab created stone. These lab stones, while typically brilliant in color and clarity, are nonetheless, ā€œfakeā€ stones. They are not worth as much as their natural counterparts. Natural stones are almost always flawed, and it is these flaws that prove that they are genuine stones.

Humans are just as flawed. Each and every one of us has our own disability, whether it is an ADA qualifying disability, or something more ā€œnormalā€ such as impatience, a temper, a habit to procrastinate or having one foot be a size larger than the other. Physical or otherwise, we all have a flaw. We can still sparkle and gleam. We still have value. All gems are flawed. Should we feel shame for our own flaws?

Photo of an open hand holding various gems. Photo by Sharon Kelley.

 

Isolated But Not Alone
By Sharon Kelley
Student with Seizure Disorder

I am never alone.
People at my home.
People at school.
I am never alone.

I am isolated.
You canā€™t understand
What youā€™ve never known
I am isolated.

You share my time
You share my space.
I am isolated.
But I am never alone.

 

Photo of a white dog resting on a porch, looking at the camera. Photo by Sharon Kelley.